Dobrogea Keys – the stories carved by nature

by Oana Silviana
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You can’t say that you really knew Romania, unless you reached at least once to Dobrogea Keys  – a land full of wind and sunshine, alike. The destination is suitable for a one day trip. The keys are located on the right slope of the Casimcea Valley, in Constanta County, Romania, at about 45 kilometers north-west of the city of Constanta. How do you get there? The reservation is accessible by DN2A national road on the route: Constanţa – Ovidiu – the national road DN22 in the direction of Cogealac. Targuşor village shelters Gura Dobrogei reservation.

What do you see? You will encounter here limestone from the Jurassic period. The limestones of the Keys are actually atolls, which justify the semi-round shape of the walls. The region has many archaeological traces, especially those found in caves scattered along Dobrogea Keys – scraps of gear, hunting and traces left by the people who inhabited this area in the prehistoric age.

Characteristics of the region If you come here as a tourist, a simple traveler for a one-day trip, you should know that the only accommodation options that you have are near Corbu, so I recommend you choose to travel here by car. You also have accommodation options at the locals in the area, in Târguşor, but expect modest conditions to stay over night. It is the right place if you are looking for peace and nature, because the key sector extends over an area of over 2 kilometers, so you can discover the caves in the area, the vegetation and the fauna.

The key sector is impressive through the verticality of the slopes, but also by the large variety of the relief. The calcareous plateaus have strange shapes, beaten by the water passing in the past, bordering the road on both sides. Mireasa Valley passes through the keys and completes the fairytale scenery here. It is a protected area where you will encounter about 14 caves and marked paths, that you can visit.

The site is valuable through the five types of ecosystems – hedges, forests, meadows, rivers and cliffs, which have a particular floral importance due to the presence of various plant species. The area has a temperate continental climate predominantly arid, characterized by several tropical days and frequent droughts. There are often semi-desert conditions on the hills, so if you decide to visit the region, dress accordingly.

The keys are spectacular in any season, but during summer the white of the limestones offers contrasting and dreamy landscapes, alongside the green of the vegetation. You can admire them and shoot them from all the angles, but do not expect them to be as spectacular as other Keys in Romania, such as Dâmbovicioarei Keys, for example. Dobrogea Keys have a maximum height of 40 meters.

Climbing lovers are only allowed in the area with adequate equipment. In 1997, the first marked route appeared, and then all the routes were marked at the bottom with their name and degree of difficulty, ranging from easy to medium. Climbing enthusiasts can also do free climbs.

I invite you to be a Fairytale Traveller here. Dobrogea Keys and Cheia village form a huge carving exhibition offered by nature and is declared a natural reservation on an area of 285 hectares.

I wish you a Fairytale Trip! 🙂

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