Originally a fishing village, Gura Portitei (Port) is known today as one of the most withdrawn (and quiet) tourist destinations on the Romanian coast, an alternative to Vama Veche, became too popular and crowded in recent years. Access is usually with vaporaşul, from Jurilovca Tulcea with special vehicles can be reached on the coastal road, or Vadu, Constanta on the Periboina or from St George, Tulcea.
The name was linked to the existing initial communication between Golovita lake and the Black Sea, closed in the 70s, which turned Golovita in a closed lake, with water being desalinated. The Lake connects with the North Lake Razim (free) and south of Lake Sinoe, through a system of locks. The area is a part of the biosphere reserve Danube Delta.