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Exploring the Sfantu Gheorghe village in Danube Delta

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  • Guided boat trip
    / Guided boat trip
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  • Sunset where the Danube flows into the Black Sea
    / Sunset where the Danube flows into the Black Sea
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  • / Bird watching during boat trip
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  • / Boat trip
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  • / The trocarici or the local taxi
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  • / Bird watching during boat trip
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In this trip, we will explore one of Danube Delta's arms, Sfantu Gheorghe (Saint George), having the city of Tulcea as a starting point.
easy
Distance 84 km
5:00 h
117 m
166 m
Danube Delta, situated in Dobrogea, Romania, is a UNESCO Worls Heritae site, which hosts more than 300 species of birds and 45 freshwater fish species. The delta is formed around three main channels of the Danube, which are Chilia, Sulina, and Sfantu Gheorghe (Saint George). During this trip, we will explore the latter channel and its port-village that has the same name.

Author’s recommendation

It is not recommended to do this trip for one day - it takes at least 2 days to explore the beauties of this part of the Delta.

There are not many options for accommodation in Sfantu Gheorghe. Green Village is a resort that also has an affordable camping area, which is home to a famous one-week film festival. Another option would be living in the houses of local fishermen who also provide fresh fish meals everyday. 

In Sfantu Gheorghe we will find a beautiful beach that is mostly unpopulated. From here, it is extremly visible the way the Danube is flowing into the Black Sea and it is a breath-taking view. 

We will find only one little bar at the entrance of the beach, so it is advisable to bring your own food in case you want to spend more time there. 

The village is not modern at all, it actually keeps very many ancient customs, but this is where its beauty stands - the streets are rarely paved, and the "taxis" consist of a cart being attached to a tractor. 

There is a high variety of guided boat trips organized by locals, from bird watching to the exploration of nearby attractions. 

Difficulty
easy
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
82 m
Lowest point
-3 m
Best time of year
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Tips and hints

If you are a film enthusiast, you can visit the village during the ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival, which takes place annually in august and it lasts one week. The festival is located in the Green Dolphin Camping, a resort with an eco-friendly design. If interested, buy tickets in advance. 

More info here: https://www.festival-anonimul.ro/en/home-page-en/

Start

Tulcea (23 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.043633, 28.856833
DMS
45°02'37.1"N 28°51'24.6"E
UTM
35T 646235 4989474
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Destination

Sfantu Gheorghe

Turn-by-turn directions

From Tulcea, we will take the ferry to Sfantu Gheorghe, which takes around 4-5 hours, during which we can admire the beauties of Delta's oldest channel. 

Once arrived in the port of Sfantu Gheorghe, we will have the option to take the local taxi to the station nearest to our accommodation. The taxi has a defined route, it goes from the village's center to the beach and the other way back, but it has a few stops on the way. 

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Public transport

Take the ferry from Tulcea to Sfantu Gheorghe.

If you need a ride from the village to the beach or to the center, take the "trocarici" - a cart attached to a tractor. 

After 8pm, it's hard to find any public tranport. 

Getting there

Slow ferries leave Tulcea at 1:30pm (48 lei, five to six hours) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, and return at 7am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Fast ferries depart from Tulcea at 1:30pm (60 lei, three hours) on Saturday, returning at 7am on Sunday.

Parking

You need to leave your car in the port of Tulcea.

Coordinates

DD
45.043633, 28.856833
DMS
45°02'37.1"N 28°51'24.6"E
UTM
35T 646235 4989474
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Romania Tourism, Danube Delta Map: www.romaniatourism.com/.../op789.html

Equipment

Comfortable clothes and lots of insect bites spray!

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
84 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
117 m
Descent
166 m
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