Ada Ciganlija

Or just shortly, Ada. Ada is a river island made on a fourth kilometer from the place where river Sava is entering Dunav (Danube). Its name Ciganlija has root in celtic words "singa" and "lia" that meant "island" and "floodland", depending mainly on the river Sava water level (low level – singa, and high level – lia). Over the time it became Ciganlija… In 1821 duke MiloΕ‘ ObrenoviΔ‡ proclaimed island as important property of state and nation, and it is left that way until today. In 1967 island was connected to the right bank and today there is river Sava on one side and a lake on another. A lake is about 3km long. The place is covered with wood, mostly oaks and elms, and is some kind of wild life rescue for a lot of birds and amphibians. In past, it was not unusual to see roes, rabbits, foxes, even the wild boar (Sus Scrofa). And, the fact that Ada is about 10 minutes from a centre of Belgrade (by car), makes that even more interesting. In official web site of Ada Ciganlija, there is information that 85 rabbits and 160 pheasants were released recently in a wood.
I was there yesterday. In summer, there are a lot of people, statistics say that few times there were up to 300000 visitors in one day, during last several years. I don`t like when there is a lot of people, so I like to go there in spring or winter.
There are some photos I`ve made. It was cold yesterday and my batteries ran off fast, two sets in less than hour, so that was all I can make – with big pauses between shots. But I hope you can get a good picture of that place.

Marine with boats that will spend a winter here

Main entrance to park and lake

Various photos

Some modern art

Fishing forbiden? Not for me πŸ˜€

At the end, I was frozen and decided to sit for a while in one of many reastaurants and pubs in the area, to have a cup of tea to warm me.

Oh, and I almost forgot, I took that one early in the morning πŸ˜€

All photos here.

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43 Responses to Ada Ciganlija

  1. SittingFox says:

    That sounds like a nice place :up: and it must make an interesting contrast to the city. Are those cats feral?Great shot of Venus and the moon! :yes:

  2. gdare says:

    It is nice place. There is a 7.5km long bicycle track and pedestrian footway and lot of people come there with a bicycles, rollers, to run or just to walk.As for cats, I don`t know, but there is an restaurant behind them… so, who knows, maybe they are not feral at all πŸ˜€

  3. Vecana says:

    Great photos, like the sea gull!Nice post, I learn a lot from you… and did you know, that there is a housing project called "Partizan" with about 300 households. Those people live "country life" in a city center.

  4. attilasoul says:

    Wow. I like the area, and surely understand why you prefer it with less people. 300000 people… that's a lot! :eyes:I smiled at the deck chairs. I can just imagine people sitting there! :D:love: the cats, wild or not!

  5. gdare says:

    Vesna, I have heard about that project but didn`t know if it is true. So it is. Do you klnow where exactly are they? And how did they survived the last years flood?

  6. gdare says:

    Tilla, the chairs were there on purpose, they expected people later. I was there in 10 A.M., too early for taking a sun at -1C, but later on I have seen some people there.And, somehow I knew you will like the cats πŸ˜€

  7. Vecana says:

    I don't know where exactly they are, I think they are somewhere on peak of Ada toward town… but never been there. All information that I have I found on internet, here is the link: is in Serbian only, but you could translate the interesting parts, your english is much better than mine. :)If you want we could walk there sometime, to found out where they are, and to visit club "Gavez", it sound like interesting place. πŸ™‚

  8. tatora says:

    Wow , you are really wonderful …and the last one was …. you know what I mean …wow , wow and wow

  9. gdare says:

    Thanks, tatora πŸ˜€

  10. tatora says:

    What a peace … πŸ˜€

  11. wickedlizard says:

    nice shots…i like the stone sculptures!

  12. gdare says:

    Thank you. I supposed you and Nic would like them πŸ˜€

  13. wickedlizard says:

    definitely!!! :yes:

  14. Capegirl says:

    wow. lovely pictures! i love the one of the road and especially the chairs! are they all put together like that because people sit there like that, or just packed there for the winter?? here we'd never sit all together like that..LOL just curious….so nice to see how it looks in other parts of the world πŸ™‚

  15. gdare says:

    They are put like that because they belong to the restaurant on the top of beach. There are about 50 reastaurants, and no enough place for all to spread their chairs. But we are used to sit next to another one, we don`t mind.And that afternoon, despite the coldness, there were a lot of people, catching some sun and drinking cooked wine or tea πŸ™‚

  16. nopanic says:

    I so much like the pic with the chairs:yes: ItΒ΄s great!! wonderful area btw:happy:

  17. martinouellette says:

    Nice pictures! I think I'd prefer to go there at this time too. πŸ™‚

  18. nopanic says:

    The lungs of the city:up:

  19. gdare says:

    :yes: πŸ˜€

  20. gdare says:

    Nic and Martin, thank you both. It is really nice place, nature almost in the centre of the city πŸ™‚

  21. gdare says:

    @Vesna – sorry, I forgot to answer you, of course, we can go there, I have heard they cook excellent fish there; I have never been before, but my friends have told me; maybe we can order some fish soup (I don`t know english word for "čorba" πŸ˜† probably it is not possible to translate)…There is one very small lake there, right?

  22. Capegirl says:

    this is very european i think! in SA we find our own corners and sit there..unless it's a concert or something πŸ˜€ we have only one beach i can think of that has chairs like that and they're for hire, not free and nailed to the ground LOL

  23. gdare says:

    well, if you sit on chair in front of some pub or restaurant, it is usual to order something, but chairs are not for hire :)I remeber once, few years ago, it was very cold and the lake was frozen so you could walk to the other side (and so we did, but I felt a little bit afraid), it was subzero temperature but with a lot of sun, we sat in front of one pub, drinking cooked wine and enjoyed a nice day; it was really something….

  24. gdare says:

    :DAnyway you want, it doesn`t matter :up:

  25. studio41 says:

    I like the lawn chairs and could use a cup of tea. Or is it the other way around?

  26. gdare says:

    The ice was about 50cm thick but somewhere in the middle it started to melt and was really dangerous to walk across. There were warnings of course, but….. πŸ˜€

  27. Capegirl says:

    wow. D i've never walked over a frozen lake before. maybe one day.

  28. gdare says:

    yeah… πŸ˜†

  29. nopanic says:


  30. martinouellette says:

    hehe… 50cm is enough to hold a pick-up truck. (30 cm is enough in fact)I've crossed many lakes with my truck but there's always something scary the first time. πŸ˜€

  31. studio41 says:

    I wouldn't do it, not even if Martin was driving. I'm a wimp and a big baby… I remember when… I was a kid and we ran up north because my Aunt had forgotten to leave on the heat in her cabin to keep the basement cement from cracking… I walked out on the ice, must've been way below zero (farenheit) and for days probably– heard crack after crack, due to the cold, but I'll never forget it. Totally freaked me out. I'd rather scorch in the summer fishing than sit in an ice house anyday. However, I'll eat the sunnies winter or summer, just send 'em my way.

  32. gdare says:

    I have seen there was 50cm near the bank because someone has opened the hole in it. But in the middle….:left:

  33. gdare says:

    Exactly, and winters in southeast Europe are not what they used to be and are certainly not like the Canadian or USA ones :left:

  34. gdare says:

    :)The winter 1984/85 was one of the coldest that I remember. It was the last time I have seen icebergs floating on Dunav (Danube) and there was almost 1m of snow in a city. It was amazing even though the public transportation worked awful and we were freezing waiting for it. And that cracking sound of floating icebergs crashing on each other… *sigh*It has never happened again…

  35. studio41 says:

    Nor has Paris pour moi πŸ™‚ et 😦 It sure is a cold night here, -1 Farenheit, BBBrrrr, I just grabbed the mitts my friend made me, still in tact, much more than I (they shrunk, I didn't)… I'm reminiscing that cold time in my life with Pat Benitar on my playlist– I would listen to "Painted Desert" and "We Belong" over and over, singing along seemed to keep me going. Do they even HAVE heat in Paris? Hot bath and goose feathers for me.

  36. studio41 says:

    Or other parts within Europe (tho I don't believe in global warming, I'm trying to believe in recycling, but I'm a bit lazy)– When I came to Europe, Paris, January 1985– it snowed, and the city was immobilized. We brought winter to the rainy city. I was so glad I had my wooly mittens my best friend had knitted me (and my boots and my long wool coat and my…) and everyone had said just bring a windbreaker. It wasn't, however, anything that a strong cup of coffee, Toblerone, snails, a Rousseau exhibit, and ten francs to the dollar couldn't cure…

  37. BoraZivkovic says:

    Zime 1988/89 je isto bila jako hladna, -20C nedeljama.Ada se puno izgradila od kad sam poslednji put bio. Da li jos uvek dozvoljavaju jahacima sa hipodroma da jasu na Adi? Ja sam tamo stalno jahao, a leti bismo odveli konje na Savsku stranu, pa ih rasedlamo, zavezemo za drvo (uvek je bilo sena da se pokupi po livadama jer su cesto kosili) i jedemo riblju corbu i pijemo sa Pajom Vujisicem (sada pokojnim). Ah, stara dobra vremena….Doci cu opet krajem Aprila ove godine, prvi put posle 12 godina.

  38. gdare says:

    Vec dugo nisam video jahace na Adi, jednom samo ali policajce a i to je bilo vise kao reklama……Iznenadices se kad budes dosao, mnogo se toga promenilo….. i ne sve na dobro 😦

  39. BoraZivkovic says:

    Mozda mozemo da napravimo bloggers meetup na Adi u Aprilu. Samo pre nego sto podjem moram da obidjem sve beogradske blogove na mom blogroll-u d pozovem.

  40. honeyparedes says:

    Oh, i love them. You're good.

  41. gdare says:

    Thank you and welcome to my blog πŸ™‚

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