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Mangalia is a port city and tourist resort in south-eastern Romania. The area has been inhabited since the neolithic. In the VIII - VI centuries B.C. it was colonised by the Greeks. The name of the city that they built was Callatis. in the year 71 B.C. the Romans conquer Callatis. The city Callatis was abandoned by the 7th century A.D. Instead, starting with the XIIIth century A.D. documents speak of a new city, first called Pangalia, later Mankalia. It is believed that the Turks gaved it its final name - Mangalia, since it was hard for them to pronounce Mankalia.

The beach is 600 meters long and 50-150 meters wide and has a very fine sand; the sea water is not very deep - 1 meter by the shore to 200 meters in the open sea and for this reason it is preferred by the children who cannot swim.

The city divides in 2 sections: Mangalia North that features the resorts Olimp, Neptun, Jupiter, Cap Aurora, Venus, Saturn and Mangalia South that features the commercial harbor as well as the shipyard.

Mangalia is also a balneoclimateric resort. Annual average temperature stand at 11.2 degrees Celsius. Lake Mangalia (who's surface stands at 261 ha) is supplied by rich sulfuric mezothermal water springs. They are employed in treating degenerative rheumatic diseases. Mangalia is the only maritime resort to have mineral water springs!

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Seven daily trains connect Constanta and Mangalia, going through the resorts on the Black Sea coast. From Mangalia to Constanta the first train leaves as early as 05:30. The last train departs at 19:30 arriving in Constanta at 20:46. From Constanta the first train bound for Mangalia leaves at 06:30, and the last one at 19:03.

In summer there are direct trains to Mangalia from Bucharest and other major cities in Romania.

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There are frequent minibuses and buses on the Constanta - Mangalia route, especially in summer.

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Mangalia is a small resort, spanning over 6200 ha. Most of the tourist attractions are reachable by foot. The resorts north of the city are reachable by buses and minibuses. Same goes for the hippodrome and the caves.

Map of Mangalia

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  • Callatis Archeology Museum, jud. Constanţa near the stadium, Tel: 0241/753.580. Daily 8AM-8PM. It features a collection of Hellenistic coins, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and tools dating back from the Greek, Roman and Dacian eras. Most items were recovered from the ancient city of Callatis. The facility also includes a library housing over one thousand volumes of archeology related books.
  • Turkish Esmahan Sultan Mosque (1573) - one of the oldest mosques in Romania and the only medieval monument of Mangalia. Dating from the 16th century, the mosque was built by Esma, daughter of Sultan Selim II (1566-74) and wife of grand vizier (greatest minister of the Sultan) Sokollu Mehmed Pasha. It is still used by the local Muslim community and located in the centre of town within a large garden that also contains Ottoman grave stones.
  • Limanu Cave - it is located not far away from the ancient Callatis.Throughout time it was used by smugglers, traders, seamen and as such has acquired a legend like status. The network of galleries of this cave resembles that of a city itself. The overall length of the galleries stands at 4 km. In the local folklore there are tales of this cave being endless and reaching out to fountains all the way to Turkey!

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  • Callatis Festival, [2].

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  • Hotel Corsa (3*), strada teilor nr 11, 0040 241 757422, [1]. checkout: 12:00. in the off season in springtime you get a very nice 2-p-room with exclusive Sea-View for less than 50€. The breakfeast there was great, a buffet with all-u-can-eat and drink. The hotel is near the city with nice restaurants and besides the old Mosque from th 16th century. 45€ 2p-room.  edit
  • Hotel President (4*) – phone: +40 241 755 861, fax: +40 241 755 695
  • Hotel Mangalia (3*) – phone: +40 241 752 052, fax: +40 241 632 650
  • Hotel Astra (2*) – phone: +40 241 751 673, fax: +40 241 632 650
  • Hotel Orion (2*) – phone: +40 241 751 156, fax: +40 241 632 650

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