The Enisala fortress in Romania combines beautiful natural landscapes and pieces of medieval history. It is located on a high hill in the Danube delta.
Where is Enisala
The remains of the Enisala fortress are about 2 kilometers east of the village of Enisala and about 200 kilometers north of Bulgarian-Romanian border near Durankulak.
The fortress is accessible by car. There is a good parking lot nearby. It takes not more than 5 minutes of walking to get from the parking to the gates of Ennisala. The walk is pleasant and refreshing, because of the interesting sights in all directions.
Short information about the Ennisala Fortress
The area around used to belong to Medieval Bulgaria. That is why the settlements there have two names – Bulgarian and Romanian. So the Bulgarian name of the village is Novo Selo (means New Village). When the Turks conquered these territories in the early 15th century, they renamed Novo Selo to Yenisela.
The fortress was built in the 13th-14th centuries as a military-defense facility. At that time the lands of the Danube Delta belonged to the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.
When the Turks conquered the adjoining lands, the fortress was used by them until the 16th century when it was abandoned and declined.
Our visit to Enisala Fortress
I can strongly say that the place is very interesting – beautiful and even majestic in some way. This feeling is due to:
- the solid remains of the fortress perched on the high hill,
- the surrounding terrain.
The fortress is situated on a rocky hill and is surrounded by Babadag and Rasim Danubian Lakes.
It offers beautiful panoramic views in all directions.
The fortress is not big and it has the shape of an ellipse. The most distinctive part of it is the high tower.
The entrance fee is 6 Lei (RON), day off is Monday.