Tourism on the Small Island of Braila

Danube at Braila and Smardan, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Danube at Braila and Smardan, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

From the point of view of tourism, downstream side of the Small Island of Braila, called the Popa area, and the half upstream, the Egret special protection area, represents a particular interest. The total area of ​​this protected area is 17529 ha. Due to the efforts of specialists, the Small Island of Braila was declared a Mixed zoological and botanical reservation.
On the area were identified about 150 species of plants. The forest vegetation, encountered both in terrestrial habitats and in the water, is what gives the distinctiveness of the landscape of the park. The forests occupy about 60% of the protected area.

A unique natural aquatic ecosystem

The geo-strategic position of Romania, as the main point of interference of the bird migration routes, gives the uniqueness of this country and hence the Small Island of Braila. It is a last vestige of a large natural aquatic ecosystem, of Quaternary origin, formed by the clenching between the Danube and the sea. It is the “gateway” of the Danube Delta, a real filter for the pesticides and silt brought by the river from all of the European Basin, with natural feedback mechanisms.

Danube at Braila Island, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Danube at Braila Island, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

The Small Island of Braila is the only place in the floodplain of the Lower Danube subject to natural dynamics of the Danube waters which allows the exchange of high waters and low waters, essential for ongoing natural ecological functions.

Ecological tourism

The richness of the landscapes and species of plants and animals, very similar to those of the Danube Delta, is a natural chapter whose recovery through ecological tourism would be a viable development and sustainable exploitation alternative of the goods and services offered by the protected area of the Small Island of Braila.

The silence that reigns over this land is disturbed only by flying egrets and the screams of the cormorants greedy for fish. Over 200 species of birds share this fairytale realm.

Flying Egrets, ©Dhinal Chheda/Flickr

Flying Egrets, ©Dhinal Chheda/Flickr

There are some reasons why the Small Island of Braila can exploit the tourism, especially in organized groups. The Small Island of Braila is an authentic replica of the “Delta of the Danube” by all that contains and provides: lacustrine environment, vegetation, aquatic and land fauna, unique landscapes in Romania and Europe. It is at relatively small distances to large urban centers, it is at 130 km from the capital of Romania, Bucharest, at 100 km from the Black Sea, between 20 and 60 km from the city of Braila and besides of that there are access roads upgraded to nearby localities on the left bank of the Danube.

Danube at Braila and Smardan, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Danube at Braila and Smardan, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

The marsh can not be compared to any corner of the garden where man has outdone himself. Here, nature has chosen the most beautiful colors, discreet, sweet perfume plants in order about water laws that keep them alive.

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