Corbu is a commune in Constanta County, consisting of the villages Corbu (commune's main settlement), Luminiţa and Vadu. It is a large rural village with a population of over 5,000 inhabitants, mostly Romanian, with a minority group of Bulgarians, Hungarians, Germans, Turks, etc.

The area offers many recreational opportunities (water sports, fishing, motocross / ATV circuits, cycling) as well as direct access to major landmarks such as the Danube Delta, Constanţa, Histria Citadel or Enisala Citadel. From a landscape point of view, the territory of the locality is part of the Black Sea coast (6 km long), surrounded by natural protection areas: Danube Delta, Lake Istria - Weddings - Tuzla, Lake Taşaul, Corbu Lake and so on The area benefits from scenic landscapes accompanied by characteristic flora and fauna.

 

The Corbu Beach is part of Chituc Grind from the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. It is a virgin beach that stretches over a distance of about 20 km. The beach is 8 km from Mamaia resort north, in the immediate vicinity of Corbu. Right beside the Corbu commune entry sign, there is a straight road to the right that leads directly to the beach.

During the day you can enjoy many activities: windsurfing and kitesurfing (there is also a school in Mamaia North - more information here and here); diving and snorkeling; birds watching; ATV and motorcross circuits. Or you can just stay at the beach and enjoy the sea.
In the evening, something magic encompasses the dark water: thousands of lights are lit, like fireflies floating silently over the surface. The sea resembles the starry sky - capture it with a high-exposure camera.

We would like to draw your attention to the importance of the beach being part of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. There is a set of rules that you will find displayed at the entrance to the beach - please respect them.

Please do not set fires on the beach, do not leave garbage (including cigarette butts) behind, and do not camp on the beach. Additionally, an access permit is required (more information here and here).

We recommend that you come with UV protection lotion during the day and in the evening with mosquito repellents.

 

Corbu Lake is part of Taşaul-Corbu Lake Complex. This is a protected natural area, located near Corbu. The lake has a length of 4.5 km (north-south).

It is a quiet lake, comforted by a pleasant wind that makes the little waves dance. With luck, you can see the protected birds that nest in the area and spend the day on the lake. The lake can also be admired from the Taşaul fishery, located on the shores of Năvodari. Here you will find fresh fish, seafood and all kinds of goodies (we recommend it!).

For amateur and professional fishermen, you can find a fish farm and competitive facilities developed to support recreational / sport fishing.
Find more information here.

Those passionate about photography will be able to capture amazing images from the shores of the lake, at golden-hour.

Important - do not disturb the birds!
We recommend that you have a sunscreen lotion during day, and in the evening mosquito repellent.

Vadu Beach is about 10 km from Corbu. On your way to it, you will pass through the village of Vadu and the former Rare Metal factory. The road is tedious, with craters and concrete slabs, then sand, as you cross the grind. Still, those who are daring enough to take the bumpy road will be rewarded. The beach is astonishing and it's famous for having the cleanest water on the Romanian seaside.

The landscape between the village and the beach resembles that of some dried out areas of the Delta - dried grass, water spots and some birds specific to this area. The beach does not have a high cliff, like Corbu. Once you get past some shrubs, stubborn to grow up in the sandy soil, a long and rough grass appears out from the of silver sand. Then the sand gets fine and is sprinkled with all kinds of multicolored shells. The water is not deep at all, it is clear and has the perfect temperature for a refreshing dip.

Vadu Beach has a bohemian air and a special charm. Expect yourself in a wild and secluded place with no mobile signal, sun loungers, lounges, music or toilets.

On the beach you will find a lot of peace, you will be away from people or from any stressful thoughts and you will be able to enjoy the nature.
We recommend that you come by bicycle here, do not forget the sun lotion and do not stay until the evening mosquito hordes will attack.
Do not forget to take your access permit (details here) and to follow the Delta's golden rule - leave no trace (no camping in tents, no fire, no trash on the beach!).

Histria was a Greek colony on the Black Sea Dobrogea coast, founded in the 7th century BC by the colonists of Miletus, being the oldest colony in the west of the Euxin Pont. It was inhabited for 14 centuries, until the 7th century AD. During its peak period it had up to 25,000 inhabitants and its own currency. The fortress was abandoned after the sea withdrew, leaving a lake behind. Thus, the harbor was blocked and economic activities diminished, resulting in the decline of the settlement.

You can visit the archaeological site of Histria and the Archeology Museum, where you will find numerous pieces of Greek, Roman, Byzantine archeology, from Histria and surrounding areas (amphorae, inscriptions, vases, ornaments, bas-reliefs).

We recommend Histria for an interesting lesson of history and for a great scenery. The specific background sound of the area is unforgettable: leave the site and descend to the shore of Lake Sinoe, sit on the boulders and close your eyes: listen to the sound of the lake that the sea left behind. Then open your eyes and let yourself be enchanted by the jade green of the lake, sprinkled on the edges with immortelles, water birds and all kinds of little creatures.

If needed, you can relax your hunger and thirst at the fishery next to the archaeological site.


Come with us!

Friday, the 17th of August, Arkadia takes you in a bike-trip to Histria! The trip will include a site tour and it's free for all the Arkadia ShortFest spectators. The number of participants will be limited.
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Constanța | About | Trip Advisor
Constanța is one of the oldest cities in Romania. The first documentary attestation dates from 657 BC. when a Greek colony called Tomis was formed on the site of the current peninsula (and even under the waters today, right next to the Casino). The locality was conquered by the Romans in 71 BC. and renamed Constantiana after the sister of Emperor Constantine the Great. During the 13th century, the Great Sea (as it was then called the Black Sea) was dominated by the Italian merchants in Genoa who helped develop the city. Later, Constanța suffered a decline under the Ottoman rule, becoming a simple village inhabited by Greek fishermen and by Tatar horse and sheep breeders. The city became larger after the construction of the Cernavodă-Constanţa railway line and the port, in 1865, for the export of the Romanian grain. After the War of Independence (1877-1878), when Dobrogea became part of the Kingdom of Romania, Constanţa, the main port of the state, grew continuously, holding this role until today.

 

Danube Delta | About | Trip Advisor
Mostly in Dobrogea, Romania and partly in Ukraine, it is the second largest and best-preserved of the European deltas.

The Danube Delta entered UNESCO World Heritage in 1991, being classified as a biosphere reserve nationwide in Romania and as a national park in the IUCN international taxonomy. It overlaps both sites of community importance Danube Delta (SCI site) and Danube Delta (maritime area); as well as the special protection areas Beştepe - Mahmudia and the Razim - Sinoie Complex.

The Danube Delta site (since 21 May 1991) is protected by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as a wetland of international importance.

 

Murfatlar vineyard | About | Trip Advisor
Since antiquity, locals from Dobrogea cultivated these vineyards. Annually, 25,000 tons of grapes are collected, resulting in 18 million liters of wine, almost equivalent to one liter of wine per Romanian. Several thousands of people work from spring to late autumn to harvest vineyards.

The main attraction of Murfatlar viticulture is the wine cellar. The cellar shelters nearly 40 years of tradition. The dusty bottles are good, stacked on the shelves. There's a lot of flavors here. Some fine, delicate, fresh, others heavier, stronger, full of personality. All blend in full harmony and form the most subtle tones.

 

The Murfatlar Cave Ensemble | About | Trip Advisor
Near the town of Murfatlar there is the Basarabi-Murfatlar cave complex - an ensemble of six churches, a few rooms, galleries and Christian tombs, all carved in the chalk massif. The complex, made up of rooms and galleries, is dug into a hillside near the quarry of Murfatlar, in the immediate vicinity of the train station. It is 15 km away from the Black Sea coast, on the right bank of the Danube - Black Sea Canal.

 

Gorges of Dobrogea | About
Gorges of Dobrogea reserve covers an area of ​​285 hectares, the fossil species found in limestone walls being unique in the country and perfectly preserved. The mountain formations in the area are former coral reefs of the Thetis Sea. They are starting with Mihail Kogălniceanu, along the road to Ramnicu de Jos. The landscapes are of rare beauty - natural ditches and gorges bordering the steep banks of the valley, caves dug in limestone, such as "La Adam" and "The Bats Cave" with special plant species, but also important archaeological discoveries.