A City at the Edge of Cultures
On the banks of the Morača River, which flows into the massive Lake Skadar, separating Montenegro and Albania to the south, Podgorica is the country’s capital and administrative centre. It is also a metropolis filled with history. Over the centuries, the settlement has seen development from populations that included Greeks, Illyrians, Romans, Slavs, Byzantines, and Ottomans. A strategic outpost with access to both the sea and mountain resources, the culture here reflects that mixture. During Yugoslavia, the city was renamed Titograd. In 1992, the moniker Podgorica returned.
In classic Slavic and Mediterranean style, the capital is filled with cafes and life revolves an easy-going atmosphere. The streets are also packed with shops, restaurants, and bars. Within easy reach of the city centre, there are also museums—like the Center of Modern Arts and the City Museum, with a collection that includes archaeological and ethnographic collections—and Lake Skadar, which features bird-watching, hiking, three monasteries, and 60 islands.