Podgorica Gay Travel
What should you expect with Podgorica gay travel? Here are wolfyy’s recommendations for where to stay, things to do, tourist safety and the local gay experience.
The Gay Travel Experience: Podgorica, Montenegro
Why did I travel to Podgorica? Well, on my way to Budva and other coastal cities in Montenegro, I wanted to see the capital! Podgorica surely isn’t a thriving cultural or nightlife center, but the lazy city will let you feel local Montenegrin life in the truest sense.
Podgorica has a ubiquitous post-Soviet atmosphere. Wandering the streets, you will almost feel transported back in time. The architecture, the graffiti on sides of buildings, and a pervasive stoic aura will engulf your senses.
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Gay Podgorica: Where to Stay
Podgorica is not very large, so even if you book a homestay or Airbnb on the outskirts of the city, you won’t be more than a 30-minute walk from the city center. In general, the entire city is walkable with sidewalks along all roads.
I stayed to the west of the city center on a road called Ivangradska. The location was quite residential, and I chose it because I had planned to do some writing for a few days. I wasn’t planning to leave the apartment often. The best part was that Airbnb rentals in Podgorica are stunningly cheap for the western traveler!
Meeting A Local In Podgorica
She was so happy to have met an American traveler and I was very glad to have interacted with a nice older woman who humbly wished me well on my travels. It was a beautiful moment for me.
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Attractions & Things to Do in Podgorica
The Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection in Podgorica is absolutely stunning. Stroll through the wonderful landscaping outside before you tour the building.
Meals and drinks are very inexpensive similar to the rest of Podgorica. I spent some time at Street Bar after visiting the cathedral, enjoying an Aperol Spritz. It cost no more than three Euro! There are many cafes along the streets of the city center. Café culture seems to be big here in Podgorica. Why not try a few?
The Milenium Bridge is a fun modern structure to pass by as you wander Podgorica. There are various green spaces nearby covered in beautiful pine trees.
Podgorica Gay Travel Tips
If you are departing Podgorica via the Podgorica bus station, make sure to print out your bus tickets in advance. Even though bus ticket reservations say to print the ticket, I rarely find myself actually doing so.
But, the bus station in Podgorica has a special, sort of archaic, way of ticketing and they will not allow you to board a bus without the paper printout. Don’t forget!
Taxi Cabs in Podgorica
Ordering a taxi in Podgorica is actually very difficult. You may need to ask your host or hotel concierge to book a taxi, should you need one. This is one benefit of staying in an Airbnb in Podgorica. There are no mobile phone-based taxi apps and most of the taxi company dispatchers that you call don’t speak English.
A taxi ride anywhere within Podgorica city should cost no more than five Euro. Obviously, you should have cash with you. Try to keep your taxi fare in a separate pocket so you don’t flash a wad of money. I say this just because it may be a little uncomfortable to be clocked as having tons of cash on you if alone in a city with few tourists.
Gay Rights in Montenegro
Montenegro has many protections for LGBT individuals in place. Workplace anti-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and laws prohibiting hate speech help to protect gay people.
These laws were enacted back in 2010 as required Montenegro to be in the running to join the European Union. Same-sex sexual activity is also legal.
The fight for same-sex couple equality continues in Montenegro. Only recently in 2019, the parliament of Montenegro blocked a bill to grant limited legal recognition to same-sex couples. It’s a good sign that a portion of the government is trying to do better by their LGBT citizens. Hopefully those opposing the laws will soon be defeated.
Although some protections are in effect for gay citizens, a pervasive anti-gay sentiment is deeply ingrained in Montenegrin society. For this reason, most gay people in Montenegro keep their sexuality to themselves, dealing with this struggle in various ways.