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Despite the fact that Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro, the majority of tourists overlook it as a holiday destination, which is really unfortunate! Here you will find medieval fortresses and ancient churches, as well as mosques dating back to Turkish rule. As a bonus, prices here are significantly lower than in the resort area on the Adriatic coast, the country’s main tourist area.

Summers here are quite hot, so it’s best to come at the end or beginning of the season -  late spring or early autumn. In the winter, the climate is typically Mediterranean, fairly warm and without snow.

The easiest way to get to Montenegro’s capital is by flying. Aeroflot doesn’t offer direct flights to Podgorica, but you can get there with a connection, for example via Rome or Belgrade. Planes arrive at Podgorica International Airport, 11km from the centre of the city.

The most economical option is to buy round-trip plane tickets. Please note that the best deals sell out quickly, so we recommend booking in advance.

General flight information Moscow   Podgorica

Distance between cities

1 983 km

Time difference in winter

-2 h

Time difference in summer

- 1 h

Average flight time

19 h

What to see

Almost all of the ancient buildings in Podgorica are within walking distance of the Old Town (Stara Varoš). The two most famous churches are the St. George Church and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. The former has been preserved, together with all its frescoes, since the 10th century. The construction of the latter began in 1993 and ended only in 2013. The luxury of its decoration could compete with the richness of the murals of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

The heart of the Old Town is dominated by the Clock Tower, built in 1667 by the Turks as a symbol of their conquest of the city. This is one of the few monuments of the Ottoman Empire period that survived the WWII bombings. By the way, the clock still works.

To find out more about the art and history of Montenegro, visit the Museum and Gallery of Podgorica, which has a rich collection of household items, traditional attire, weapons, documents and other historical artifacts. There is also an art gallery and a contemporary art exhibition.

Nature is another local treasure. Here you will find mountain ranges, forests, and meadows. Not far from the capital, in the direction of the coast, is the Moraca River Canyon. The steep cliffs, emerald waters and abrupt turns of the road leave an indelible impression, while lovers of extreme sports can enjoy a kayaking adventure.

And don’t forget to replenish your energy with delicious local food: meat stewed in a pot, fish dishes, goulash, all things smoked and fine cheese.

Something you certainly wouldn’t expect to see in Podgorica are monuments to Pushkin and Vladimir Vysotsky. Pushkin dedicated lines to Montenegrins in a poem from the "Songs of the Western Slavs" series, and Vysotsky composed several songs about Montenegro; he genuinely loved this country. Strolling along the capital’s cozy streets, you’ll understand why.