The Black Sea is a large inland sea situated in southeastern extremity of Europe and is surrounded by six countries, including Turkey and Russia. Excluding the Sea of Azov, this mass of water occupies an approximate area of 168,500 miles2 and has a volume of 131,000 miles.
It is ultimately connected to the Atlantic Ocean via the Mediterranean and the Aegean Seas and various straits. The Bosphorus Strait connects it to the Sea of Marmara, and the Strait of the Dardanelles connects that sea to the Aegean Sea region of the Mediterranean.
Black Sea Cruises
The Black Sea, which stretches over an area of 168,500 miles2, is one of cruising's best-kept secrets, a perfect antidote to the increasingly overcrowded and overtrodden Mediterranean. It offers every bit as much history and culture, alongside fabulous beaches and increasingly sophisticated cities, many of which are filled with stunning baroque buildings.
This mass of water and its bordering countries, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania, are each worthy of exploration. For example, there are the Balkan Mountains that cross the northwestern corner of Bulgaria to the Black Sea, sloping down to a plateau that ends at the Danube; ever-evolving Turkey; and the rolling plains of European Russia.
The Black Sea is perfect to see during the summer and autumn months thanks to its host of sights and points of interest and features within some of the river cruise line itineraries.
• The Black Sea is bordered by six countries, resulting in a colourful heritage dating from ancient times
• The water and its coastlines are the perfect antidote to the increasingly overcrowded Mediterranean
• The Black Sea connects Easter Europe with Western Asia
• The Black Sea is a lake, operating independently of the global ocean system Many of the colonial and commercial activities of ancient Greece and Rome, and of the Byzantine Empire, centered on the Black Sea