Only a few hours away from Bucharest, the seaside resorts of the Black Sea coast are the perfect refuge from the blistering hot days of summer. Their sandy beaches, fresh seaside breeze and blue waters are a magnet for the crowds at the height of summer. But what if you could have that all to yourself? Here are the seven most beautiful wild beaches in Romania, to explore this summer.
A one-hour drive from Constanta, at the end of a road that will test your driving skills, Vadu Beach is one of the last pristine beaches on the Romanian Black Sea coast. Luckily, its azure waters will work as a great incentive, as well as the prospect of stretching out on a patch of golden sand while listening to the sound of waves, and nothing else. The pretty poppy fields will keep you company till you reach your destination!
When planning a day at Vadu Beach, make sure to bring along everything you need. The nearest village is found a few kilometers away.
This wild beach is easier to reach than Vadu, as it is located close to the popular resorts of Mamaia and Navodari. Perfect for escaping the crowds, it is also a great spot to try snorkeling, as the water is particularly clear. Many come here to practice water sports, such as kitesurfing and windsurfing, at the school found on the Corbu Lake.
The area surrounding the beach holds plenty of other attractions too. A short distance away you will find the ruins of Enisala Fortress, built in the 13th century by Genovese merchants and those of Histria Fortress, established by Greek colonists in the 1st century BC.
Found nearby the village of Agigea, established on an ancient Greek settlement, Plaja Agigea is perfect for two things, namely sunbathing and snorkeling. In this area you can spot many of the species of fish living in the Black Sea, such as the red mullet, anchovies and Pinchuk’s goby.
On the shore, you will come across several species of crabs and in shallow waters you will be able to find Rapana venosa, a type of sea snail that is served at most restaurants along the Black Sea. And speaking of food, on the beach you will find one of the best fish restaurants at the Romanian seaside, Pescăria lui Matei.
Only a short drive away from Bucharest, this pristine beach on the shore of the Danube River is a great alternative to the Black Sea. A thin patch of grey sand, it is perfect for birdwatching and spending a day in nature. The water is perfect for swimming, while the surrounding forests will provide the much needed coolness on hot summer days and evenings.
Plaja Sfântu Gheorghe
Only reachable by boat, and a part of The Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation, the Sfântu Gheorghe Beach is the ultimate wild destination. Located within walking distance from the village of the same name, it is one of the biggest pristine beaches. The only inconvenience is you will sometimes have to share its fine sands with the wild horses that use the area as their playground. The marshes surrounding it are teeming with wild life, so keep your camera ready as you will find plenty of opportunities to spot many species of birds.
If your idea of paradise is to walk on a wide, mostly empty beach with fine white sands and clear blue, warm water, Sulina is your best choice. Only two kilometers away from the city of Sulina, it is a great option if traveling with kids, as the water is shallow for a very long stretch. Also a UNESCO protected site, just like Sfântu Gheorghe Beach, Plaja Sulina is yet another great spot for birdwatching.
Plaja Gura Portiței
Also found in the Danube Delta reservation, Gura Portiței Beach is a stretch of sand that borders the fishing village of the same name, separating the Black Sea from Golovita Lake. Access to the beach is possible either by boat, from Jurilovca, the biggest fishing village in the country, or by bike, from Vadu-Periboina.
Here you will find plenty of accommodation options, including the iconic wooden houses with reed roofs painted in white and marine blue, a typical combination found in the Danube Delta.