EuropeFrom the road

From rural Romania along the Black Sea to Bulgaria

Grüezi to Romania” and a big smile, the first encounter with a Romanian, a customs officer who visited Switzerland a few years ago. As I arrived at the border in Siret to cross into Romania from Ukraine, I was excited to see a change. Ukraine has been a great and important experience, but I hoped for more social interactions with locals, a little better road conditions and of course, again new and different landscapes.

My wish seemed to come true, a few km after the border I was cycling on a smooth and well-paved road, leading me through the first small Romanian villages. Compared to Ukraine, the main streets and highways in Romania led through the villages and cities, where in Ukraine they ran outside the residential areas.

Cycling in Romania felt like a step back in time but in a good way! Although I already saw some horse-drawn carts in Ukraine, in Romania there were almost as much of them as cars. Here it was definitely easier to get in touch with local people, most of them sitting on a bench in front of their houses and always greeting back as I cycled by![/penci_text_block][/vc_column][/vc_row]

old Casino in Constanța


Michael 2. June 2021 at 4:59

I’m sorry you missed Tsarevo, one of the loveliest small cities on the Black Sea coast at the door of the Strandzha M Mountain. Unfortunately, although the border is only 15 km away it is sealed. This however keeps this small but unique corner of Bulgaria isolated and protected from the world, surrounded by the oak Forest but directly on the sea.

Fabian 2. June 2021 at 9:08

Hey Michael

Thanks for the comment and welcome to the Blog.
Sad I missed this city at the sea, seems to be a small lovely place.
Definitely gonna keep that in mind for my next visit in Bulgaria!

Thanks for the tip and all the best!


Max 23. August 2021 at 14:26

Hej, great 👍 story. But how did you get to Consyantza from the Danube?

Fabian 2. December 2021 at 12:46

Hi Max
Thanks for looking by and taking the time to comment!
From Sulina in the Danube Delta I took a boat back to Tulcea. From there I cycled south to Constanza during two days.
You can take a look to the actual route right here:

all the best!


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