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Podgorica
Подгорица
Panorama of Modern Podgorica, with the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ and Millenium Bridge

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Podgorica is located in Montenegro
Podgorica
Location in Montenegro
Coordinates: 42°28′N 19°16′E / 42.467°N 19.267°E / 42.467; 19.267
Country  Montenegro
Municipality Podgorica
Founded Before 11th century
Government
 - Mayor Miomir Mugoša (DPS)
Area
 - Total 1,441 km2 (556.4 sq mi)
Elevation 44 m (144 ft)
Population (2003)
 - Total 169,132
 Density 117.4/km2 (304/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
Postal code 81000
Area code(s) +382 20
Twin Cities
 - Belgrade  Serbia
 - Moscow  Russia
 - Skopje  Macedonia[1]
 - Stockholm  Sweden
 - Tirana  Albania[2]
 - Yerevan  Armenia[3]
 - Zagreb  Croatia
Website http://podgorica.me/

Podgorica, sometimes transliterated Podgoritsa (Serbian Cyrillic: Подгорица; Lit. "Under the Small Hill."), is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. It is at 42°28′12″N 19°16′48″E / 42.47°N 19.28°E / 42.47; 19.28, 44 metres (144 ft) above sea level.

Podgorica's favourable position at the confluence of the Ribnica and Morača rivers and the meeting point of the fertile Zeta Plain and Bjelopavlići Valley has encouraged settlement. The city is close to winter ski centres in the north and seaside resorts on the Adriatic Sea.

A census in 2003 put the city's population at 136,473. The municipality of Podgorica contains 10.4% of Montenegro's territory and 27.3% of its population. It is the administrative centre of Montenegro and its economic, cultural and educational focus.

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Etymology

The name Podgorica means "under the Gorica" in the Montenegrin language. Gorica/goritsa (meaning "little mountain") is the name of the hill that overlooks the city centre.

About 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) northwest of Podgorica are the ruins of Doclea, a town known in Greek, pre-Roman and Roman times. The Roman Emperor Diocletian came from this region. In later centuries, Romans "corrected" the name to Dioclea, guessing wrongly that an "i" had been lost in vulgar speech. "Duklja" is the later (Slavic) version of that word.

When founded (before the 11th century), the town was called Birziminium. In the Middle Ages, it was known as Ribnica. The name Podgorica was used from 1326. From 1946 to 1992, the city was named Titograd in honor of Josip Broz Tito, the former President of Yugoslavia.

History

Sahat kula, an Ottoman clock tower, one of the very few Ottoman landmarks that survived WW2 bombings

Podgorica is at the crossroads of several historically important routes, near the rivers Zeta, Morača, Cijevna, Ribnica, and Sitnica, in the valley of Skadar lake and near the Adriatic Sea, in fertile lowlands with favourable climate. The earliest human settlements were in prehistory: the oldest physical remains are from the late Stone Age. In the Illyrian age, the area between the Zeta and Bjelopavlići valleys was occupied by two Illyrian tribes, the Labeates and the Docleats. 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) northwest of today's Podgorica and which reflected the local terrain. The population of the city was 8,000-10,000, in which all core urban issues were resolved. The high population density (in an area of about 10 km/6 mi radius) was made possible by the geographical position, favourable climate and economic conditions and by the defensive positions that were of great importance at that time.

From the 5th century, with the arrival of the first Slavic and Avar tribes and the beginning of the break-up of the Roman Empire, the area bore witness to many noteworthy events. With time, the fortifications ceased their function and new towns were built. Slavic groups in the area were in constant war with Byzantium and tended to establish a new state. The result was establishment of a new settlement that was probably named after the river Ribnica on whose banks it was built. The first mention of Ribnica is during the rule of the Serbian royal family of the Nemanjići. The importance of Ribnica was its position as crossroads in communications with the west. In occupying these areas, the Slavs created a new state and developed their own culture and art, acceptable to the mediaeval church and feudal class.

The name Podgorica was first mentioned in 1326 in a court document of the Kotor archives. The city was economically strong: trade routes between Dubrovnik and the State of Nemanjici, well developed at that time, were maintained via the road that led to Podgorica through Trebinje and Nikšić. As a busy crossroads, Podgorica was a vibrant regional centre of trade and communication. This boosted its development, economic power, military strength and strategic importance. The Turkish occupation of Podgorica in 1474 interrupted its economic, cultural and artistic development. The Turks built a large fortress in Podgorica and the existing settlement, with its highly developed merchant connections, became the main defensive and attacking bastion against rebellious tribes. The fortified city, with towers, gates and defensive ramparts, enabled the Turks to resist all attacks. In 1864, Podgorica became a township (kaza) of İşkodra vilayet called Böğürtlen (Turkish "Blackberry"). It was also known Burguriçe in Albanian.

In accordance with the decision of the Berlin Congress in 1878, Podgorica was integrated into Montenegro, marking the end of four centuries of Turkish occupation, and the beginning of a new era in the development of Podgorica and Montenegro. The city developed quickly and became a strong marketplace. The first forms of capital concentration were seen. In 1904, Zetska savings bank, the first significant financial institution, was formed. It would soon grow into Podgorička bank. Roads were built to all neighbouring towns and, in 1902, a tobacco plant became Podgorica's first significant commercial company.

World War I marked the end of dynamic development for Podgorica, by then the largest city in the newly proclaimed Kingdom of Montenegro. Podgorica was occupied, as was the rest of the country, by Austria-Hungary from 1916 to 1918. After the liberation by the allies in 1918, a controversial Podgorica Assembly was held at Podgorica Tobacco Monopoly building. The assembly marked the end of Montenegrin statehood, as Montenegro was merged with Serbia and incorporated in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Between the two world wars, the population of Podgorica was about 13,000.

Podgorica suffered heavily during World War II; the city was bombed over 70 times throughout the course of the war and razed to the ground, causing the deaths of over 4,100 people. The city was liberated on December 19, 1944.

Under the name of Titograd, the city became the capital of the Socialist Republic of Montenegro on 13 July 1946. A period of unprecedented expansion followed, which marked the SFRY era: the population increased dramatically, the city was heavily industrialized, infrastructure was improved, and health, educational, and cultural institutions were founded. The city rapidly became the commercial, socio-economic and cultural centre of the country. The progress halted again when the break-up of SFRY began in the 1990s. The name of Podgorica was reinstated on April 2, 1992.

The destructive Yugoslav wars bypassed Montenegro, but the entire country was greatly affected economically. A period of severe economic stagnation lasted throughout the 1990s. The economy began to recover in the early years of the 21st century, when Podgorica began to emerge as a modern, pro-western city. Following the successful independence referendum in May 2006, Podgorica became the official capital of an independent state, boosting its status as a regional centre and raising its economic prospects.

Geography

Podgorica is located in central Montenegro. The area is crossed with rivers and the city itself is only 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of Lake Skadar. The Morača and Ribnica rivers flow through the city, while the Zeta, Cijevna, Sitnica and Mareza flow nearby. This richness in bodies of water is a major feature of the city.

In contrast to most of Montenegro, Podgorica lies in a mainly flat area at the northern end of the Zeta plain. The only exceptions are hills which overlook the city. The most significant is Gorica Hill (107 m/351 ft), which rises above the city centre. The other hills include Malo brdo (Little hill), Velje brdo (Big hill), Ljubović and Čardak. In the main, these are too steep for development and thus limit the city's expansion, especially to the north.

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Climate

Podgorica has an altered Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cold winters. Although the city is located some 50 km away from Mediterranean Adriatic Sea, the proximity of Dinaric Alps on the north alters its climate. The mean annual rainfall is 970 mm (38 in). The temperature exceeds 25 °C (77 °F) on about 135 days each year and the median daily temperature is 16.4 °C (61.5 °F). The number of rainy days is about 115, and those with the strong wind around 60. A periodic but strong northerly wind has an influence on climate in the winter, making sensible temperature a few degrees lower.

Podgorica is particularly known for its extremely hot summers: temperatures over 40 °C (104 °F) are common in July and August. The highest temperature recorded was 44.8 °C (112.6 °F), on 16 August 2007.

Snow is a rare occurrence in Podgorica, as it rarely snows more than a few days per year.

Climate data for Podgorica
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10
(50)
11
(52)
15
(59)
19
(66)
24
(75)
28
(82)
32
(90)
32
(90)
27
(81)
22
(72)
15
(59)
11
(52)
21
(70)
Average low °C (°F) 1
(34)
3
(37)
6
(43)
9
(48)
14
(57)
17
(63)
20
(68)
20
(68)
17
(63)
12
(54)
7
(45)
3
(37)
11
(52)
Precipitation cm (inches) 8.32
(3.3)
8.28
(3.3)
8.22
(3.2)
9.85
(3.9)
5.12
(2)
3.21
(1.3)
1.82
(0.7)
3.43
(1.4)
10.82
(4.3)
11.19
(4.4)
14.68
(5.8)
11.89
(4.7)
96.83
(38.1)
Sunshine hours 124 112 155 180 248 270 341 310 240 186 120 93 2,379
Source: MSN Weather[4] 2009-04-02

Cityscape

Podgorica's mixture of architectural styles reflects the turbulent history of the city and country: as one régime replaced another, the corresponding style was introduced.

As part of the Ottoman Empire until 1878, Podgorica has many examples of Turkish architecture. The oldest parts of the city, Stara Varoš (Old town) and Drač are typical of this, with two mosques, a Turkish clock tower and narrow, winding streets.

SFRY-era high rise apartments

When the city was incorporated to Montenegro, the urban core shifted to the other bank of the Ribnica River, where the town developed in a more European style: wider streets with an orthogonal layout. This part of the city is today traditionally regarded as city centre, and is called Nova Varoš (New town)

During World War II, Podgorica was almost razed to the ground, being bombed over 70 times. After liberation, rebuilding began as in other cities of the communist-ruled SFRY. Mass residential blocks were erected, with basic design typical of Eastern bloc countries. All that part of the city on the right bank of the Morača River was built this way. Even the empty spaces in the city centre were filled with near-brutalist structures, resulting in an unfortunate fusion of old and new. The residential and business blocks of the SFRY era provided ample housing but have been much criticized for their uninventive and grey appearance.[citation needed]

The main contemporary traffic arteries were laid out during this period, which extended the orthogonal street layout of city center, to the south and west. Residential and infrastructural developments in the SFRY era have mostly shaped the layout of today's Podgorica, and accommodated the unprecedented population growth that followed World War II.

Newer Podgorica blocks developed in the 2000s.

However, in area surrounding residential blocks, the city expanded in a form of often chaotic urban sprawl, with densely built private lowrise dwellings leaving little space for streets and sidewalks. The trend of sprawling informal settlements was at peak during the 1990s. Efforts have been made since to improve the infrastructure of those settlements, but many problems remain, especially in large lowrise neighbourhoods in north and northeast Podgorica.

A major advance in Podgorica architecture began in the late 1990s and, since then, the face of the city has changed rapidly. Residential and business construction are proceeding rapidly, incorporating contemporary glass-and-steel architectural trends. In an effort to create a recognizable and modern state capital, city officials are routing significant investments in city's public spaces. Thus, the city has gained entirely new squares, parks and monuments. New landmarks include the Hristovog Vaskrsenja orthodox temple and the Millennium Bridge, the main feature of the Podgorica skyline. Podgorica today is transforming rapidly from a featureless town to a modern European capital.

Culture

Entertainment and performing arts

A concert being held at the Stadium of Small Sports.

Podgorica is home to many Montenegrin cultural institutions and events. It hosts the Montenegrin National Theatre' and a number of museums and galleries.

The Montenegrin National Theatre is the most significant theatre not only in Podgorica but in all of Montenegro. Podgorica is also host to the City Theatre (Gradsko pozorište), which includes the Children's Theatre and the Puppet Theatre.

Although not as rich in museums and galleries as the historic royal capital Cetinje, there are several noteworthy museums:

  • The Podgorica City Museum (Muzej grada Podgorice) preserves Podgorica's rich heritage. Founded in 1950, it has four categories: archaeological, ethnographic, historical and cultural-historical. It houses artefacts which date back to the Roman and Illyrian eras.
  • The Archaeological Research Centre (Centar za arheološka istraživanja) was founded in 1961. Its mission is to gather, classify, restore and display archaeological sites.
  • The Museum of Marko Miljanov (Muzej Marka Miljanova) in Medun shows life in 19th century Montenegro. It is the most significant Montenegrin memorial museum of its kind.
  • The Natural History Museum (Prirodnjački muzej) displays specimens of Montenegrin flora and fauna. This museum has no exhibition space of its own, despite many proposals and initiatives to build one.

There is a notable art gallery in the Dvorac Petrovića (Petrović's Castle) complex in Podgorica's largest public park. The King Nichola's castle, Perjanički dom (House of the Honour Guard), castle chapel and surrounding buildings were converted to an art gallery in 1984. Since 1995, it has been part of the Modern Arts Centre (Centar savremenih umjetnosti) and houses approximately 1,500 works of art.

The historic Cinema Culture (Kino kultura), which was founded in 1949, was closed in November, 2008 due to continuos financial losses it generated. It was the only cinema in the city for 6 decades. The building of the former cinema will be converted to host the Podgorica City Theatre.

Shortly after its closure, a Ster-Kinekor 6-screen multiplex cinema opened at Delta City shopping mall, and another multiplex is announced at Mall of Montenegro.

Resurrection Church

A significant cultural institution of over fifty years' standing is the Cultural-informational centre Budo Tomović (KIC Budo Tomović). It is a public institution which organises various artistic events, including Podgorica's Cultural Summer (Podgoričko Kulturno Ljeto), FIAT - International Alternative Theatre Festival (Festival Internacionalnog Aletarnativnog Teatra), DEUS - December Arts Scene (Decembarska Umjetnička Scena). 'KIC budo Tomović was a host for such names as Tony Parsons or Brooklyn Funk Essentials during their visits to Podgorica.

The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, in construction since 1993, is the largest place of worship in Podgorica, and one of the symbols of the city. With many smaller orthodox churches scattered around the city, two mosques and a catholic church, Podgorica makes up for a multiconfessional and multicultural city, and a reflection of Montenegro itself.

Media

Podgorica is undoubtedly the media hub of Montenegro. It is home to the headquarters of the state-owned public television broadcaster RTCG. Commercial broadcasters in Podgorica include TV In, NTV Montena, Elmag RTV, RTV Atlas,TV Vijesti and MBC. It was announced that cities local television will be open soon[5]. Their programmes can be received in much of Montenegro.

All Montenegro's daily newspapers (oldest Montenegrin daily newspaperPobjeda, and Vijesti, DAN) are published in Podgorica, as is the popular weekly magazine Monitor.

Sports

The most popular sports by far are football and basketball. Basketball became especially popular with the success in the late 20th and early 21st centuries of KK Budućnost Podgorica, both in Yugoslav and European competitions.

Football in Podgorica has a very long tradition associated with FK Budućnost Podgorica. World-famous players Predrag Mijatović and Dejan Savićević were born in Podgorica and made their debut in that team. FK Zeta (from the Podgorica suburb of Golubovci) has also reached the former first league of Serbia and Montenegro. These clubs, along with FK Mogren of Budva, usually compete with each other for leading position in the First League of Montenegro.

Other clubs from Podgorica and its surroundings play in the Montenegrin First League e.g. FK Dečić (Tuzi), FK Kom and FK Mladost. One of the most popular clubs from the suburbs is FK Ribnica from Konik.

The volleyball team OK Budućnost Podgorica and the women's handball team ŽRK Budućnost T-Mobile have had significant success in European competition. Budućnost Podgorica is the most important sports club in Podgorica. Its name means Future.

Sporting events like the annual Podgorica Marathon and the Morača River jumps attract international competitors.

Podgorica is the host of FINA Water Polo World League.

Venues

Podgorica City Stadium

Podgorica has a number of sporting venues; some are under reconstruction and expansion. The main ones are:

Almost every football club in Podgorica has its own stadium, although these are often only fields with small stands or no stand at all.

Other notable venues are the Stadium of Small Sports (Малих спортова стадиум, Malih sportova stadium) under Gorica hill and the sport shooting range under Ljubović hill. There are many other sports facilities around the city, most notably indoor soccer fields.

Economy

ProMonte building

Podgorica is not only the administrative centre of Montenegro but also its main economic engine. Most of Montenegro's industrial, financial and commercial base is in Podgorica.

Before World War I, most of Podgorica's economy was in trade and small-scale manufacture - an economic model established during the long rule of the Ottoman Empire. After World War II, Podgorica became Montenegro's capital and a focus of the rapid urbanisation and industrialisation of the Yugoslav era. Industries such as aluminium and tobacco processing, textiles, engineering, vehicle production and industrialised wine production were established in and around the city. In 1981 Podgorica's GDP per capita was 87% of the Yugoslav average.[6]

The Yugoslav wars, and the dissolution of Yugoslavia left Podgorica's industries without markets, suppliers or funds to invest and modernise equipment. This led to a decline of many factories, some of which closed down. Those surviving were privatised and have now largely recovered. The Podgorica aluminium smelter (Kombinat aluminijuma Podgorica - KAP, owned by Rusal) and AD Plantaže (a wine and brandy making company) are still among the biggest companies in Podgorica.

In the early 2000s, Podgorica's financial and service sector expanded rapidly and its economy became more service-oriented. The two Montenegrin stock markets (Montenegro and NEX), as well as most Montenegrin banks, are situated in the city. Economic activity in Podgorica has mostly shifted from heavy industries to telecommunications, construction and banking. Investors and foreign companies which open outlets in Podgorica add significantly to the growth and diversification of its economy.

As a side effect, the prices of property and development land in the centre of Podgorica have increased greatly. The growth, although somewhat slowed down due to late 2000s recession, is expected to continue, as Podgorica became capital of an independent country in 2006.

Demographics

Although medium-sized by European standards, Podgorica is by far the largest city in Montenegro: almost one third of Montenegrin citizens live there. According to 2003 census, there are 169,132 people in the Podgorica municipality, which includes small towns of Tuzi and Golubovci, while 136,473 people live in the city itself.

The municipality of Podgorica can be compared metropolitan area, while the city of Podgorica, as defined by census, represents the urban area. Due to strong internal migration to Podgorica, estimates on actual population for late 2000s go up to 200,000.

Population of Podgorica (city)

Census Population
1948 14,369
1953 19,868
1961 35,054
1971 61,727
1981 96,074
1991 117,875
2003 136,473

Population of Podgorica (municipality)

Census Population
1948 48,599
1953 55,669
1961 72,319
1971 98,796
1981 132,290
1991 179,401
2003 169,132

Ethnicity in 2003 (municipality)

Ethnicity Number Percentage
Montenegrins 96,343 56.96%
Serbs 44,423 26.26%
Albanians 19,341 11.42%
Muslims 4,399 2.60%
Bosniaks 2,307 1.36%
Roma 1,389 0.82%
Croats 709 0.42%

Politics

Podgorica City Hall

The city administration consists of mayor, city assembly and a number of secretariats and administrative bodies which together act as a city local government. The city assembly has 55 members, elected directly for four-year terms. The mayor is elected directly for five-year term.

Current majority in city assembly is made by DPS-SDP coalition, with 29 councilors. Position of mayor is held by senior DPS official, Miomir Mugoša, who has been incumbent since 2000.

Local subdivisions

The municipality of Podgorica consists of Podgorica City Proper and two subdivisions called Urban municipalities (Градске општине, Gradske opštine), Golubovci and Tuzi.

The entire municipality of Podgorica is further divided into 57 local communities (мјесне заједнице, mjesne zajednice), bodies in which the citizens participate in decisions on matters of relevance to the local community.

Education

Most of Montenegro's higher education establishments are in Podgorica. It is home to the University of Montenegro, the country's most significant such institution. It consists of the following faculties:

The University includes four scientific research institutes as well:

  • Institute of Foreign Languages
  • Institute of Biotechnology
  • Institute of History
  • Institute of Marine Biology

The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts is also in Podgorica, as is the DANU cultural organization. In recent years, the number of private institutions for higher education has increased.

The municipality of Podgorica has 34 elementary schools and 10 secondary schools, including one gymnasium. The first secondary school established in Podgorica is Slobodan Škerović.

The rebuilded economic high school now offers new features and higher quality education

The Radosav Ljumović national library is considered the most comprehensive in Montenegro.

Transport

Northern enterance to Podgorica (E65, E80)

Urban transport

Public transport in Podgorica consists of bus lines. City owned AD Gradski saobraćaj public transport company used to be the sole bus operator, until the 1990s, when private carriers were introduced. The city-owned company went bankrupt in 2001, and buses were since operated solely by private carriers.

Public transport has struggled to deal with competition. Unlicensed taxis that once threatened the bus services are now extinct, but cheaper despatched taxicab services have become more popular.

The taxicab service is well-organised. Over 20 companies operate over 800 vehicles. These boast a high level of service, including new cars, same car model for entire company, drivers in uniforms and GPS-tracked vehicles.

Road

Podgorica's location in central Montenegro makes it a natural hub for rail and road transport.

Roads in Montenegro (especially that which connects Podgorica to northern Montenegro and Serbia) are usually inferior to modern European roads. Both major Montenegrin motorway projects, Bar - Boljare motorway and Adriatic Ionian motorway, will pass near Podgorica. Those roads are currently in planning stages.

The newly-built Sozina tunnel (4.2 km) shortened the journey from Podgorica to Bar (Montenegro's main seaport) to under 30 minutes.

The current main transit connections of Podgorica are:

Rail

The Podgorica railway station is located near the city centre.

Podgorica's main railway link (for both passenger and freight traffic) is Belgrade - Bar. The link to Nikšić is currently under reconstruction and electrification.[7], with passenger service expected to start in 2010. Podgorica's rail system is also connected to Shkodër and Tirana, however, this line is not used for passenger service.

Air transport

Podgorica Airport is 10 km south of the city center and is Montenegro's main international airport. A new passenger terminal was opened on 13 July 2006. Podgorica Airport served over 500,000 passengers in 2008.

There are regular flights from Podgorica to Belgrade, Budapest, London, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Skopje and Vienna.

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 42°26′21″N 19°15′58″E / 42.4392°N 19.266°E / 42.4392; 19.266


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Balkans : Montenegro : Podgorica
Aerial view of Podgorica
Aerial view of Podgorica

Podgorica [1] is the capital of Montenegro.

Understand

Nazi and allied bombing during World War II destroyed most of the old architecture, so Podgorica is mostly modern city. In the last decade it has been emerging as a modern pro-western city, with blocks of modern buildings overshadowing the old communist architecture. It is not itself considered a tourist destination, but is a hub of Montenegrin tourism, because both its coastal cities and best mountain resorts are within one hour ride from the city, and with its vibrant atmosphere and outgoing citizens - it might be an interesting place to spend a few days in.

Note: Currency in Montenegro is EURO. Most of the young population speaks English. Some signs are in Latin letters while others, especially street signs, are in cyrillic.

Get in

By plane

Podgorica Airport (LYPG/TDG) is situated 12 km (7.5 miles) south of Podgorica. The best choice is to take a combi bus or a taxi to city center. Taxi ride costs a flat rate €15 as per December 2009, but this should be confirmed with the taxi driver in advance (or there's an Information desk in the airport who can tell you the current rate).

There are regular flights from major European destinations. For exact destinations served, check the airport website. For booking and flight schedule of Montenegro Airlines, Montenegrin national carrier, check the carrier website.

By train

There is regular passenger train service from Subotica through Novi Sad and Belgrade. Train tickets are cheap, but quality of service is lower comparing European standards. There are overnight trains with sleeping cars for around €25. Trains can be late but are a usual mean of transportation.

By bus

Bus station serves number of domestic destinations, as well as those in neighbouring countries.

The bus and train station are located next to each other. City center is 10 minutes walk from there, but if you have any luggage - it's recommended that you either take a minibus(combi) (next to all of the little grocery/snack stands) or some of the taxis usually waiting at the station entrance.

Timetables (in and out) can be found on the Bus Terminal website: http://www.autobusni-kolodvor.com/en/

By car

Due to its location in central Montenegro, Podgorica is the hub of all main roads in the country. Road from the northern Montenegro and Serbia requires additional caution during the winter.

Get around

Podgorica is a medium-sized city of about 140,000 people. If Your accomodation is near the city center, or the "Preko Morače" district - all points of intrest could be visited on foot.

Public transportation consists of buses, that are not very frequent, and maps of the lines could be hard to locate. Ticket price is between €0.50 and €1 per single ride, and can be purchased on board, usually directly from the driver.

Probably the best option to move around Podgorica are cheap and reliable taxi service. There are over 20 taxicab companies, that usually operate new air-conditioned european sedans. Taxi stands are virtually everywhere in the city, but they could also be reached by calling the dispatcher.

The fare is between €0.50 and €0.80 per kilometre, and usually no start fare is charged. Considering the size of Podgorica - no drive within the city should cost more than €3 or €4.

Taxi numbers:

19700 ALO Taxi

19702 Royal Taxi

19703 Boom Taxi

19704 PG Taxi

19705 Pink Taxi

19706 DeLuxe Taxi

19709 Orange Taxi

19711 City Taxi

19712 Exclusive Taxi

19714 Red Line Taxi

19723 Peugeot Taxi

19800 Bel Taxi

19708 Elite Taxi

Millennium bridge. "City Beck's" open bar in the lower right corner
Millennium bridge. "City Beck's" open bar in the lower right corner
  • Old Turkish town called "Stara Varoš" ("old town"), with its mosques and old clock tower. A typical old turkish "kasaba"(town), with narrow and curvy streets.
  • Skaline (the stairs) on the outfall of the Ribnica river to Morača, with it's old turkish bridge over the Ribnica, and the ruins of old Nemanja's town.
  • Monument to King Nikola in the park across the street from the Montenegro's parliament.
  • Hercegovačka pedestrian street in the city centre.
  • Trg Republike the central square of the city, next to Hercegovačka street, a lot of life at the end of the day, when people finish to work. Lot of cheap restaurants and friendly people, a pleansant place to spend the first part of the evening.
  • St. George's church, built in 10th century, on the slopes of the Gorica hill (hill after which the city was named.)
  • Millennium bridge, the impressive new bridge over the Morača river.
  • King Nikola's castle, turned into a museum, and the surrounding park.
  • Newly built Hristovog vaskrsenja orthodox temple.
  • Rimski Trg, the square in the new part of town. Located near the orthodox temple, the square and the surrounding area is the home for the trendiest of Podgorica cafes and restaurants, and favourite meeting point for Podgorica citizens.

Do

While in Podgorica, one can enjoy the diversity of Montenegro's capital cafes and restaurants, check out the nightlife, or take a walk at some of the favourite picnic locations of Podgorica citizens - Mareza, Skadar Lake, or Gorica hill. While strolling through Podgorica center, you might find the shopping area interesting, as there is vast number of boutiques, just beware the counterfeits!

Note that swimming in the Morača river might be a pleasant way to cool off in the summer months!

Buy

Streets in the center of Podgorica are filled with boutiques, yet, one should be aware counterfeited clothes of world famous brands.

Most of the premium clothing brands have their stores in new part of the city, chiefly Vectra-Maxim neighborhoods. The prices are on par with those in the region.

There are a few shopping malls in Podgorica, notably Delta City, a 48,000 sqm mall with over 70 stores, food court and a multiplex cinema. There are also smaller malls, such as Palada and Nikić Center.

Open markets on the outskirts of the city are a place to buy very cheap clothing, often of low quality.

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Restaurants

Almost all fine restaurants in Podgorica are located either in the traditional city center, the new bussines district around the Roman Square, or along the Sv. Petra Cetinjskog boulevard that connects the two.

  • Maša restaurant, Bulevar Sv. Petra Cetinjskog 31, +382 (0) 20 224 460. Renowned for its fresh seafood.  edit
  • Carine Centar, Slobode 43, +382 (0) 20 402 400. The Carine Center features both the fine dining restaurant and the pizzeria. Probably the best pizza in town.  edit
  • Carine Moskovska, Moskovska 43, +382 (0) 20 402 400. The Carine Moskovska features both the national cuisine restaurant, and the pizzeria. Probably the best pizza in town.  edit
  • Salvador Dali, Džordža Vašingtona 87, +382 (0) 69 234 567. Newly open and chic restaurant, a favourite among local celebrities.  edit
  • Plantaže restaurant, Mareza bb (Mareza resort, few kilometers west of Podgorica), +382 (0) 20 268 722. A great place to eat.  edit
  • Hong Kong, Stanka Dragojevića 14, +382 (0) 20 667 300. So far the only Chinese food restaurant in Podgorica.  edit
  • Il Giardino, Rimski Trg 28, +382 (0) 69 313 313. Renewed for the Italian cuisine.  edit

Pizzerias

There are dozens of pizzerias through city, and most of the cafes serve pizza, pancakes, etc.

  • Alpe Bar, Bulevar Sv. Petra Cetinjskog 88, +382 (0) 20 202 025. A pizzeria and a cafe, one of the city's landmarks.  edit
  • Alpe Bar, Stanka Dragojevića 14, +382 (0) 20 665 771.  edit

Fast food

Most popular fast food in Podgorica is hamburger (pleskavica)(Balkan hamburger somewhat differs from western). You can eat great hamburger, as well as anything made on the barbecue(roštilj) in places all across town, but best known and most visited are "Voda u kršu", "Gurman", "Calimero", "Kruna"...

There are no international fast food chains such as McDonalds, Burger King or KFC present in Podgorica.

Contact

Internet: Café www.com, Bokeška 4

SPORTS CENTER: EMINENT teniss club, Pg-Dg 6 km, tel. 067 247 394

Drink

Most loved amusement of Podgorica's residents is to sit in a cafe on a summer day and drink their espresso.

There are dozens of cafes in pedestrian Njegoševa street in city center, and many more scattered around the city center. Most of the new and trendy cafes are located around "Vectra" district in the new part of the city.

Modern design and relaxed atmosphere of the cafes coupled with Podgorica's art of making espresso will make an interesting experience. Some of the well known caffes are :"Alpe bar", "Buddha bar", "Carine", "Greenwich", "Grand cafe", "Café, Café", "Switch cafe", "Soul II Soul"...and many more.

Espresso costs from €0.50 to €1.50. Coke and other soft drinks and juices will cost from €1.00 up to €2.50.

There is a number of clubs and bars to go out to in Podgorica. In the summer, there are many open-air bars and clubs. However, by law, open air bars must turn the music off at 01.00 AM, when the crowds move to the clubs located mostly in the basements in the city center.

It is important to determine weather a club plays worldwide popular dance hits the entire night, or does the playlist include folk music from EX-Yugoslav countries, which is often the case. The latter could be difficult for a foreigner to enjoy, so asking around before going out for the night might be a good option.

  • Switch cafe, Stanka Dragojevica (center). 08.00 - 02.00. A club in the city centre, just five minutes walk from the main Republic Square in Podgorica, near the Millenium bridge. It plays mostly foreign pop/electronic/rock music, and there are interesting music programs almost every night. Drink prices are not too expensive (beer: 1.10, wine: 1.50). Place with lot of fun.  edit
  • Tantra. A club around a 15-minute walk (or short taxi ride) from the centre. It plays dance music and is generally busy throughout the week. Drink prices are not too expensive and there is a good atmosphere.  edit

Clubs are most crowded from 11PM until 2AM on the Friday and Saturday nights, but some of them are full throughout the week.

  • S K A L I N E (open river bar), Podgorica,old town. best place in the Podgorica by day and night. two river,two bridges.Pop music,drinks,coctails,icecream...nice girls...nice boys... tel 068 202000  edit

Sleep

The price of the accommodation varies, and is from €20 for a room in a motel on the outskirts of the city, up to over 100 euros in the premium hotels in the city center.

  • On the every main intercity road on the outskirts of the city there are motels that are the cheapest accommodation in the city. They are easy to spot, as each one has illuminated and clearly visible "Motel" sign. Expect prices from €20 - €25 and up.
  • Hotel "Evropa" next to the train station is a cheap choice.
  • Steve's Place is a small friendly hostel in the center of town, primarily for backpackers.
  • Hotel City, under the Ljubović hill, offers very cozy rooms and beautiful surroundings for a reasonable price.
  • Hotel "Crna Gora" in the very center of the city offers very nice rooms from around €100 and up.
  • Hotel "Podgorica" is a very modern hotel on the bank of Morača river, and offers a high level of luxury, at a corresponding price.
  • Hotel "Best Western Premier" is a four-star hotel in the Vectra district.
  • Hotel "Apart Premier" is a four-star hotel in the Vectra district.
  • Kosta's, Bojatours and Amabasador are smaller four-star hotels that are popular with local celebrities and politicians visiting the city.
  • Kerber hotel, (right in the city centre, beside the renovated public square). The Hotel Kerber has a reliable (and free) internet connection in all rooms.  edit
  • Skadar lake, largest lake on the Balkans, and a national park - just 20 min to the south of the city.
  • Morača river canyon, just north to the Podgorica, and the 13th century Morača monastery.
  • Doclea(Duklja), ruins of the old roman city that preceded Ribnica and Podgorica.
  • Meteon(Medun), 13 km (8 miles) northeast of Podgorica, ruins of a fortress erected at III century B.C.
  • Cetinje, a bit further (45mn by bus, about a bus per hour), but it is a great opportunity to escape from Podgorica's pollution for a couple of hours by breathing the fresh air of the Lovcen National Park in the former capital.
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  1. the capital city of Montenegro

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Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro. It has about 135,000 inhabitants.


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