Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro. With a population of around 130,000 it is a small town that offers hiking and skiing opportunities in the huge mountains and relaxing on the beaches. Montenegro is bordered by Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Albania; it faces the Adriatic Sea. The city is built between five rivers: Cijevna, Moraca, Ribnica, Sitnica and Zeta. The Eurasian passage can reach one in Podgorica, via the Serbian capital. Although almost all architecture is new, the city is a multicultural experience.
History of Podgorica
In this part of the Balkans, Podgorica is one of the old settlements. The name of Podgorica appeared in 1326 in the archives of Kotor, the coastal town of Montenegro. Podgorica was a busy city with a very strong economy. In 1474 the Turks occupied the city, which stopped the development of the city in many respects. The Turks built the forts as a protection against insurgent tribes. In 1864, Podgorica officially won the city title. She has been awarded many titles such as Bogurtlen and Burgurice. In 1878, through the Berlin Congress, the city of Podgorica was incorporated into Montenegro. From there, without Turkish occupation, the city quickly developed. However, in the First World War the city occupied Austria-Hungary. After the war, Montenegro merged with Serbia and became part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. During World War II, it was bombarded seventy times. 19 December 1944 was liberated. It was named Titograd and became the capital of the Socialist Republic of Montenegro in 1946. In 1992 the name of Podgorica was restored. Since then, the economy has begun to recover, and by May 2006 it has gained its independence and became the official capital of Montenegro.
What to do in Podgorica
In Podgorica, from the city itself rebuilding, few places worth visiting, such as the National Theater, the Natural History Museum, the Republic Square and some churches and mosques. But out of town, there are great places to visit that were not touched during the war. For example, in Kotor there is the old Medun settlement, the ancient Roman territory of Duklja, the monastery Dajbabe, Nemanjin Grad and Vranjina, a fishing house along the Skadar lake.
via its main international airport of Podgorica Airport. If you are traveling by rail, you can travel with the Eurail Select Pass. One can travel directly from Belgrade to Serbia.