1-day trip to Calarasi

  • 1 day
  • difficulty: Incepatori

The route is suitable for inexperienced beginners, families with children who want an adventurous experience to strengthen their family connection, people with disabilities and those with experience who want to make a relaxing kayak on the Danube.

The route takes one day, with its starting point and return to Calarasi (Automobile Beach), at km 370 of the Danube, in Calarasi County.

The departure should be as early as morning to have enough time to ride and to admire the beauty of the landscape, and especially to give us more time for the return journey, which involves uphill, so against the current, which shall require more force from the participants

Departure is from Calarasi, from where I stumble on the Danube in a loop passing by Ostrov commune, then we start the uphill to the Automobile Beach where we left.

Touristic objectives in area

Lake Calarasi (Iezer Calarasi)

Lake Calarasi has an area of about 5,000 ha, of which 500 are the areas of the water mirror. Within the natural area, the red-breasted goose is of particular interest, but also interesting are the pelican, the little egret, the grey heron, the mute swan, the common moorhen.

The area is populated by songbirds such as the great reed warbler, the sedge warbler, the bearded reedling, and the common reed bunting.

European white water lilies, frogbits, and four-leaf clovers can be seen on the surface of the lake.

The main ecotourism activity in the area is birdwatching, but there is no specific tourist infrastructure to that end.

Another recreational activity that can be practiced is sport fishing in natural lakes and artificial ponds.

Museum of the Lower Danube, Calarasi

            The museum is located on 4 Progresului Street in Calarasi, and is organized in two sections:

The Department of Archeology and Thesaurus was opened on June 9, 2012. The area of the section was designed and equipped with state-of-the-art modern equipment that ensures security in accordance with the legislation in force. This modern equipment has made it possible to present for the first time extraordinary fragments of the Museum's Treasure, a patrimony that illustrates the evolution of the Danubian communities from prehistory to the end of antiquity.

A series of Neolithic archeological pieces (Boian pots and glasses, figures belonging to the Gumelnita and Hamangia cultures) and numismatic pieces discovered on the territory of Calarasi County are exposed to the general public, such as the Bosneagu thaisene tetradrachma thesaurus, the discovered Romanian republican denarius treasury in Jegalia and the treasure of Bora made of gold and silver coins from the 16th century.

The museum features ceramic elements, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures, winds, tools, fragments of neo-eneolithic edifices from the archaeological site Sultana-Malu Rosu, anthropomorphic painting from the Roman age, collections of Roman lutes, gilded ceramic objects and Byzantine jewels from “Pacuiul lui Soare”, the ancient and medieval numismatics

The Art, Ethnography, Restoration and Conservation Section - whose heritage includes 518 interwar and contemporary creations, such as paintings, sculptures, graphics and decorative art);

The museum has over 43,000 pieces, including 25 Byzantine and Medieval gold coins;

Permanent exhibitions can be seen in the museum, such as: "Art and magic, life and death in prehistory at Lower Danube", "Rituals and rituals from Lower Danube, World of the Living, World of the Dead", "Boian Civilization" , "An Unknown Civilization: Gumelnita";

The Lower Danube Museum building is an architectural monument of the late nineteenth century;

Calarasi Zoo

The zoo in Calarasi is one of the largest in Romania, in terms of the surface and the number of species that can be seen here, some of which are unique in the country.

It is the only zoo in Romania where the jaguar, the Siberian tiger and the Emu ostrich are reproduced. Also, the zoo in Calarasi owns unique species, such as the hippo and the Alaska bears (grizzly).

Visitors passing the threshold of the zoo in Calarasi can enjoy an impressive number of species of animals, mammals, birds, exotic fish, exotic reptiles, etc.

The newest building in the Calarasi Zoo is Aquaterrarium, a construction that totalizes a collection of aquatic animals: exotic fish, exotic reptiles, snakes, crocodiles, etc.

It was founded in 1980 on June 1 and was opened under the administration of Gheorghe Tatavura, who brought some mammal species (wild and domestic) as well as a collection of exotic birds belonging to him.

Calarasi Beaches

Thanks to its strategic positioning on the Danube, Calarasi enjoys several beaches, where tourists and locals can enjoy a dip in the Danube.

One of the most popular and appreciated beaches in the city is the Great Beach due to its fine sand. The Great Beach is close to the central park in Calarasi.

Equally appreciated and frequented in the summer, there are also Youth Beach and Automobile Beach, the latter located 4 km away from the city.

Lake Red Valley (Lacul Valea Roșie) Calarasi

Thanks to its therapeutic waters, Valea Rosie Lake is an important tourist area. It is also a protected area.

Valea Rosie Lake is a salt-water lake, formed in natural conditions, being located near the commune of Mitreni.

Due to its therapeutic properties, hundreds of tourists arrive here every year for treatments. Its waters rich in sodium and sulfur, but also vegetable sludge have very important therapeutic properties.

Being a natural lake, its surface is quite enlarged - stretching over 14 hectares. In its basin there are many fish species. We can mention Romanian carp, cruciferous carp and phytophagus. That's why many people around, as well as “fishing-addicted” tourists, come to these places to enjoy the fish caught.

The ruins of Vicina Fortress Calarasi

Vicina Fortress was built between 969 and 976 during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Ioan Tzimiskes, a solid construction, the only fortress of the Byzantine Empire in Europe that resisted the passage of time.

Vicina fortress initially occupied an area of 5-6 hectares and probably had a trapezoidal shape.

Historians confirm that over time the fortress had the role of a customs and a defensive fortress in the Dobrogea area. Vicina Fortress represented the house of the imperial war fleet and military garrison.

The durability of the fortress walls was given by a special technique used during the construction, called the wood substructure, which was used due to the position of the fortress on alluvial terrain.

The walls were built of profiled stone blocks, the gate on the north side of the city showing obvious Byzantine influences.

The sunshine of the Sun, the Danube Island on which the fortress Vicina, one of the most important sights in the coastal area, is situated 9 km downstream of Ostrov. Sun's pile combines history, nostalgia, beach and desert, being perfect for those in transit who are looking for peace and relaxation away from the tumultuous echo of everyday life.

Access to the island is only possible with locals who own boats, and camping is prohibited. You can also reach the Vicina fortress with the kayak.

Museum of Civilization, Gumelnita

The Gumelnita Museum was founded in 1957 after a donation of 902 archaeological pieces by Barbu Ionescu, an accountant who was the first director of the museum until 1968.

Museum collections have grown significantly, reaching 15,500 archaeological and numismatic objects.

The building of the museum was built in 1926 by the architect Ion Cernescu. The initial destination of the building was to host cultural events, and then part of the construction temporarily housed the National Bank of Oltenita and the County People's Council.

The exhibited materials are part of the Neolithic culture of Gumelnita (stone tools and deer horns, ceramic figurines, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic vessels, harpoons, stone axes, plastics), treasures of the first millennium AD, jewelry treasures at Colibasi and Chirnogi.

The main exhibition includes objects belonging to civilizations that have evolved in the center of the Romanian Plain, such as the Dudesti culture discovered at Casciorele and Vasilati, the Boian culture illustrated by the discoveries from Spantov, Casciorele or Vladiceasca.

A special place was reserved for the presentation of the Gumelnita civilization, which received ample space within the museum.

The collection of the museum is displayed on the sites, so that the visitor will be presented with the vestiges of each community in order to form a complete picture of the occupations and way of life of man from ancient times.

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