Comana Natural Park – the hidden Delta 35 km away from Bucharest
The natural park is located 35 kilometers away from Bucharest and it’s the largest protected area in southern Romania, developing approximately 25.000 hectares surface. Comana Natural Park was declared a natural reserve on November 30, 2004 and ranks second as biodiversity, after Danube Delta.
The reservation hosts tens of species of plants and animals protected by international laws: 140 species of birds, more than 200 plant categories and subcategories, 70 of which are endangered. Also, numerous protected trees are present here such as wild pear trees with great dimensions and ages, oaks, elms, ashes, birch trees.
Here you can also visit the Comana Monastery, erected during ruler Radu Serban’s reign, in 1588. The monastery was revamped by Serban Cantacuzino in 1700. Today’s monastery was first built by Vlad the Impaler in 1461. In one of the cellars of the monastery was built a small museum, with some elements of history and handicraft or old clothing items, kept or found in Comana.
Archaeological researches between 1970 and 1975 showed the remains of a decapitated male without any royal symbols. People say that could be Vlad the Impaler.
The legends say that when Vlad was decapitated thousands of springs poured out like tears and the ground, reddened by the blood filled with thorns. After his burial in the monastery, priests dug a well with clear and blessed water known today as ‘The cure’s fountain’ or The Fountain with a Walnut Tree’. The butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus) which is rare in this area, because these thorns are specific only to the Mediterranean Sea, is protected as part of scientific researches in Comana.
While in the area, you can go tree climbing or rope walking with different degrees of difficulty along with a zip line over the lake. As a tourist you can also rent kayaks, bikes, boats or tents if you want to camp here.
Escapades on the lake are made only with guide, because he is the only one who knows the channels.