Constanta and the Black Sea Coast

Constanta is located on the west coast of the Black Sea, 185 miles north of Istanbul and the Bosphorus (Turkey)
and 99 miles north of Varna (Bulgaria). Constanta is an old metropolis, the oldest continuously inhabited Romania and the largest seaport in the country.

The Romanian Black Sea coast is home to a large selection of summer holiday resorts that are suitable for all tastes and ages, from small children to spa treatments. The sandy bottom of the sea gently falls off the shore, there are no dangerous currents and the sea is almost restless. In summer the days are warm and long with an average of 11 hours of sunshine. A number of golden sand beaches stretch from Constanta to the Bulgarian border, and visitors come across resorts named after mythological gods and goddesses such as Eforie, Jupiter, Neptun, Olimp, Saturn, Venus, Mangalia and - most importantly - Mamaia.

courtesy Dinu Lazar http://www.fotografu.roSituated at the crossroads of several commercial routes, Constanta lies on the western coast of the Black Sea, 185 miles from the Bosphorus Strait. An ancient metropolis and Romania's largest sea port, Constanta traces its history some 2,500 years. Originally called Tomis, legend has it that Jason landed here with the Argonauts after finding the Golden Fleece.


Founded by Greek colonists from Miletos in the 6th century BC, Tomis was conquered by the Romans in 71 BC and renamed Constantiana by Roman Emperor Constantine the Great in honor of his sister. The name was shortened to Constanta during the Ottoman era. During the 13th century, Italy, especially Genoese merchants, dominated the Black Sea and Constanta flourished, only to decline two centuries later under Turkish rule.

Fine mansions and hotels were built in the 19th century when King Carol I decided to revive Constanta as a port and seaside resort.

Constanta is the fourth largest port in Europe, ranked right after Rotterdam, Antwerp and Marseille.


The third largest city in Romania, Constanta is now an important cultural and economic centre, worth exploring for its archaeological treasures and the atmosphere of the old town centre. Its historical monuments, ancient ruins, grand Casino, museums and shops, and proximity to beach resorts make it the focal point of Black Sea coast tourism.

Open-air restaurants, nightclubs and cabarets offer a wide variety of entertainment. While in the area, you can visit traditional villages, vineyards, ancient monuments and the Danube Delta, a bird-lover's paradise.