Perched on the confluence of two rivers - the Moraca, a turquoise-tinged fast flowing river, and the smaller Ribnica - Podgorica is Montenegro’s relaxed capital city. The compact Balkan destination may not be as glitzy or historical as neighbouring hotspots, but it’s certainly full of soul, packed with outstanding art galleries, spell-binding natural beauty, and bustling cafes.
Things to see and do in Podgorica
- Podgorica is the perfect location for exploring the great outdoors. In one direction, the azure Adriatic Sea awaits, while in the other, looming mountains beg to be explored. The stunning Lake Skadar National Park is a nature lover’s dream, only a short journey away by car.
- Immerse yourself in local culture and explore Petrovic Castle. Built in 1891 as a residence for the Petrovic dynasty, it has since been transformed into a contemporary art gallery. Browse through more than 1,000 works of art from a selection of cross-continental artists, wander the leafy grounds and spy numerous sculptures dotted around the pretty gardens.
- Indulge in Montenegrin delicacies by feasting on burek. There are plenty of bakeries and restaurants in Podgorica serving up the mouth-watering national dish. Devour the filo pastry stuffed with cheese, spinach and meat and pair with a fresh cup of tea.
- The stunning emerald green Cijevna River snakes through Podgorica’s nearby countryside before giving way to the thundering Niagara Falls. The dramatic sight is best viewed from the riverside, just past Niagara Restaurant – go here to watch the cascading water flow down the rocks in spectacular style.
Tips for travellers
As the capital is compact, it’s easy to get around by foot. However, buses and taxis are available too for a small fee. If you’re hoping to explore the surrounding countryside, it’s best to hire a car.