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The Danube Delta is located in southeastern Romania where the river Danube flows into the Black Sea. This happens after it passed through several countries and absorbed countless lesser waterways. Here, it formes the largest delta in the European Union, and also the best preserved.

 

The Danube Delta is truly a unique place in Europe. Both in regards to landscape and cultural mix. No wonder it has been granted several conservation statuses. First of all, it is a Biosphere Reserve that includes human traditional settlements and activities. It is the only delta in the world to have this status.

A land of great diversity

It has also been declared a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site, due to the huge diversity of species and habitats. Its 30 types of ecosystems place it in the third position in the world biodiversity top after the Galapagos and the Great Barrier Reef. The Danube delta hosts over 300 species of birds, the majority protected. Coupled with over 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes. Altogether it is home to nearly 5,500 species of flora and fauna.

It comprises a vast complex of floating reed beds, poplar and willow forests, and wetland. And it’s crossed by an intricate network of channels. Given these points, that makes it indeed a perfect home for a vast number of bird species.

”Romania hosts the world’s largest population of the “Globally Threatened” Pygmy Cormorant with over 7000 pairs, and most are here in the Delta. There’s also Europe’s largest population of Eurasian White Pelican (3500 pairs), crucial numbers of Dalmatian Pelican and the core European population of Ferruginous Duck. Many Locustella and Acrocephalus warblers (Savi’s, Sedge, Paddyfield, Moustached, Marsh, Reed, Great Reed) have their largest European breeding populations in Romania.”

Speaking of birds, the delta is also a RAMSAR Wetlands site and the largest Natura 2000 Site in Romania.

 

The youngest land of Europe

Not only that is one of the youngest lands of Europe, the delta extends with 40 square meters every year. It slowly advances into the Black Sea through a constant combination of erosion and deposition of silt.

Only 10% of its entire surface is dry land, the rest is a lush universe of floating reed islands, tree-fringed lakes, and narrow canals covered in water lilies and bordered by willows.

“Europe’s last nature paradise” says Jan Hopman in his article from Grasduinen the most important nature magazine in Holland (April 2000).

“Indeed, the Danube Delta’s reedbeds constitute the largest expanse in the world covering 2,700 square km” … “If all this were not enough there is also, in addition to the delta proper around 880 square km of lagoons, saltmarsh, sandy and shingle beaches and other coastal habitats to the immediate south” …

“No other European wetland west of the Volga can compete with the Danube Delta in size, diversity and overall magnificence.” says Gerard Gorman in an article from ALULA the most important ornithological magazine in Finland.

 

Like an oasis through the sand dunes

 
In between the wetlands labyrinth, there s a desert-like area. The large sandbank between Chilia and Sulina branches hide a real gem in the middle. It’s the subtropical forest of Letea.
 
Together with its southerner sister, the Caraorman forest, they are considered to be real virgin forests. This means that no direct impact was posed on them by human activities. But there is an indirect human modification done by the so-called “wild horses” of Letea. However, correctly said, they are feral horses, released by the villagers in the last few decades. Although they are considered an attraction, the horses started to modify the forest by feeding on the bark and the very young trees.
 
 

A diversity garden

Because of its position and geomorphological aspect, the forest create a unique habitat and even a microclimate.
Letea is the northernmost subtropical forest in the world. Therefore, plants that usually grow around the Mediterranean can be found here.
The old oaks are home to many woodpecker species, rollers, starlings, hoppoes and even some species of owls. A myriad of insects live here and even some rare orchids grow in the area.
 
Luckily for us, this strictly protected area offers us the chance to have a glimpse over this natural wonderland on an official path open for visitors.
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The tours on this page can be either booked as they are or they can be adjusted to meet your requirements. Also, if your timeframe or interests don’t match with what you find here, or already know how your holiday should look like, please use the Custom Tours section of this website.

Note: We usually go with the floating hotel with groups between 12 and 20 persons. For a smaller group or even single travellers, we’ll use a small boat for transportation and guesthouses in villages of the Danube Delta, for accommodation.

Danube Delta Tours
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Grand Tour of Romania: Danube Delta, Bucovina and Transylvania

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