Pad­dle around Europe’s largest wet­land

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Wet­lands are some of the most bio­di­verse re­gions on Earth, but you don’t have to go all the way to South Amer­ica to en­joy the riches of this wa­tery biome.

One of Europe’s best-known rivers, the Danube, spills out into the Black Sea in Ro­ma­nia, which is just a three-hour flight from the UK. The pro­tected delta where the land meets the sea con­tains ar­eas of fresh, brack­ish and salt wa­ter, mak­ing it a haven for all sorts of flora and fauna – par­tic­u­larly birds.

Not sur­pris­ingly, the ve­hi­cle of choice here is a boat, but de­pend­ing on how en­er­getic you’re feel­ing, these vary from sin­gle-seater kayaks to ‘float­ing ho­tel’ barges. Whichever ves­sel you opt for, you’re guar­an­teed to see some of the rich­est avi­fauna on the con­ti­nent, such as swans, ea­gles and ibises, vul­tures, cranes and gi­ant Dal­ma­tian pel­i­cans.

For a chance to stretch your legs, take an af­ter­noon stroll through the an­cient for­est of Caraor­man – a mix of oak trees and liana vines – where it’s pos­si­ble to see boar, golden jack­als, Eurasian ea­gle owls and os­preys, then stop off for lunch in the lo­cal fish­ing vil­lage.

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