As the waters of the Danube flow into the Black Sea, they form the largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas, the Danube Delta. A labyrinth of water and land is building a mosaic of river branches, channels, lakes, sand dunes and oak forests.
Situated between the lower Danube River and the Black Sea, Dobruja includes the Danube Delta, Romanian coast, and the northernmost part of the Bulgarian coast. The territory of Dobruja is made up of Northern Dobruja, which is part of Romania, and Southern Dobruja, which belongs to Bulgaria.
The territory of Dobruja has been inhabited by humans since Middle and Upper Palaeolithic, as the remains at Babadag, Slava Rusă and Enisala demonstrate.
In 657/656 BC Ancient Greek colonists founded a colony in the region which they called Histria. In the 7th and 6th centuries BC, more Greek colonies were founded on the Dobrujan coast (Callatis, Tomis, Parthenopolis, Aphrodisias, Eumenia etc.).
In 46 AD Thracia became a Roman province and after the division of the Roman Empire, Dobruja was absorbed into the Eastern Roman Empire. In 1388/1389 Dobruja came under the rule of Mircea the Elder, ruler of Wallachia than occupied by the Turks in 1420, the region remained under Ottoman control until the late 19th century.
With its wetlands bustling with life, the Lower Danube is one of Europe’s top birding locations with the Danube Delta in Romania as the continent’s second largest delta inhabited by over 320 species of birds.
Coastal Dobrogea including the gorgeous Black Sea beaches, has a pleasant subtropical climate, which is ideal for a beach holiday from June to September.
Discover these amazing places and landmarks in Dobruja:
Discover the Black Sea Shore and its attractions: fine sand beaches, adventure parks, aquaparks, kajaking, daulphin sightseeing, night clubs and health spas.
Built during late 13th century on a hill which oversees both the Razim and Babadag lakes, the fortress has a spooky legend that comes with it.