Escape from the City: The Dobrogea Keys

Although I have been living in Constanta for 23 years, I have never visited the Dobrogea Keys until a few days ago. I was truly impressed by the beauty and uniqueness of this very old landscape. Here you are in touch with nature, you feel you’re in a different time and place even though you’re only 40km away from the hustle and bustle of Constanta.

It is here that the time slows down: you see people walking on the side of the road heading from Targusor Village to Cheia Village, you see shepherds, cattle and goats…it is all very relaxing. And then, when you get used to the idea of a slower pace of life, they appear: huge rocks with strange shapes that scream for your immediate attention. You cannot take your eyes off them and you start to feel you’re not in modern day Constanta anymore, but in an ancient time. And when you get used to it, you feel like you’re in a very strange museum.

The Dobrogea Keys is part of the Casimcea Plateau, formed a very long time ago in the Caledonian Orogenesis. This plateau is made of very hard rocks which are the oldest in Romania and is about 100m to 300m in height. The Dobrogea Keys is also known as The Geological Massive Cheia and is made of limestone which forms huge Mesozoic rocks.

This massive hosts about 600 species of rare and endemic plants, birds of prey and bats. There are also a lot of caves. It is therefore one of the most important natural mixed reservations (botanical and geological) in Romania.

Apart from all these unique assets, the Dobrogea Keys are well known for their good climbing potential. That was the main reason why me and my friends were there! Until now, there are only 3 small routes made by some local climbers called Io, Hera and Hades. Apart from these you can do a lot of bouldering and if you’re really brave, you can free climb.

Info taken from here and here http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podi%C8%99ul_Casimcei

written by lucretia on 2011-08-07 in #world #locations

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