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Cycling from Cernavodă to Eforie Sud/Vama Veche

Bicycle Touring · Dobrogea
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A 3-day bike tour to the seaside resorts, with cobos and overnight in a tent. The route goes mostly on secondary roads, a little off-road, and the scenery crosses fields of poppies, rapeseed, sunflowers and small villages.
moderate
Distance 155.3 km
10:40 h
866 m
889 m
196 m
-2 m

Coming from Cernavodă station with the bike ready, after crossing the Danube, a first steep climb awaits us on the way out of the city. It is a sign that the route will not be smooth at all, despite the fact that we are on our way to the sea, so to zero altitude. Besides, the whole route is up and down, and only the view relieves from the physical effort. Often, even the wind blowing from the front poses problems.

The road, which is quite good, winds over small hills, through almost deserted villages, through woodland streams, and there is relatively little traffic. The communes along the route are an opportunity to stop often and refresh yourself whenever you feel the need.

If you go in early summer, as we did, the fields of poppies, rapeseed and sunflowers will keep you company for a long time. At some point the windmills come along.

On the first day, you arrive in the Dobrogea Gorge, which you might want to take an hour to explore. And if you arrive at sunset, it's all the more beautiful.

On the second day you already get very close to the seashore and start to feel the salt air.

The road gets a little better, this being a sought-after road for tourists to Corbu or Vadu. You can stop in Corbu at a cherhana. By evening you should already be in Năvodari/Tuzla, and even have a swim, if the water temperature allows it.

From here on, the way to other resorts is up to you. Just crossing Constança can be a bit tricky, but you can rely on the map. If you don't stop in Eforie, the road to 23 August is the main road, so it's also very busy. In the following resorts you can get off and pedal along the cliffs.Especially between 23 August, Olympus, Neptune, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn it's a pleasure to cycle close to the sea. Of course, if the resorts are not very crowded; which is possible in the off-season.

Author’s recommendation

Consider the options to "cut out" of the route marked on my map and take the unpaved roads.

Watch out for camping areas in off-camping sites, as we were.

You can stop at any of the seaside resorts if you don't want to continue the route.

For water sources, you have plenty to buy along the way, and you can knock on any gate if you need to.

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Author
Sînziana Mihalache 
Update: September 01, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
196 m
Lowest point
-2 m
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Track types

Asphalt 94.91%Road 5.08%
Asphalt
147.4 km
Road
7.9 km
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Safety information

Be careful if you pitch your tent in an undeveloped area in/near Tuzla, because the police are still patrolling.

Start

Cernavodă Railway Station (37 m)
Coordinates:
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44.337613, 28.026493
DMS
44°20'15.4"N 28°01'35.4"E
UTM
35T 581830 4909884
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Destination

Năvodari - Eforie - Vama Veche

Turn-by-turn directions

Day 1: Cernavodă - Cheile Dobrogei

90% asphalt road. To avoid the detour at Gălbiori, as the map shows, after Țepeș Vodă and the exit to the E60 you can almost immediately turn right onto the paved road leading to Mireasa. It's very good cycling, but you get awfully dusty. It's mostly flat.

Camping in the Cheile Dobrogei is not officially allowed, this being a nature reserve. But with a bit of care and a little further off the road you can find entrances (after car tracks in principle) that others have followed to pitch their tents. There are large rubbish bins in the quayside that hardly anyone cleans up, so it would be advisable not to litter too much and take it with you.

Day 2: Dobrogea Gorges - Tuzla

There are two possibilities to do this route, depending on your preference and physical condition. We followed the asphalt, which detours around Gărdina - Cogealac. But if you've seen the keys, you can go back to Târgușor, and turn left on the local road that goes to the Dionisie Exiguul Hermitage, respectively to the Gura Dobrogei Reserve. As on day 1, this road is also gravel and much busier, as many people drive to the monastery.

After the asphalt exit, again you have the option to turn left towards Tariverde or to continue still on the unpaved road towards Săcele. Weigh your options carefully because the gravel road with cobbles is not idyllic!

From here on, it's all asphalt and there aren't many hills. In Tuzla you can find a camping area above the cliff with relative ease.

Day 3 - Tuzla - Eforie - Vama Veche

On the last day, we continued to other seaside resorts. Where possible, we drove down from the main road to the old road through the resorts. 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Bucharest to Cernavodă you can get there by train (including a bike ticket).

Coordinates

DD
44.337613, 28.026493
DMS
44°20'15.4"N 28°01'35.4"E
UTM
35T 581830 4909884
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Tent, coburi, isoprene, technical cycling equipment, sun cream

Localization

Parts of this content were machine translated using Romanian as the source language


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
155.3 km
Duration
10:40 h
Ascent
866 m
Descent
889 m
Highest point
196 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Out and back Linear route Refreshment stops available

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