``Willow forests. Rush-beds thicker than the Brazilian jungle. Flooded reed islets. Lakes covered with a black haze of coots. Teams of tumultuous geese and ducks. Villages coated in reed, as if they try to hide away and become one with the tremendous immensity of rushes. Herds and herds of dancing cranes. Fishing vessels and bearded fishermen. Wild horses. Solitary storks of so many kinds. Mazy channels, overwhelmed by the willow domes, filled with fishing nets. Solitude, in every guise, at any time.`` - Radu Anton Roman

The Danube Delta, Romania’s youngest land, is a stupendous natural environment, encompassing all vegetable and lacustrine species in Europe, as well as a diversified and rich fauna. Also known as the heaven of fish and birds, the Danube Delta stands for the most important resting place of the migratory birds travelling betweeen the tropical and arctic regions.

The Danube Delta surfaces almost 4,180 km2 – should we also include the Razim-Sinoie lagoon complex and the Danube’s strand, the surface of the delta extends to approximately 5,800 km2, making it the second largest delta in Europe, after the Volga Delta. 82% of the Danube Delta lies within Romania and the remaining part within Ukraine.

The surface of the Danube Delta is divided into 3 types of areas: 18 strictly protected areas, amounting to a total of 506 km2, buffer areas surfacing 2,233 km2 and economic areas with a total surface of 3,060 km2.

The lakes in the Danube Delta, now totalling only 479 lakes because of the development in recent years, occupy 7.8% of the delta surface.

The delta is an exotic land hosting over 1830 species of trees and plants, more than 2440 species of insects, 91 species of shell-fish, 11 species of reptiles, 10 species of amphibians, 320 species of birds and 44 species of mammals, many of which are declared unique and natural monuments.

In its waters live 133 fish species, an important source of food for the birds and water mammals, and an important scientific and economic resource.