Posted on 18 June 2019
Beginning at the Fish Farm, the 550km of cycling routes are designed with both electric and normal bikes in mind.
WWF-Romania, together with Outhentic Cycling Romania inaugurated 5 cycling routes around one of the most important Natura 2000 areas in Călărași County: Ciocănești Danube.
During the last 10 years, WWF-Romania has worked closely with the local community to develop a series of mechanisms to help it achieve economic security while respecting the principles of sustainable development.
Beginning at the Fish Farm, the 550km of cycling routes are designed with both electric and normal bikes in mind. At the moment, four electric bikes are available for rent. Along these trails, you will have the opportunity to admire natural landscapes characteristic of wetlands, lakes, swamps, reed beds and hundreds of protected bird species that spend their summer in Romania. In addition, through the villages that link these trails, you will have the opportunity to meet carpenters, blacksmiths, other craftspeople and local food producers.
Ciocănești Danube, a Mini-Delta in Călărași
Be sure to make time for a walk along the mini-delta in the vicinity of the farm. The abundance and variety of bird species attracts birdwatchers from across the country. Ciocănești Danube is an area where nature still holds the greatest rights. The presence of such a large number of birds is due both to the fishery activities in the area (i.e. access to food), and to the fact that there is also a protected natural area in nearby Srebarna, Bulgaria. You will definitely encounter Great White and Dalmatian pelicans, great and pygmy cormorants, ferruginous ducks, grey and black-crowned night herons, and great and little egrets. In addition to these, hundreds of Eurasian/common coots, whiskered terns, swans and glossy ibises can be witnessed, not to mention the wonderful bridal dance of the grebes.
The bike trails and map were created through the “Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region" (LENA) Project with financial support from the European Union through the Transnational Danube Programme (the successor to the Transnational Cooperation Programme South-East Europe - SEE). The aim of the project is to strengthen common and integrated approaches and policies for the conservation and sustainable use of protected areas (Natura 2000) along the Danube and its tributaries, leading to the creation of new, environmentally sustainable sources of income in the area.
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The map includes information on historical and cultural points of interest, accommodation and local producers along the route.
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