Flights to Constanta
Constanta is a city in the east of Romania, situated on the Black Sea coast. It’s an important historical city as it’s the oldest living city in Romania, founded around 600BC. Being on the beautiful Black Sea Constanta not only offers numerous city attractions, but beaches and sunshine too.
Flights to Constanta are served at the Mihail Kogalniceanu International Airport (airport code: CND), located 26 kilometres outside of the city to the northwest. There are public bus lines that can take you to and from the airport, as well as an abundance of taxis. Flights to Constanta from South Africa are limited, and your options are either Lufthansa or South African Airways. They both offer the same route through Munich and Timisoara, and these flights to Constanta take 20 hours in total.
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The Tourist Attractions of Constanta:
Constanta is one of the largest cities in Romania, and also its oldest. Constanta has been inhabited continuously since 600 BC and there are attractions from varying periods in the city’s history, including the following:
The Casino and its promenade is an example of some of Constanta’s beautiful architecture. Opened in 1911 this white building was designed in the art nouveau style and overlooks the Black Sea. The promenade is a great place to walk beside the sea and is especially popular at sunset.
Cathedral and Mosques in Constanta
One of the major landmarks in Constanta is the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. It was built between 1883 and 1885 in the lavish Greco-Roman style and although it was heavily damaged during the Second World War it has since been restored. Inside there are murals, chandeliers and more to see.
Carol I Mosque, also known as the Great Mahmudiye Mosque, is a centre for Islam in Romania. It was built in 1910 and takes on both Byzantine and Romanian architecture. The huge Turkish carpet inside is one of the largest in Europe and when permitted the view from the minaret (standing 50 metres high) is spectacular.
As well as the architecture Constanta has a great selection of museums. The Archaeological Park isn’t a museum as such but a park with remnants from 3rd and 4th century buildings and a 6th century tower, making this a nice place for a walk. The National Museum of History and Archaeology should satisfy ancient history buffs with its numerous exhibits from Greek and Roman times though.
The Navy’s Museum meanwhile focuses on the history of the Romanian Navy and has a large collection of maritime objects, plus there’s the Sea’s Museum that includes the Genoese Lighthouse, built in 1860.
Once you’ve seen the sights you can relax on one of the beaches in Constanta, the best ones of which are in the north in the Mamaia area. You’ll find around 6 kilometres of sandy beaches here so there’s plenty of room for sunbathing and swimming.
When Should You Visit?:
Summers are a great time to visit Constanta both for sightseeing and enjoying the beaches. It’s similar to a Mediterranean climate with dry and warm summers, though not too warm. July and August have an average high of 25C and low of 18C and while spring and autumn can be pleasant, winters are quite cool, windy and damp.