What makes Constanta so special?
CONSTANTA, historically known as Tomis, is a coastal Black Sea town in southern Dobruja,Romania, the second most important city in the country, during summer, and a beautiful touristic city. It is the capital of Constanta county. Constanta is more than just the entry point to the Black Sea coast. It is a place with a long and interesting past, attested by its many Romanvestiges, historic buildings, facades and mosques that color the Old City Centre.
Social highlights and sights:
One of the largest cities in Romania, Constanta is now an important cultural and economical center, worth exploring for its archaeological treasures and the atmosphere of the old town center. Once you arrive in Constanta, you cannot leave without visiting: TheCasino (completedbetween the two World Wars using the nouveau style it features sumptuous architecture and awonderful view of the sea), Ovidiu’s Square (designed by the sculptor Ettore Ferrari in 1887, the statue dedicated to the Roman poet, Ovidius Publius Naso, gives name to this square), The Roman Mosaics (today, only about a third of the original edifice remains, including morethan9,150 sqft of colorful mosaics), The House with Lions (blending pre-Romantic and Genovese architectural styles, this late 19th century building features four columns adorned with imposing sculptured lions), St. Peter & Paul Orthodox Cathedral characterized by its interior murals which displays a neo-Byzantine style combined with Romanian elements best observed in the iconostasis and pews, chandeliers and candlesticks), the two mosques (The GreatMahmudiye Mosque and The Hunchiar Mosque), the museums (Art Museum, Folk ArtMuseum, Ion Jalea Museum, National History & Archeology Museum, Romanian NavyMuseum).
- Food and restaurants:
Constanta offers a rich pallet of both international and traditional cuisines in restaurants such as: Casa Brancoveneasca, Scapino, Irish Pub, Integra, Reyna, Genessis, La Fattoria, MarcoPolo, La Dolce Vita, Chinese Garden. The City Park Mall of Constanta, Tomis Mall andMaritimo Shopping Center are other places where you can enjoy international cuisine and also famous fast foods such as KFC or McDonald’s.
- Parks and gardens
The Tabacariei Park spreads on an approximate surface of 100 ha, around the TabacarieiLake from Constanta and it is one of the most beautiful parks from Dobruja and one of thebiggest from Romania. The park has three interior lakes, which have rich, green shores, withvegetation that covers a big part of the park. The little wooden church of Saint Mina contributesto the park’s charm by reflecting itself in the lake. The Tabacariei Park is the ideal place to take a breath of fresh air, to enjoy a pleasant walk or to have a picnic.
The Archaeological Park is an area with rich vegetation where the ancient Tomis spirit is still present. The park covers an area generally between Constanta’s City Hall and FerdinandAvenue and its alleys seem to be a history museum exhibition halls. These are framed by columns, pottery and other historical artifacts dating back to the Roman-Byzantine stronghold.
The A2 highway provides a rapid roadlink between Constanta and Bucharest, while the A4highway acts as the city’s outertraffic. Constanta’s trainstation has connections with the rest of the country. Constanta has an international airport called Mihail Kogalniceanu Intl. Airportwhich is about 20 km north-west of the city. Constanta is one of the largest commercial ports in the Black Sea and the third largest in Europe. Constanta’s public transport system is run byRegia Autonomă de Transport în Comun Constanta (RATC), and consists of 23 all year round bus lines, and 1 summer tourist sightseeing double decker openroof busline. There are alsoplenty lines of private mini buses which run along longer and more intricate lines.
As far as the nightlife goes, Constanta hosts Mamaia Resort, the most popular resort inRomania. Mamaia was recently awarded a prize for “The most dynamic and fashionable resort” in a competition in which resorts such as Ibiza or Saint-Tropez were taking part in. In Mamaiayou can find a wide array of clubs such as EGO, Fratelli, Bellagio, Crema and others. Every summer weekend, parades are held throughout the resort.