Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Costinesti-Romania | Famous Spa Resort and Young Soul of the Black Sea.

Costinesti is a very lovely seaside destination of Romania and well known to be a famous Spa resort and young soul of the Black Sea situated just 30, 0 kilometres south of the captivating capital of the County Constanta, a very renowned place to spend enjoyable holidays thanks to a continuous development and an impressive escalation reaching nowadays the highest ranking as national tourism hub for the relevant incoming flows it receives since some years ago.

The geographic position of that centre of approximately 3,000 residents is simply excellent and very strategic located at 17, 0 kilometres south of the notorious coastal town of Eforie and the Lacul Techirghiol, a lake situated a short distance from the local boundaries  developed in a small bay along a splendid straight coastline which continues with the same until the famous city of Mangalia in the appealing Dobrogea region.

That very attractive resort is the result of the union of two villages such as that with the same name (Costinesti) and Schitu immediately situated south forming a relevant bipolar seaside complex sharing a long splendid sandy stretch of over 5000, 0 metres in length which immediately attracts numerous tourists for that impressive longitude, the bright tonality of its sand, its maintenance, cleanliness, services, facilities and very accessible.

Apart all those stunning qualities there are many other reasons which make that place very appreciated and successful entering in the preferences of many tourists who decide to spend holidays in that place on the shore of the Romanian Black Sea.

The mild temperatures for many months a year are a notable aspect, a total absence of contamination is another and further others are a notable presence of excellent comfortable accommodations elevated in the last years and next to a very good network of communications which permit to reach in a short time many other destinations and all those features are undoubtedly played an important role to place Costinesti among the tourist Romanian leaders in the national ranking.

In the last years furthermore there was a great improvement in terms of transports with efficient train and bus services which connect with an excellent frequence the resort with Constanta which boast an important International Airport and a very busy Railway Station and all that was undoubtedly an additional incentive for many visitors who can easily reach Costinesti in a quick way without losing time with those different options.

The Tourism Industry is nowadays the main resource which replaced as main economical engine fishing which was originally the most important activity still active but much less than in the past and it is mainly practised by some local families linked to the old tradition of the ancestors who populated the former village continuing generation by generation something extremely rooted since a long time ago.

That coastal town is today one of the favourite places and destinations for young people who without hesitations decide to chose that lively resort to spend sunny holidays on its great beach but also because it offers the opportunity to enjoy a very vibrant nightlife in a site which established a network of very trendy bars and clubs in a bustling atmosphere very attractive for all those are looking for fun and a varied offer in terms of amusement.

In addition Costinesti also provides several chances to enjoy very good restaurants offfering natiional and international cuisine delighting a large variety of tastes but at the same time it also offers eaceful corners for all those who love relaxing holidays and the answer is that very long beach of five kilometres with place for everyone.

In the last decades have been developed in addition several activities linked to that more than interesting niche of tourism  called to Spa Breaks continuing in a modern key an activity started in the 30's when the current resort became a popular centre linked to rheumatism and respiratory treatments thanks to the excellent climatic features of its uncontaminated atmosphere and its curative waters.

Today many modern and advanced complexes of that seaside resort provide the best in terms of therapies and choice with trendy centres fully equipped which are certainly a very pleasant incentive and invitation for a large number of tourists who during a stay can be delighted by the pleasurable presence of  relaxing thermal baths or following a specific treatment also focused on beauty and wellness or simply to recharge batteries spending healthy holidays with some Spa sessions returning home in perfect physical conditions and with a tonic body.

Many are also the chance to plan many excursions as to visit in the immediate proximity other lively and notorious seaside resorts with a network of places which were already developed since the Socialist times such as Olymp, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and also Neptun among others. (I wrote a post regarding the latter in the case you are interested)

All them totally changed face and image nowadays due to new investors and trends but also with the intention to create along that coast a sort of golden heaven and you will find other realities as the bustling Mamaia further north which is the current Tourism Queen of the Romanian black Sea. (If you are interested I wrote a post about it too)

Also that an aspect very interesting to know more the history of the tourism on the Black Sea extremely captivating for the events and chronological stages which for many years segmented the incoming tourism industry with new emergent realities and others created by the desire to elevate them as icons and to learn as those mutations have strongly changed the current panorama.

For a cultural and historic tourism many are the destinations not far from that Costinesti, obviously one of them is Constanta,the 2nd city of the country behind the capital Bucharest, a big centre boasting an important historic patrimony in a site which was a considerable Dacian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman stronghold and all those civilisations left in its boundaries important architectural and cultural marks in a centre also very rich of notable monuments and museums and a considerable cultural calendar with many events for every taste.

The historic Mangalia, the Danube Delta with its Nature Reserve declared UNESCO Patrimony site and the interior of the Dobrogea region with rural small towns offering  beautiful landscapes, historic villages and hamlets is another territory very suggested to visit, ideal for trekkers and furthermore Bulgaria another beautiful country with a considerable historic past shared for an important historic period with the actual region is very close and packed by stunning attractions.

The history of the current Costinesti started many centuries ago with small Thracian and Dacian camps before the landing of some Pontian Greek Colonists who settled in the local area continuing to live next to those autochtone populations.

That concrete Hellenic ethnic group who also occupied a vast territory of the current Northeastern Anatolia in Turkery founded a small centre and a small fishing port and next to it they established an Emporion which according to their ancient culture was not just a simple store but it also worked as a sort of market place.

That site was later baptised with a Greek name, Parthenopolis which is the composition of  two words such as Partheno meaning young or virgin woman and Polis which means town and since then it started to be a pretty flourishing harbour town with a very active life and including with a very organised political system.  
The Roman period during the colonisation of the Imperial Rome was also very important and those new rulers had to face a long operation of conquest for a long resistance pf the Odrisyans one of the most powerful Thracian tribes very belligerent and warrior. The Romans once established the domain in the entire region continued to use the old former name which was simply transformed in Emporium, a denomination loyal to the use of the Latin which was the official language of that Empire.

An active trade activity in that harbour which was enlarged was mainly highlighted by a busy commerce of spices, pottery and vegetables coming from all the coasts of the Black Sea, Bulgaria,Turkey, Greece and the Middle East highlighting times with a considerable prosperity.

The former Greek descendants for rights established by the Imperial laws received the Roman citizenship continuing to live in that coastal town and including they often covered important assignments and positions of very high political and military ranking or in some cases leading very relevant commercial issues.  

Due to its very strategic position situated halfway between Mangalia and Constanta since ancient times the former Emporium had an important and relevant development and it was a land of conquests with other civilisations who settled there after the fall of Rome.

The Byzantines continued a new Greek-Roman cycle with Constantinople as capital of the Oriental Empire with seat in the current capital of Turkey Istanbul replaced by the Bulgarian Empire with the Tsars Asen and Petar before to fall under influence of the Ottomans in 1419.

The Dobruja is a Region which has often had a very tumultuous chronological history due to those reasons and much more.It was not only the maritime trade a reason to conquer that land but also fluvial due to the presence in that corner of the Balkans of the Delta of the Danube river which was undoubtedly a relevant cause of desire and motive of many disputes and clashes, a territory which centuries before was also a target of the powerful Persian empire who tried with many attempts to conquer the Dobrogea clashing several times against the Greeks in long battles village by village.

That long waterway was and is a wide  gate, a long hallway to enter in contact with the rest of the Continent, navigable until the Central Europe and crossing important cities such as Belgrade, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz and also important German centres as Passau and Regensburg among others.

It was historically notorious that such territorial area was since the antiquity a land which created a notable interest including that territory centuries before was a target of the powerful Persian empire who tried with many attempts to conquer the Dobrogea.

That Asian power landed on the Black Sea with the intentions to expand their domains in Europe entering in the Danube valley and famous were the wars with the Greeks  clashing several times against the Hellenic army who tried to keep that territory with an important defencive deployment also in the mainland often highlighted  in long battles village by village.
The Turkish occupation started in the early 15th century was also focused for all that, Black Sea, Danube, the Balkans and Romania were all strategic points for a future large European expansion and enlargement of influences and the Ottomans  started there a long domination endured over four centuries.

In that medieval period the name of the town was changed in Mancapinar and it became a very cosmopolitan reality inhabited by some descendants of the first Hellenic settlers, Bulgarians, Romanians, Tatars, Syrians and Walachians.

That ample multi-ethnic community in addition increased with a group of German merchants and farmers who lived in that town since 1840 leaving that site during the 2nd War due to that famous historic pact Molotov-Von Ribbentrop when those Germanic colonists left that Southeastern European country to populate Bohemia and Moravia current territories of the Czech Republic occupied by Germany in 1938 and part of that land until the end of the 2nd World.

In that time the Turks continued to develop as the previous Greek and Roman rulers an intense activity based on commerce and fishing which remained another important economical source and they also introduced in the area other activities such as breeding and livestock trades especially concentrated in sheep and horses with the establishments of several farms.

In 1878 when the current Nation gained its independence with the epilogue of the Ottoman rule and it was established a Monarchy ruled since 1881 by the Dynasty Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, an old Swabian branch of a noble House from Germany.

It was in that period in which the town had a new change of name and it was called Büffelbrunnen, in a period in which due the presence of  those Germanic nobles and a large colony with descendants of the Saxons determined a large use of the German language in that country and  in some areas including much more than the official and local Romanian. (If you are interested I wrote a post regarding Rupea linked to that)

The Balkans wars and the several disputes after the fall of Ottomans between Bulgarians and Romanians to have the domain of  those territories generated a very tense diplomatic situation between those two countries.

After meetings, treaties, claims and truces there was a final new design of the European borders and maps subdividing a land in a infamous partition, one under Bulgarian rule the so called Southern Dobruja and the Northern region incorporated in the Romanian territory including the historic town of Tulcea, (I wrote a post about that very interesting centre) Constanta, Mangalia, Medgidia and Costinesti was named Dobrogea.

Those times as in the other countries who participated to those conflicts were characterised by massive exodus of population from a land to another creating often further claims and diatribes but the destiny of the Dobrogea or Dobruja was that of a partition without return.

The first signals of a development of the Tourism Industry activities along that Romanian coastal stretch started in the 30s thanks to the construction of a Sanatorium which was a sort of ancestral father of the current Spa Complexes.

Thanks to the excellent climatic conditions and the mild climate of the Black Sea, Costinesti started to be since then also a popular seaside resort in that period pretty appreciated by the former Sovereigns with that Royal Family who often frequented those places and obviously all that favoured the popularity and fame of the resort.

The current name derives from the owner of many local lands including of the current coastal boundaries of the current resort, Emil Costinescu, former Romanian Minister of Finance and founder of the National Bank of Romania, a very charismatic figure of the former Liberal Romanian Party with a very strong political influence.

After the 2nd World War the country was still 1947 an official Monarchy despite in those two years of post-war it lived as a Kingdom without power due to the Soviet occupation and in that concrete year the last King, Mihai I abdicated.

With a new Socialist regime with a radical and total change also started a sort of Tourist Reform, for that new nomenclature was more important to create something new with an image and essence made by the party as a fruit of its tree and not produced by another managing the former resorts already existing in operations which had a total mutation.

The philosophy was that to delete the profile of all what was elevated and valued before replacing all that with a present and a new life which needed new symbols forgetting the old Royal past.

In that time, the former centre before the advent of the Socialism and the integration of Romania in the Soviet sphere during the period of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen House was pretty popular and frequented by a high social class but with that political change it was designed to become a destination for children and young students for an explicit desire of the new rulers.

All that was also a strategy to convince the population that the Nation was living a new golden era and the State was offering a former VIPs resort with a long sandy coastline to the new young generations and all that was managed inside the former Social Party and its Institutions who controlled the Tourism Industry.

Those operations continued on national scale with a propaganda which was mainly concentrated in schools and junior Institutes and the development of a large student summer camp inaugurated in 1956 was one of the main projects ended with success by the Romanian Socialist Party.

During the governments of Constantin Parhon before and Petru Groza and  later with Nicolae Ceausescu, that country developed very friendly relationships with the governments of Poland and the former Czechoslovakia often inviting the young tourists of those countries to know and enjoy the beaches of Costinesti.

Those Incoming flows with protagonists those operations started during the times of the former and disappeared Warsaw Pact signed in 1955 with several cooperations and collaborations of the parties of those countries of that Eastern European block with cultural interchanges and also many operations of incoming/outgoing tourism among them.   

 On that beach of the Black Sea in a short time also landed many other young people in particular coming from the former German Socialist Republic, the DDR who started to know the sunny and sandy beaches of the resort thanks to the good relationships born with Walter Ulbricht who was the Chairman of the State Council of the Republic Democratic of Germany.

During a decade since the 60's the Romanian government with new reforms changed on the maps of the country the name of different places and that site was baptised with a new name: Dezrobirea, a peculiar name which translated means Emancipation.

That new denomination was for someone pretty bizarre because in Costinesti there were not changes of a progress or something closely linked to that and for others was another sort of propaganda management just like new resort which were baptised with iconic names of Greek Gods with denominations pretty unusual in a a strategy of a Socialist regime.

 In brief those legendary and glorious names evoking a legendary and powerful classical mythology with powerful divinities were studied and assigned to have a strong impact towards the mass of people, an established system which had the mission to enchant the citizens elevating the beauty of Romania with sensational titles and magnificent names which had to be a hymn of exaltation of those resorts as golden paradises with the new governors as protagonists opening the doors to the entire population who could have the chance to spend seaside holidays on the Black Sea.

Also abroad started the Communist promotion of the Romanian Party depicting Costinesti as a beautiful Socialist resort seaside resort inviting members of communist associations from Western Europe and that operation worked very well in France.In that time there was a very positive and enthusiastic answer by many young French communists who chose Costinesti as one of their favourite holidays destinations in Eastern Europe.

Due to that successful exploit, the town was also called Golful Francez meaning the Gulf of the French for a numerous presence of many young tourists coming from that country. 

The tourism in that resort despite different periods, political situations and changes has always been a destination for young people since many decades ago.

If in the 50's that centre started a project designed by the former old regime at the end of the 80s with the culmination of the revolution in 1989 with the fall of Ceausescu and much more since the 90's until today the presence of young tourists continued and continues to be a highlight of that resort.

In the last decade thanks also to the investments by foreign companies and new investors who have established new Hotels, Aparthotels, and a network of different kinds of accommodations including apartments able to meet the high demand of many tourists with different budgets it is also a place extremely loved for the excellent quality of its waters and the high level of its long sandy beach with an environment absolutely uncontaminated.

In addition the local Operators enlarged their targets focused to Educational and commercial plans also including the niche Spa & Wellness of high quality in a combination of products adding the historic tourism in the Dobrogea.

All that started to be pretty highlighted in different relevant International Tourism Fairs since the early 21th century with a clear signal for the Travel Incentive Specialists who could find there a very fertile soil for their operations.

Very convenient and competitive rates in a beautiful country which has a lot to offer with comfortable accommodations next to Spa establishment providing the trendiest services is obviously a further enjoyable plus greatly inviting and in many cases started offers inserted in packages as additional incentive in a special formula and that is certainly a very attractive proposal, just like to have dessert, coffee and digestive brandy free after a gala dinner.
That notorious Spa & Wellness activity has created a notable tourism business in the resort started to be successful when that destination was pioneer to treat rheumatism and respiratory problems and from that root was the beginning of a new start-up creating in Costinesti a little big empire. 

Today many specialised centres are also present in Hotels and they offer a notable service with a very efficient and prepared staff providing tested natural products with alternatives case by case, use of high technology and they are fully equipped boasting a large variety of trendy treatments and a wide range of therapies.

Facial Treatments and Thermal baths are among the most important highlights present in complexes of the resort which are also specialised in treatments with mud. Thalasso, hydro, electro, kinetic and aerosol therapies are also other special services offered at the  highest level and many of them also include Medical Staff in the case a visitor needs a clinic consult and the staff are extremely prepared to suggest determined sessions or a plan following a precise step by step depending of the entity case by case.

For who has had sporting injuries or bone or cartilaginous traumas are also provided attentive proposals with specific thermal sessions, massages ,warm sea pools and warm mud wrapping.For people over 50s and 60s there are special anti- aging therapies with accurate tests and applications of natural products as special natural lotions. 

The risks of skin cancer are very limited in Costinesti due to a very low level of U.V.A radiations notably under the average media and that is another aspect which created a further business delighting people who love to enjoy long sunbaths and spending hours and hours under the sun and in addition a further aspect is he low salinity of the waters playing an important role for other kinds of cures.

All that explains that, those who are tanning lovers will find in that place an ideal destination with the chance to stay hours under a warm sun and furthermore there is the chance to try special and tested sprays, sunscreens and gels to prevent sunburns or to have a more uniform tanned skin using products especially designed for every kind of face and body.  

The local temperatures is another great aspect which delights the tourist, they are very mild in spring, in summer constantly around the 26º, 27º degrees, the autumns are never cold also all that is another excellent incentive and in addition the evenings are very ventilated with a total absence of humidity conditions which are extremely loved by everyone.

The centre of the resort is mainly arranged behind its beach and around the long avenue Strada Tirutului south of the Gara Costinesti, the station which is situated in proximity of the building hosting the Atm Credit Europe Bank flanking Strada Principala consisting in a a sort of barrier dividing Costinesti from Schitu which is immediately behind that artery which marks the border between the two neighbourhoods. In that area here are  villas, apartments, Apart Hotels, shops and boutiques.

Strada Liliacului and Strada Macului are two other important streets, the first at south and the second further north crossing the core of the resort and along them and in their proximity you can find some bars, cafes and Hotels.

Crossing Strada Talalazului right in front of the square of the station you can reach in less than five minutes the beach which is one of the great local highlights, highly appreciated for its light soft sand but also because it boast a very easy access with a total absence of natural barriers and also for that is very appreciated, boasting furthermore an excellent maintenance.

Water sports such as  sailing, diving, swimming and water skiing are all activities which have a highly success thanks also to a very well equipped modern complex with a marina offering all those chances delighting several tourists.

Close to the beach the resort is characterised for the presence of a lake called Lacul Costinesti which is one of the local attractions also due to its proximity to the Black Sea and because it is flanked by a huge green park called Parcul Costinesti ideal for a pleasant walk in the shade of trees after a sunbath and around that waters basin there are bars, cafes, clubs and also a restaurant.

Those fresh waters are considered extremely curative and particularly suggested for people with serious rheumatic problems and they have always played a very important role for that.

The water coming from the Black Sea meets that of that lake supplied by the sources of a couple of underground rivers channelling fresh and salt waters together and forming a very healthy mixture of compounds generating a liquid which contains salubrious properties  to care specific diseases.

That lake is linked to the sea by a small canal and from the street Aleea Litoral you can have an immediate access to the beach and the banks of the marina.

In the Northern side of that endless sandy stretch at approximately 800,0 metres from that waters basin and the harbour you can see an attraction which is considered a sort of monument or part of the local maritime architecture in its kind consisting in a Greek Ship called Evangelia blocked in that marine point since 1968 and never moved from its current position.

That ship and its shipwreck are linked to some controversial suppositions. The first one is that it was a vessel of the fleet of the famed Aristotles Onassis and the shipwreck was a deliberate accident to have the refund of the insurance of a boat built in 1942 so with already 24 years of age but all that it is a hypothesis. Regarding the cause of the real accident nobody can say a lot because in that period the Romanian regime kept secrets that event. 

For many local people is considered as a symbol not only for its size but including someone in a suggestive connection remembering the nationality of the Evangelia linking that Hellenic ship to the ancient Greek settlers who founded the the town and its  port declared that as an evocative event. Fate or destiny Greece met one of its colonies also in that episode after a long time in the 20th century.

That place is in addition one of the most panoramic points of the local beach which has a length of approximately 5, 0 kilometres forming a gentle curve practically facing that boat with an ample view on that long stretch towards the harbour.

South of the lake you can enter in the neighbourhood of Schitu and in that place the coast has a couple of inlets and a curved formation approximately 400,0 metres long and after that section the coastline continue to be an infinite straight.

From there taking Strada Schitu, the main local boulevard approximately at 300,0 metres of the Black Sea shore you can easily reach Costinesti in a short time directly coming behind the park and right in front of the railway station.

The local area is historically also an important archaeological site. In the immediate surroundings of the resort after some excavations were found several objects, tools, pottery, jars and utensils dating back the Greek and Roman times and all that certifies the presence of an active life.In addition according to historic documentations there were clear confirmations and traces of that iconic Emporium founded many centuries ago.

The resort is famous for the presence of its Disco Clubs such as Vox Maris, Ring and others well known along the entire Romanian coastline and many people from Constanta often love to reach them to spend lively nights.

The vibrant nightlife with the establishment of new trendy disco-bars, talented DJ generated further excellent results in terms of incoming flows offering a vast calendar of animated evenings and nights during the entire summer season with music ranging from Hip Hop to Pop, Rock and Revival  too.

Another advantage is that they are outdoors and one very big called Tineretului reached a notable popularity, all them offer the chance to enjoy music, dancing, having fun and accompanied by the cool night breeze of the Black Sea.

There are many chances and opportunities of outdoors activities in proximity of Costinesti, exploring the other coastal towns of the Romanian Dobrogea or also visiting those of the Southern Bulgarian which are also stunning.

Apart the previously mentioned city of Constanta,  the interior is rich of natural parks, forests, very interesting towns and villages with ancient buildings dating back different historic periods.

Cycling is a further a great outdoor activity; there is not an intense traffic in the area and all that permits to reach several places in a short time. Many complexes also give the visitor the chance to play tennis and in summer season take place several tournaments of beach volley  and football.

If you want to visit and discovering something of interesting at historic level in the immediate interior I suggest you to visit the town of Medgidia located at approximately 45 minutes driving further north.

In that centre you can see one of the Religious Muslim constructions the Ottomans left in that site called Geamia Abdul Medgid. It is a Mosque erected in 1859 and ended in 1865 for desire the local Bey, the governor of the town to pay homage to the Sultan Abdul Mejid  who governed the Turkish Empire for 22 years, That  famous historic figure reached a notable popularity because he led the operations of alliance with France and Great Britain in the Crimea War from 1853 to 1856 against the Russiam Empire.

The great attraction of that building is its very high and stylish minaret 25, 0 metres high and the fine classical lines of the building reflect the architectural Turkish school of the 19th century highlighted by the use of a special limestone for its construction pretty common in Turkey in those times..

Another highlight is the Mausoleul eroilor Sarbi, Croati si Sloveni, it is a big pyramidal Mausoleum erected in 1926 in honour of 224 Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian soldiers who died fighting in the region in the 1st World War. After the construction of that monument there was a solemn celebration with the presence of the Romanian an Yugoslavian Royal families to pay homage to those victims.

If you love art that town also hosts the Museu de arta, an interesting exhibition dedicated to Lucian Grigorescu, a notorious post-impressionist painter born in that municipality who also lived for a period in Paris and Rome linked for his style and inspirations to the school of Paul Cézanne.That museum displays art works, sculptures, contemporary and classic paintings by famous Romanian artists such as Iosif Iser, Nicolae Tonitza and naturally Grigorescu.

In that area I also recommend you a stop to Murfatlar, it is a town on the Danube pretty famous where you can see a wide canal with the course of that important waterway just some kilometres before to embrace the Black Sea. That centre some years ago was called Basarabi, it is pretty famous for its active fluvial port but also because in its boundaries were discovered unexplored caves with ancient inscriptions inside them. 

That town of approximately 11,000 inhabitants is also famed for its vineyards producing excellent fine wines so a great occasion to taste them and in addition as further detail it is the birthplace of Traian Basescu former President of Romania.

Costinesti is a resort which hosts concerts and special events and the most important period is the month of August with the local Jazz Festival and the Festivalul de la Mare, the Festival of the sea with a very numerous participation and a bustling and animated atmosphere all around the town.

About gastronomy, there are many restaurants offering international cuisine but you can also enjoy the typical and traditional Romanian delicious foods.The traditional national gastronomy is in its kind a superb mix and result of the local with strong Turkish influences highlighted by the presence of spices such as red pepper, cumin, sumac, coriander, mint and oregano transmitted since the times of the Ottoman Empire. Other plates have a typical links for proximity with the nearest Slavic countries especially Serbia and Bulgaria and some of clear Hungarian heritage.

Fish in that resort is always fresh and excellent prepared in different styles such as baked, boiled or grilled.The Salata de Icre is speciality pretty famous consisting in a fish salad very similar to the Greek Taramosalata prepared with carp, pike, lettuce, lemon, salt, onion, olive oil, it can include other kinds of fish and it often accompanies other plates.

The mentioned carp is one of the products of high quality of the country also used is the famous Crap Pane consisting in a breaded carp fillet served with potatoes or mixed salads while the Saramura de Crap is another plate very common on the entire coast made with that type of fish boiled in brine and served with potatoes, vegetables or in alternative combined with a local polenta.

Another speciality well known is the Macrou Afumat consisting in mackerel fillets cooked with white wine, pepper, coriander, celery, laurel, vinegar and garlic and also pretty popular is the Rulada de Salau, a roller pastry filled with fish.

There is in the country a wide selection of soups called Ciorba made with fish, chicken, duck and vegetables and other variants using other kinds of meats such as veal, beef or lamb. It is a recipe inherited by the Turkish gastronomy since the times of the Ottoman Empire and extremely rooted all around the country.

The traditional Sarmale is very similar to the Serbian Sarma, a plate very common in a large part of the Nation consisting in cabbage leaves wrapping lamb or pork minced meat, rice seasoned with salt and pepper and all that can be combined with vegetables with an addition of spices.

The Snitel is a Romanian replica of the famous Wiener Schnitzel, a breaded fillet or cutlet of veal with a variant using pork generally accompanied by potatoes or salads while the Snitel Pui is made with poultry meat using a fillet of turkey or chicken.

The latter is prepared in different styles, roasted, grilled or baked but also with apples and prunes adding several spices giving a contrast of flavours, sweet, sour and spicy at the same time. There is also in the Romanian cuisine a local Mousaka deriving from the original from Greece cooked with honey and lamb meat.

The delectable Stufat is a notorious lamb stew prepared with onion, garlic, pepper, salt, meat stock adding a notable quantity of laurel or parsley. About desserts you can try the local Bezele and the Budinca which are among the most popular.
Regarding special drinks next to the fine wines of Murfatlar you can try the Socata de Niere, a mixture of honey and elder flowers and someone in Romania consider it an aphrodisiac beverage.

Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport of Constanta is situated at just 35, 0 kilometres from the resort and in approximately 45 minutes driving via Eforie you will be easily at destination.

Costinesti after its exploit and successful results in the last decade and more continues to be a very demanding destination, so many people appreciate the excellent facilities that resort offers in terms of accommodations, catering establishments, beaches and as consolidated famous Spa resort and all that made it an ideal and perfect idea of vacation for many aspects.

The young soul of the Black Sea is very alive and there are many reasons which elevated that coastal place as one of the favourite resorts of that Southeastern European coastline considered by a multitude of people a great and right choice to spend enjoyable holidays in Romania.

Francesco Mari

Recommended Accommodations in Costinesti

Hotel Forum
Vox Maris Grand Resort
Villa Amalia Costinesti
Complex Marinn
Villa Cabaua
Villa Casa Blanca