Constanţa (/kon'stan.ʦa/) is Romania's main port on the Black Sea. It has been a significant administrative and commercial centre for thousands of years. It features in Greek mythology, the Roman poet, Ovid, was exiled here, and the current name comes from the Roman Emperor, Constantine's sister. Part of the Ottoman Empire, the city also contains two mosques. Evidence of this history is scattered throughout the old town which, with its crumbling facades, seaside promenade and cafes, has a Mediterranean feel to it. Nearby resort centres, including Mamaia (a short bus ride North) provide a livelier, more commercialised centre along large, sandy beaches.
The old town is small and easily seen in a day. Most sites are centred around the central square, Piata Ovidu. This contains the History Museum (entrance 10 Lei), with excellent exhibits and artefacts tracing the town's history. The Roman Mosaic next door is a large, ornate, preserved mosaic floor of a villa (discovered in 1959). Walk south to the remains of two Roman villas and a section of street. Further South from there takes you to the seaside promenade and the ornate French Casino building (now closed and in need of rennovation). A couple of small, sandy beaches extend North of the end of the promenade.
Mediterranean in summer; drier and slightly milder than the rest of the country in winter.
The train station is about 1.5 kilometres west of the old centre.
Buses link the old town with the train station and also go to surrounding resorts. Buy a ticket at a kiosk before you get on.
Taxis are plentiful and clearly marked - make sure they turn on their meters.
The old town can easily be walked around by foot.
Cafes and restaurants cluster around the main square and along B-Dul Tomis leading North from it. Most are Italian Pizza parlours and fast food places.
Around Constanta is the main beach resort for all Romania. Most travellers head for Mamaia and other areas slightly north and south of Constanta itself. These areas have a larger number of hotels. Old Constanta has a limited supply and most are relatively expensive for what you get.
|Arion Hotel - Costanta||Str. Lirei, no. 35 Bis||Hotel||-|
|Best Western Hotel Savoy - Mamaia||Mamaia Boulevard, 8741||Hotel||-|
|Carmen Hotel - Venus||Str. Nicolae Iorga,Nr.34, Venus||HOTEL||-|
|Constanta Residence Apartments||Hortensiei 15||Apartment||89|
|Decebal Hotel - Neptun||Str. Principala||HOTEL||-|
|Eol777 Hostel||aviator craiu nr3a constanta||Hostel||87|
|Hotel Cora||B-dul Mamaia , nr. 201,||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Splendid||Constanta, Mamaia Bvd, Metropol Area||Hotel||90|
|Maria Hotel||Bvd 1 Decembrie 1918 nr 2D||Hotel||-|
|Royal Hotel - Costanta||191 Mamaia Blvd.||Hotel||-|
|Scala Hotel||B-dul Mamaia nr. 284A||HOTEL||-|
|Regal Hotel Mamaia||Mamaia Boulevard||HOTEL||-|
|Majestic Hotel||Trandafirilor Street Olimp Resort||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Malibu||Bd. Mamaia, nr.316||Hotel||74|
|Hotel Oxford Mamaia||B-dul A. Lapusneanu nr. 202 A Constanta||HOTEL||-|
|Carol Hotel||15 Mihail Kogalniceanu Street||Hotel||-|
|Apartment Sant Vlas||316 Mamaia Bulevard||Apartment||-|
|Hotel Traian||Mihail Kogalniceanu nr.36||HOTEL||-|
|Capri Hotel||109 th Mircea cel Batran st.||HOTEL||-|
|GMG Hotel||Bdul Mamaia nr.210||HOTEL||-|
|Iaki Hotel- Mamaia||Mamaia Resort||HOTEL||-|
|Ibis Hotel||Str. Mircea cel Batran nr 39-41||HOTEL||-|
Internet cafes exist in most cities and towns. The number of internet cafes seems to be declining in bigger cities recently because of cheap availability of computers and the rising living standard here. Wifi is widely available in University areas, airports, public squares, parks, cafes, hotels and restaurants. Pay-as-you-go Wifi is also available in many venues. If uncertain, look for plazas near the Town Hall, large parks or other important buildings. Most (if not all) McDonald's restaurants and Starbucks in Romania have Wifi access and so do most 3-star (and higher) hotels.
See also International Telephone Calls
Romania's country code is +40. To dial to other countries from Romania, dial 00 and then the international number usually without the first 0.
Public phones work well and are available in all areas. You must purchase a phonecard from a kiosk to use them. When dialing within Romania, dial 0 + three digit area code + six digit telephone.
There are five networks - four GSM/3G (Orange Romania, Vodafone, Cosmote and DigiMobil) and one CDMA (Zapp). Orange and Vodafone have almost full national coverage (98-99% of the surface of the country), while the newly-merged Cosmote+Zapp are expanding quickly. Tariffs are average for the European Union (€0.08-0.30/min, €0.04 per SMS). Both pre-paid cards and subscriptions are available, and special options for discounted international calls exist with some pricing plans. Roaming is available but is, like in most of the EU, rather expensive. Pre-paid cards or recharge codes can be bought in almost every shop, either rural or urban.
On prepaid SIMs you can activate extra options ("extraopţiune") starting from €5 (+ 24% VAT) in total = RON27-32, with a validity period of 30 days, containing thousands (200 -3,000) of minutes and SMSs within the same network and up to 100 minutes outside the network, including most European Union fixed land-line networks and two or three mobile networks.
Posta Romana is the national postal service of Romania. Postal services are generally very affordable, reliable and reasonably fast. Post boxes are red and can be found near the post offices, along the street or in main train stations. Post offices can be found in even the smallest towns and the opening hours are generally Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm and Saturday 8:00am to 12:00, closed on Sunday. You can buy stamps here or at kiosks. Prices for international mail start at around €0.55 and takes at least 3-5 days to countries within Europe. It's slightly cheaper and faster for domestic mail to be send. Intercontinental post is slightly more expensive but takes much longer. For slightly more expensive but faster and more reliable services you can also try international courier companies like TNT, DHL, FedEx or UPS.
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