Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital city, is definitely not one of the great cities of Europe. Whilst Montenegro is rapidly growing in popularity owing to spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches, and a low living cost, Podgorica itself is not really somewhere that attracts the tourists. Despite this, there’s still some great things to see in this fledgling city.
Whilst Montenegro has two airports, Podgorica and Tivat, the latter is more popular due to its close proximity to coastal areas like Kotor. Podgorica is that more obscure in comparison to Tivat, that none of the flight attendants on my flight could even so much as pronounce the name of the city.
Podgorica, with a population of just 180,000, is surrounded by rugged mountains and is a mere stones throw away from the spectacular Lake Skader. I mean, just look at the view from my hotel (Hotel Aurel – would totally recommend) of the sun rising.
But anyway, here are five things to see in Podgorica…
1. Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection
Construction work on the Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection began in 1993, well before Montenegro regained her independence in 2006, and the cathedral was consecrated in 2013.
As well as being incredibly impressive on the outside, the inside of this Serbian Orthodox Church is beautifully detailed, if a little unsettling when considering the relative poverty that many people within Montenegro live.
2. Stari Varos
Stari Varos is Montenegro’s Old Town, dating back to the Fifteenth Century. Unfortunately, heavy bombing raids during World War II have destroyed many of the original buildings. Whilst Stari Bar on the South East coast of Montenegro is much more impressive, Stari Varos is also well worth a quick visit.
3. Millenium Bridge
Built five years after the turn of the Millenium, the Millenium Bridge is one of Podgorica’s more impressive modern structures.
The 173 metre long bridge has gone on to become synonymous with Montenegro’s First City and boasts some pretty cool views over the Monaca River which flows beneath.
4. The Capital Plaza
In the heart of the new city, the Capital Plaza is one of Podgorica’s most modern developments. The Capital Plaza hosts a bunch of shops and boutiques, as well as some great places to eat such as the Alchemist, which is a good recommendation.
5. Petar I Petrović Njegoš Statue
The Petar I Petrović Njegoš Statue is a bronze monument to the eponymous Nineteenth Century ruler of the country. Whilst I couldn’t get a great photo of the statue (blame the lighting, not me), take my word for it that it’s worth a look if you just happen to be in Podgorica.