Dobrogea is a historical region shared by Bulgaria and Romania, located between the lower Danube river and the Black Sea, including the Danube Delta, Romanian coast and the northernmost part of the Bulgarian coast. With the exception of the Danube Delta, a marshy region located in its northeastern corner, Dobruja is hilly, with an average altitude of about 200–300 metres. The highest point is in the Ţuţuiatu (Greci) Peak in the Măcin Mountains, having a height of 467 m.
This is a windy region once known for its windmills. About 85–90% of all days experience some kind of wind, which usually comes from the north or northeast. The average wind speed is about twice higher than the average in Bulgaria. Due to the limited precipitation and the proximity to the sea, rivers in Dobruja are usually short and with low discharge. However, the region has a number of shallow seaside lakes with brackish water.
The roads are in very good condition, sometimes paved with stones and offer a variety of landscapes and an incredible peacefull feeling.
For those that have touring motorcycles or just love the offroad adventure, this region is great and can offer you amazing senzations and views.
Going from Bucharest to A2 autobahn, i will have, as target for today , Enisala historical place and Medgidia for the night. There are only 356 km to Medgidia, but the road i choose is not simple and i prefere to explore the place around.
The gas could become a probleme in those parts, so , i decide to fill my tank at the start point of A2 and take, also, a reserve with me. I put my camera around and hit the road!
I follow A2 until Lehliu-Gara. Here i turn to left and i go to Salcioara, Slobozia Veche, Harsova, the old Carsium.
The road is green and peaceful. You can have a stop at Harsova...once a harbour. You can enjoy a unique landscape, having a view at the Canaralele Harsovei, jurassinc limestone containing coral fossils, old calcar quarry on the danube river, and the historical Roman fortress- Carsium, dating from 103 AD.
Going further to Topolog , i start searching the Natural Reserved area Dealul Bujorului, 4 km N-E from Atmagea place . This is a protected plant and all her beauty could be seen in may.
Going back to Babadag , i cross the Dobrogea Forest and finally reached the town on the shores of the Lake Babadag ("Father's Mountain") spreads along the hills and valleys of Sultantepe, Coiun-Baba and Carada.
You can see here the 17th century Ali-Gazi Pasha Mosque , with General Ali-Gazi Pasha's tomb.
Along the way , the houses of lipovenian-russian people will attract your attention, with their bright coloured white/ blue walls and reed roofs.
Somewhere between Babadag lake and the big Reazim Lake , i finally discover The Medieval Genoese Fortress of Enisala.
The view is breathtaking ...
Back on the road, so i can get to today’s destination-Murighiol, the fishermans village. I go across the Razelm Lake, distracted by the beautiful views.
If you have few days, from here you can explore some amazing parts of the Danube Delta.
You can choose to camp or you can stay at one of the old , pitoresque house.
Still a lot to explore and see...
Day3,March 4, 2010
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