The Danube Delta: Paradise Found.

A journey to the Danube Delta feels like returning to Eden. With 3,400 square miles of intricate river canals, dreamy lakes, untouched marshes and reed islands, the Danube Delta is the second largest and best preserved river delta in Europe. And its biodiversity is mindboggling. Over 5,500 flora and fauna species live here in perfect harmony. This makes the Danube Delta the third largest wildlife paradise after the Great Barrier Reef and the Galapagos Archipelago.

The bird is the word.

Bird watching enthusiasts can find in the Danube Delta the highest density of bird colonies in all of Europe. The complex web of canals weaved from willows, thatch and oaks is the perfect breeding ground for a multitude of bird species. Some of them come from as far as China and Africa. For example, millions of Egyptian white pelicans fly here every spring to breed. A total of 300 species of birds call the Danube Delta their home, including cormorants, white tailed eagles and glossy ibises.

The bird watching season lasts from early spring to late summer. But rare birds are not the only wild inhabitants of the Delta. There are also many species of fish and animals. From foxes, wolves and wildcats, to even boars and deer. Overall, 3,450 animal species can be observed in the Danube Delta, as well as 1,700 plant species.

Plenty to fish for.

Over 160 species of fresh- and salt-water fish abound in the waters of the Danube Delta. No wonder why so many people - experts included - love to fish here. And the big catch is really big. Frequent captures range from 5 to 20 kilograms; the biggest ever recorded being a huge catfish of 400 kilograms. Other widespread species in the Danube Delta are pike, pikeperch and carp. The perfect time to go on a fishing trip is from June to March. The weather is especially pleasant in September and October, but you are sure to have a good time regardless the season.

An ethnic oasis.

Although the Danube Delta may be the least inhabited region of temperate Europe, it is sure to host an amazing diversity of cultures. Romanians, Ukrainians, Greeks, Turks and Bulgarians live peacefully together and in perfect harmony with nature. Their diverse customs, traditions and rites have not been worn by the passing of time. In fact, they live as simple and healthy as their forefathers. Most of them are skilled fishermen and great cooks. So, the weary traveler is sure to find here the tastiest fish dishes in the world.