Mila 23 Village is the place from where tourist can start their unique visit around Danube Delta. Located in Tulcea district, Dobrogea region, the place wins a lot of attention because of its central position in the Delta.

People from Mila 23 are Lipovan Russians. Old people from the village say that first citizens that came and settled here ran out from Russia. In old times, Mila 23 was a very important navigation point and rest area for ships and boats that came from Sulina and Tulcea. The name of the village comes from the Mila 23 (English: Mile 23) a navigation point. Mila 23 is located halfway way between Tulcea and Sulina, so people that usually go to Tulcea, spend the night here.

Even that Danube Delta is the youngest Romanian portion of land, archaeological excavations find out artifacts from 4.400 – 4.300 before Christ. Using the artifacts they discover that residences from this place practiced agriculture and livestock.

With a unique charm, Mila 23 has old houses made in Lipovan style. Houses are built using natural materials and painted with traditional Lipovans colors white and blue. Believers say that the blue color also known as “siniliu” (English: bluish) came from sky color and closeness to God. Locals from this place say that this bluish color is perfect to keep away mosquitoes. Because fishing is the primary occupations of people from Mila 23, they are known as the most talented fishermen from Danube Delta area.

The fame of Mila 23 Village expands abroad with the help of canoeist Ivan Patzaichin, canoeist Sergei Covalinov, kayaker Agaphia Buhaev and Culina Popov. They bring home a remarkable number of world, Olympic, and European medals.  Because these athletes have relatives in Mila 23, tourists that come here can discover interesting stories from their childhood.

Mila 23 Village provides a magical place to visit Danube Delta far away from cosmopolitan cities and cars. For those who enjoy bird watching or photography, they can discover close to the village a pelican colony from Rosca – Buhaiova. These birds offer a great show when they fly under the village and surroundings.  Also here, tourists need to visit the canals and ponds from Mila 23 area. For those who want to learn how to fish, locals can teach them the art of fishing in just a few days.

Discover a unique and traditional place located in the heart of Danube Delta.

Lipovan recipes are well-preserved from hundreds of years and tourists can enjoy them. These recipes are given from generation to generation in order to be kept exactly as they are. Lipovan Russians are a community from the city of Braila that still preserves these great recipes. Lipovan deep imprint on the food cannot be finish without a glass of wine or brandy.
Fishing enthusiasts, Lipovans from today cocks the fish after the old recipes that are inventions of the fishermen that sit on the Danube, of Braila. Locals from the old Pisc village, the today’s Braila neighborhood, use to sell fish on the villages around Braila. To feet themselves, they make fish soup to trivet that stops passers and pray to let them taste. People that taste this good food remain for life lovers of the Lipovan fish soup.

A good Lipovan fish soup contains different types of fish like pike, catfish, carp or crucian. In this soup are put large pieces of fish, peppers, tomatoes, lavage, salt, oil and vinegar. The fish which is made to be cooked stays in the evening with a pinch of salt.

Another delicious recipe is Scordolea that is preferably prepared with pike. Combines mashed potatoes and for the ornaments people use pickles and peppers and parsley leaves.

Malasolca is other interesting name that uses catfish, pike, carp or pike. The fish pieces boils and this food is served with boiled potatoes in their skins.Cabbage soup is made from carrot, parsley, celery, boil, and add to the pan beets and finally the cabbage. Women put also peppers, and tomatoes depending on the taste.

Fried mackerel is a fish served with garlic sauce and salt, thyme and vinegar.

The Aspic over is a food that use gelatin and pike, zander and perch. Also Lipovan people eat this jellied fish with horseradish.

Favorite Holiday dish is Lapsa that is actually noodles with egg. This food is served with a chicken soup.

Blinii are a kind of pancake made from eggs, chicken, spices and sugar. It is made with cheese and served with cream, honey or butter.

Varenchi are dumplings with cheese and use flour, one egg, two cups water and salt. On each piece of dough is put a little cheese, stick the edges and boil them in water. This dish is serving with butter or cream.

Romania’s topography is very fascinating for one reason; it displays all forms of land in an almost equal percentage. The land forms divided in 31 percent of mountains, 33 percent of hills and 36 of plains spread almost symmetrically throughout the land, from the over 2400 meters high Carpathian Mountains to the almost sea level of the Danube Delta.

The highest form of land is represented by the Carphatian Mountains, which are divided in three sections: the Eastern, the Southern, also called Transylvanian Alps, and the Western Carpathians.

The Eastern Carpathians ensure over 30 percent of Romania’s woodlands and contain huge gold and silver deposits and numerous water springs. The maximum altitude goes over 2000m with Pietrosul Calimanilor and Pietrosul Rodnei peaks.

In the Southern Carpathians there are the highest altitudes, Moldoveanu Peak and Negoie both exceed 2500 meters and over 150 glacial lakes. On the other hand, the Western Carpathians exhibits lower altitudes but many caves, passes, depressions and gorges.

The lower landforms of Romania, with hills, plateaus and plains are: the Transylvanian Plateau, the Wallachian Plain and the Danube Delta.

Located in the center of Romania, the Transylvanian Plateau is enclosed within the Carpathians and is the largest tableland in the country. Here can be found large deposits of salt and methane gas. Other tablelands are the Getic Tableland and Moldavian Tableland located near the Sub-Carpathians, two landforms which provide prosperous conditions for human settlement as it is perfect for fruit growing, viticulture and agriculture.

South from Carpathians lie the Oltenian Plain and the Romanian Plain, which has the Danube Plain to its east, divided only by the Olt River. These form Romania’s most important farming region.

The lowest landform in Romania is the Danube Delta, which is a swampy area of floating islands and sandbanks where the 3000 km long Danube ends and divides into three branches: Chilia, Sulina and Sf. Gheorghe, to thereafter empty into the Black Sea. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a natural preserve for extremely rare species of animals and plants.

The land forms of Romania are under a temperate continental climate in transition, manifested by some oceanic influences by the Black Sea, Scandinavian-Baltic influences in the region of BucovinaMaramures, and a Mediterranean climate felt on the southern borders of the country. Most of the country experiences a wet temperate continental climate, whereas the Carpathians exhibit a cool continental or even alpine climate.

Today’s fast-changing, and travelers have amazing travel opportunities. Romania is one of the most beautiful country located in Southeastern Europe, and charms millions of travelers year by year with its picturesque landscapes, unique culture and historically noteworthy landmarks. Whether you’re looking for climbing mountains, balneary resorts or Black Sea coast to relax, Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation to taste the best fish recipes,  forests and waterfalls to discover, Romania offers each person the opportunity to enjoy life.

Danube Delta

Romania’s history is very rich. Over the years, the country was part of the Sovietic Bloc, a group of communist states. In Romania, the Revolution from 1989 marked the end of the Communist regime of president Nicolae Ceausescu.

Transylvania is the most known region, together with vampire Dracula, a fictional character from this area. From myths, legends and fairy tales to folklore, these ancient tales reappear in our modern world, and travelers are looking for them. Romania is the perfect place for this kind of adventure, offering some of the most astonishing castles, fortresses and palaces built hundreds of years ago.

And because it’s not enough to figure out how to start your vacation in Romania, we will try helping you decide what to visit during your trip or holiday.

  1. Palace of the Parliament – Bucharest

The Palace of the Parliament, also known as the People’s House, is the world’s second largest administrative building, after the Pentagon from situated in Washington D.C. The Palace has around 330,000 m2 and is one of Romania’s biggest attraction. Also, according to the specialists, the building is 2% larger related to the Pyramid of Keops from Egypt and can be seen from the moon.

After the earthquake from 1977, Romania’s dictator – Nicolae Ceausescu was devastated by the effects and started to demolish the fading capital and rebuild it in his own revelation. Therefore, this building Nicolae Ceausescu’s effort to reshape Bucharest by building a series of extraordinary constructions meant to evidence to the world how rich and influential was the Socialist Republic of Romania. The construction of the building started around six years after the earthquake, and by the time of the Romanian Revolution from 1989, the edifice wasn’t yet finished. The building development involved 400 architects and, coordinated by a young woman called Anca Petrescu.

Palace of Parliament - Peoples House1

After 1989, no one had the wish to finish this enormous building, a symbol of president Ceausescu’s autocracy and of the excessive lives lead by the former communist leaders.

Travelers are able to visit the Palace daily between 10 am and 4 pm (from November to February) and 9 am to 5 pm (from March to October) and the fees depend on the tour’s type.

Nearby attractions: Sinaia (123 km), Brasov (170 km), Bran Castle (180 km),  Black Sea Coast (around 230 km), Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation (around 300 km).

  1. Turda Salt Mine

Turda Salt Mine is a real museum of salt mining in Transylvania. The growing number of visitors arriving from each corner of the world to visit the mine are a validation of interest and historical importance.

The improvement of the salt mine was made between years 2008-2010. Thus, some criteria of modern visiting, were built-in. The developers installed an elevator, boats, recreation spaces, mini golf ground, billiard and tennis tables, bowling runway and one unique amphitheater.

Turda Salt Mine is one of Romania’s treasure, and probably is one of the most irreplaceable place to see.

Tourists can visit Turda Salt Mine individually, or in organized groups, with a dedicated guide.

Nearby attractions: Cluj-Napoca (35 km), Alba-Iulia (70 km), Sighisoara (120 km), Sibiu (140 km), Maramures County (200 km), Oradea and Baile Felix Spa Resorts (200 km).

  1. Dracula’s Castle

Dracula is probably the most known character from Romania, together with dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, condemned to death by a military court on several charges against Romanian people, like genocide.

Dracula’s Castle, also known as Bran Castle is an exquisite, 13th-century palace near Brasov in Transylvania. Every year, many tourists come to Transylvania on October 31, the night of Halloween, to taste an inimitable experience at Dracula’s Castle, which inspired the myth of this blood-thirsty vampire. Dracula is a fictional character created by Bram Stocker based on a real person, known as Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Tepes. Vlad was a ruler of Transylvania and a dictator with an incredible hunger for cruelty. His blood-thirst acted a muse for Bram Stoker’s vampire called Dracula, in the novel engraved 450 years later.

One of his most common punishment was hanging, which was doubtless an horrible and cruel habit. In Romania, travelers can find a collection of castles known as places where “real Dracula” lived, but Bran Castle is the most famous one, with a frightening profile, suspended on a cliff-near the Bran Pass.

Don’t lose the opportunity to have fun and discover all the dark sides of Count Dracula. Tourists can visit the castle daily between 9 am/12 pm and 4 pm (from October to March) and 9 am/12 pm and 6 pm (from April to September).

Nearby attractions: Rasnov Fortress (11 km), ski resorts in Poiana Brasov (22 km) and Predeal (33 km), Brasov (30 km); Peles Castle (52 km); the medieval cities of Sighisoara (140 km) and Sibiu (170 km); Bucharest, the capital of Romania (190 km), Cluj-Napoca (315 km).

  1. Peles Castle

Peles Castle is the most royal residence from Romania, being located in Sinaia, on Peles brook valley. The former Romanian royal family, a branch of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty, lead Romania until 1947, when the last king, Michael I of Romania, was determined to abdicate. In 2007, Crown Princess Margareta, the eldest daughter of Michael I of Romania was named heir plausible to the throne, but their power is not so strong as it used to be a century ago.

Peles Castle

Built between 1873 and 1914, the edifice was made by King Carol I, under whose reign Romania gained its freedom. He fell in love with glorious Carpathian Mountains decor. As an interesting fact, we mention that Pele Castle became the world’s first castle fully powered by locally created electricity. The beautiful castle served as the summer house of the royal family until 1947. All 160 rooms are decorated with fine and deluxe samples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls.

King Ferdinand, succeeded Carol I build Pelisor Castle, an art nouveau-style edifice. Pelisor has 70 rooms and contains a unique collection of turn-of-the-century Viennese furniture and Tiffany and Lalique glassware.

If you are interested to find more about the Romanian royal family, this is the perfect place for you.

Nearby attractions: Rasnov Fortress (40 km); Bran Castle (52 km); Brasov (50 km); the ski resorts in Predeal (23 km) and Poiana Brasov (50 km); Bucharest (130 km); the medieval cities of Sighisoara (165 km) and Sibiu (200 km).

  

  1. Wooden Churches of Maramures

The Wooden Churches of Maramures can be discovered in the Maramures region, located in the northern part of Transylvania, Romania. This churches are amazing examples of well-preserved religious style that appeared from the Orthodox traditions and Gothic grace influences. Romania is one of the most religious states from the European Union, and most citizens are Christian. According to the 2011 census, around 80% of the country’s population is Eastern Orthodox.

Barsana Monastery

Maramures region is one of the most known from Romania, and has independent traditions since Middle Ages, with beautiful churches, colorful and unique costumes, traditional dances and lifestyle.

The Wooden Churches of Maramures have a beautiful history, and they are a response to the exclusion against the creation of stone Orthodox churches by the Catholic authorities. The churches from Maramures are generally painted by local artistes, showing a high level of creative maturity and dexterity skills. Since 1999, eight out of the almost 100 ancient wooden churches are registred as UNESCO World Heritage Site: Barsana, Budesti, Desesti, Ieud, Plopis, Poienile Izei, Rogo and Surdesti. Today, Romania has seven sites recognized by UNESCO World Heritage.

Nearby attractions: Cluj-Napoca, Painted Monasteries of Bucovina.

  1. Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina are well-known because of their exceptionality and creative value. The notable number of churches and monateries found in Bucovina, have been well-preserved and passed down from ancient times. All of them were painted in the exterior and each artist interpreted the biblical scenes in a different way, making them unique and inimitable.

Eight of the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina are parte of UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993:  Arbore, Humor, Moldovita, Patrauti, Probota, St. John the New Suceava, Sucevita and Voronet. Most of the monsteries were created as family funeral places of leaders and nobilities. Today, the monasteries are occupied by Orthodox nuns and/ or monks who follow the Christian traditions.

Visiting the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina is an unique experience.

Nearby attractions: Wooden Churches of Maramures.

  1. Merry Cemetery from Sapanta

The Merry Cemetery Sapanta is a unique travel destination. Located in the beautiful village of Sapanta, Maramures County, Romania, has colorful tombstones with exclusive pictures describing the people who are buried there, as well as passages from their lives, told in an ingeniously humorous manner. Presented in bright, joyful pictures and marked with rhymes are the stories of nearly everyone who has died of the village Sapanta, from Maramures County. Exemplified crosses portray militarists being executed and a towns person being hit several disease. Some of the epigraphs expose a shocking level of dirty reality with dark humor, like the following one:

“Underneath this heavy cross; Lies my poor mother-in-law; Three more days she would have live; I would lay, and she would read; You, who here are passing by; Not to wake her up please try; For if she comes home; She’ll bite my head off; But I shall behave so; As not to bring her forth; Those of you who read this; Do not do as I did; And find yourselves a good mother-in-law; To live with her in peace. Lived 82 years. Died in 1969”.

In spite of the dark comedy and humor, no one has ever criticized about the work of the artists and the Merry Cemetery is visited everyday by people from all over the world, curious to find the secrets of the locals.

Nearby attractions: Mara (45 km), Cluj-Napoca (around 200 km), Wooden Churches of Maramures, Painted Monasteries of Bucovina.

  1. Danube Delta 

The Danube Delta is comprised of a complex network of waterways and lakes separated between the three main estuary channels of the Danube: Chilia Arm, Sulina Arm, Sfantu Gheoghe Arm.

This area of floating reed islands, forests, meadows and sand dunes covers 3,000 square miles and is home to a captivating combination of cultures and individuals as well as a massive collection of wildlife. Situated at the tip of the three channels, Tulcea makes a great preliminary point for discovering the Danube Delta.

Danube Delta

This is the perfect place for fishing and bird watching. Also, if you love fish this is the perfect place to try different types, prepared different from one place to another.

Tourists need travel permits to enter the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. Permits are included in most of the tours developed by the Romanian travel agencies.

Nearby attractions: Black Sea Coast (around 130 km), Bucharest (around 300 km).

Discover the beauty of Romania in Tulcea, the city that leads the path to the breathtaking piece of nature, the Danube Delta. Situated in the southeastern part of the country, it is the second main city in Dobrogea and it is laid out on 7 hills, like the ancient Rome.

Ever since old times, the town has been an important commercial center and a major harbor for the inhabitants. First documents attest its existence in 200 BC, as Aegyssus, and it was founded by the Dacians. Later on, the Romans conquered the area, rebuilding and rethinking all the structures, architecture and plans of the center.

It was also under Ottoman rule, Byzantine, periods of time not that blooming. After reuniting with the rest of Romania, things seem to fall into place, and Tulcea expands and modernizes.

As an industrial modern city, it represents a seaport for passenger ships, as well as for transporting industrial products, especially raw materials. It is located so that it can be accessible both by sea and by the Danube for marine ships, having a great commercial advantage. Surnames “the Gates of the Danube Delta”, a part of the economy developed around tourism, the proofs being the constructions and investments in new hotels, restaurants and museums.

Join this tour travel of the most important tourist attractions worth seeing. The beauty and the diversity of the landscape, the richness and variety of archaeological remains and historic monuments make the county so unique. The Danube river quay is the main attraction for tourists and locals, when in summer season, there are hosted numerous concerts and festivals, and also events that became very popular over the years.

What is special about the city of Tulcea is the Danube Delta Ecotourism Center that houses the biggest aquarium in Romania, as well as a permanent exhibition that presents mainly the characteristic elements of the natural heritage existing in Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. A good introduction to the way of life of the fishermen in the delta and flora and fauna found there, you will be surrounded by sharks, multiple species of local and exotic fish, or corals.

Other attraction point located in Tulcea is The Art Museum, that displays more than 700 wooden and glass icons, picture collections, sculptures, oriental and decoration artistry and gives a glimpse of the old architecture of Ottoman influences. The Museum of Ethnography and Folk Art, construction built in between wars, shows various aspects of the traditional Romanian home, Aromanian and also Slavic. There is also exposed clothing of the minorities that inhabited this part of the country over centuries like: Aromanian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Greek or Tartar.

The tour travel will take you to the Independence Monument in Tulcea, where you can find the ancient ruins of a Roman fortress. The monument pays homage to the brave Romanian soldiers that have fought to free the country from Ottoman rule.

Moreover, some of the town’s other highlights are the St. Nicholas Church, the Azizie Mosque that was built by the Ottoman Empire in Dobrogea and The Synagogue, an imposing building constructed when there were thousands of jews in Tulcea.

Discover Romania traveling in the city of Tulcea, excellent tourist area that represents the entrance gate to Danube Delta.

 

Discover Romania in the magical land of wildlife, paradise for birds, fish and a lot of different wild species. A tour travel in the Delta will mark your memory with some amazing views and nature spectacles, as you embark either on day trips or boat excursions.

The Danube River that flows from Black Forest in Germany reaches the Black Sea in Romania and forms one of the best preserved biosphere and the second largest deltas of Europe. It is formed around three main channels of the Danube: Chilia, Sulina and Sfantu Gheorghe.

The Delta is definitely one of Romania’s most prized jewels, unique in its wilderness. Situated in the eastern part of the country, it is approximately 100 km long and 100 km wide. The population is divided in 15 localities and two cities, Tulcea and Sulina.

The departing point for an adventure in the delta is usually Tulcea or Sulina, and in between the cities there are several ways for cruising, either with little ships or boats, passing through the nature, fauna and flora of the unique reserve. Tulcea provides good hotels, and also restaurants specific in fish dishes and also the Museum of the Danube Delta.

Thousands of tourists come here annually, to see the nature untouched by human’s hands. Travelers can spend their time exploring the canals or the passages, with boat rides, watching the bird colonies, tree-fringed lakes or reed islands.

The stretches of water and land that formed here offer good life conditions for a large number of plant and animal species. Of all these, the reed forms one of the largest and compact areas in the world. Also, the forests Caraiman and Letea shelter two rare species of oak, numerous willows and other trees.

Along with the large number of aquatic and terrestrial plants you can find here colonies of pelicans and cormorants from China or Africa, even millions from Egypt. Moreover, there are species of white tailed eagles, read-brested geese, wildcats, foxes, or even wolves and deer.

They live here or come to nest during spring time. There is also a rich community of fish and animals, of ecological value and also economical.

Discover the impressive diversity in this tour travel of the Delta, which represents the home for very unique habitats and forms of life. Natural paradise that flows into the Black Sea, the Danube Delta was declared by UNESCO “Biosphere Reserve” in the ‘90’s.

Although at first sight it doesn’t seem as an active ecosystem, it’s an illusion. The beauty of the land is actually in this detail, that the Delta is full of life. The Danube channels are surrounded by reeds and rushes and the waters are decorated with strings of water lilies, landscape that creates a surreal world. The forests on the shores shelter noisy birds and flower bouquets, meadows and fields that complement this mystic paradise.

Discover Romania in a unique tour travel in Danube Delta, enchanting natural ecosystem, which must be visited at least once in a lifetime.