From 30 August to 1 September 2019, the first tourism promotion tour “Danube Boats” was held as part of the Memofish project ROBG – 420. It was meant for a group of 15 young people from Silistra and Calarasi. They together with representatives of the partner NGOs: ‘Parallel- Silistra’, ‘Acess’ and the ‘Local Initiative Fisheries Group – Calarasi’, visited attractive tourist sites in the cross-border region.
The participants started with the Durostorum – Druster – Silistra National Architectural and Archaeological Reserve, then went to d the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve, the Danube Fisheries Museum and Tutrakan Boatbuilding. They were amazed by the skills of the knitting masters in the Fisherman’s Quarter and enjoyed their demonstrations. In tune with the stories of the Danube civilization were the lunch and dinner on the banks of the Danube – fried fish as the old local fisheries’ recipes say.
The second day was a great adventure for the group. Together with 10 representatives of the Danube River Club, the youth participated in a rowing trip to the Danube Island ‘No name island’ and in the ritual of the traditional August memorial swim. The club Master Chef welcomed them with the most delicious fish soup. In the late afternoon rowing boats docked at Silistra harbour and the group headed to Calarasi. Shortly afterwards, the group visited the Borcea Canal and the beaches, and in the evening the restaurant surprised participants with traditional Romanian dishes.
On the last day of the promotion trip, the youngsters visited a fish farm in Ciocăneşti, explored architectural landmarks in Calarasi and enjoyed boats in a small artificial lake in Zhegalia. The zoo in Calarasi aroused great interest, after which the group returned to Silistra.
The three-day youth tourism package Danube Boats proved to be a great idea for weekend tourism, despite the challenges of rowing in the river. Most of the young people said that in a week or two they would return to Calarasi, where there was more to see.
The promotional tour is part of the project “MEMOFISH. Memory and the future. Stories about the Danube Civilization”, run by five organizations with a leading partner, the Bulgarian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the financial support of the Interreg V-A Romania-Bulgaria program.