You may remember this city as Titograd, or perhaps Ribnica, Doclea or Zeta. Podgorica is one of Europe’s newest capitals but its history, under various monikers, goes back to the second century BC. Nowadays it is a hotch-potch of architectural styles, including some atmospheric fragments of Ottoman days and the Austro-Hungarian empire.
It may look small and unprepossessing at first sight but, with a bit of determination, you’ll discover a vibrant cafe scene, good local food and drink, plus some lovely walks around town. Try boza, a low-alcohol wheat beer whose origins date to the Ottoman era, at the Korzo bar in the city centre. Feto is the place for some excellent cheese and spinach burek, while Pod Volat attracts a local crowd for its ?evapi, a kind of skinless minced meat sausage.
Summer stretches into October and, with the Adriatic Sea only 50km away and beautiful mountain scenery on the doorstep, excursion possibilities are excellent.
Where to stay Montenegro Hostel is basic but affordable, with beds from €9 and doubles from €25. It also organises tours.
Getting there Ryanair flies from Stansted from £64 return.
Source: The Guardian