Sunday was the first day of the year with temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius.
Taking advantage by the mini holiday occasioned by Whitsuntide and the hot weather, Romanians took the seaside under siege this weekend. Mamaia seaside resort was the most crowded, with tens of thousands of tourists arriving in the resort since Thursday evening. From Navodari to Vama Veche, the beaches were full of people, being more crowded than on May 1, when local authorities reported a very high number of tourists.
“When we have to work, we work, when we have to have fun, we come to the seaside. We’ll be here until Monday evening and then return to Bucharest, because we have to get back to work on Tuesday,” a young tourist, Alina Marin, was quoted as saying by Adevarul daily.
Most of the tourists chose to sunbathe and relax on the Cleopatra beach in Constanta, an area that is a popular place both among residents and tourists, the newspaper said.
But tourism on the seaside has not yet reached a peak, which is proven by the yet rather low incomes of traders and restaurants in the area. “Things have started moving and our incomes are growing. But most people just eat some ‘mititei’ and drink a draft of beer, because it’s cheaper. And then they go have a swim in the sea,” the owner of a terrace in Mamaia said. Besides the mini-holiday, Romanians flocked to the seaside this weekend because they were encouraged to do so by the weather forecast. Sunday was the first day of the year with temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius. At the seaside, the water’s temperature was of about 24 degrees.
The summer season on the seaside officially began on May 1 and will end on October 1. This year, authorities expect a higher number of tourists than last year. Tourism officials say there will be a 15 per cent increase of tourists to the seaside, following the government’s decision to introduce vacation tickets and the national currency’s depreciation, which will make Romanians avoid abroad destinations. About five million tourists spent their holidays in Romanian resorts last year, of which 1.3 million people spent their leisure time at the seaside.