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'''Constanţa''' (prounounced ''Constantza'') is a coastal Black Sea town in southern [[Dobruja]], [[Romania]], the second most important city in the country and, during summer, a beautiful touristic city. It is the capital of the Constanta county and Romania's largest seaport, a great city to begin to explore the wonders of the sea.
The most popular route is the [[Bucharest]]-[[Constanta]] A2 highway. The highway currently ends at the city of [[Cernavoda]] but it should be completed by 2013. There is a tax of
The roads are good in Constanta compared to the rest of the country. But beware of speed bumps and speed traps in the center which are meant for reducing the speed of cars.
There are also several daily buses leaving from [[Constanta]] to [[Istanbul]] from the Railway Station (when you exit the train station turn left and walk 200m). The duration is less than 12 hours including time spent crossing borders and the prices for 2011 are RON 200 (EUR 48) a return ticket, including 1 night accommodation in [[Istanbul]]. [http://www.ozlem.ro/servicii.html]
Likewise, there are buses to [[Thessaloniki]] in [[Greece]], [[Chisinau]] in [[Moldova]] and some buses to [[Varna]] in [[Bulgaria]]. One can also take a bus to Ostrov-Vama (
Frequent maxitaxis leave to resorts south of Constanta from the Railway Station (when you walk out of the train station turn right and continue about 200m).
Starting from Constanţa train station seven daily trains serve destinations south of Constanţa, going as far as [[Mangalia]]. The earliest train heading to [[Mangalia]] departs at 06:30 and the last one at 19:03. The trip takes about 1hr20min.
For more information on trains and schedules check the website of Romanian Railways
Constanta is one of the largest commercial
You can use the public transport system (buses, trams, trolleybuses and maxi-taxis). To get to [[Mamaia]] you can take the 310 mini van called maxi-taxi for 2
[[Image:autobuze.jpg|thumb|150px|Two public buses]]
The best option is a taxi. A legal taxi must be painted yellow and must have the fee written with green or black characters on the driver's door. Always insist on starting the meter and try to avoid the cabs with red tariffs right next to the train station who, as in every major city, try to take advantage of tourists. Walk 100 meters from the station and only then wave to a cab. The typical fee from the train station to [[Mamaia]] is maximum
Constanta has been continuously inhabited for 2500 years so there is a lot to see:
* '''The old Casino''' and the surrounding promenade was opened in 1911. It was built in the Art Nouveau style and conceived by two architects, Petre Antonescu and Daniel Renard (of Swiss extraction but born in Romania).
* '''The statue of Ovid''' (Born 43 BC in Sulmona, died in AD 17 in Tomis/ Constanta). The statue by Ettore Ferrari was erected in 1887 after a public subscription (the same statue can be seen in Sulmona). In AD 09 Ovid was sent in exile by Augustus for obscure reasons. He wrote his Tristia in Tomis.
*'''The Natural Sciences Museum Complex''' [http://www.delfinariu.ro/en] is considered an important reference for the cultural and scientific image of the municipality, with a high emblematic value in the summer offer of the Romanian seacoast. It consists of:
**'''The Dolphinarium''' began its activity on June 1, 1972, being the first museum form of this kind in Romania and the first one in the S-E of Europe at that time. The exhibition presents the world of the shell fish living in diverse seas. The shows are organized in the amphitheatre with a pool, with dolphins from the Phocaena relicta species and Delphinus delphis ponticus species, with seals from the South Atlantic. Shows hours: 11AM, 3PM, 7PM. Entrance fee: 50lei (~12euros) for adults; 25lei (~6euros) for students. Children under 5 free.
**'''The Planetarium''' A world beyond us, made up of stars, planets, galaxies and other things are disclosed to you, but you are assisted to learn how to travel among them using the constellations, the “Sky” that needed no renovation in the last 2000 years contributing to the realization of this picture. Shows hours: 10AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM, 5PM, 6PM and 7:30PM.
**'''The Exotic Birds Exhibition'''On a 100 sqm covered surface, in large bird houses, with adequate compartments for food, nesting, flying and rest, one can admire the representatives of different bird species from Asia, Africa,Australia, New Guinea and South America.
**'''The Micro Delta'''The patrimony of this objective has the aquatic avifauna (pelicans, swans, ducks and wild geese), the terrestrial avifauna (peacocks, pheasants) and mammals (mouflons, fallow deer, harts), that can be found in the Danube Delta’s Biosphere Reservation and the Negureni Reservation. Most part of these exemplars are natural monuments and rare species with a scarce representation in the natural biotopes.Some exemplars were obtained by exchange with the other Zoo Gardens and others were purchased or donated.
[[Image:port1.jpg|thumb|Ship exiting the marina]]
You can do sunbathing or you can swim in the Black Sea. There is a large beach called Modern right in the middle of the city, which is favored by locals and is near the marina. Very very shallow waters (you can walk for 20-30 meters and the water won't pass your knees) so it's suited if you want to take your kids there and let them play safely in the water. The most significant beaches are in the [[Mamaia]] resort which is in the north part of Constanta. It consists of about 6-7 kilometers of sandy beaches with absolutely no rocks; the width of the beaches vary from 20 to 150 meters. It's also full of hotels, clubs and bars and extremely popular and fashionable in the summer. Moreover in the off season (September-April) they are a great place for taking pictures walks, or rides with the atv or enduro motorcycle and there are some centers for renting atv-s near the Cleopatra bar at the beginning of the resort. If you arrive by car not registered in the county of Constanta from May/June to September expect to pay an entrance fee of 3 Lei (1 dollar or 0,7 euros) at the entrance ticket booth for your car, although in 2006 the tax was off. The ratio of free parking/paid parking is around 25%/75% and the parking lots with the fee are guarded and not that expensive (3 Lei per hour) and a good alternative especially if you are on a motorcycle because people will climb your bike to take pictures on it. The paid parking places are marked with a white P on a blue background. The unpaid parking lots are on the sides of the main boulevard.
'''Cityplex''' (in Tomis Mall), Str. Ştefan cel Mare, Nr. 36-40, Tel. +40-241-483-183, http://www.cityplex-tomis.ro/;
'''Teatrul Naţional Constanţa''', B-dul Ferdinand, Nr.11, Tel. +40-241-488-612
'''Teatrul de Opera si Balet Oleg Danovski''', Str. Mircea cel Batran, Nr. 97, Tel. +40-241-480-300; Web - [http://www.opera-balet-constanta.ro/]
'''Elpis''', Str. Alexandru Karatzali, Nr. 16, Tel. +40-241-618-992
You can get aboard a tour boat from the Tomis marina which will take you on a trip to the open seas and back.
You can do your shopping at
*'''Metro Cash & Carry I'''
*'''Metro Cash & Carry II''' (as you exit Constanţa for Agigea on the right)
A typical meal at a restaurant is around
You will find a lot of fast food places selling kebab and shawarma (a nice mixture of grilled chicken, salads,
**McDonald's (Tomis Mall: ground floor, 3rd floor, Delfinariu Area, City Park Mall: Park Level)
**KFC (Tomis Mall: 3rd floor; TOM; City Park Mall: Park Level)
**Pizza Hut (Str. Rascoalei; TOM; City Park Mall: Lake Level)
* '''Can''', Str. Theodor Burada, Nr. 1; Tel. - +40-724-978-822;
* '''Capitol''', B-dul Mamaia, Nr. 69; Tel. - +40-241-520-522;
* '''Casa Ana''', B-dul Tomis, Nr. 17; Tel. - +40-241-553-999;
* '''Casa Tomis''', Str. Remus Opreanu, Nr. 8; Tel. - +40-241-619-486;
* '''China Town''', Str. Zorelelor, Nr. 67; Tel. - +40-241-609-660; Mobil - +40-721-776-699;
* '''Chinese Garden''', Str. Mircea cel Bătrân, Nr. 148; Tel. - +40-241-670-717;
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There are many bars in the city especially during summer-time.
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* '''Flag Hostel''' [http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Flag-Constanta-Central-Hostel/Constanta/49989/], 63 General Manu Street (close to downtonw). Prices starting at
* '''Dobrogea''', B-dul Alexandru Lăpuşneanu, Nr. 194; Tel. - +40-241-666-615; Fax - +40-241-655-503
* '''Florentina''', B-dul I.C. Brătianu, Nr. 21 (near
* '''Jolie''', Str. Murgescu, Nr. 42; Tel. +40-241-697-638; Fax. +40-241-697-638
* '''Neco Metropol''', B-dul Mamaia, Nr. 114; Tel. +40-241-831-883; Fax +40-241-831-584
* '''Bulevard''', B-dul Mamaia, Nr. 294; Tel. +40-241-831-533; Fax. +40-241-831-606
* '''Dali''', Str. Smârdan, Nr. 6A; Tel. - +40-241-619-717; Fax - +40-241-616-114
* '''Royal''', B-dul Mamaia, Nr. 191; Tel. - +40-241-542-690; Fax - +40-241-545-882;