The Danube Delta is a UNESCO Heritage and it is one of the "best preserved of Europe's deltas. It is the newest land of Romania, it is an untouched land of beauty, nature and wilderness."(Source)
Coming all the way from Germany (Schwarz Wald) the Danube makes its way through several countries in Europe over 1788 km before spilling into the the Black Sea.
There are 3 arms of the Delta
- Chilia (Ukraine)
- Sulina (Romania)
- Sf. Gheorghe (Romania)
We decided to go to Sf Gheorghe as it was recommended by my parents who have been to Lady Jenica Guesthouse 2 years before.
Best would be to get there by car till the boat transfer. You can get one of the regular boats and then go by car till Mahmudia. You can check times under link, or you can maybe arrange transfer with your host and they might have a boat available for the transfer from Murghiol. As the website is in Romanian, below what is relevant based on transfer from Mahmudia. Please note that this was the information listed on 5th of January 2017. For tourists, the tariffs are in yellow below.
You can check for accommodation on turistinfo where you can generally find local accomodation, sort of an Airbnb, or you can try on booking for accomodation at GreenVillage. We stayed at Pensiunea Jenica Sfantu Gheorghe Delta. You can contact Jenica also under 0040744793299. We had a great time over there so we totally recommend the place.
Jenica was preparing Breakfast & Dinner for us, but she can also cook lunch of course, we preferred to try some of the restaurants available. The food is 99% based on fish, if you don't eat fish let them know they can prepare something chicken based most probably, but seriously you should try the fish....
We tried also Delta Marina, everything is fish .... ok, except the vegetable, but you get my point.
What can you do in Sf Gheorghe
"First recorded in the mid-14th century by Visconti, a traveller from Genoa, the remote seaside village of Sfantu Gheorghe, on the eastern end of the Sfantu Gheorghe channel (109km from Tulcea), retains an ever-so-slight alternative vibe, fed by the town's lovely, lonely beach and its sleepy, noncommercial core. It's also one of the best places in the delta to sample traditional cooking (including some fabulous fish soup). Each August the village hosts what just might be the world's most remote film festival, the Anonimul fest." (Source)
Watch the Sunrise
We woke up around 5AM, but this is an amazing experience so do not miss it. You can check out a timelaps below
and the 1000 words of the below pictures
I guess you see my point
Watch the Sunset
At least as spectacular as the sunrise, the sunsets in Sf. Gheroghe are magical.
These are the tour options that you have out of Sf. Gheorghe, best to check with your host, they will be able to recommend you who to contact.
Tour 1 & 2 in pictures
The Island Sacalin is a new territory formed in the Black Sea right next to Sf Gheorghe, the Island was first mentioned in 1771 and as of 1938 the Romanian Government declared the Island as a biosphere reserve and it is not allowed to built any settlement on the island, tourists are not allowed on the island. Some of the flora and founa found in the area.
and as every story should involve some pirate stories :P .... here a shipwreck...now you can start getting your Pirates of the Caribbean story, Romanian edition ;)
I guess that the pictures have already convinced you that the Danube Delta is a must and I will highlight it again. You feel like in a magical world, it's an amazing experience that you will enjoy a lot.