The Danube Delta is comprised of an intricate network of waterways and lakes divided between the three main estuary channels of the Danube.
This area of floating reed islands, forests, pastures and sand dunes covers 3,000 square miles and is home to a fascinating mix of cultures and people as well as a vast array of wildlife.
Centuries ago, Chilia was a port on the Black Sea, a vital link between Europe and the Orient. In time, the alluvium deposited by the Danube has extended the land ever further into the Black Sea. Today, Chilia stands more than 25 miles from the sea. First documented in 1241 in the works of the Persian chronicler, Rashid al-Din, Chilia Veche was the site of a battle between the armies of Mahomed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, and forces led by Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler).
Lake Rosca (Lacul Rosca)
Lake Rosca, a strictly protected reserve located between Chilia Veche and Periprava, is home to Europe’s largest white pelican colony; the area also harbors greese, egrets and starks.
Periprova, downstream from Chilia Veche, is the last site server by passenger boats on the Chilia arm. South of Periprova, you can explore the impressive Letea Reserve (Padurea Letea) with trees more then 500 years old.