Podgorica

podgoricaPodgorica is the capital city of Montenegro and serves as its economic, cultural and administrative center. Located along the River Zeta basin, it contains more than 10 percent of the overall territory of Montenegro.

Podgorica has endured a rich history, often filled with turmoil. Human settlements have been evident in the city since the Neolithic Age and the first mention of the city by its current name was documented in 1326. Upon Turkish invasion in 1474, the growth of Podgorica was halted. Turkish forces had originally used the city for a trading post but it quickly turned to use as a base for launching attacks against Montenegrin rebellion forces. The city remained under rule by the Turks until 1878 when under the Berlin Congress, it was annexed to Montenegro. From then on, the growth of the city was restarted and it quickly became an economic center for the region.

Today, the city offers much in the way of historical and cultural diversity. The climate is a mix between dry and hot summers and rainy and mild winters, much like other Mediterranean territories. A clear mountain river runs through the very center of the city and it is very common to see locals fishing in the downtown city area. There are a number of museums in the city that highlight the rich heritage of the Podgorican people. Visitors commonly travel to the Contemporary Arts Center as well as the Municipal Museum and the Natural History Museum. The Contemporary Arts museum is housed in the former winter home of King Nikola I.

Tourist interests include the ancient fortress of Medun and the ancient city of Doclea. There are many regions of the city that have maintained their historic look and ancient architecture abounds. The Old Clock tower offers narrow streets and two small mosques and the remains of an old Turkish prison are located near the bus station.

Hotels, restaurants and shops are also found abundantly in the city. The Hotel Podgorica is located on the banks of the River Moraca directly across from the Turkish prison. Hotel Kerber offers a number of rooms as well as a bar, fitness center, restaurant, pharmacy, book store and a number of boutiques. The Monastery of Dajbabe offers a religious experience for visitors and the numerous cafes and restaurants give tourists a taste of the region and a host of historically prepared dishes. Il Giardino is located on the Roman square in close proximity to various banks and ministries and is a very popular restaurant with tourists and locals alike.

Podgorica is located on the ideal pathway and can be easily accessed from various other points in Montenegro. Budva and Petrovac are located just a few miles away and the Skadar Lake National Park is just a 20 minute drive from the town’s center. Podgorica Airport offers regular flights to Belgrade and various international destinations and is located just over 6 miles from the city’s center. There are mountain and seaside views from most of the main roads running into and out of the city to various other regions in Montenegro.

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