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News 09 Jun 16

Belgrade Swimming Season Ready to Kick Off

As summer and high temperatures approach, Belgrade lakes and pools are slowly opening up to embrace locals and tourists.

Ivana Nikolic
BIRN
Belgrade
Ada Ciganlija, Belgrade’s favourite swimming spot. Photo: Beta.

Swimming at Belgrade’s manmade Sava Lake and the shore of Ada Ciganlija will officially open for the summer season on Friday, June 10, organisers announced.

Mid-June is the traditional time for the start of swimming season at the so-called Belgrade Sea. For the past few years the first swim day has been between June 10 and June 22. Weather and temperature forecasts factor into the opening date, organisers for the public enterprise say.

“On the basis of the long-term weather forecast and the data we have about the water temperatures, we think it will reach a needed and internationally accepted 22 [Celsius] degrees, which is safe for staying and swimming in water,” Maja Pavlovic from Ada Ciganlija public enterprise, said.

The lakes and beaches are free to use, just like playgrounds for football, basketball and beach volleyball. The organisers said this year there will also be lots of concerts and festivals. Popular rocker Kiki Lesendric and his band Piloti will perform a free concert at Ada Ciganlija on June 10 to mark the beginning of the summer season.

Swimming facilities will be open daily from 10am to 7pm until September. In addition to swimming, you can also try bungee-jumping, rowing, water polo, kayaking, water skiing, windsurfing, paddle boating and many other activities. If you prefer to relax, you can choose from more than 70 cafes, bars and restaurants.

Every summer GSP, the public transport company, introduces new bus lines from various locations in the city to the lake. 

Apart from Ada Ciganlija, Belgrade offers other opportunities to those seeking respite from the baking concrete of the Serbian capital during the summer months. Many public and private swimming pools will open in the coming weeks.

For instance, the open pool at the Kosutnjak neighbourhood opens in mid June, between June 10 and 15. The downtown Tasmajdan sport centre is set to open its doors in June, most probably on June 13. There is also a huge pool in the Dorcol neighbourhood at the Milan Gale Muskatirovic sport centre, where the pool is slated to open in mid-June. The exact date has not yet been set.

It is high time you started preparing to stay cool during another hot summer season in Belgrade!

This article was published in BIRN's bi-weekly newspaper Belgrade Insight. Here is where to find a copy. 

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