Tulcea (pronounced tool-cha) is the delta’s gateway city and usually passed through quickly en route to the more atmospheric towns, meaning most people miss its unassuming appeal.
Despite the billowing smoke from the brick factory outside town, reminding visitors that Tulcea is mainly industrial, it has a lively energy, particularly in summer, and an allure of its own. The waterfront promenade is hopping with nightclubs and restaurants, great for strolling and watching the sunset (silhouetted by shipyard equipment, depending on your vantage point). The Turkish population lends a multiethnic flavor, both socially and culinary.
Tulcea was settled by Dacians and Romans from the 7th to 1st centuries BC, when it was called Aegyssus.
Sights include the memorial to local victims of the 1989 revolution in front of the St Nicholas Cathedral (Str Progresului 37), a fabulous Greek Orthodox church (Str G Doja), the Azizie Mosque (Str Independentei) built in 1863, the Independence Monument (1904) perched on Citadel Hill, and several museums (open Tuesday to Sunday); the History & Archaeology Museum, the Folk Art and Ethnographic Museum, the Natural History Museum & Aquarium, and the Fine Arts Museum.