Nearly 3000km downstream from the Black Forest, the Danube Delta is a vast network of reeds and shifting land clinging to the far eastern side of Romania. Rich in wildlife, the Delta provides a unique habitat for 330 species of bird, many of which are found nowhere else in Europe. To really appreciate the diversity of birdlife, however, you’re best off taking a tour or paying one of the local fishermen to row or motor you into the backwaters and lakes; travel in the Delta can be time-consuming, so if you’re seriously bent on birdwatching, be prepared to spend at least a week here.

To the south, Romania’s Black Sea coast is blessed with abundant sunshine, warm water and sandy beaches, but due to the popularity of summer resorts such as Mamaia, Neptun and Venus it’s best to book a package holiday from home, or head to one of the prettier former fishing villages near the Bulgarian border: Doi Mai is quiet and family-oriented, while the more independent-minded resort of Vama Veche grows more fashionable by the year. For a drop of culture amid all this sea and sand, the port city of Constanţa offers a splendid array of museums and historical riches, particularly throughout its atmospheric old quarter. The remainder of the region is often bypassed, though it’s not without its attractions, not least Roman remains at Adamclisi and Histria, as well as the superbly sited citadel at Enisala.

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