Podgorica Montenegro is an example of a capital city that doesn’t typically hold much allure for travelers. Unspoiled coastal beaches and mountains for hiking come to mind when travel in Montenegro is dreamed of, and for many visitors, Podgorica is simply a place to travel through. Some facts haven’t helped to increase the attractiveness of the city, including the price of a hotel in Podgorica. It is easy to spend four or five times the amount of money on a hotel in Podgorica versus the coastal town of Budva. The sandy beaches, buzzing nightlife, and close proximity to history and culture all make these coastal towns appealing, and Podgorica dull by comparison.
Podgorica Montenegro suffered many historical tragedies that contribute to its status today. During World War II, the city was subject to a series of bombings that reduced it to rubble. While the conflict of the 1990s didn’t result in much physical damage to the city, economic depression had its effects on the capital. Despite these facts, since independence in 2006, Montenegro and Podgorica specifically have been growing. The pro-Western city has a focus on modernity, and it serves as an essential transportation hub to other popular areas of the country. There is potential in the upcoming years for Podgorica travel to increase in popularity, as prices settle and culture develops.
An international airport and buses make up Podgorica travel. While no budget airlines yet fly to Podgorica airport, it is possible to book a flight from a major European hub such as London or Vienna. Budget airlines do fly to airports in neighboring Croatia, including Dubrovnik and Split. It has become increasingly popular for tourists to rent cars and drive the Adriatic Highway to coastal towns such as Budva and Sveti Stefan. An international drivers license is required to cross the border from Croatia into Montenegro. For less adventurous travelers, Podgorica Montenegro can be easily reached by bus. Connecting the capital to Croatia and Bosnia, buses are frequent and affordable.
Some travelers book a hotel in Podgorica just to experience a new major shopping mall. Delta City Podgorica offers fashion, sporting equipment, housewares, and a large movie theater. Impressive in size and scope, this shopping mall is bringing people into the capital city. Other popular attractions in the city include the developing National Theater and Natural History Museum. Refurbishment can be seen throughout the city, such as in the beautiful Republic Square. Since independence in 2006, many efforts for refurbishment have taken place. A variety of churches and mosques display the multicultural background of the city.
For travelers who are taking their time exploring the region, Podgorica may be worth a visit, though if you’re short on time, it could be better to focus on the main attractions of Montenegro: the beach and the mountains. Whether you come to ski, hike, or relax on the beach, Montenegro will make you feel right at home. The nightlife and history of Budva makes for an exciting combination, while the quiet and trails of the national parks in the mountains serves as a great escape from modern life.