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City Guide : Podgorica
The landscape of the area contains a continuum of ascending and descending paths. You may opt to walk the way, but a bicycle ride through the spicy-scented meadows and magnificent mountains can also be very enjoyable. Note that for guests with an interest for rafting, thrilling canyon paths can be added to the list of places to go. There is a structure made up of untouched and protected national parks. The country, with four separate administrative sections at the moment, will be made into six sections with distinctive differences in the future. Lake Skadar is acknowledged as the largest bird habitat of Europe. The central government preserves this area in accordance with its policy of becoming an “ecological government.”
Located very close to the city; Morača and Cijevna canyons, Zeta and Sitnica rivers, and Lake Skadar are among nature’s wonders to see. Looking down from the mountain tops, the view of these places provide a quite thrilling experience.
Tourist AttractionsThe best way to capture the panoramic view of the city is to take a hot air balloon ride. The vineyards, gardens, mountains, lakes, and rivers you will see, will provide you with the energy you will need in the upcoming days. Podgorica is one of the cities with the highest temperature average in Europe. Despite this, the city is green all over. Approximately a thousand and two hundred different plants grow in the region’s nature. A casual trip along Ribnica or Morača rivers will be enough to see all the flowers in the region.
Montenegro has made a name for itself as a point of interest for birdwatching. You can watch birds, with or without binoculars, from places such as Manastirska tapija, Grmožur, Omerova gorica, Crni žar, and Pancevo oko.
Millennium Bridge is one of the more recent symbolic structures of the city. Built upon the Moraca river, it is 170 meters long and 57 meters high and one of the spots frequented by young people. It is also a place to stop by for people with an interest in photography. Moscow Bridge is another symbolic structures connecting the old and new faces of the city. A gift from the Moscow administration, it connects the old shopping district of the city and Hercegovačka Street. This bridge, on which only pedestrians are permitted, is 105 meters long.
Culture & EntertainmentThe capital city Podgorica, also the Central Region, has taken its comtemporary form almost entirely during Ottoman rule. Although it was bombed and destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt as the cherished city of Yugaslavia. Given that there is an architectural style called “Eastern Bloc”, this city is one of the places that preserve that. You see the old and the new coming alive as one in boulevards, streets, and structures.
The area called “Independence Square”, as it can be translated to our language, is located at the central point of the city. This area, recently renovated, is also used as a venue for cultural events and festivals.
Food & DrinkStara Varos, an old town, and its 16 meter high clock tower stand tall as testimony of Turkish rule. You should be careful about slippery streets and curved roads. The architectural style of the houses and other buildings are not foreign to Turks at all. The cuisine of this region is also similar to the Aegean cuisine. It is important to note that the most famous dish of the city, Popeci a la Podgorica, contains pork.
In locations such as Slobode Street and Hercegovačka Street there are restaurants that serve both local and international cuisines. You can find fast food locations almost everywhere.
ShoppingSlobode Street, the main street of the city, has been renovated. Closed to vehicular traffic, it is the meeting spot of Podgorica with paths for walking and places for shopping. Hercegovačka Street is another shopping spot, especially crowded in the afternoon hours. You can spend an enjoyable afternoon in various cafes.
You can get information and perform transactions about places to visit, national parks, transportation to touristic spots and entrance conditions in Vranjina Guest Center. Also, there is a store where you can find local items here. Njegoševa street is another alternative for shopping, filled with book stores and boutiques. “Džordž Vašington Boulevard” is a shopping mall named after the famous president of the USA, as the name suggests. This shopping mall, where you can find brands from all around the world, is located in the region called “preko Morače.”
At A ConFluence Of Rivers Podgorica
We are heading inland now after touring Herceg Novi, Kotor, Budva and Bar on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast. The country’s capital and largest city, Podgorica greets us with a buzz of activity on a hot summer day. Known as Titograd in the old Yugoslavia, it is the hub of commercial and cultural life today.
One of the oldest settlements in the Balkans, Podgorica played host to the Illyrian tribes in antiquity. Coming under the influence of the Roman, Celtic and Slavic cultures in turn, the city still bears traces of the Ottomans, who ruled here for four hundred years starting from the 15th century. One of the first buildings that rises before us on a tour of the old city (Stara Varos) is Sahat Kula, a clock tower and historic and cultural monument, commissioned by Hacı Paşa Osmanagiç.
IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE LITTLE MOUNTAIN
This is a city that was bombed dozens of time during the Second World War but rose from its ashes every time. Founded at the confluence of the Zeta, Moraca, Ribnica, Cijevna and Sitnica rivers, Podgorica in Serbian means ‘below the Gorica’, which refers to the Gorica mountains in whose foothills it nestles.
Our first stop is the Sveti Djordje Church, one of the most important medieval structures at the city center. Afterward we visit the museums, which hold up a virtual mirror to the cities where they are at home. Numerous archaeological artifacts and ethnographical items are on display in Podgorica City Museum. The Museum of Natural History meanwhile informs visitors about Montenegro’s rich flora and fauna. Petrovich Palace, whose noteworthy architecture represents the 19th century, is used as an art center today. The Nova Varos quarter with its vast squares and government buildings symbolizes the city’s modern face. Finally, Millennium Bridge on the Moraca river completes the picture.
TRACES OF THE TURKS
A walking tour is the most enjoyable way of exploring Podgorica. You will hear a lot of Turkish words as you stroll through its streets. Seeing words like ‘çay’ (tea), ‘çorba’ (soup) and ‘börek’ (savory pastry) on restaurant menus will warm your heart. The historic town of Nemanjin Grad, birthplace of the Serbian king Nemanjic, tops the list of must-see sights in Podgorica, where the castle and city walls whisper mysterious medieval tales in our ears.
The next day we are at Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans and one of the country’s four national parks. One of Europe’s leading bird sanctuaries, Lake Skadar is on the Montenegro-Albania border. It southern shores are lined with picturesque villages whose monasteries and old stone houses give a person peace of mind.
The churches and monasteries that have borne witness to the city’s history can be visited on day tours. Dajbabe Monastery is a perfect symbiosis of man and nature. The rock walls of this monastery in the form of a cross, which was built inside a cave by Father Simeon Popovic in 1897, is adorned with religious figures which unfortunately are on the verge of vanishing today.
Ostrog Monastery on the Podgorica-Niksic road is a site held sacred by Orthodox Christians. Built on a steep rock face like Sumela in Trabzon, it is extremely difficult to reach. This monastery, where a saint by the name of Vasilije Ostroski lived in the 17th century, welcomes travelers from many European countries all year round.
We now visit the ruins of Duklja near Podgorica. Walls, the remains of a palace and stone bridge, sarcophagi adorned with reliefs and gravestones can be seen in this ancient city, which is thought to have been a Slavic settlement already in the 7th century. Twelve kilometers from Podgorica is Medun, an Illyrian city dating back to the 3rd century B.C. History buffs are going to love this city, which resisted Roman invasion to the end and enjoyed its most brilliant period throughout the Middle Ages. When the Sozina Tunnel shortened the distance between Podgorica and the port of Bar, it became possible to tour the neighboring towns using the capital as a base. Podgorica, which is located smack dab between the winter resorts to the north and the Adriatic’s sunny coasts to the south, has been trying to use its geographical advantage to boost tourism revenues in recent years. With its fertile plains fed by five rivers, its deep valleys and its nearby coastal cities, Montenegro is a candidate for becoming the rising new star of Europe.
Ticket Sales Offices : Podgorica
|THY Satış Ofisi|
|Address||Bratstva I Jedinstva BR:85 Podgorica|
|Phone||00382 20 634 849 (4 Line) Ticket Sales: 44-115/44-116/44-117|
|Fax||00382 20 634 852|
|TK Airport Office|
|Address||Airport Of Podgorica New Terminal Building Podgorica/Montenegro|
|Phone||00382 20 653 033|
|Fax||00382 20 653 108|
Podgorica : Airport Information
Address : 81 000 Podgorica, PP 202 Crna Gora - Montenegro Phone : +382 20 444 222
Podgorica : Airport Map Information
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|Phone Code||:||Montenegro:382 - Podgorica:20|