Hundreds of youngsters rush to Vama Veche nonconformist resort

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Sun with teeth, but heaps of tourists already on the coastline. Some hundreds of them headed for Vama Veche, the last seaside resort and entertainment hub in Romania. After having set up their tents, they are ready to enjoy four days of music, dance and beer.

Many of these young people come from France, Spain and Turkey, as Pro TV reports. They arrived in Vama Veche on Thursday and are staying at a hotel located close to the beach. “We want to party, to discover the surroundings. And, of course, the beautiful girls,” they said.

A cocktail is priced RON 20, but the attraction consists of beer, priced RON 5 to 10, fried anchovy dishes, RON 7 to 10, and shawarma.

A premiere in one of the most special resorts on the Romanian coastline, the tourists in Vama Veche will benefit from an area for relaxation, prevention and mitigation of the alcohol abuse effects: the Chill Tent of ALIAT (the Alliance for the Fight against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction)specialists.

Vama Veche, a small village located a few kilometers South from 2 Mai resort, near the border with Bulgaria,  has become a very popular summer destination in recent years, due to the nonconformist atmosphere and good prices for accommodation and meals.

It was founded in 1811 by a few Gagauz families, originally being named “Ilanlîk”. Its current name literally means “Old border checkpoint”, named so after South Dobruja (the Cadrilater) had become a part of Romania in 1913. In 1940, however, that region was given back to Bulgaria,and the village has since lain once again near the border, but the name stuck.

Vama Veche had a reputation of non-mainstream travel destination even during the communist regime, with this reputation increasing after the Revolution of 1989. During communism, the free-spirited resort became a hangout for intellectuals; paradoxically, the generally repressive regime of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu chose to tolerate this countercultural oasis, as long as people had their identity papers with them. Accommodations consisted of tents or rooms rented from peasants or fishermen. While camping is theoretically not permitted, to this day, many visitors or semi-permanent residents still stay in tents on the beach.

Famous for its beach for nudists, since the late 1990s Vama Veche has experienced development and gentrification, which has led to a “Save Vama Veche” campaign that is lobbying for the area’s environmental conservation and a halt to development and mass tourism.

A major part of the “Save Vama Veche” campaign is the 2003 founding of the Stufstock music festival, mainly attracting rockers, punkers and bohemians. Both “Save Vama Veche” campaign and Stufstock Festival were initiated by the “Association for the Conservation of Bio-Cultural Protected Areas” NGO.

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