Eforie Nord and Eforie Sud
Eforie Nord, 14km south of Constanta, is the first large resort south of Mamaia. Beaches sit below 10-20 meter cliffs. An alternate bathing spot is Lake Belona, behind the southern end of the beach. This place is absolute bedlam in July and August and so are prices, making it, in my estimation, the worst value place to stay on Romania’s Black Sea coast. Outside these months, things calm down a bit.
Eforie Nord is also, in my experience, one of the worst signed places in Romania. Street signs are rare and house numbers are even rarer. You can ask for directions, but be prepared, most people working in Eforie Nord are not from there and have no idea where anything is beyond their place of emplyment and the beach.
Lake Techirghiol, within walking distance of the city center, is famous for its stinky, black sapropel mud, effective against infirmities such as rheumatism. Its waters are five times saltier than the sea. While Eforie Nord is smaller, it’s no less crowded than Mamaia in the summer; packed with restaurants, discos and thousands of revelers.
Eforie Sud is 4km south of Eforie Nord and is generally more run-down and thus cheaper than its northern sister. However, a recent 2.8 billion euro rejuvenation project is under way, which will see development and general beautifying projects continuing through to 2011.