Calafat Travel Guide

  • Calafat
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  • Calafat
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  • Another romantic manor in Calafat
    Another romantic manor in Calafat
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Calafat Things to Do

  • Another romantic manor

    Another XIX century manor by the river shore. Hidden in vegetation, un-renovated, decrepit and locked under heavy chains, testimony of half a century distance between the building and its owners. I could not find anything about former great families in Calafat, not when searching for the history of the town. As if they didn’t ever exist.

  • Chestnut tree parks

    Near the church of St. Nicholas, a shady park with hundreds year old chestnut-trees. Hidded among the trees, a modest monument to the first Romanian soldier to die during the independence war of 1877. Was he from Calafat?

  • Church of St. Nicholas

    Quite impressive and richly ornated for such a small town, the church of St. Nicholas (aka Sfantul Nicolae) dominates the skyline of Calafat. Rare scene inside – chairs bear names, entire families, in recognition of their role in the community and not least, because of their contributions to the church. Note as well the force of the profane...


Calafat Transportation

  • to/from Vidin (Bulgaria)

    The only way is a scenic one - by ferry across the Danube.There are regular services all along the week, but allow 1,5 – 3 hours (including waiting time for the one of the 2 ferries to arrive at docks, loading, unloading, border formalities, 20 min walk on the Bulgarian side). On the Bulgarian side there are 2 ferry docks, one mainly for long...

  • to/from Craiova (and Bucharest)

    Train is very slow (almost 3 hours), so most passengers prefer buses. Train timetable (may 08) was as follows: Departures from Craiova (and arrivals in Calafat) 15,34 (18,30) and 16,50 (20,18). Return, train departures from Calafat (and arrivals in Craiova): 9,45 (12,30), 11,50 (15,03), 15,15 (18,42), 18,35 (21,45). Train connections to Bucharest...

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Calafat Local Customs

  • Curious children

    Some kids playing in the park got curious about me wandering around. One of them was barefoot, but seemed the leader among equals. Who i was, where i come from, how large is my villa. They would like to come to Vidin with me they said, but are too little to be allowed on the ferry. They were in Bulgaria once, last year for 1st of June, when the...

  • Funeral

    While i was gazing inside the church, i noticed some strange music becomes louder – a mix of trumpets and drums. The music was accompanying a funeral march slowly approaching the church for the last service. How unexpected this was.I quickly found my way out of the church and was looking for a shady spot to hide my discomfort on taking pictures in...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Calafat Favorites

  • "Emancipation" of Calafat

    The locality (and presumably, its subjects as well) was the propriety of the Orthodox Church until 1855, when it was “emancipated”. Emancipation meant 200.000 lei gathered in 1853 via a public a subscription (mostly rich merchants) and paid to the church of Craiova, and the signature of Barbu Stirbei on the “emancipation” act in 1855.

  • Coat of Arms

    In fact, a very recent adoption, i.e. since 2003. The Lion is the symbol of Oltenia, the historical region to which the town belongs; the cannon balls are with reference to the war of Independence of 1877 which was of great momentum for the city due to its border position. The contribution of the orthodox church to the development of Calafat is to...

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