Bega Canal in Timisoara, Romania

The Bega Canal is both a romantic and relaxing spot that serves the city of Timisoara.
The Bega Canal is both a romantic and relaxing spot that serves the city of Timisoara.

The Bega Canal is a water travel canal found in two countries, Romania and Serbia. It is 254 kilometers long (178 in Romania and 76 in Serbia) and serves the city of Timișoara. It crosses the territory of Timiș County, Romania rising from the Poiana Ruscă Mountains, part of the Carpathian Mountains, and it flows into the Tisa river near Titel, Vojvodina merging with Begej river near the village of Klek. 

The Bega Canal is also known as Begej Canal / Canalul Bega. The best time to visit around Bega Canal is at twilight, when you can sip wine as you stroll amid sparkling lights.

In Romania the Bega river starts at Bega Luncanilor and Bega Poieni. From the north, it bends to the west at Curtea, passing through Făget, Balinţ, and Topolovățu Mare, where it enters the low Banat plains. There, it begins to spill over, so the Bega canal was constructed tracking Bega Veche, which rejoins northeast of Zrenjanin, Serbia. The Bega canal runs through Timişoara and continues to the southwest, enters Serbia near the village of Hetin.

In Serbia, from Jankov Most, the Begej river becomes part of the large canal Danube-Tisa-Danube which is part of the catch basin to the Black sea. Southwards, it receives waters from Novi Begej turning west and reaching Zrenjanin. From there it continues to the south, using old river bed of Tisa, passing through Ečka, Stajićevo and Perlez.

From this area are marshlands, some of which are transformed into fishponds, like Belo jezero ( White lake) and Fishpond Ečka, the largest one in Serbia. The remaining parts of wetland make the largest bog in Serbia, Carska bara, after which Begej empties into the Tisa.

The channeled parts of both Stari Begej and Novi Begej are navigable. There are settlements on Novi Begej include the villages of Srpski Itebej, Novi Itebej, Torak and Žitište.

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