The Romanian coastline beyond the illusions of Instagram. “Don’t Be Fooled”

In the age of social media, picture-perfect photos of the Romanian coastline are ubiquitous, drawing tourists from all over the country to places that seem straight out of an exotic destination. But the reality behind these idyllic images is often surprising, and not always in a positive way.

Tuzla beach, with turquoise water – Photo Facebook Bogdan Praisu

Tuzla Beach is one of the most popular on Instagram and Facebook. The color of water, “as in Greece”, as described by netizens, is the one that attracts the most visitors.

But, in reality, things are not quite like that. A recent video, posted on the Instagram account of the travel blogger Aventurescu, gathered thousands of likes and hundreds of thousands of views, but also comments from people who said that “this beach is not what is said about it.”.

I’m from Constanta, I’ve been to this beach, being curious, even several times. It was a big disappointment. Don’t be fooled. The water is miserable, full of algae. (..) Sad that there is so much aggressive advertising. I really don’t understand why...”, someone wrote.

Someone else added: “Living by the sea, I can tell you that it is not as wow as it is advertised”.

Is the sea that clean? As many times as I went, I hit a snag” someone else said.

Tuzla beach, July 6, 2024 Facebook photo Bogdan Praisu

Tuzla beach, July 6, 2024 Facebook photo Bogdan Praisu

Other Instagrammable beaches are those at Corbu and Vadu. And the beach of August 23 is among the favorites of the hunters of perfect photos.

What tourists find on the coast

Photos and videos do not always correspond to the reality on the spot. If during the week you can breathe on the beaches on the Romanian coast, on the weekend the atmosphere becomes suffocating.

Some beaches are full of seaweed, and tourists have to wade through the greenery to take a swim. The other day, a video of green water from algae made the rounds of the internet.

The Dobrogea Coastal Water Basin Administration issued a statement regarding the beaches invaded by algae. According to the press release, the intensity of the phenomenon has decreased recently. Currently, the algae is present in spots and in very restricted areas along the shoreline.

Navodari beach, full of seaweed - Facebook video capture

Navodari beach, full of seaweed – Facebook video capture

The staff from the Dobrogea Water Basin Administration — Coastal — Constanţa Water Management System intervenes every evening to evacuate the algae deposited on the shoreline. It should be emphasized that this phenomenon of algal deposition at the shoreline and the presence of algae in the bathing area is largely influenced by sea currents and the weather conditions in the Black Sea.“, the press release states.

On other beaches, tourists share the beach with machinery. We remind you that, the other day, tourists from Neptun complained about the discomfort created by the machines working to widen the beach. This is after the Dobrogea – Coastal Water Basin Administration announced the creation of 60 hectares of new beaches by the beginning of September between Neptune and Venus, to combat erosion. The project, worth 640 million lei, is carried out in segments, with the gradual opening of the extended beaches every two weeks.

How much is a beach lounger?

A Romanian family who bought an apartment by the sea, in Năvodari, and went to the seaside almost every week, says that the prices are increasing with their eyes. If in May a deckchair cost 50 lei, from Monday to Sunday, in June for the same deckchair tourists paid 75 lei during the week and 100 during the weekend, and in July the price increased to 85 lei during the week .

In the Northern area, although the prices are very high, the seafront is very miserable. You pay more money than in another country, but you are bothered by the buildings under construction“, reports the owners of the apartment at the Black Sea.

Other tourists say that “in the entire venus resort there is absolutely NO trash can“.

However, the number of those who arrived on the Romanian coast in the first weeks of June increased by approximately 20-30% compared to last year. The increase is due to the warm weather and new offers from seaside resorts, said Traian Bădulescu, spokesperson of the National Association of Travel Agencies, for termene.ro.