Čortanovci, a famous picnic area within the Fruška Gora National Park, is located on the banks of the Danube. In addition to natural treasures and wonders, it is a space rich in cultural and historical monuments: the remains of Neolithic settlements, the remains of a Roman fortress, the Holy Spring Savinac, where St. Sava stayed on his trip to the Kovilj Monastery and Villa Stankovic – the villa of the royal governor Radenko Stanković.
The name of this village came from the fish ‘čortan’. That is what the Slavs call carp fish of less than half a kilogram. And since the Čortanovci were near the Danube, the locals mostly fished and traded in fish.
This picturesque village boasts one of the most beautiful beaches on this part of the Danube, attractive sandbanks and islands, the natural ambience of the Forest of Mihaljevac (Mihaljevačka šuma), and is recommended for lovers of sports and recreation – active holidays in nature.
Deep in the forest lie the walls of a Roman fortress – Castra Herculis. The Romans also left us grape vines, brought during the reign of Emperor Aurelius Probus, who was born in this area, and ever since then Čortanovci and the whole of Srem have been known for their quality grapes and wines.
In the 13th century, St. Sava also visited these areas and appointed Archbishop Arsenije II, who was born near Čortanovci, as the bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It is interesting that Serbian and later Srem King Dragutin Nemanjić, who founded the monastery of Remeta, lived in the area of Čortanovci.