Vama Veche is the most southern resort on the Romanian coast of the Black Sea, a few hundred meters from the Bulgarian border. It is located in southeastern Dobrudscha. Not far from the village is the border crossing of Vama Veche and Durankulak. The population of Vama Veche is less than two hundred people. Vama Veche means "old customs;" the village was founded in the early nineteenth century. The current name was given to the place in the early twentieth century, when Southern Dobrudscha was incorporated into Romania as a result of the Second Balkan War. You can reach Vama Veche only by car or by bus coming from Mangalia.
Together with the village 2 Mai, Vama Veche is a meeting place for individual tourists, artists, nonconformists. The village has become more commercial recently but camping is allowed on the beach as before and that gives it a serene atmosphere. In the summer, almost every night, there are live bands and the pubs are open usually twenty-four hours. There is also a nude beach. As the commercialization of the village is fast, it is probable that it will eventually lose its adventure atmosphere so the sooner you visit it, the better.
Vama Veche is a summer resort, and as such, most Vama Veche hostels operate in the summer, so it can be quite hard to find an open Vama Veche hostel during the rest of the year. Vama Veche hostels are relatively cheap, as their prices are higher in the high season but they are still more than affordable. The village is small and most hostels in Vama Veche are located just meters away from the beach. The facilities in Vama Veche hostels are good and if you come in the winter when there are not many visitors, you can have a lot of free space in your room.
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