Sixteen kilometres south of Eforie Nord, NEPTUN was built in 1960 between the Comorova forest and the sea, ensuring a lush setting for the artificial lakes and dispersed villas. Originally enclaves for the communist nomenklatura, today Neptun and its classier, but much quieter, satellite of OLIMP, just north, are patronized by relatively affluent Romanian families and some Western tourists.

Both resorts are strung out along Strada Trandafirilor; in Neptun, about halfway along near the main complex of shops, Aleea Steagurilor leads down between a couple of lakes to the beach, with waterslides, beach bars and restaurants, and paths leading around the lakes; to the north are both government-owned and private villas – from the path you can see albino peacocks in one garden.

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