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    Montenegro, like a universe that cannot contain itself, somehow saved itself from becoming a touristic city. The city and its surrounding untouched landscape stands out as the undiscovered face of the Adriatic. It is a place where you can spend an unforgettable vacation, enjoying the beautiful beaches, secret coves, and the sea in addition to breathing in the mesmerizing air of small but quite old shore towns.

    Montenegro, like a universe that cannot contain itself, somehow saved itself from becoming a touristic city. The city and its surrounding untouched landscape stands out as the undiscovered face of the Adriatic. It is a place where you can spend an unforgettable vacation, enjoying the beautiful beaches, secret coves, and the sea in addition to breathing in the mesmerizing air of small but quite old shore towns. Podgorica’s central location is ideal to plan daily visits to all parts of the country. Located very close to the city; Morača and Cijevna canyons, Zeta and Sitnica rivers, and Lake Skadar which is acknowledged as the largest bird habitat of Europe, are among nature’s wonders to see. The capital city Podgorica has taken its comtemporary form almost entirely during Ottoman rule. Although it was bombed and destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt as the cherished city of Yugaslavia. Given that there is an architectural style called “Eastern Bloc”, this city is one of the places that preserve that. You see the old and the new coming alive as one in boulevards, streets, and structures. With its centuries of history, its as yet unspoiled nature and its mild Mediterranean climate, Podgorica is a rising star among European cities.

    Podgorica Airport is 12 km south of the city center. It is possible to reach the city center by taxi or airport shuttle. There are 26 working bus lines in the transportation system, 11 of which operate in the city center. Buses can be used for transportation within the city, but they are infrequent. The best way for visitors to travel is by taxi. Taxis provide a trustable service with affordable prices. Podgorica isn’t a large and crowded capital, so you can easily reach the touristic spots on foot if you are staying in the city center.

    In Podgorica, there are many accommodation options ranging from many starred hotels to hostel-style accommodation, which suit all budgets. The prices are higher in the city center. Some of the good hotels in the city include: Hotel Ziya, Hotel Podgorica, Hotel Ramada, Hotel Aurel, Hotel Hemera, Hotel M Nihic, Alexandar Lux, Hotel Ambasador and Hotel Aria.

    Millennium Bridge is one of the more recent symbolic structures of the city. Built upon the Moraca river, it is 170 meters long and 57 meters high and one of the spots frequented by young people. Moscow Bridge is another symbolic structures connecting the old and new faces of the city. A gift from the Moscow administration, it connects the old shopping district of the city and Hercegovačka Street. This bridge, on which only pedestrians are permitted, is 105 meters long. The best way to capture the panoramic view of the city is to take a hot air balloon ride. The vineyards, gardens, mountains, lakes, and rivers you will see, will provide you with the energy you will need in the upcoming days.

    Slobode Street, the main street of the city, has been renovated. Closed to vehicular traffic, it is the meeting spot of Podgorica with paths for walking and places for shopping. Hercegovačka Street is another shopping spot, especially crowded in the afternoon hours. You can spend an enjoyable afternoon in various cafes. You can get information and perform transactions about places to visit, national parks, transportation to touristic spots and entrance conditions in Vranjina Guest Center. Also, there is a store where you can find local items here. Njegoševa street is another alternative for shopping, filled with book stores and boutiques. “Džordž Vašington Boulevard” is a shopping mall named after the famous president of the USA, as the name suggests. This shopping mall, where you can find brands from all around the world, is located in the region called “preko Morače.”

    The area called “Independence Square”, as it can be translated to our language, is located at the central point of the city. This area, recently renovated, is also used as a venue for cultural events and festivals. Podgorica is one of the cities with the highest temperature average in Europe. Despite this, the city is green all over. Approximately a thousand and two hundred different plants grow in the region’s nature. A casual trip along Ribnica or Morača rivers will be enough to see all the flowers in the region. The beaches are only one hour away from the city centre. Montenegro has made a name for itself as a point of interest for birdwatching. You can watch birds, with or without binoculars, from places such as Manastirska tapija, Grmožur, Omerova gorica, Crni žar, and Pancevo oko.

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