|Land of Dobrotici, after prince Dobrotitsa/Dobrotici,
who in 1325 ruled over the region
|Location||Southeastern Romania – between the Danube River
and the Black Sea
|Area||9,631 sq miles|
|Population||Approximately 1 million|
|Main cities||Constanta, Medgidia, Mangalia, Tulcea|
|Climate||Torrid summers, relatively chilly winters, and little precipitation|
Dobrogea region is home to the Danube Delta, a 2,200-square-mile wildlife reserve designated by UNESCO as a “Reservation of the Biosphere;” the ancient port city of Constanta, and the seaside resorts stretching along Romania’s 152-mile Black Sea coast. From the port city of Tulcea, day cruises through the Delta’s waterways give travelers a glimpse of the abundant wildlife and the traditional fishing villages. Floating reed islands, sand dunes and waterways offer shelter to over 300 species of birds, countless fish and 1,150 species of plants.
South of the Delta, the historical city of Constanta serves as a major port on the Black Sea. Featuring several museums, historical monuments, fine mansions and a grand casino, the city is the focal point of Black Sea coast tourism. A strip of fine-sand beaches dotted with seaside resorts named after women and mythological gods, such as Eforie, Jupiter, Neptun, Olimp, Saturn, Venus and Mangalia, stretches from Constanta to the Bulgarian border.
Places to explore
Outdoor Adventures & Parks
Birdwatching, Camping, Fishing
Food & Wine
The cuisine of Dobrogea, mainly based on fish, as the region is close to the Black Sea, the Delta and the Danube River, is a mix of Romanian, Greek, Turkish, Tartar and Bulgarian flavors and receipies. One of the traditional dishes of the region is the Tripe Soup. To make this delicious soup, beef tripe is mixed with carrots, onions, pepper and garlic. It is flavored afterwards with vinegar or sour cream.
The delicious local salad, called Salata Dobrogeana, is made of fresh vegetables – pepper, cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, to which boiled eggs, grated cheese,
minced dill or parsley are added.
The Sarailie cake, with walnuts or almonds dipped in syrup, makes an excellent dessert.
The most popular dish in the Danube Delta is the Fisherman’s Soup.
In a big cast-iron kettle, water is brought to a boil with vegetables and some 10 to 15 species of small fish. The liquid is then strained and the small fish discarded.
Big chunks of sturgeon, carp or pike are then boiled in the broth.
The fish soup makes two dishes: first, the broth is served with a wooden spoon
and then the big chunks of fish are sprinkled with chili pepper or garlic.
Afterwards, Saramura, prepared from big chunks of carp broiled on the stove
or on a spit, is served with polenta and garlic sauce.
Other local specialties:
Beef tripe soup – served seasoned with vinegar or sour cream
Plachia de crap – carp cooked with onions and oil
An entire collection of archeological objects and inscriptions speak of the importance of wine growing in the life of the ancient cities along the Romanian shore of the Black Sea.
Murfatlar, Romania’s largest wine producing region, is located 10 miles west of the Black Sea coast. Over 300 days of sunshine, along with cool breezes from the sea, make this area ideal for the production of medium-dry and sweet wines, such as late harvest Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Muscat Ottonel. Red wines are also produced at Murfatlar – Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir being the most popular.Sarica Niculitel Winery
Constanta International Airport (CND) and Tulcea
Nearest major international airport:
Bucharest – 142 miles west
Airlines with service to Dobrogea region:
non-stop flights from/to: Milano
non-stop flights from/to: Istanbul
non-stop flights from/to: London
There are several daily trains and buses from/to Bucharest and other major cities in Romania to Dobrogea region.
Main train stations: Constanta, Mangalia, Tulcea.
Daily trains connect Constanta, Mangalia and Tulcea to Bucharest.
Trains also depart daily to the resorts located on the Black Sea Coast.
To check train and bus schedules for domestic routes please visit our:
Romania Domestic Transportation section
Information on international trains with service to/from Dobrogea
are available at: www.romaniatourism.com/transportation.html#bytrain
Border crossing points in the Dobrogea region from Bulgaria into
Romania include: Vama Veche, Negru Voda, Ostrov