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Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro and the total urban area has a population of nearly 200,000 inhabitants, around a third of the total population of the country. It is located in the south of the country, inland but still a short distance from the beautiful coastline of Montenegro. It is the administrative, cultural and economic heart of the country, but still sees far less tourists than the coastal area. People have been living here for thousands of years and the oldest physical remains are from the late Stone Age, all visible in or close to Podgorica, although historical Cetinje remains of more importance.
Podgorica has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters (when most of the rain falls) and hot and dry summers. The location inland in a valley means that summer temperatures can be very high, and despite the dry air it is sometimes unbearable with temperatures over 40 °C during the day common in July and August. In winter, frost is possible but it rarely gets really cold for a long time.
Podgorica Airport (TGD), located at 11 kilometres south of the city, receives international flights, among which are those with the national airline Montenegro Airlines. Destinations include Bari, Belgrade, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Paris, Rome, Skopje, Vienna and Zurich. A few other airlines provide direct flights as well to other cities like Budapest and Moscow.
|Ambasador Hotel - Podgorica||Vaka Durovica 5||Hotel||-|
|Ambiente Hotel||Cetinjski put 34||Hotel||-|
|Best Western Premier Hotel||Blvd Sv.Petra Cetinjskog 145||Hotel||-|
|Evropa Hotel||Orahovacka 16||HOTEL||-|
|Boja Tours Hotel||Kralja Nikole 10||Hotel||-|
|Crna Gora Hotel-Podgorica||Bul. Sv. Perta Cetinjskog 2||Hotel||-|
|CITY Hotel||Crnogorskih Serdara 5||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Izvor||Smokovac bb||HOSTEL||-|
|Lovcen Hotel||Petrovacki put bb, Zabjelo||Hotel||-|
|Kerber hotel||Novaka Miloseva 6||Hotel||-|
|Bambis Hotel-Podgorica||Franca Rozmana 10a||HOTEL||-|
|Montenegro Hostel Podgorica||Djecevica 25||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Nice Place||19 Decembar 60||HOSTEL||86|
|Podgorica Hostel||Djecevica 27||HOSTEL||-|
|Apart Hotel Premier-Podgorica||Bulevar Svetog Petra Cetinjskog 145||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Podgorica||Bulevar Svetog Petra Cetinjskog 1||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Laguna||Vojislavljevica 72||HOTEL||-|
|Keto Hotel||Skopska 1||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Bojatours||Kralja Nikole 10||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Guest Accommodation Podgorica||Rusa Radulovica 89||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Podgorica Apartment||Marka Radovicia 20||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel Podgorica||Gojka Radonjica 11||HOSTEL||-|
|Good Night||Ulica Slobode 26||HOSTEL||-|
|City Break Apartments||Bratstva i Jedinstva Street Nr. 10||APARTMENT||-|
Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available to customers, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests. Some central tourist areas are also covered by wi-fi.
Internetcafes are still widely available as well, mainly in larger cities and tourist places, less so in smaller rural towns and communities.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The general emergency number is 112, but you can also contact police (122), fire (123) and ambulance (124) seperately. The international telephone code for the country is 382.
MTEL CG, T-Mobile and Telenor Montenegro provide cell phone services in the country. All providers have national coverage, and provide advanced services. You can buy mobile phone sim cards already for € 1. As of 2011 you need to fill in short form and show ID or passport in order to activate prepaid number at local operator's store. It sure pays to get a local SIM card as data roaming services with you own cell phone are usually much higher.
Montenegro Post provides quite reliable, affordable services, both domestic as well as international. Post offices generally keep long hours, from 7:00 or 8:00am till 8:00pm, 6 days a week, except Sundays. If you want to send a package, it might be better to use an international courier company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they are fast and competitively priced as well.
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