Constanta, Romania Cruise Port
When cruising to the largest port on the Black Sea, and indeed, one of the largest ports in Europe, you'll find that Constan?a, Romania (or Tomis in Greek) has ancient roots going back around 2,500 years. This is the spot where Jason of legend landed along with the Argonauts, after finding the Golden Fleece. This is a city where amazing sights abound, from a statue dedicated to the Roman Ovid to the Casa cu Lei (House with Lions) waits to charm each and every visitor. Artistic ruins can be found at the Casino, established in 1910 and once a place to mingle with Europe's royalty and elite. Needing extensive restoration, it's in need of a lot of repair and closed to tourists in 1990; visitors can still take view this breathtaking structure from the outside. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Constan?a, Romania:
- Lovers of aquatic life will want to see the Dolphinarium or Delfinariumm, featuring dolphin shows all day as part of the city's Natural Sciences Museum Complex. Along with dolphins, sea lions and penguins also call this home.
- Near where the forum of ancient Tomis existed, you'll find the Roman Mosaics. More than 9,150 square feet of colorful mosaics exist in a complex that was once three times the size it is today, linking the upper town to the harbor. Originally built in the 4th century, it remained the city's commercial center until the 7th century; you can see remains of Roman baths close by as well.
- Since it can get hot here, a visit to Mamaia Beach is a good way to cool off. A small beach located between the Black Sea and Lake Siutghiol, you'll find shops and places to eat nearby.
- The historic Genoese Lighthouse was built to honor the merchants who created a bustling sea trade community as far back as the 13th century (the original lighthouse was built in 1300, but remodeled between 1858-1960). Along with a pleasant stroll along with waterfront, you'll find a statue of Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu gazing at the sea.