Podgorica Travel Blog› entry 23 of 35 › view all entries
Some 50 km inland from Petrovac at the coast where we stayed, the capitol of Montenegro is situated. From Petrovac there are two possible ways to get there; one being straight over the mountains or a short detour towards Bar and a pay toll tunnel trough the mountain. We chose to go the 27 km serpentine way over the mountain which would give us a magnificent view of both the coast and the inland when we came to the other side.
Podgorica was situated on the flatland behind the mountains of the coast and the inland mountains. The city was fairly small and covering a large area since no house was tall. The city reminded me of a junction of roads in the middle of nowhere. It had no spontaneous charm expect of having a quiet laid back atmosphere to it.
One thing that strikes you driving around in Podgorica but also in the surroundings of Montenegro is the lack of road signs except if it is signs for touristic sites.
On our way back we stayed and had a dinner at one of the restaurants with a view over the Shkoder lake which we had seen on the way to Podgorica. The restaurant was fancy seen with local means and we got a great view over the lake and the mountains on the other side of the lake.
On one of the mountainsides there where a wild fire going on, we had passed it on our way out but it seemed to have gotten more power during our stay in the capitol. During the dinner it started to rain with black burned leafs and stuff carried by the wind that was blowing over the lake. It was not dramatic but it added a flavour to our dinner. Later when we came back to the hotel we both noticed that our clothes smelled like we had been sitting around a camp fire the whole evening.
After the dinner we drove back towards Petrovac but this time we took the pay toll tunnel towards Bar. The pay toll was only 2,5 euro and it saved us for more than half an hour drive.