The major resort near Constanta is Mamaia, sited north of
the city, between a magnificent 7 km (4.5 miles) long beach of
unbelievably fine sand and a lake. It is especially designed for
families with children.
Sports like sub-aqua diving and paragliding offer thrills
from May to October. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs enliven the
evenings. Typical country villages, the ruins of the ancient Greek
fortress of Histria, and the Danube Delta are easily accessible.
South of Constanta - beauties and gods
From Constanta, a 50 km (31 miles) strip of fine golden
sand stretches all the way to the border with Bulgaria; and it hosts a
series of resorts poetically named after women and mythological gods.
The Black Sea at its Best
Among the most popular are Neptun and Olimp, built as
leisure sites for the rich of the communist era, now offering de-luxe
villas and excellent hotels, some on the beach, others in the quiet
Comorova forest between the shore and a lake.
Tennis and other sports, open air restaurants, discos,
night clubs and cabarets all cater for demanding visitors.
Economical and Youth Holidays
Southwards, the resorts of Jupiter, Cap Aurora, Venus and
Saturn offer a variety of inexpensive hotels, campsites and rented
accomodation, while Costinesti is mostly a youth resort, with basic
accomodation and informal entertainment.
Mangalia is renowned for therapy treatments
The 6th century BC fortified town of Callatis became
today's balneary spa of Mangalia, with a special cure hotel. Here, as
in Eforie Nord, Eforie Sud and the spa in Neptun, a wide variety of
therapeutic treatments are available, including mineral-rich mudbaths,
thalassotherapy and the famous Romanian Gerovital cure.
Medical staff are highly qualified and clinics and
consulting rooms remain open all through the year. So you can combine
professional treatment with all the pleasures of a seaside holiday.
As well as long-distance tours to the Danube Delta with
its birdlife and mysterious waterways, or even to Bucovina and the
legendary decorated monasteries, or to Bucharest, there are plenty of
sites available in the immediate hinterland to tempt you away from
sunbathing for days. The 7th century BC Greek city ruins at Histria
have already been mentioned.
At Adamclisi, 62 km (39 miles) inland from Constanta,
stands the impressive circular monument built at the end of the first
century AD to commemorate emperor Trajan's victory over the Dacians.
Cottage industries like woodcarving and pottery thrive in the villages.
Vineyards producing Romania's savoury wines, including the famous
Murfatlar, cover the hillsides.
Traditional costumes are displayed in folklore centres.
And, if you feel like getting to the heart of the warm welcoming
Romanian experience, there are Romanian feasts with local dishes, plum
brandy, wine, music and dancing that will remain in your memory as part
of a special seaside holiday.