One of the smallest European capitals, Podgorica is super easy to explore even on a one day visit. It’s maybe not as popular as beautiful Montenegrin coast, but this charming city has everything that makes Balkan so special and authentic. You’ll easily fall in love with its vibrant cafe culture, delicious food and outstanding nature surrounding the city.
What’s the best time to visit Podgorica?
Although the winters are not that harsh, it’s still preferable to visit during the warmer months cause of the outdoor festivities, nice cafe terraces and lush nature. If you could choose the most ideal time of the year it would be May or September.
Few facts about Podgorica
The Montenegrin capital and the largest city in the country was founded in the Roman times and since that it has undergone the name change five times. Its territory was occupied numerous times, from the Ottomans to the Austro-Hungarians and Serbs. During the World War II it was bombed 72 times and completely destroyed. It took time for the city to fully recover, but today, it’s safe to say it is a very important regional center. In between socialist blocks, you’ll easily find some great galleries, beautiful parks and outstanding bars and restaurants.
One Day in Podgorica Itinerary
Top things to do in Podgorica, Montenegro
Follow this guide and make the best of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do on your one day in Podgorica.
Have your morning coffee at the cafe bar Soba
The cafe bar Soba, which name translated means Room, is a great place to have some nice espresso coffee right in the morning. Located on the Bokeška street, it’s where many other nice bars and restaurants are located so it’s a great area to have some breakfast as well.
Visit the Old Bridge
Due to the fact that the city was destroyed multiple times, there are not much monuments left in the city. One of a few historical attractions in the city is the Old Bridge, built during the Roman times and reconstructed during the period of Ottoman rule. It spans the river Ribnica, just before its confluence with the river Morača. Although the area is outstanding and the atmosphere kind of romantic, it seems to be a bit neglected and filled with rubbish. Hopefully they’ll take care of it very soon.
Have a drink on the terrace overlooking the river
One of the most beautiful terraces to enjoy the view of the beautiful river Morača is the one of the Hotel Podgorica. The hotel itself is one of the nicest examples of the Montenegrin modern architecture, fully embedded into the landscape with the walls made of the river pebbles. If you’re traveling during the summer times, it’s a great place to relax and refresh yourself a bit thanks to the river breeze.
Visit Millenium Bridge
Few minutes walking from the Old Bridge, there is the modern cable-stayed Millenium Bridge that spans the Morača River. The bridge itself is very impressive for both its aesthetics and construction. The pedestrian bridge next to it is a great place to chill and enjoy the view of the river and the mountains in the background.
Taste delicious seafood at the Ahh Riba restaurant
Podgorica does have many great restaurants, but Ahh Riba is something you shouldn’t miss if you’re into seafood. From grilled fish, delicious cooked mussels all the way to some of the greatest flavours of fish carpacios and tartares – you’re going to love this place. Plus, the food looks as amazing as it tastes.
Stroll the city centre and visit the Main square
Since the city center is very compact and could be easily explored by foot it’s recommended to spend an afternoon exploring the city streets and visiting the Main square Trg Nezavisnosti. There are many nice shops around the area for those that are into shopping. The square is a nice place to people watch and it’s surely a great place to meet some locals.
Spend an evening at Njegoševa street
Njegoševa street is where all the best bars are located. Most of the bars get super full on weekends with DJs playing music and people dancing. For some bars, it’s necessary to have a table reserved in advance, but in case you missed doing it, you can always choose bars Gemiš or Berlin.
Night out at District Club
Situated very close to the city center, District Club offers a great clubbing experience for almost every taste. From Soul, Disco, Funk and Hip Hop to a more rough and mind challenging side of House and Techno. One is sure – you’ll get plenty of fun!
Calimero night treat
If the night out leaves you hungry – head up to the Calimero food bar in Njegoševa street. It’s the place where all the locals finish their night out by having some of the delicious street food meals. It’s recommended to try Punjena vješalica – meat stuffed with cheese, rolled into a bacon and served as a sandwich.
Where to stay in Podgorica?
Hotel Ziya is a five star boutique hotel in a quiet area, only a short walk from the city center. The rooms are elegantly furnished and feel very stylish and luxurious. The hotel features great leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and a spa zone.
Hilton Podgorica Crna Gora
Hilton Podgorica Crna Gora is a five star hotel, right in the heart of the city, close to the river and all the main sites. The main street is right around the corner. The rooms are spacious and very well equipped, but they still feel very cozy. It features a lot of facilities, including a spa venue, fitness center, swimming pool and hot tub.
Hotel Hemera is another perfectly located, luxury hotel, in the very city center of Podgorica. Its unique and stunning appearance is a combination of modern designs, traditional decor and antique art. The hotel features a wide range of health & wellness facilities and a great on-site restaurant.
Hostel Q Podgorica is a newly furnished hostel, decorated with handmade furniture in industrial-rustic style. It’s a perfect choice for those who want budget accommodation and/or want to meet other travelers and feel like home. It features beautiful, lush garden – perfect place to have a drink or a barbecue.
Extra tips for visiting Podgorica
– Even though Montenegro is not part of the EU, Euro is their official currency.
– Podgorica is pretty cheap compared to most of the European capitals. You can get a coffee for 1 Euro and a full meal in a restaurant for 7 Euros.
– Make your trip to Podgorica even more exciting! Check out Tripadvisor for all the activities and organized tours in Podgorica or around the area. Make sure to purchase your tickets to all the attractions right away to skip the queues.
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