Constanța - the oldest city in Romania - at Black Sea coast
For the summer season and not only, a visit to the Black Sea, respectively Constanta and Mamaia Resort is the perfect way to spend one perfect day.
Constanta is a charming city on the shore of the Black Sea, located at a distance of approximately 220 km (highway) from Bucharest. In Constanta you can stroll on the sea front, enjoy a drink in the port, you could sun bathe or visit one of the numerous wonderful places hidden in this city.
The Casino in Constanta is, certainly, the symbol of the city, being forever present in the pictures of the tourists, being over 110 years old.
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What's included :
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- WiFi on board
- Bottled water
- Professional tour guide - English
- All Fees and Taxes
- Private transportation
- Entry/Admission - Constanta Casino
- Entry/Admission - Aquarium of Constanta
- Entry/Admission - The Mosque of Constanta - Minaret
- Entry/Admission - The Roman Edifice with Mosaic
- Entry/Admission - Folk Art Museum (Muzeul de Arta Populara)
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- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Constanta Casino, Constanta Romania
The story of the Constanta Casino is sadly the story of Romania’s many splendid, yet abandoned historical monuments. A great piece of Art Nouveau architecture from the early 20th century, the Casino was once the symbol of Romania’s main port, Constanta, on the shore of the Black Sea.
No other monument illustrates so perfectly the Belle Epoque in Constanta like the building of the Casino. Dating from the first years of the last century, the Casino was built at the initiative of Romania’s first King, Carol the 1st. It was inaugurated in 1910, and until the Second World War, it was the main seaside meeting point for the rich tourists who enjoyed to gamble. The foundations of the Constanta Casino were modified three times depending on the architects’ perspectives, Daniel Renard and Petre Antonescu.
An eclectic piece of architecture, with many marine-inspired decorations, including its almost surreal shell windows facing the Black Sea, the Casino was the place where you were received only if you were dressed according to the latest fashion, where fortunes were lost and won in just minutes.
The Casino had its share of loss in the dramatic historical events that shaped the country’s existence in the past century. It was briefly used as a war hospital in the First World War, and during the Second World War, it was transformed into a hospital. The communist regime used it as an administrative building, and the last major restoration was done in 1988. After 1990, its advanced degradation and substantial financial investments needed for its restoration complicated, even more, its somehow dramatic faith.
Once a glamorous and iconic symbol of Romania’s rising aspirations, the Casino is today seriously affected by the authorities’ indifference whose indecisively attitude left it unprotected. Even so, it lures dreamy visitors with its nostalgic air and one hundred years old stories.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Aquarium of Constanta, Strada Elisabeta 1, Constanta 900733 Romania
The exhibition space of the Aquarium is intended for the presentation of the permanent exhibition of aquatic fauna and flora, but also for temporary exhibitions with various topics related to biology, aquatic ecology and marine fishing.
Over time, the Constanta Aquarium has gathered over 100 species of fish and marine life that belong to different geographical areas. Taking into account ecological, biogeographic and taxonomic criteria, the Constantian Aquarium is structured in three sections: Marine, Dulcicola and Exotic Fish. The Marine Section is the largest and most representative section of the Aquarium and is home to species of fish and invertebrates encountered in the Black Sea and migrants from the Mediterranean.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Catedrala Sfinkii Apostoli Petru si Pavel, Strada Arhiepiscopiei 25, Constanta 900732 Romania
The Orthodox Cathedral "Holy Apostles Peter and Paul" is an Orthodox place of worship in Constanța, located in the peninsular area of the city, below the Ovidiu Square, in front of the Tomis Archdiocese building. The building dominates through its monumental architecture the entire area of the southern cliff of the city. The foundation stone was laid on September 4, 1883, during Metropolitan Iosif Gheorghian. The consecration of the church was done on May 22, 1895. The building plans belong to the famous architect Alexandru Orăscu , and the architect who was the director of the works was Carol Beniș. The contractor of the works was Henri Guaracino. In the park that surrounds the cathedral is an archaeological complex in which elements of the old city of Tomis are identified.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: The Mosque of Constanta - Minaret, 1 Crangului Street, Constanta 900745 Romania
The Grand Mosque of Constanța stands on the site of the former Mahmudia Mosque (Geamia Mahmudia), built in 1822 by Hafız Hüsseyin Pașa and named after Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II. The Grand Mosque of Constanța was commissioned in 1910 by Romanian King Carol I. Construction began on 24 June 1910 with the first cornerstone laid in the presence of Spiru Haret, contemporary Romanian Minister of Religious Affairs; Sefa Bey, contemporary Ottoman ambassador in Bucharest; and the Ottoman consul in Constanța. The project was funded by the Romanian Government and entrepreneur Ion Neculcea, and finished construction in 1912.
The mosque was officially inaugurated by Carol I on 31 May 1913. During the ceremony, Sultan Mehmed V bestowed the Order of the Medjidie upon chief architect Victor Ștefănescu.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: The Roman Edifice with Mosaic, Strada Ovidiu nr 12 next to the National History & Archeology Museum, Constanta 900734 Romania
The Roman Mosaic Edifice is located near the Museum of National History and Archaeology and was discovered in 1959 during some civil works undertaken in the Ovidiu Square. Further research discovered that the monument was built in the fourth century and gradually spread until around the sixth century, when it stopped. In its glory times the edifice represent the largest building of its kind in the whole Roman Empire and serve as a link between the port and the ancient city, the place where the conduct its trade and storage of goods. Originally, the building spans three of the four terraces of Tomis harbor waterfront. The first terrace was located at the current Ovidiu Square and connects with one of the ancient city's public markets. Some huts and impressive hall with mosaic pavement kept occupied the next terrace of the building. The mosaic hall represent actual place of meeting of the merchants and officials of that time. Last terrace was situated in the ancient harbor quays and warehouses still contains a series of vaulted limestone covered today. The building was equipped with a rainwater drainage system, yet functional. With the fallen of Tomis fortress in the sixth century, the building has not been maintained and degraded. However, being made of material of good quality mosaic the floor has been preserved very well. Currently, from the total area of 2000 square meters of mosaic pavement is preserved only a portion of about 850 square meters. The room's floor is a unique beauty and consists of two distinct parts: a frame that surrounds and includes room and vegetal and geometric mosaic itself, made up of pebbles of different colors: white, red, black, green, yellow.
The museum exhibition provides collections of goods found in stores building: anchors, bars, weights, paints and resins amphorae, statues, earthen lamps collections, marble, polychrome mosaic pillar heads.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Ovidiu Square, Piata Ovidiu, Constanta 900745 Romania
The former Independence Square (now Ovidiu Square), where they found the town hall (now the seat of National Museum of History and Archaeology) is a place full of history.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Ovidiu Square general line was given by houses with two levels stuck together (describing the square as a medieval inner courtyard), roof tiles, wrought iron balconies. The square was full of shops, cafes, summer gardens, etc.
In 1879 they took the first steps to align the buildings. In the last decade of the nineteenth century the eastern front (seaward) was completed. The architects have thought it high to protect the square against the winds. In the space disposed in front of the statue of Ovid were three buildings that combined unitary Baroque decorations with Art Nouveau elements. Here there were the Elite Hotel, a restaurant, a coffee shop and cinema Palace. In 1910 was built in Romanian style the building that houses today the National Bank of Romania - Constanţa branch (architect P. Antonescu).
The rest of buildings of this line was unfortunately demolished in the 8th decade of the twentieth century, because of their weakness.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Folk Art Museum (Muzeul de Arta Populara), Blvd. Tomis 32, Constanta 900742 Romania
Folk Art Museum is located in the historic area of Constanta on the intersection of Tomis Boulevard with Traian Street. The museum is hosted by a building with great significance for the history of the city. The building was built in 1893 and served for a time as City Hall, called then the Municipal Palace. Over time the building had other uses, but since 1975 houses the Museum of Folk Art, a leading cultural institution of Constanta.
The idea of creating a museum of ethnography at the seaside was born in the early '60s in diligently several similar institutions in the country: Brukental Museum in Sibiu, Folk Art Museum and Village Museum in Bucharest. Originally, the museum was conceived as an exponent of ethnography of Dobrogea, so that in 1975 the first exhibition that offers a view of traditional village life congealed over Dobrogea was organized. Ten years later, however, expanding takes over the other ethnographic areas of the country. An important moment in the Folk Art Museum of Constanta existence occurred in 1990 when the museum acquired a legal personality. Since then, the institution continues to be a remarkable presence in a world where traditions, customs, folklore and Romanian garb are threatened by excessive modernization that swept the society.
Currently the Folk Art Museum hosts an impressive heritage of Constanta area, consisting of over 15,000 artifacts illustrating the folk culture from different parts of Romania. The museum galleries provide wonderful collections of icons painted on glass and wood, ceramics, costumes, carpets, fabrics, ornaments and tools used by the romanian peasants. Household objects can be found in an impressive variety, being made of wood, metal or ceramic covering a large geographical area. Of heritage objects is a remarkable collections of folk and fabrics for household and decoration. The richness of color and floral designs, vegetal, zoomorphic, anthropomorphic, alternating with stripes and other geometric shapes create the beauty of the ornamental compositions.
Except Monday and Tuesday Folk Art Museum is opened to the public providing the beauty, uniqueness and diversity of Romanian folk culture between the 9 am and 5 pm. The institution regularly organizes events designed to highlight various themes of folklore and Romanian culture.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Tomis Harbor, Constanta Romania
Touristic Harbor of Tomis is one of Constanta's most famous location for both tourists and locals. Whatever the season, the Tomis Harbor is the choice made by people who want to admire the sea by car or just walking on the seafront. The access to the harbor can be made easily through a street that descends to the bay's "lip", right in the area where luxury yachts and sailing boats ''rests''. Waterfront terraces and numerous chic restaurants serving fish dishes can be enjoyed. In the summer, the bay of Tomis Harbor Tomis is often visited by groups of dolphins can be attracted by the beautiful water fountain in the middle or even by the tourists who walks quietly on the shore. Besides being a place for relaxation, Tomis Harbour is the ideal location to organize water sports activities. Local authorities plan to transform the future Tomis Harbor in an important destination for coastal sailing ships along the Romanian coast, with stops south to Eforie Costinesti, Neptun, Mangalia north to Mamaia and Midia.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Mamaia Beach, Constanta Romania
Considered to be Romania's most popular resort, Mamaia is situated immediately north-east of Constanța's city center. It has almost no full-time residents, being populated mostly during the summer.
Mamaia lies on a strip of land 8 km (5 mi) in length and only 300 m (330 yd) in width, between the Black Sea and Lake Siutghiol.
The beach season is at its best between mid June and early September, when average daytime temperatures range between 25 and 30 °C (77 and 86 °F). The water stays warm until mid autumn.
Duration: 2 hours
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
- Otopeni Intl Airport, Bucharest Romania
- Baneasa Airport, Bucharest Romania
- Giurgiu Port S.A., Str. Portului, 1, Giurgiu, Giurgiu, 080013, Giurgiu, Romania
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- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infant seats available
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- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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