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Dobrogea - Romania

Facts about Dobrogea (Dobrudja)

About the name: Land of Dobrotici, after prince Dobrotitsa/Dobrotici,
who in 1325 ruled over the region
Location: southeastern Romania, between the Danube River and the Black Sea
Area: 9,631 sq miles
Population: Approximately 950,000
Main cities: Constanta, Medgidia, Mangalia, Tulcea
Climate: torrid summers, relatively mildy winters, and little precipitation

Highlights

Dobrogea region is home to the Danube Delta, a 2,200-square-mile wildlife reserve designated by UNESCO as a "Reservation of the Biosphere;" the ancient port city of Constanta, and the seaside resorts stretching along Romania's 152-mile Black Sea coast. From the port city of Tulcea, day cruises through the Delta's waterways give travelers a glimpse of the abundant wildlife and the traditional fishing villages. Floating reed islands, sand dunes and waterways offer shelter to over 300 species of birds, countless fish and 1,150 species of plants.

Constanta Casino

South of the Delta, the historical city of Constanta serves as a major port on the Black Sea. Featuring several museums, historical monuments, fine mansions and a grand casino, the city is the focal point of Black Sea coast tourism. A strip of fine-sand beaches dotted with seaside resorts named after women and mythological gods, such as Eforie, Jupiter, Neptun, Olimp, Saturn, Venus and Mangalia, stretches from Constanta to the Bulgarian border.

10 Places to explore in Dobrogea (SE Romania)

1.. The Danube Delta - world's third most biodiverse ecosystem,
A realm for over 300 bird species, including the largest Dalmation pelican colonies in Europe.

2.. Ruins of the ancient town of Tomis (now Constanta),
the precinct walls, aqueduct, underground galleries, basilica, painted crypt and the Roman amphitheatre can be visited.

3.. Histria first urban settlement founded by Milesian settlers (7th century B.C.), on the western shore of the Black Sea.

4.. The ruins of the ancient Greek town of Callatis.

5.. Basarabi (Murfatlar), complex of caves chapels and tombs dug into Basarabi chalky limestone hill (9th century).

6.. Gura Portitei and Vadu wild beaches

7.. Traditional fishing villages, in the Danube Delta, - Caraorman, Jurilovca, Letea, Mila 23 and Sfantu Gheorghe.

8.. Dobrogea best wineries including Alira, Crama Rasova, La Sapata, Murfatlar and Clos des Colombes.

9.. Lake Techirghiol / Eforie Nord medical spas that use curative mud to alleviate artritis and rheumatism symptoms.

10.. The Black Sea beach resorts in Mamaia, Eforie Nord and Mangalia

Dobrogea Main Museums

Constanta:
Constanta Art Museum
Constanta Folk Art Museum
National History and Archeology Museum
The Roman Edifice
Romanian Navy Museum

Mangalia:
Callatis Archaeology Museum

Topalu:
Topalu "Dinu şi Sevasta Vintilă" Museum of Romanian Painters

Tulcea:
Tulcea Museum of History and Archeology
Tulcea Folk Art and Ethnography Museum
Tulcea Fine Arts Museum
Museum of the Danube Delta / Tulcea Aquarium and Natural History Museum

Performing Arts

Constanta:
Drama Theatre „Ovidius”Website
Classical Ballet Theatre „Oleg Danovski”
Constanta Puppet Theatre
Marea Neagra Philharmonic

Dobrogea National Parks and protected areas

The Region of Dobrogea is home to 82 national parks and protected areas, the largest and best known are:
The Danube Delta - third largest biodiversity in the world,
Macin Mountains National Park
Cheile Dobrogei (Dobrogea Gorges).

Activities

Dobrogea offers excellent conditions for outdoor activities: Biking, Boating, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Nature walks, Wildlife / Bird Watching.

Food & Wine

Traditional food

The cuisine of Dobrogea is mainly based on fish and mutton. Fresh fish abounds in Dobrogea due to proximity of its towns and villages to the Black Sea and the Danube River. Local dishes feature Greek, Turkish, Tartar flavors and receipies.

A typical, traditional meal, in Dobrogea include:
~ The delicious Salata Dobrogeana, an appetizer/ salad made from fresh, local, red and green peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and onion. Vegetable oil, boiled eggs, grated cheese, minced dill or parsley are also added.
~ Fisherman's Soup (Ciorba de Peste), arguable the most sought of dish in the Danube Delta.
In a big cast-iron pot, water is brought to a boil with vegetables and over 10 species of small fish. The broth obtained is then strained and the small fish discarded. Big chunks of sturgeon, carp or pike are then boiled in the broth. The fish soup makes two dishes: the broth, served first, and then the big chunks of fish, sprinkled with chili pepper or garlic sauce.
~ Saramura, (grilled carp served in garlicky brine)
The Sarailie , a pastry filled with with walnuts and almonds or cheese and walnuts, is served as dessert.
Other Dobrogea culinary specialties include: zacusca de peste (cold stewed fish and vegetables), musaca dobrogeana (typical Dobrogea Moussaka), stiuca umpluta (stuffed pike perch), plachie de crap (carp baked with tomatoes, red peppers and onion).

Dobrogea Wines

An entire collection of archeological objects and inscriptions speak of the importance of wine growing in the life of the ancient cities along the Romanian shore of the Black Sea.

Murfatlar Winery

Murfatlar, Romania's largest wine producing region, is located 10 miles west of the Black Sea coast. Over 300 days of sunshine, along with cool breezes from the sea, make this area ideal for the production of medium-dry and sweet wines, such as late harvest Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Muscat Ottonel. Red wines are also produced at Murfatlar - Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir being the most popular. More Information: Murfatlar Winery

Sarica Niculitel Winery

Sarica Niculitel, located in the northern part of Dobrogea, nearby Tulcea,
and surrounded by hills laden with vines, is well-know for the centuries-old winemaking tradition. The wormwood wine of Niculitel has a special local technique: three quarters of the barrel is filled with white and black grapes,
on top of which wormwood flowers, quinces and apples are added, after which wine or must is poured in. As it ferments, the must rises and begins to spout freely. Other highly appreciated wines produced at Sarica Niculitel include Aligote, Riesling, Feteasca Regala, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Ottonel, Merlot and Pinot Noir. More Information: Sarica Niculitel Winery

Winetasting / Wineries in Dobrogea (Southeastern Romania)

Domeniile Ostrov Winery
AddressOstrov (Constanta county), Str. Regiei 1 (map)
Nearest CityBucharest,  Calarasi
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
E-mailturism@domeniileostrov.ro; office@domeniileostrov.ro
Telephone0727 230.237
Website:www.domeniileostrov.ro
Wines Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Muscat Ottonel, Cramposie, Cabernet Sauvingnon, Merlot, Feteasca Neagra, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Rebo.
LabelsDomeniile Ostrov Reserve, Cetatea Durostorum,
Premiat, Labyrinthum.
Crama Alira Winery
AddressAliman (Constanta county)
Nearest CityBucharest,  Calarasi
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
E-mailcomenzi@alira.ro
Telephone0755 946.376
Website:www.alira.ro
WinesMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Fetesca Neagra.
LabelsLauri, Alira Tribun, Alira, Alira Grand Vin.
Domeniile Clos des Colombes Winery
Address23 August (Constanta county), Str. Olimp
Nearest CityConstanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
E-mailcontact@closdescolombes.eu
Telephone0754 027 124
Website:www.closdescolombes.eu
WinesItalian Riesling, Feteasca Alba, Sauvignon Blanc, Feteasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot.
LabelsClos des Colombes
Crama Darie Winery
AddressTopalu (Constanta county), Str. Dunarii 507
Nearest CityBucharest, Constanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
E-mailAlexandru.Darie@CramaDarie.Ro
Telephone0744 434.172
Website:www.cramadarie.ro
WinesChardonnay, Feteasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and the Rose.
LabelsCapidava, Strabun.
Domeniile Adamclisi Winery
AddressAdamclisi (Constanta county), Str. Monumentului 1
Nearest CityConstanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
E-mailinfo@domeniileadamclisi.com
Telephone021 322.66.48
Website: www.domeniileadamclisi.com
WinesSauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon.
LabelsAmfora
Domeniul Vladoi Winery
AddressSiminoc - Murfatlar (Constanta county), Str. Murfatlar 14 B
Nearest CityConstanta,  Medgidia
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
E-mailvladoi_murfatlar@yahoo.com
Telephone0722 578.768
Website:www.domeniulvladoi.ro
Wines Feteasca Regala, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat Ottonel, Tamaioasa Romaneasca, Shiraz, Feteasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon
LabelsRavac, Pivnita Basarabilor
Domeniul Francu Winery
AddressAdamclisi (Constanta county), Str. Decebal 4
Nearest CityConstanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
E-mailoffice@vinecologic.ro
Telephone0241 550.744
Website: www.vinecologic.ro/index-en.php
Wines Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Feteasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon.
LabelsPatrician, Simposion, 10 (Zece), Bob cu Bob.
M1 Crama Atelier Winery
AddressMurfatlar (Constanta county), Str. Murfatlar 1
Nearest CityConstanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
E-mailM1@cramaatelier.ro
Telephone0740 231.012
Website:www.cramaatelier.ro
Wines Cramposie, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Neagra Rose, Babeasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon.
LabelsCharme de la Mer, Leat 6500, Arezan, Amprenta.
Crama Murfatlar Winery
AddressMurfatlar (Constanta county), Str. Murfatlar 1
Nearest CityConstanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
E-mailoffice@murfatlar.com; irina.papa@cramamurfatlar.ro
Telephone0241 706 850
Website:www.cramamurfatlar.ro
WinesTamaioasa Romanesca, Traminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Neagra, Babeasca Neagra, Busuioaca de Bohotin, Cabernet Sauvignon.
LabelsEticheta Neagra, Mugur de Vita, Zestrea, Sec de Murfatlar, Rai de Murfatlar, Conu Alecu,
Lacrima lui Ovidiu, Silk, Velvet, 3 Hectare.
Delta Dunarii - La Sapata Winery
AddressSomova (Tulcea county)
Nearest CityTulcea, Galati, Constanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
E-mailinfo@lasapata.com
Telephone0763 696.618
Website:www.lasapata.com/home-english.html
WinesFeteasca Regala, Rktitel, Riesling, Sauvignon, Muscat Ottonel, Merlot, Babeasca, Blauer, Sangiovese.
LabelsLa Sapata
Crama Vinuri de Macin Winery
AddressMacin (Tulcea county), Str. Viticultori 2
Nearest CityBraila, Galati
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
E-mailoffice@vinuridemacin.ro
Telephone0240 573.368
Website:www.vinuridemacin.ro
WinesAligote, Muscat Ottonel, Sauvignon Blanc, Feteasca Neagra, Feteasca Regala, Merlot Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon.
LabelsTres Rosae, Pellegrin, Renatus, Trei Brate, Curtea Regala.
Crama Verde Winery
AddressBabadag (Tulcea county), Str. Ciucurovei 6
Nearest CityTulcea, Galati, Constanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
E-mailoffice@crama-verde.ro
Telephone0241 548.889
Website:www.crama-verde.ro
WinesSauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
LabelsCrama Verde

ESSENTIALS 

Transportation

Air transportation to Dobrogea region

Major airports: Constanta International Airport (CND)
and Tulcea (small plane charter flights and helicopter)

Airlines with service to Dobrogea region:
Blue Air
Tarom
Turkish Airlines
Wizz Air

Travel to Dobrogea by train or bus

Several daily trains and buses connect Bucharest and other major cities in Romania to Dobrogea region.

Main train stations: Constanta, Cernavoda, Mangalia, Tulcea.

To check train and bus schedules for domestic routes please visit
RomaniaTourism Domestic Transportation section.

Road access

Border crossing points from Bulgaria in the Dobrogea region include: Vama Veche, Negru Voda and Ostrov

Dobrogea Region Tourist Info

Constanta City Hall Tourism Department
Tulcea Tourist info Office

Maps

Romania Historical Regions Map
Romania Physical Features Map