Jul 18

THE DANUBE DELTA – THE MOST AMAZING SUNRISES AND SUNSETS YOU WILL EVER SEE (DELTA DUNARII)

Delta is not a common and handy tourist destination. Moreover, it could be said that Delta is not a cheap destination. On the contrary. If you plan on getting to the Danube Delta by private car, you must leave it in Tulcea, then take a speedboat to transport you across the forearms, canals and meandres in a hostel, hotel or at a local home.

We can also say that Delta is not a destination table for the masses, and the feeling of exclusivity that it expresses is simply perfect and should remain intact. However, it is a pity that tourists do not visit this place unique in Europe as much as it should happen – in a larger number, but not that much as to create any imbalance in the environment.

Danube passes through 2860 km from the spot where it springs, in the Black Forest Mountains in germany, to the Black Sea, flowing through the three arms which comprise an area of rare biodiversity. Very interesting irds (over 320 species) among which we can count pelicans, cormorants, egrets and others, along with 133 species of fish that give a particular value of economic importance; 1830 species of trees and plants; over 2,400 species insects; 11 species of reptiles and 44 species of mammals – all make Delta a special place to be preserved and, of course, visited.

Delta is the best opportunity for someone who comes for the first time here and wants to mix a little of the following ingredients: relaxing hovering on the canals, fish meals, amazing photos, sunrises and sunsets that come out of the most wonderful dreams.

Whether you sit by the pool or in the hammock, listening to the chirping of birds, whether savor tasty fish soup pot, whether youlet the wind maneuvere the boat on lakes and canals in search of pelicans and swans, either wake up at 5 am as to see the sunrise or to stretch a wire rods in calm waters in any of those moments you discover something of the charm of this wonderful place.

Admire rare birds in their own habitat. Sure, maybe you’re not passioned or “crazy” enough to sit for hours and catch a hawk hawk or an evening falcon on the camera lens in what is called “birding” (or bird watching, as it is said in universal language. But clearly, the birds make the delight of the Delta and as long as you travel the canals by boat, it’s impossible to do not catch in the camera “net” pelicans, swans, herons, egrets, spoonbills, glossy ibis, gulls etc. Get a room with a big zoom lens. Shoots birds from afar, do no stress and do not aggress them; you are their guest, even if some of them are only passing through the delta.

Eat fish soup! You’ve probably heard many times the word that the best fish soup is made with water from the Danube; it’s not clear how tru it is, or if it’s just a legend to make it sound more “exoric”, but you should know that the best fish soup is done on the waterfront, with the soup bowl hung by trivets. You can choose from several species of fish: carp, crucian etc. And the service must separate the fish from the gravy; the fish is put on a platter, along with garlic sauce, polenta and possibly hot peppers.

While in the Danube Delta, you should wake up early to see the sunrise and do not miss the sunset, either! The birds and the sun create a spectacular show that can only bee seen in the Danube Delta. The show is unforgettable and unmissable. Romantic people will have everything to gain and the least romantic will have the most amazing photos that will be perfect and will surely gain some extra likes on social networks. Or not.

Go fishing! Even if you are not fond of fishing anf you are not an amateur fisherman, you can always have fun and try your luck, you’ll be amazed of what you can catch! There is an abundance of fish. Ask him the boatman to take you to the best places.

Go boating! The boatmen will take you along the canals among the beautiful water lilies, or you can go afloat on the mirror-like surface of the lakes, that are chockfull of pelicans and other birds. If you start a conversation with any of the local boatmen and ask them questions, you will be surprised of what you will encounter; some are not too talkative but if you know how to sound the out on any subject, they will open up and begin uttering their stories. Others, however, are walking encyclopedias. If you can afford that, make your trips longer; the longer they are, the more interesting they get. Go to Crisan, Sulina, St. George, Murighiol or Portita. Every square meter is different from the other, every corner has something else to releav and the scenery is simply amazing, and hard to describe in words; if you go to the Danube Delta, you will feel it with every cell of your being.

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Jun 03

Gura Portitei

Now that summer is here and we are awaken each morning with the sunrays gently piercing through our windows, maybe it is time to consider a much deserved vacation in a quiet place where we can enjoy the sun every single day.

Gura Portitei is a village situated in the Danube Delta, in Romania, and has become quite renowned in the latter years due to the tranquility with which it inveils its visitors. This is an alternative to a standard resort near the seaside because unlike the latter, which is most of the time too crowded for many not only in the sense of too many tourists but also because of the multitude of stands which invade the sidewalks, Gura Portitei can be regarded as the epitome of peacefulness. Visitors can reach the village only by boat which means that we are definitely talking about a secluded holiday getaway.

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Depending on what it is that you are interested in, you can rent a room at a nice vila or you can opt for an appartment fully equipped with everything you needed. But while comfort is the number one factor for some in determining the quality of their vacations, others depict their perfect holiday in different terms. At Gura Portitei, individuals have the chance to become closer to nature so to speak in the sense that they can camp on the beach, just a couple of meters from the sea. This is how many envisage their vacations: leaving the crowdiness of the city with a backpack on their backs and heading for a quite place where they don’t see anything in sight except sand and water. Lying on the beach all day with the sun warming them is everything they need to detach completely from their day-to-day routine.

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There are other attractions in the area so boredom is something you will not experience while staying here. There are motorboats you can rent either to take a trip on the water or to go fishings, there are tennis and voleyball courts at your disposal if you are interested in practicing your skills and you can  choose to go on a boat trip on the Danube. You can even benefit from the services of a local tourist guide who can show you the surroundings. If you decide to visit Gura Portitei, do not miss out on the trips on the Danube because you are going to be taken aback by the picturesque image you are offered in which the flora and fauna combine harmoniously in order to convey a unique portray of nature.

May 03

The Danube Delta (Delta Dunarii)

General information

The total surface of the Danube Delta measures 4.152 square kilometers – 3.450 km2 are actually located on the Romanian territory.

The delta is actually the result of the Danube flowing into the Black Sea and it is the newest geographical form in Romania and the largest reservation from the damp territories located on the European continent, being heavily traversed by channels, brooks, swamps and lakes.

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In 1990, the Danube Delta has been listed as part of the UNESCO patrimony and the reason for this is obvious: the delta can be seen as a vast natural laboratory as all sorts of chemical and biochemical processes of water decantation and purification occur in this territory (when the fresh water meets the marine water). The delta is also home to an increased number of beings.

The biological research conducted in the area concluded that upon flowing into the Black Sea, the water of the Danube contains, besides calcium carbonate, a consistent amount of plankton and microscopic fauna. It is in this exact place that the environment is appropriate for mollusk and shell fish proliferation.

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The Danube Delta is still a wild environment, even harsh-looking upon a first gaze, but it is extremely generous in terms of the food and shelter which are at the disposal of the multitude of creatures that dwell in this region.

The diversity and beauty of this wilderness is not banned to human gaze as long as there are no interferences to the fundamental elements of the bio-system.

Flora and fauna

What makes the Danube Delta unique is the impressive flora and fauna it shelters within its boundaries, most of it consisting of rare species. These have adapted to a predominantly aquatic environment and this is what mostly intrigues and fascinates people. But the region does not consist only of water, as there are several crests located every now and then, such as Letea, Caraorman, Stipoc, etc.

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The two types of environments are separated by a marshy area which is predisposed to flooding. However, this surface is not devoid of life. On the contrary, there are species which have adapted to each of the environments (water/ land) in as much as the territory is “populated” irrespective of the annual period or of the hydrological conditions.

Some of the species of plants that are found in the Danube Delta are the hornworn (Myrlophyllum), the white water lily (Nymphaea alba), the yellow pond lily (Nuphar luteum), the pond thistle  (Trapa nataus), the water plantain (Alisma plantago), various plants with flouting leafs and roots which can be found on the lakes’ shores, the duckweed (Lemna), the frog bit (Hydrocharis morsisrane) and many more.

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The marshes and the flooded areas form a specific ecosystem which is characterized by bog reed plants and floating reed islet. The vegetation in this area is 80% bog reed. The remaining 20% is constituted of bulrush (Typha latifolia), water fern (Nephrodium thelypteris), pewter grass (Sairpus radicans), “Forget-me-not” flower (Myosotis palustris), yellow common iris (Iris prendocorus), poison hemlock (Cicuta virosa), the grey willow tree (Salix cinerea), etc.

There are also forestry areas, especially in the Letea and Caraorman Crests, where oak trees, as well as other types of trees grow. The most beautiful forestry area is Hasmacul Mare, located on Letea crest, which has been declared a natural monument back in 1938.

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Another thing that attracts tourists to this area is the diversified species of birds which have transformed the Danube Delta into their natural habitat. It is precisely this aspect that has made the delta such a renowned place. There are more than 300 species of birds found here and 70 of them are actually not original from the European continent.

A study has been conducted recently and the discoveries pointed out that 166 of these birds are actually “permanent dwellers” of the delta, whereas the remaining part are only passing by during the hot seasons, when winter installs itself in their original habitat.

The Danube Delta is the place where a multitude of birds from around the world come together. Thus, we will encounter European species such as the sea swallow, the reed nightingale, white eagle, etc.; Siberian species (singing swan, the ember goose, the crane), Chinese (the mute swan, the big cormorant), and species from the Mediterranean area (pelicans, herons).

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There are actually 9 endangered species found here, which are protected by the law. These are divided into two main categories based on the coloration of their feathers (white or multicolored). At present, there are other 3 species on the verge of being declared protected by law.

The Danube Delta has stirred the interest of many environmentalists and activists who have seen the damages inflicted in this natural paradise by man. Thus different projects have been developed so as to transform the Delta, if not totally, then partially, a natural reservation.

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What it has not been said yet, although you have probably already deduced it, is that the Danube Delta offers a great imagery of nature. So if you want to enjoy a relaxing vacation, surrounded by natural landscapes, where all the worries are left behind in the city you have departed from, then the delta will definitely be the appropriate choice for you.

What is more, you can see a multitude of species which are located nowhere else on the Romanian territory, and as it has been mentioned previously, some are not even found on the European continent.