Dobrogea Gorges Geologic complex (“Cheia” Jurassic reefs limestones Complex) was placed under protection by Decision 425/1970 of the County Council of Constanta. The total area of the complex is 10,929 ha.
From a paleontological perspective the limestones from Dobrogea Gorges host the richest fossil area with mesojurrasic fauna of the whole Casimcea synclinal. The site is important not only by its geo-morphological, paleontological, botanical features and landscape but also by its fauna. Species of reptiles, birds and bats are well represented here.
On the site perimeter there are two important caves from a spelean and palaeontologic point of view.
La Adam Cave – important paleontologic and archaeologic discoveries rank this place among the most important in Europe. A numerous number of Quaternary mammal species were determined, important from a paleontologic perspective, 80 species of Jurassic fossils were studied and also an important piece was discovered here – a Homo sapiens fossilis molar. The cave houses many species of bats protected at European level, including Pipistrellus natusii, found only here.
Gura Dobrogei Cave has over 480 m lenght, three entrances and two major galleries. The cave distinguishes by the accumulation of large quantities of compacted guano, forming mounds under the bat colonies which are sheltered during the summer on the cave ceiling. The bats have also given the name of the cage-The Bat Cave. Most species are protected and are considered species with an endangered status. Vegetation outside the protected area and the cave limit is characteristic for Dobrogea steppe.
Localizare: in zona centrala a Dobrogei intre satele Targusor si Gradina.
Traseul cel mai scurt spre Rezervatia Cheile Dobrogei are ca punct de plecare satul Nicolae Balcescu, situat pe drumul european E60:Nicolae Balcescu – DN255 – Targusor – DJ 222 – Rezervatia Cheile Dobrogei (15 km) sau se poate si E60- Mihail Kogalniceanu – DJ 222 – Targusor – DJ 222 – Rezervatia Cheile Dobrogei (19km)
Note: See the public transport page for more informations.
The car is the most convenient and inexpensive alternative to get to Constanta. The distance between Bucharest - Constanta is 225 km and can be made in 2 hours and 30 minutes. The time increases considerably during the summer months, when roads are crowded with those who want to sunbathe on the Romanian coast. The most popular route is Sun Highway: Bucharest - Fundulea - Lehliu - Drajna - Fetesti - Cernavoda - Constanta.
At the railway station from Constanta arrive trains from the most important cities of the country: Bucharest, Suceava, Iasi, Buzau, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, etc. Trains of different categories leave from Bucharest and the minimum duration of the trip is of 4 hours. Ticket price starts from 30 lei.
Constanta has two airports: The International Airport Mihail Kogalniceanu and the Tuzla Airfield. In Constanta arrive flights from Bucharest, Timisoara, Milano, Pisa, Brussels, Nuremberg, Wien.