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Written by Travel Writer Jub from Tiki Touring Kiwi
Kotor and Budva had been all the time talked about in my conversations earlier than arriving in Montenegro. Both are in style for their very own causes, however I used to be confused as to why Podgorica hardly ever got here up.
Afterall, Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, is the biggest metropolis in the nation.
There have to be some enjoyable issues to do in Podgorica proper? I made a decision to go see for myself.
If you need to embrace a non-touristy metropolis in beautiful Montenegro, listed below are among the points of interest in Podgorica. I like to recommend you to keep in the town for a minimal two full days.
Experience Montenegro’s Niagara Falls
You can’t assist however smile on the identify proper?
From what I may inform, the identify is used to be a magnet for us vacationers who will possible eat on the restaurant additionally known as Niagara proper subsequent to the falls. Well performed on the advertising entrance.
The falls are 7km from the town middle, and I have to say, the restaurant is in the proper setting.
Thankfully they haven’t totally exploited the ‘Niagara’ identify and have stored costs at a good degree. The falls, nevertheless, had been disappointing as they solely come to life in the winter, so my early October go to was too early.
I nonetheless loved the journey out right here because the panorama across the river is so moon like. Definitely, examine them out.
Enjoy The Local Wineries
There is much more to European wines than France, Italy, and Spain.
The Balkans produce loads of (drinkable) wine. Between Podgorica and Lake Skadar are hundreds of thousands of vines baking in the July and August warmth, prepared for the large harvest in September.
The hottest cellar is Šipčanik (8km from Podgorica) who supply a wide range of excursions and tastings yr spherical.
The hottest grape selection in Montenegro is vranac, an indigenous grape the locals are happy with. If you’ll be able to’t make it out to the vineyard, loads of bars serve native wine or head to the grocery store.
This is a superb place to go to mixed with the Niagara Falls as they’re in the identical course.
Enjoy a Local Basketball or Football Match
If you need to see success in motion, watch a KK Buducnost (Podgorica) basketball recreation on the Moraca Sports Center.
Why? They’ve gained 11 consecutive home basketball league titles. That’s spectacular.
Watching a neighborhood sports activities occasion is a enjoyable approach to examine how sports activities occasions are held in your personal nation.
A couple of of my observations from watching KK Buducnost:
- 2€ tickets
- no beer is bought in the sector
- no cheerleaders
- the small group of passionate (extremely) supporters in the nook had been extremely loud
If you need to watch soccer in Podgorica, the 2 primary golf equipment are FK Buducnost and FK Mladost. They play at Pod Goricom Stadium and Mladost Stadium respectively.
When you get to Podgorica, Google the membership names to discover out in the event that they’re taking part in. I discover the locals are by no means 100% positive what the schedules are.
Visit The Centre of Modern Arts (Petrovic Palace)
You may be stunned to see the Petrovic Park in all its pinkness in the center of the park.
The Centre of Modern Arts is free to go searching, each everlasting and non permanent exhibitions.
There was the choice of hiring a information, who’s educated – it’s a terrific possibility as there only a few particulars concerning the artwork on show. If you want to know the tales behind the artist, select the guided tour.
Hike to Various Viewpoints Around The City
Podgorica isn’t surrounded by large mountains towering over the town like Kotor, however there are rolling limestone hills close to. Most present cool panoramic metropolis views.
The greatest approach to go about selecting which one to hike is straightforward. Pick one at random and begin strolling. They aren’t greater than a Three-Four km away from the town middle. There are trails on the hills, however the limestone mountains don’t have a lot foliage on them so you’ll be able to go whichever approach your coronary heart wishes with out the worry of getting misplaced.
Take A Dip in The Moraca River
I used to be gutted arriving in Kotor to see nobody swimming in the bay. I used to be glad a neighborhood instructed me you’d see a number of individuals taking a summertime dip in the Moraca River flowing by the town.
Take a second and assume, how typically are you able to go swimming in a river that passes by a capital metropolis with out feeling gross?
They’re often a grimy, fast-paced, brown shade.
I believe that’s what made my quick (chilly swim) so satisfying. The water was gradual shifting, and I may see my toes. Yay.
Crisscross Your Way to Millennium Bridge
If taking a dip in the Moraca River doesn’t sound such as you, take a stroll throughout metropolis bridges. Five bridges cross metropolis middle (two are pedestrian solely).
The most well-known is the Millennium Bridge. One of the long-lasting websites of Podgorica, the cable model bridge is kind of the spectacle and since opening in 2005 has helped ease congestion.
Experience The Local Nightlife
I used to be stunned by the nightlife in the town (on most nights of the week). After 5 pm, locals begin to refill the cafes, bars, and eating places across the Bulevar Ivana Crnojevica and Njegoseva intersection.
As locations shut, those that don’t go residence typically head to Buda Bar to hear a DJ play a wide range of music.
If that isn’t your vibe, proceed strolling across the stadium space to discover music to fit your style.
Spend Time People Watching in The Parks
Yay for one more Eastern European capital creating a number of inexperienced area inside the town. Extra bonus factors for Podgorica due to the shortage of greenery on the close by hills.
I stumbled throughout a number of parks and other people appeared to be utilizing them all through the day.
Why do I care about parks? They are a terrific spot to individuals watch, have a picnic, and a day by day dose of nature does you a world of excellent.
Wander About The City
The Old Town in Podgorica is undoubtedly completely different to your regular Old Towns in capital cities. Most of the city was destroyed throughout the WWII. The metropolis was bombed greater than 70 occasions, making it some of the bombed cities and sadly nearly no effort has been made to rebuild the as soon as fairly city.
Yet you’ll be able to wander the streets, with the mosques standing out.
Elsewhere, maintain your eyes peeled for road artwork, a number of items caught my consideration. And Saborni hram Hristovog, one of many largest Orthodox church buildings in the world is one thing I someway missed.
I additionally didn’t notice Lake Skadar is the largest lake in southern Europe and is so shut to the town. Fortunately, I can discover the lake whereas in Shkoder.
Wrapping up on Fun Things to do in Podgorica, Montenegro
Do you agree Podgorica is the least acknowledged capital in the Balkans?
Don’t let this discourage you from visiting.
I visited Podgorica in early October and noticed few vacationers whereas actively exploring almost all corners of the town.
There are greater than sufficient issues to do in Podgorica to maintain you entertained for not less than two full days, and as a bonus, you get a break from the crowds in Kotor and Budva (not that you simply shouldn’t go to them).
So inform us, what enjoyable issues to do in Podgorica will make your bucket checklist?