Constanta is Romania's oldest city, sitting on the coast of the Black Sea and enjoying some of the warmest weather in the country. The early 20th century saw Constanta become the playground of the aristocracy, who flooded to the palatial, newly-built casino.
Tourists are today rediscovering the charm of this city and its surrounding resorts – along with its beautiful art and architecture, which are testament to the love of culture that Constanta has possessed since ancient times.
As Europe's fourth largest port, Constanta offers its visitors plenty of incredible attractions. If the museums, shops and architecture don't grab you then the surrounding towns, vineyards and the natural beauty of the Danube surely will.
Museum of Natural History
Find a treasure trove of antiquity in one of Romania's best museums, nestled inside a stately building which used to be the town hall – a prime example of Romanian architecture. Wander the exhibits and you'll find artefacts dating back to prehistoric times – as well as exhibitions that paint a portrait of life during the ancient Greek, Roman and medieval times. Visitors to the museum can expect to find a fascinating array of carvings, statues, reliefs and ancient remains that chart the cultural heritage of the city, as well as its political past.
The stunning natural beauty of the Danube Delta is a delight for lovers of flora and fauna, and an excursion here from your cruise ship could make for a fantastic place to observe the rich bird life of the region. Expect vast expanses of mirror-still water, lined with reeds and filled with the sound of birds; as well as jaw-dropping sunrises and sunsets over this endless, gentle landscape.
Be sure to pay a visit to this remarkable city too during your time ashore, hailed for its magnificent architecture and gigantic public spaces that could easily rival those of Paris. There are a number of fantastic sights to see during your time wandering this beautiful city, which is by turns placid and bustling: the magnificent white Palace of the Parliament, the fascinating thatched roofs and early steepled church of the Village Museum, and the city's very own Arch of Triumph, dedicated to those who fought and died during the country's War of Independence and the First World War.
Shopping in Constanta
Much of the shopping in and around Constanta is based in modern shopping centres, both in the city and in neighbouring resorts on the Black Sea; the rich choice of shopping here includes everything from bookshops to designer clothes outlets. However the city's love of culture and the arts means that it also boasts a great selection of arts and crafts galleries and antique shops, so be sure to get your cultural fix during your time in the city!
Eating out in Constanta
Treat yourself to local and international fine dining in one of the city's many elegant restaurants. Constanta has some great places to suit every visitor – whether you're looking for a taste of the delicious local wine and shellfish in a cosy, relaxed atmosphere; or happier to tuck in to a fresh pizza made sharpish right in front of you, so that you can get back to the business of exploring this wonderful part of the world.