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Let’s Get Knowing Podgorica, Basic Information

Knowing Podgorica, Basic Information

Podgorica Basic Information

You will obitain most of the information about Podgorica, Capital city of Montenegro on this website. Malls, roads, churches, bridges and paints or sculptures… But the information you will learn about the city on this page will be a very good background for other information you will get.

The Name of Podgorica

First of all , I want to start with the name of the city . Podgorica simply gets its name from its location. Namely: “Crna Gora”, the name of the country, means Black Mountain. Here “Crna” means black and “Gora” means “mountain”. “Gorica”, on the other hand, is the diminutive form of the word “Gora” (mountain), meaning “small mountain, hill”. When said together with the word “pod” meaning “under” (Pod Gorica), it means “under the hill”. The city was founded on the slope of a hill that serves as a park today. That’s why it got the name “Pod Gorica” ​​(under the hill).

Meanwhile, although the country’s official name is “Crna Gora“, other countries have adopted the Italian translation (Monte + Negro) of this name. Its meaning is the same (Black Mountain). Naturally, in Montenegro it is called by its name in their language – “Crna Gora” because Crna Gora people and the state use the official name of this country: not Italian-or-Spanish translation.

How to Get to Podgorica

Podgorica – the capital of Montenegro (Black Mountain) is very close to everywhere in the country. Podgorica is easily accessible throughout the country by rail, road and taxi or a rented car ! This is also pretty easy for whoever lands in this city from anywhere around the world as it has got an international airport which is 12 kilometres away from downtown.

Although not primarily a traveler’s zone, Podgorica is rapidly developing as a business and media hub. There are several news organizations, newspapers, and TV organizations in the city. In addition, all administrative and legal organizations are located in Podgorica, as are many local and remote social communities.

Podgorica, Short Facts

With a population of about 200,000 people (30% of the entire territory of Montenegro), Podgorica is also this countrys most populated city and its capital. And it covers the whole territory of about 1,500 km2, or 10.7% of Montenegro´s area.

It lies at a crossroads of Adriatic Sea to land routes that run from the Balkans & also halts ports on those same journey .. Today, Podgorica is not only the administrative and political capital of Montenegro, but also a cultural-artistic-technical centerorented state.

Opened in 1950, Podgorica City Museum has rich historical content from the Roman period to later ages, including the Turkish influence of the 1800s and subsequent transformations. The city also has a solid cultural and historical structure. The craftsmanship exhibition in the Petrović Castle complex, located in Podgorica’s largest open park area, features more than 1,500 pieces of antiques. One of the images of the social life of Podgorica is the Montenegrin National Theatre, which was founded in 1953 as a metropolitan foundation.

Several streams run through the area: the Morača and Ribnica rivers flow through the city, while the Zeta, Sitnica, Mareza, and Cijevna rivers flow close to the city. Although most of Montenegro is a mountainous and sloping region, Podgorica is located in a flat region at the northern end of the Zeta plain, except for the slopes (Ljubović, Gorica, Dajbabska Gora, Malo Brdo, and a few others).

Podgorica serves well as a destination for the travel industry, due to its unique Skadar Lake, stunning mountain ranges, mountain views, and proximity to inland landmarks. Equally, one of Podgorica’s advantages is that it is only a short drive from the wide variety of cities and towns along the Adriatic coast.

Due to its land area, Podgorica is surrounded by rich vineyards. With “Wine Tours” organized by travel companies, you can find the opportunity to visit some of the nearby wineries and taste their extraordinary products. We definitely recommend you to taste Mola Wines, which is a true, widespread wine production connected to nature. ■