The Country’s capital and also Montenegro’s largest city, Podgorica is slowly showing signs of waking up to its new role as a regional power player. The city now has some nice parks, modern apartment buildings replacing communist era architecture, a pedestrian area recently constructed, and a redesigned main square. In a final salvo, Delta City has brought a taste of western style consumerism complete with a Zara and the country’s only multiplex cinema.
The town was founded some time before the 11th century, originally known as Ribnica before becoming Podgorica in 1326. From 1942 to 1992 the city was named Titograd in honour of Josep Broz Tito, former President of Yugoslavia, and became the capital of the socialist Republic of Montenegro. Even now, the international aviation code for Podgorica remains TGD. Sadly, much of the city was levelled during the Second World War but the ruins of the Roman town of Diocleia are still worth a visit, although none of the original buildings remain intact.
- Visit the Montenegrin National Theatre, the country’s only theatre
- A long lunch on the terrace at Dali restaurant
- Catch a film at the country’s only multiplex cinema
- Café-hop your way around town on the weekend
- Explore the local nightlife scene, it’s worth the effort!
- Visit the National Museum comprised of five buildings around the old royal capital: king Nikola’s Palace, the Art Museum, History Museum, Ethnographic Museum and the Museum of Petar II Petrovic -Njegos – one ticket buys access to all
With a population of about 170,000, in contrast to the rest of the country, Podgorica lies in a mainly flat plain. A Mediterranean climate means hot, dry summers and cool winters. Temperatures over 40° are common in July and August when most locals escape to the coast.