Somova is found at 12 kilometers away from the northern part of Tulcea town. The village of Somova dates back to Roman times. The name of the village, according to tradition, comes from a capture of a huge wels catfish in the waters near the village. In romanian language, the name for that fish is “somn” thus for the name Somova.
At the edge of the village there is a lake with the same name. Lake Somova marks the entrance in the Danube Delta`s complex of Somova - Perches. This complex contains lakes linked together by canals crossed by reeds with bird colonies.
The complex is composed of Gorgonel Lake, Round Lake, Somova Lake, Parches Lake, Beluga Lake, Ciorciovata Lake, Old Women`s Lake, Goose Lake and Lake Casla.
Tulcea county lies on the surface of seven hills that form a natural amphitheater opening to the Danube Delta. Here there are some great sights.
- Museum of Art
- Museum of Ethnography and Folk Art
- Ecotouristic Delta Center (Aquarium and Museum of Natural Sciences):
- Museum of History and Archaeology
Places of worship:
- The Cathedral
- The Greek Church
- The Church Clock
- The Lipovan Church
- The Azziz Mosque
- Danube Promenade
- Civic Square
- Monument Park
- Park of Personalities
- The Mushroom Park
Landmarks in the county
The Monasteries Triangle: Saon - Cocosu - Celic Dere is a route with a landscape that captures you immediately.
Saon Monastery, located in the Linden Valley was built in 1846, its establishment was a nunnery and in 1930 it found the convent. This goes far to show the presence of exotic birds that the nuns are caring for years.
Once you get to the monastery Celic-Dere you are filled with a sense of joy, which may be due to the multitude of such beautiful roses growing around the monastery or the happiness that you receive from the nuns and the two priests. Celic Dere Monastery is one of the few buildings in Romania which has a winter church at the basement, and a summer one at the ground floor.
Cocosu Monastery, or in translation, The Rooster Monastery is situated in a secluded spot at the base of a hill covered in the fragrance of linden forests
There is a represenative mosque in Babadag , The Ali Gazi Paşa Mosque built by Sultan Mehmet the third in 1610, which was destroyed several times.
In 1990 the building was renovated and today operates as a museum. This mosque is the oldest monument of Muslim art in Romania, with a monumental arched porch. In the courtyard of the mosque there is the tomb of Ali Pasha Gazi, dating back centuries.
Niculiţel village has a pagan monument, discovered in 1971, which houses the tombs of six martyrs of Dobrogea.
Enisala fortress, is among the monuments of military architecture in Romania, built in the Middle Ages, which is characterized by its design and system of fortifications, construction techniques and architectural elements. The fortification was built in the second half of the XIV century by an authority aimed at the Danube.
National Park of Macin Mountains: the oldest mountains in Romania.
Natural potential of currently available makes this National Park accessible to a wide range of tourists interested in hiking, nature, landscapes, flora, fauna characteristic of the park, studies and documentation. In the park there is one of the oldest, exciting and known reserves of our country – The European Beech Valley Natural Reserve.
Here you have the opportunity to see: submerged floating vegetation, riparian vegetation formed on the floodplain ponds and lakes, grassland vegetation of marine areas, vegetation areas and temporarily areas with salty water.
It is an exotic land where if you get a chance, you can see over 1830 species of trees and plants, over 2,440 species of insects, 91 species of molluscs, 11 species of reptiles, 10 species of amphibians, 320 species of birds and 44 species of mammals, many of them being unique species and natural monuments. And let's not forget that in its waters live 133 species of fish.