Constanta NOT Constantine!
A Black Sea resort that seems to get written up as a poor stop for cruisers. Well let me assure you that the poor reports are rubbish; this is a very cute little resort town that is being given a major face lift and overhaul. Many of the streets were being revamped and as tourists we were welcomed everywhere.
Here goes our itinerary: we met our local guide Adrian at the cruise passenger terminal where we boarded a nice van. After a short drive, we got out of the van, safely leaving anything we didn’t want to carry since we had the van all day. We walked along Ovid’s Square, winding around to the Old City square; walked the streets of the old historical city of Constanta and visited the Turkish Mosque (the only one in Bulgaria built by Christians; we even climbed the prater tower which gave a great view of the city), the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Cathedral, as well as seeing the old Casino and Genovese Lighthouse. Since we were booked at the Murfatlar vineyards for a noon arrival at the winery and Adrian said the vineyard had a special show if we arrived earlier, we then went on to the vineyards. We had the lovely surprise of a folk dance and vocal performance while at the winery where we also had a traditional Romanian lunch. From there, we went on to Mamaia (the beach area); it was a little chilly, windy and raining when we arrived, plus it was the end of the season, so we didn’t get to ride on the cable car (closed for the season).
We then began our return to the town area of Constanta, stopping at a grocery store to buy wine and experience a little more of the local lifestyle. One of our group wanted a pharmacy stop to pick up some cold medicine and Adrian arranged that as well. On the return to the town, we visited the Museum of Archaeology and got to go through a little restaurant/bar that had discovered a whole archaeological dig beneath it and were in the process of recovering that and renovating it to incorporate it into the restaurant/bar – absolutely charming!