I started my trip to Montenegro by being sick for two whole days in Podgorica! I mean so sick that I couldn’t leave my bed. It was horrible, though I knew I was somewhere beautiful without even leaving the hostel. The sun was out all of the time and the temperature was perfect. On a quick run to the shops on the second day I looked around and realised Montenegro definitely wasn’t going to be anything I expected. Luckily on the third day I was finally well enough to explore and discovered mountains, an incredible river and a super modern little city. Considering I chose to travel Montenegro for it’s cheap prices I was a little shocked by how many new cars people had and how modern the buildings are. The selection of food was also pretty incredible, with food from all over the world available, definitely more selections than I found in Spain.
The Park Suma Gorica was a pretty amazing find, with some great tracks traversing up a small mountain to reveal views of the surrounding mountains and the city which is a lot bigger than it seems from street level. The mountain was covered with lots of vegetation and beautiful birds. I was lucky enough to hear something in the bushes which I thought was a little too loud for a bird, so I had a look and it was a tortoise! I have never seen a tortoise in the wild, only turtles around water bodies. It was pretty amazing, although seemingly quite normal judging by the locals who showed no interest when I stood and took photo’s of it.
From here I went to the park near the river to check out the Millennial bridge. The bridge, while nice, is tiny and doesn’t really deserve being circled on my tourist map. The park nearby was more of an attraction, where I walked down to the turquoise blue water. I spent about half an hour here staring at the water rush by and marvelled at why more people don’t live here. Thinking about it made me realise it’s a good thing that it has remained a small city with no McDonald’s, no Starbucks and an abundance of natural beauty. I then made my way to the King’s garden and on to the new town to meet a friend at a great Mexican restaurant.
Being almost unknown to most people is a big plus for this little city. People were friendly and the nature was great. Architecturally it is nothing special as much of it has been flattened by war several times. I really like modern cities though so lack of historical buildings was not an issue for me at all. Looking out of the window at the Montenegro Hostel Podgorica and seeing green all around and the sun shining was enough to brighten my day after some pretty dismal weather in the UK when I left.