Tourism in Macin Mountains
The Măcin Mountains are of remarkable importance in the country's mountains, being the oldest mountains in Romania. Due to the numerous historical vestiges, the researchers' interest is focused on the archaeological excavations and equally to the research of existing vast natural treasure here – geological, botanical and zoological.
The Măcin Mountains National Park is less known in tourism, although near it there is a tourism area which annually attracts tens of thousands of visitors – the Danube Delta.
In his work, "The Măcin Mountains", Mihail Gabriel Albotă (published in 1987) states in the beginning: "Until now tourism is scarcely practiced in the Măcin Mountains, as they are situated far from the Carpathian Mountain chain, isolated in the shadow of the famous Danube Delta. That is why (…) we are trying to prove that denying the touristic value of the mountains of Dobrogea (…) means to ignore the beauties it offers to all nature lovers".
Ion Conea, a Romanian geographer, made a memorable presentation of the Pricopan Heights by highlighting the scenic and geologic importance of the Măcin Mountains: "Pricopan is one of the wildest mountains and one of the worthies to be seen in all Romania. (… ) It is unique in its own way among the mountains of the country: an avalanche of huge granite blocks clustered over each other. Because – in fact – Pricopan (…) is the root of a mountain which used to live hundreds of millions of years before us".
The natural potential it has in the present makes the Măcin Mountains National Park accessible to a broad range of tourists interested in nature hiking, scenery, flora, fauna, studies and documentation.
The general characteristics of tourism promoted by the Administration of the Măcin Mountains National Park:
- It emphasizes the scientific importance of the Măcin Mountains National Park.
- It promotes important natural, historical, cultural, rural, and leisure objectives so that a tourist can have a general view of this land which bears beauty, spirituality and history, so as to discover enough reasons to return to this region.
- Proposes touristic facilities and services inspired by local resources.
- Supports the economic development of the park's neighboring areas.
- Calls for respect for the natural environment and historical legacy.
- Participates in projecting an image of ecologic responsibility among the guests of the park.
Presently, in the Măcin Mountains National Park there are 6 marked trails, a „Măcin Stories" theme trail, a trail for equestrian tourism and cycling tourism trails. For the description of the tourist trails access the tourist trails tab.
Please, read the Visiting Rules of the Măcin Mountains National Park, detailed in the Park Regulations!