To the Black Sea, by bike (Lehliu-Gară - Vama Veche)
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Crossing one of the villages in Călărași by bikePhoto: Sînziana Mihalache, CC BY-SA, Outdooractive Editors
If you want to be adventurous and get to the Black Sea resorts by bike, while also camping, this route is one possibility. (Another one would be from Cernavoda.) Moreover, a segment of this route is officially part of the European cycle tourist route EuroVelo, which connects the Black Sea and the Atlantic.
The route passes through villages in the Bărăgan Plain - places that seem to be dilating under the summer heat, crosses the Danube by ferry from Călărași to Ostrov, and then follows an up-down-up course before finally descending to the sea.
The scenery is beautiful, especially after the ferry crossing. The Danube peacefully joins you a good part of the way, and so are the rapeseed or poppy fields if you ride this route in early summer.
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Day 1: Starts from Lehliu-Gară towards Călărași, passing by the wetland and lakes in Valea Argovei. The road is good, mostly downhill. In Mănăstirea village you also enter Eurovelo 6, which you follow up to Cobadin. There are no specific markings, but some tourist signs can guide you (though you don't necessarily need them, especially if you've got a digital map). In Călărași, there are signs for the ferry crossing. In the second part of the day, the route becomes hilly and more challenging, but extraordinarily beautiful. Depending on your preferences and pace, you can spend the night in a tent somewhere along the way or at a boarding house.
Day 2: Follow the signs to Negru Vodă and then to Mangalia and you will reach the sea. The hills are no longer so obvious, although they still do not descend to the sea until after Negru Vodă. The landscape seems a neverending, uninteresting plain.
Public-transport-friendlyIf you start from Bucharest, get to Lehliu-Gară via train, from Obor train station.
EquipmentBike repairing kit, sunscreen, bike carriers, a change of clothes, just a bit of food.
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