Once an opulent Art Nouveau hotspot, the Casino Constanta is one of Romania's most beautiful abandoned buildings.
Commanding a dramatic location right on the waterfront of the Black Sea overlooking the ancient port at Constanta, the Casino was a triumph of the Art Nouveau movement and became the city's symbol. Worsening circumstances in Romania over the 20th century saw it fall into disrepair. It was in use as a hospital during World War II and re-purposed by the communist regime as a restaurant. Maintaining the elaborate structure became expensive, and the building closed in 1990.
Despite occasional efforts at restoration, it’s remained abandoned ever since. While it’s owned by the municipality and closed to the public, Romanian authorities have never shown much interest in enforcing the closure.
There are a lot of legends and secrets about the origin of the casino. One such legend claims that a navigator built Constanta Casino, whose daughter died young, at 17 years old. Her father, the story goes, decided to build the Casino for young people to share moments that his daughter couldn’t. If you look from the top, the casino supposed to look like a hearse and the windows like graves.
Mamaia Resort Constanta
If you're searching for excitement, Mamaia resort is the place for you. Mamaia has earned the nickname "the resort that never sleeps", thanks to its cool festivals and vibrant nightlife. During the day you can chill on the beach, or go windsurfing, jet skiing or parasailing, while at night there are plenty of shows and parties that will keep you awake until dawn, including performances from some of the world's best DJ's.
The resort boasts a great location too, nestled away on a beach on the north side of Constanta city. The resort will host a variety of events throughout the summer months. If you're visiting in July you can check out the Neversea music festival or the Color Run, a fun marathon challenge. In August there's the Sunwaves electronic music festival, as well as the Strongman Mamaia challenge and the Romanian Navy Day celebrations.
Finally, in September, there's Mamaia's Triathlon Challenge. Whether you want to go clubbing or you want to hit the beach, there's always something going on.