Constantza

Constanta is the oldest living city in Romania, founded around 600 BC. The city is located in the Dobruja region of Romania, on the Black Sea coast. It is the capital of Constanta County and the largest city in the region.

The city of Constanta is one of the most important in Romania, one of four roughly equal-size cities which rank after Bucharest. The Constanta metropolitan area, founded in 2007, comprises 14 localities located at a maximum distance of 30 km (19 mi) from the city, and with 446,595 inhabitants it is the second largest metropolitan area in Romania, after Bucharest.

The Port of Constanta has an area of 39.26 km2 (15.16 sq mi) and a length of about 30 km (19 mi). It is the largest port on the Black Sea, and one of the largest ports in Europe.

Constanta is one of Romania's main industrial, commercial and tourist centers. During the first half of 2008, some 3,144 new companies were established in Constanta and its neighbouring localities, a number surpassed only in Bucharest and Cluj County. The Port of Constanta is the largest on the Black Sea and the fourth largest in Europe. The city also boasts a comparably large shipyard.

Tourism has been an increasingly important economic activity in recent years. Although Constanta has been promoted as a seaside resort since the time of Carol I, the development of naval industry had a detrimental effect on the city's beaches. Nevertheless, due to its proximity to other major tourist destinations, Constanta receives a significant number of visitors every year, who discover and visit the city's monuments and attractions. Also, Constanta is a centre of commerce and education, both of which significantly contribute to the local economy.

For more information visit the website of the city.