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Jurilovca: The Village of Fish, History and Sea
Jurilovca is one of those charming fishermen villages you’d go back each year to feel the breeze, watch the boats coming and leaving or to simply enjoy the immense and spectacular view of the Razim Lake from the rocky Dolosman Cape. Founded in 1826 by a small Russian community deported here by the Tsar Peter the Great because of their opposition to the reform of the Russian Orthodox Church that modernized the ritual and calendar to European standards, Jurilovca is one of the many wonders of the Danube Delta.
Multicultural and authentic, Jurilovca offers its visitors many ways to enjoy a full day and even more. While for many Jurilovca is a pit stop on their way to the beautiful and remote Gura Portitei, the village has its own natural and historical attractions to get you coming back each time you have the chance.
The Dolosman Cape is the only rocky seafront of the Romanian Black Sea Coast and without a doubt one of its most extraordinary points. With a 3 km length and a maxim height of 29 meters, this limestone seafront conserves important steppe species, with a high diversity of plants, sheltering rare birds and snakes. The view of the Razim Lake, the largest natural lake of Romania, is astonishing and you should reserve at least two hours to fully enjoy the 3 km walk as here are also located the ruins of the ancient Argamum fortress.
The Argamum fortress precedes the antic Greek city of Histria, located not far away, and is the first settlement of present-day Romania mentioned in written antic documents dated from the 6th century BC of the historian Hekataios from Milet. Originally named Orgame, this fortress was founded by Greek colonists sometime in the middle of the 7th century BC to protect the gulf beneath the Dolosman Cape that offered shelter for boats during storms. In the Roman period, the fortress was registered under the name of Argamum and many noticeable archaeological discoveries date from this time (1st-6th century AC).
The fortress of Argamum extends on two and a half hectares, but the overall surface of the archaeological site is much larger, important vestiges like trade coins, bronze arrowheads or bronze shaped dolphins and many more were discovered here. Walking around its ruins that border the edge of the Dolosman Cape you can easily imagine the strategic role played by this fortress in antic times. Consider going in the middle of the week or during autumn to enjoy the fortress in complete peace.
No word describes better Jurilovca than authentic, at least for now. If you’re looking for a different kind of experience by the Black Sea, one that doesn’t involve crowds or clubs, then Jurilovca is definitely the place to go.
Where: Jurilovca, Tulcea County
Closest largest town: Tulcea
Nearby attractions: Babadag, Histria, Danube Delta, Gura Portitei
Access: E87 Tulcea-Constanta