Montenegro: the ancient city of Podgorica, what to see and what to do
Podgorica, the metropolitan and administrative center of Montenegro is a very old city waiting to be discovered, in this guide we explain what to see and what to do in this town, which, located on the banks of six rivers, has the characteristics of a modern European city.
Podgorica is a city to be discovered and surrounded by greenery, between excursions, breathtaking attractions, ancient buildings, museums and romantic bridges is a unique destination that has a lot to offer. Let’s start this little journey, starting from Sahat Kula – the Clock Tower – which is among the oldest symbols of the city to get to Lake Skadar, the largest in the Balkan peninsula but also a precious national park that is home to species of birds. rare.
Also located in the heart of Podgorica is the 4-star “ Eco Bed & Bike ” by 7Hills, the first ever built in Montenegro and located in the heart of the city. It is a bike friendly hotel that with 5 rooms for 15 guests offers tourists and business travelers a new way of staying. Eco Bed & Bike, is the perfect place to stay in Podgorica and from there move to explore the magical surrounding areas. It is 5 minutes by bike from the main streets of the city, which offers cultural and historical sites of particular interest and 1 km from the Gorica forest park and the Moraca sports center. Provided with a new generation electric bicycle service, the Bed & Bike supports sustainable mobility, helping to reduce polluting emissions. 7Hills offers the possibility of boat tours , the perfect way to combine a sailing trip with the view of some of the most beautiful and iconic landscapes of Montenegro, or to reach the most beautiful beaches.
Therefore, those who choose Podgorica as a base for visiting the surroundings of Montenegro certainly choose a holiday dedicated to hiking in nature, but in the center we must also remember its monuments.
Podgorica Montenegro: what to do
Podgorica: a city that is 2000 years old
Formerly known as Ribnica, the city took the name Pogricca from 1326 and in the following centuries it had various dominations from Austrian to Italian and German. Still, during the post-war period its name was transformed into Titograd, in honor of the Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito, and then took up the name it still bears today in 1992. In the old town City (Stara varoš), there are some buildings that they date back to the Ottoman period, including the clock tower (18th century), the old bridge over the Ribnica (15th century) and the few remains of the fortress located at the confluence of Ribnica and Morača (15th century). Podgorica has beautiful monuments to visit including the Resurrection Cathedral, the Royal Palace, built by Nicholas I of Montenegro as a winter residence, the Millennium Bridge (Most Milenijum), a bridge over the Morača River, opened in 2005 and the Church of St. George (Crkva Svetog Đorđa), from the 16th century.
Visit to museums
Although most of Montenegro’s historical artifacts are preserved in the old royal capital, Cetinje, some of them have been preserved in Podgorica.
The most interesting exhibit here is the antiquities of Doclea, the ancient Roman city just north of Podgorica. There are also archaeological, ethnographic, historical and historical-cultural exhibitions. The Muzej grada Podgorice is the city museum that allows you to discover the archaeological and ethnographic history of the capital of Montenegro.
Among the beautiful excursions the view to the Cijevna river where you can admire the beautiful waterfalls except in summer or autumn when the river can be dry. For those who love parks, the place to visit is Avanturistički Park Gorica, located on the Gorica hill, which is equipped with sports facilities.
But there is no shortage of excursions to the magical Lake Skadar , one of the alternative destinations to the beach thanks to its clear and navigable waters, bicycle tours organized by 7Hills and excursions to nature reserves and national parks.
A tour of the vineyards of Montenegro
Montenegro is said to be a wine lover’s paradise, and it is true, there are wines and grape varieties that are not found in the world. Indeed, in Montenegro there is the largest vineyard in Europe: 11.5 million vines for an extension of 2300 hectares 30 km from the Adriatic Sea.
Among the native vines, Krstač, for example, is a very rare wine and the Plantaže winery – located in Podgorica – is the only one in the world that produces it. The history of the winery itself embellishes its historic vine and its cross-shaped grapes (krst in Serbian language means cross). The winery also produces another famous wine the Montenegro Cormorant, which is included in the list of the most famous indigenous varieties.