The Danube Delta: The Birds’ Paradise
Often described as a birds’ paradise, the Danube Delta is one of the biggest wetlands in the world and an UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Its 30 types of ecosystems place it in the third position in the world biodiversity top after the Galapagos and the Great Barrier Reef. This is one the most beautiful places in Romania and definitely a must-see destination for bird-watching, fishing amateurs and nature lovers.
As the Danube River divides in three channels (Chilia, Sulina and Sfantu Gheorghe), it builds a landscape of floating reed islands, tree-fringed lakes and narrow canals bordered by willows and lianas. This is the home of more than 300 species of protected birds, unique in Europa, the halting place of millions of others and of the almost entire world population of the red-breasted goose during the winter, along with huge groups of swans and geese.
The Danube Delta is also the home of almost 16,000 inhabitants, a cultural mix of Romanians, Russians, Ukrainians, Lipovans, Greeks and Turks, who live mostly isolated and dependent on traditional activities like fishing. While you’ll be surely impressed by their way of life and delicious fish dishes, take into consideration that most of them live on the edge of poverty as there are limited work opportunities in the Danube Delta.
You can help make a difference by acting as a responsible traveler. Choose the accommodation and guidance services offered by the simple and hospitable locals instead of the luxury hotels that are no match for the authenticity of the Delta’s people.
You need at least 4-5 days for a proper trip and you should take into consideration the circulation schedule of the boats when planning.
Be sure to take with you some strong mosquito protection.
Act as a responsible traveler, protect nature and help local communities by buying only local products and services.