Danube - The most important information
The Danube is the second longest river in Europe, right after the Volga. Along the Smederevo coast, this river flows in the length of 25 km and represents the northern border of the Smederevo Danube region. If you decide to stop by Smederevo sometime, we recommend that you take some time and be sure to take a walk along the Danube quay. This promenade is ideal for romantic walks for two and enjoying moments together.
History of the river
Numerous stories and legends are connected to the Danube River, so we will single out one of them here. It is believed that the ancient Argonauts, led by the famous Odysseus, sailed this river in search of the golden fleece and that they were the first to cross the Djerdap Strait. Aristotle, Herodotus, Strabo, Ovid, Cicero and many other personalities, known from ancient history, wrote about the Danube.
Appearance and characteristics of the river
The Danube in Smederevo flows in a west-east direction, from Orešac to Kulič, with a riverbed width of 800 to 1,300 m. At the Smederevo Fortress, it is separated by river islands into three branches, of which the right is the widest and deepest. The speed of the Danube has been significantly reduced and water levels have risen significantly since the construction of Djerdap Lake. Also, there was a faster deposition of drawn and floating sediment, as well as backfilling and rising of the river bottom. The waters of the Danube belong to the III and IV category in terms of quality for use, which means that swimming in this river is not recommended.
How to get to the river?
Smederevo is only forty kilometers away from Belgrade, so you won't need much time to get to this city. You can use car or bus transportation. If you opt for another means of transport, you will have 2 carriers at your disposal: Lasta and Jugoprevoz.
From the center of Smederevo to the Danube quay you can reach:
- by car (it will take you 3 minutes to drive across Despota Đurđa Street) or
- on foot (it will take you about ten minutes through Kralja Petra Street, where there are countless cafes, so you can stop by some of them if you get tired after a walk).
Smederevo or Danube quay is located on the right bank of the Danube. This promenade is illuminated at night and has benches for sitting on, where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful view of the Danube River and the magical Smederevo Fortress. In addition, there are a large number of city rafts and clubs in this place, where you will be guaranteed an unforgettable time.