Gostinu Beach, among the last wild beaches in Romania

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Gostinu is a village in Giurgiu County located on the Danube floodplain. The village has 2,032 inhabitants (2011 census), having a mixed economy: agriculture, fishing, tourism. The village lies on the southern part of the county, on the Danube, close the Bulgarian border, Ruse region. The only objective in Gostinu, included on the list of historical monuments in Giurgiu County as a monument of local interest is the archaeological site of ‘Bunei Grind’, located in the western part of the village, where they found traces of settlement from Halstatt and Latène periods.

Gostinu Beach is a sandy stretch near the Danube, close to Gostinu village, about 20 kilometers from Giurgiu and about 80 kilometers away from Bucharest. The beach is not landscaped, but takes advantage of the fine sand and the fact the Danube’s water deepens gradually. You can reach the beach by car and there are conditions for camping, too.

Gostinu beach stretches on 1.5 kilometers length and can reach up to 100 meters width in dry summers. The access to the beach is not marked and the road is not asphalted. In addition to the beach, right in the middle of the Danube stretches a sandy island, which is reachable in about 50 meters through the waist-deep water, when the river is low.

‘The last untouched Danube beach’ is surrounded by a wood side where you can rest without burning in the sun.

Cetatea-Mircea-Cel-batran-wwClose to Gostinu one can visit Giurgiu Fortress, one of the many fortified settlements built in the past on the Romanian territory to protect the inlands from the invaders. Located right on the Danube shore, this was one of the first and most important defense points built in the Romanian Country (Tara Romaneasca).

Over the years, Giurgiu Fortress has been a truly important cut-off point between the Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman space, and faced numerous invasions being conquered successively by Turks. The fortress’ still existing ruins are the living proof of the approximately 20 sieges that the fortress underwent.

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