In Your Pocket - Podgorica
I must admit that I am a huge fan of the "In Your Pocket" guides.
They are usually an excellent resource for information about travels to Eastern and Central European cities.
So I was more than happy that I could download the Podgorica guide from the In Your Pocket website; we didn't find the printed version during our stay in the city though.
The guide not only provides helpful basics, but also many off the beaten path tips and background information. Besides info about Podgorica, the guide also offers helpful tips about Lake Shkoder and Kotor.
Avoid if u can!...
When the guys at lonely planet cant find one single thing to do in a capital city, you know youre in trouble
I stupidly thought they muat have missed something and having seen what i wanted in Kotor, and having time to kill before my 2100 bus to Prishtina, i thought id spend 5 hours in the capital
I dropped my bag at left luggage at the station, 2 euros, and after about 45mins was back after walking around and finding nothing!
Luckily i found a Turkish girl who had done the same and was waiting for a connection to Sarajevo, so we found a nice (And very cheap!!) cafe right outside the station door and sat there for 4 hours talking and eating/drinking.
That was experience of Podgorica
I may have missed something good, apologies to locals if i did.
This is the only page i will write about the city - for info the bus to Prishtina is only once a day and leaves at 2100 and please note that when i went they overbooked and people were sleeping in the aisles, it takes 8 hours, very long hours!
BalkanGirl's new Podgorica Page
Podgorica, resting on the banks of six rivers, is getting the characteristics of the modern European town every day more. A metropole and the administrative center of Montenegro, it may seem to a visitor, when looking at new buildings, that it has just for a moment come down to the banks of Morac, Ribnica, Zeta, Sitnica, Mareza and Cijevna to freshen itself up. Behind the picture of a modern town you can easily notice the signs of a long tradition. It is enough to walk down any street in the center, for example down the Hercegovacka Street.
Two thousand years ago there, at the mouth of the rivers Ribnica and Moraca, was the Illyrian and the Roman town Birziminium. And there where Zeta merges into the river of Moraca lie the remains of the beautiful Duklja, even today attractive archeological excavation site. But those visiting Podgorica, fond of the historical stories, should certainly know that Podgorica got its name in 1326 and it was named after the hill Gorica settled in the north part of the town. From 1946 till 1990 it was officially called Titograd. The guest is to get the best picture of old Podgorica if visiting the settlement Varos, lead by the high stone Sat-kula (Clock-tower), like by some lighthouse, which is one more symbol of the town.
Podgorica is also the Mediterranean center located at the extremely “lucky” place - 44 meters above the level of the sea, only a hundred kilometers away from the famous coast resorts and very attractive centers of winter tourism on Bjelasica. Therefore, in only two-hours drive water skiing can be replaced by the skiing on the snow! Not far away from the town there is a Scadar lake, which together with the sunny Zetska valley is a real “garden of heaven”. Certainly, this kind of climate provides obtaining the excellent and healing vines, like “Vranac” and “Procorden”, as well as the excellent rakija (grape brandy), called “water of live”…