Saint George of Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is a natural paradise formed by Danube River. The waters of the Danube, which flow into the Black Sea at the end of 1,777 miles, formed the largest and the best preserved of Europe`s deltas. Over countless centuries the silt brought down by the river has enlarged the Delta into a network of channels, lakes, reed isles, tropical woods, pastures and sand dunes that now cover nearly 2,178 sq mi. This amazing wetland hosts over 300 species of birds, 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes, as well as 1,150 kinds of plants. The Danube population is grouped in 15 rural localities and two towns: Tulcea and Sulina.

UNESCO designated the Danube Delta a Reservation of the Biosphere. Its uniqueness is brought by the 25 natural ecosystems Delta has. The Danube Delta holds the fifth place in the world among the wetland territories and the second place in Europe. As ecological importance the Danube Delta is on the third place. The Danube Delta is the meeting point of Palaearctic and Mediterrranean biogeographic zones and represents a unique dynamic ecosystem containing a rich biodiversity of wetland habitats. The site is internationally significant for birds, both breeding and migratory, including a number of globally-threatened species. For its diversity and uniqueness, inside the Reservation 16 natural reservations are strict protected by law, which represents 9% of the territory. One of these protected reservations is situated very close to Sfantu Gheroghe village. Perisor – Zatoane is a well known reservation for its fauna, with an area of 58 sq mi; Perisor Zatoane is situated east of Dranov Lake and south of Sfantu Gheorghe. This amazing wetland shelters the largest number of swans, Dalmatian pelican, and other 170 species breed.

The climate in Danube Delta is continental, favorable influenced by the proximity to the sea. The average annual temperature is 52 °F. At 1:00 pm in July there are 75 °F, and in September 70 °F. The annual quantity of rainfall is only 8.8 gal per sq ft. Danube Delta is known to have the shortest winter in the country (only 20 days in a year with a temperature below 32 °F) and the largest number of sunny days in a year.

Saint George (Sfantu Gheorghe) is an old fishermen village which seems untouched by the time. The village is located on the oldest Danube`s arm, Sfantu Gheorghe. The local population (almost 1,000 people in 370 houses) preserved their traditions and language (Ukrainian). The village has a wild beach, with very fine sands that is as long as Sulina channel (24 mi). The distinctive feature of this wild beach is that the width grows smoothly, making a safe area for children`s swim. The fisherman can expect to find a variety of fishes from sheat fish, pike, eel, crucian carp, and perch, to grey mullet, turbot, and shark.

Saint George (Sfantu Gheorghe) village (Tulcea district) is located in Danube Delta, at 75 mi distance from Tulcea and 22 mi from Sulina. The access in locality is possible only by naval transportation. You can either take the boat from Tulcea port (Tulcea to Sfantu Gheorghe 4 hours and a half), Mahmudia port (Mahmudia to Sfantu Gheorghe 2 hours and a half) or Murighiol port (Murighiol to Sfantu Gheorghe 2 hours). You can access the previous mentioned harbors (Mahmudia and Murighiol) from Tulcea, both of them being situated within 25 km distance from Tulcea. Daily boat services are offered from Tulcea to Sulina and to Sfantu Gheorghe. The boat schedule changes according to season, therefore for more accurate information you may have to contact The Society Navrom-Delta who is in charge – Tel:+40.240.511.553 ).

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The network operators in mobile telecommunications, with coverage in Sfantu Gheorghe are Orange, Vodafone and Cosmote.