In the Danube Delta, time passes by somewhat slower and calmer, just like the fishermen who see to their daily chores. The unique beauty of the Danube Delta has been recognized worldwide, being the first Romanian place included in the UNESCO patrimony under the name of Biosphere Reservation.
The channels always amaze tourists who come back to the Danube Delta each year or those who visit it for the first time, to see where large predatory fish live or the beautiful scenery this reservation has to offer. Here are some of the most important reasons why the Danube Delta is a favorite travel destination for thousands of tourists.
1. The Danube Delta is Europe’s “newest” land. The delta grows 40 meters each year because of the 67 million tons of river deposits brought back. The delta is a plain still forming, made out of levees, small islands, channels, lakes, swamps and backwaters. This unusual setting makes the Danube Delta so unique and one of the most beautiful places in Europe where nature still leads it course, with minimal human intervention.
2. It’s the second largest delta in Europe. The largest one is the Volga Delta. The Danube Delta has a surface of 5.050 km, together with the Razim-Sinoe lagoon complex.
3. Out of top 300 natural reservations in the world, the Danube Delta is rated at third place, considering its ecological importance.
4. The delta is the home of 250 bird species, being one of the richest ornithological faunas in the world.
5. Visiting the delta offers you the opportunity to see around 5.000 species of animals and plants, some of them very rare.
6. In the Danube Delta there are islands with ancient forests, with subtropical vegetation, very rare for this part of the world, at 45 degrees nordic latitude and 29 degrees eastern longitude. The location is found at half the distance between Equator and North Pole.
7. The delta provides a combination of ecosystems and natural and artificial eco-tones: drinking water, seawater, terrestrial eco-tones, rivers and lakes, swamps, flooded areas, dams, agricultural regenerative terrains and forests.
8. The Danube Delta is considered a “wild” place, as there are only around 15.000 people living there, grouped in 25 locations and two larger cities: Tulcea and Sulina. Over the years, the delta has become a touristic destination specialized in various fields: scientifical tourism, adventure tourism, agro tourism, educational tourism and cultural tourism.
9. Tourists are able to interact directly with locals who provide accommodations or means of transportation.
10. Some of the tourist attractions include the Danube Delta Eco-Tourism Museum Center (hosting the largest aquarium in Romania), the Museum of History and Archeology, the Museum of Ethnography and Folk Art and the Art Museum.
Traveling tips for the Danube Delta
Although you might be tempted to believe that the delta is a place where you will see only water, there are also sand dunes, surrounded by white lilies, which make you think of the desert and tropical forests.
Until you reach the forest area, you will pass through lakes and floating islands, where it’s possible to observe some rare pelican species, which made the Danube Delta famous throughout Europe. This is the meeting place of various migrating birds’ species from all over the world: China, Siberia, the Mediterranean see and Mongolia.
The ancient forests are the homes of 1000 year-old oaks, most of them 30 m high, “decorated” with lianas.
The delta is also famous for the large sturgeon population, one of the best sources for caviar. Don’t be surprised to find this delicacy in the menu of local restaurants.
If you travel to the Danube Delta, consider the following tips:
• Take with you anti-mosquito sprays and creams, because you will have to protect yourself against this pesky little insects. Therefore, it’s not indicated to go camping in the months of June and July, when the mosquito population is at its peak.
• You will travel mainly on the water; therefore if you suffer from sea sickness, take the necessary precautions.
• Don’t drink water from the Danube.
• Have proper equipment with you: rubber boots, rain coat, warm clothing, lanterns and binoculars for bird watching.
• Expect to eat a lot of fish, as this is the main ingredient in restaurant menus.
If you would like to enjoy a couple of days in the beautiful wilderness of the Danube Delta, our Danube Delta & Black Sea tour will enable you to visit the delta, the Danube Delta Museum and various beautiful locations via boat rides.