This is a list of a 5 Must visit or experience things near my hometown Podgorica.
Kafoteka is a perfect place to drink amazing coffe in loving and warm environment with loving people. You can also try some sweets or eat breakfast. For those who aren’t big fans of coffee you can try different energetic boosts. Kafoteka is using the highest quality Arabica beans, which are recognizable by their rich and refined taste. Roasted coffee in Kafoteka is aged for 5 to 10 days, after which it is ready to be made into a beverage in the next 10 days - coffee full of aroma and powerful taste It is also pet friendly :)
This is the closest to a central city park that Podgorica offers. Spanning both banks of the river, this park is almost like an oasis in the middle of the city, enabling its citizens and tourists alike to enjoy the many sunny days that Podgorica has. Of course, since the river Morača flows right next to the park, you can also spend some time on its stony bank, and if you are brave enough, even go for a swim. In the park, besides the many banks, there is also a famous basketball court, where players of the basketball club Budućnost, the most successful in Montenegro, sometimes train and place to play table tennis. Also, there are some interesting and hidden features. Weirdly, there are the remains of an old cemetery, as well as a couple of statues and monuments, for example the big statue of Petar II Petrović Njegoš, after whom the park got its name. Next to the park you can also see the Montenegrin National Theater.
One of the great activities and things to experience is kayaking on Morača river. Morača is great for people who are experienced and ones that want to try kayaking for the first time. The Morača Kayak Club is located on the shore between Gazelle and the Moscow bridge, right next to Njegoš Park.
Stara Varos (old town) has preserved the architectural style as it has been for decades and even centuries. Many residents say that Stara Varos is the heart of Podgorica. Narrow streets, buildings hundreds of years old, mosques from the Ottoman era, clock tower, all this is part of the Old Town. Today, more can be seen in the Old Town than we think. The clock tower was built at the end of the 17th century. It was built by Hadži Mehmed-pasha Osmanagić. It is 16 meters high. The clock tower is the most beautiful example of architecture left over from the Turkish period. The Osmanagić mosque was built at the end of the 18th century by Hadži Mehmed-pasha Osmanagić, at the same time as the Clock Tower was built. Mehmed Pasha's tomb is also located in her yard. Skender Čauševa-Starodoganjska mosque, which is also located in Stara Varoš, dates from the 15th century and was built by Skender Čauš. In Stara Varoš is one of the oldest houses in Podgorica. It used to be called the loggia of Krpuljević, and today, there is a restaurant in this house. According to some data, it was made at the end of the sixteenth or the beginning of the seventeenth century. Some other sources say that it was built in 1826, during the time of the Turks. The Gallery of Risto Stijović (1894-1974), the greatest Montenegrin sculptor and founder of modern art in Montenegro, was founded in 1970. Risto Stijović has realized his work in five parts over many years. These are women, figures and figurines marked as an intimate sculpture, then a world of different experiences, the realm of extraordinary birds and animals. Then, he made numerous portraits of his friends and contemporaries, and personalities from “Gorski vijenac” who occupy a special whole in his great description, and, last but not least, he expressed his skills in several complexes that belong to his interest in monumental public sculpture. Cafe "Kaldrma" is a cafe, souvenir shop and gallery. This is the right place to go back in time and try homemade drinks and desserts as pomegranate juice, urmašica or patišpanj, you can see what Montenegrin national costumes look like and buy handmade magnets. :))
It's one of the most beautiful places in Montenegro and it's also a chance to experience authentic Montenegrin culture that you don't find in the tourist hotspots. Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula with a surface area that seasonally fluctuates between 370 km2 and 530 km2. The lake is located in the border area between Albania and Montenegro, the Montenegrin share of the area of the lake is slightly larger than the Albanian. There are lots of ways you can experience Skadar Lake’s beauty and culture. From the national park’s gateway town of Virpazar you can take relaxing boat cruises to see the wildlife and islands, you can jump in a kayak and explore on your own, you can hike, you can visit wineries, explore ruined fortresses and you can just lie on a freshwater beach and soak up the sunshine. It’s a short drive from Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica, or Budva to Lake Skadar and it’s an easily doable day trip from anywhere on the coast. It’s also a great overnight stop, especially if you’re looking for a relaxing alternative to the bustle of Podgorica.