At the end of its 1700 mile journey across Europe, the great Danube River empties its water into the Black Sea. Here the Danube splits into numerous channels and canals, creating the second largest delta on the continent of Europe. Vast expanses of swamps and forest, as well as a scattering of pretty lakes surrounded by thick reed beds, provide a perfect sanctuary for over 300 species of birds, including many year–round residents, plus summer breeders and spring and autumn migrants. In addition there are countless fish and 1150 species of plants.
The Danube Delta is a 2,200-square-mile wildlife reserve designated by UNESCO as a “Reservation of the Biosphere”.
A few days in the Delta give travellers a glimpse of the abundant wildlife and the traditional fishing villages.
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE DANUBE DELTA:
- Birdwatching with local guide. The 300 bird species include the largest pelican colonies outside Africa.
- Traditional fishing villages, such as Mila 23, Crisan, Sfantu Gheorghe, Jurilovca, Letea.