About the city of Macin
Close to the Danube, at a relatively short distance from the Black Sea (150 kilometers), with a mountain “at its feet”, the city of Măcin has, for decades, had its place on the Romanian map, and, recently, it seems to find a good position on the list of places that must be visited.
Măcin (45°14′44″N 28°7′23″E), considered to be one of the old urban centers of the country, is a city in Tulcea county, Dobrogea region. The locality represents the second urban center of Tulcea county, in this sense taking into account the number of inhabitants, but also the economic potential and development prospects.
The town of Măcin is located on a terraced plateau, guarded in the north-east by the Suluc peak, in the south-east by the stone quarries from Iacob-Deal and Turcoaia, in the north-west by the Urliga peak, and in the west by the Old Danube .
The town is located in the southeastern part of Romania, in the northwestern part of Tulcea county, 15 kilometers from the municipality of Brăila, 40 kilometers from the municipality of Galaţi and 80 kilometers from the municipality of Tulcea.
To the north, the town of Măcin borders the commune of Jijila, to the west, with the commune of Smârdan and the Danube river, to the south is the commune of Carcaliu, and to the southeast is the commune of Greci.
Depending on the place of departure, there are several routes by which you can reach Măcin.
There are several options from Bucharest:
Bucharest – Măcin option 1 – on the A2 highway to Drajna, then on the E584 to Slobozia, Brăila, ferry crossing to Smârdan, and then on the E87 to Măcin.
Bucharest – Măcin option 2 – on the A2 highway to Drajna, then on E584 to Slobozia, then to the bridge over the Danube from Giurgeni – Vadul Oii on E60 (DN2A) to Hârşova, then on DN22A to the intersection with DN22D, then DN22D to Macin.
Bucharest – Măcin option 3 – on E85 on the route Urziceni – Buzău, then on DN2B to Brăila, ferry crossing to Smârdan, and then on E87 to Măcin.
The closest train station to the city of Măcin is Brăila Station. From there take the minibus to Măcin, route Brăila – Tulcea.
There are minibus routes to Măcin from: Bucharest, Constanța, Tulcea, Brăila, I.C. Brătianu (after crossing the Danube to Galaţi).
The city of Măcin represents a connecting node between Dobrogea and Muntenia, ensuring access to Brăila county through the Smârdan ferry crossing point.
Also, the city of Măcin represents a connecting node between Dobrogea and Moldova, ensuring access to Galati county, through the crossing point with the ferry from I. C. Brătianu.
At the same time, due to its geographical position, the city of Măcin is at the crossroads of important connecting roads from the Dobrogean region, allowing access to Tulcea (road E87) and Constanta.
The relief of the city of Măcin is composed of three main forms: the Măcin Mountains, the marginal plain and the Danube Meadow.
A part of the Administration of the Măcin Mountains National Park operates in the town of Măcin.
The population of the city of Măcin
With a population of 8,245 inhabitants, according to the census carried out in 2011, the majority of those who live in the city of Măcin are Romanian (84.55%). There are, however, in Măcin, also residents of other ethnicities, the main minorities being the Roma (3.89%) and the Turkish (2.35%).
Regarding the religion of the inhabitants of the city of Măcin, they are mostly Orthodox (88.43%), but there is also a minority of Muslims (2.51%). For 8.54% of the population, the religious affiliation is not known.