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Kotor

A Journey Through Tranquility and the Flavors of the Adriatic

Tucked away in the secluded Bay of Kotor, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Encircled by towering limestone cliffs, the town’s medieval walls wind their way up the mountainside, offering breathtaking views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea below.

Stepping into Kotor is like stepping back in time, with its maze of cobblestone streets, well-preserved architecture, and centuries-old churches. The town’s centerpiece is the impressive St. Tryphon Cathedral, a stunning example of Romanesque architecture adorned with intricate details.

Top highlights

Kotor Old Town
Hike the City Walls
Visit St. John's Fortress
Stroll along the Waterfront
Take a Boat Tour
Try Local Cuisine
Climb Vrmac Hill
Enjoy Kotor Cats

Where, What and How?

Accommodation – When choosing accommodation in Kotor, it’s advisable to book in advance, especially during the summer months when the town can get busy with tourists. Consider your preferences for location: the Historic Old Town or Waterfront Hotels and make the most of your visit to this enchanting Adriatic town.

Food – Kotor offers a delightful array of Mediterranean and Montenegrin cuisine that reflects its coastal setting and rich history. Do not miss the Buzara or the seafood in general.

Transportation – If you come from Dubrovnik as I did, the bus is the best option. But if you are planing to make the most of Montenegro, it is far better to rent a car.

  • The sun was hitting too hard and my selfie skills were terrible.

My itinerary

Morning: We took the first bus at Dubrovnik Central Bus Station together with the return ticket with the last bus from Kotor. It turned out to be the best choice to come back with the last one because crossing the frontier took longer than we thought and there were some couples trying to change the tickets at Kotor bus station, but there were no more places for the way back. So, they barely had a couple of hours to enjoy the city.
The road to Kotor was very interesting because from Herceg Novi (a coastal town) the way goes following the seashore, and the whole bay of Kotor is a very impressive landscape.
We arrived at the bus station and we didn’t walk but a hundred meters when we bumped into the ruins of an Ancient Roman Settlement which were poorly maintained and marked. We checked the ruins for a while and we continued walking a couple of meters just to find the Gurdić Gate. This is part of Gurdić Bastion, the southern part of Kotor´s walls. This place is perfect for a picture because of its location in front of a blue and clear pond. After admiring the views we decided to enter the fortified city.
Afternoon: We entered the city through the Sea Gate, the main gate of the city and the best place to contemplate the Old City Walls. Since we had just arrived in the city and we were full of energy and enthusiasm we decided to go directly to the top of the fortress. That was not the best of the ideas, because after four hundred steps (out of 1350!) under the sun of July at thirty degrees we were half dead. Luckily the way up had several viewpoints which helped us to catch our breath and continue with the hike. Once we were at top we did not regret the climb because the views of the Kotor bay were astonishing. We explored the ruins of St. John’s Fortress until the hunger called and forced us to start the descent looking for a place to eat.
We stopped at a tiny square at the bottom of the stairs and we chose one of the seafood restaurants with the best rating (according to google maps). We went for the grilled octopus and the fish of the day and we had one of the greatest mediterranean tastes ever. Now with the stomachs full we continued exploring the rest of the Old Town but first I took my time playing with all the kittens that my lunch attracted. After some time I realized that Kotor is full of cats and it became some sort of game trying to find a street without them. We tried to explore every single cobblestone alley and we also visited Saint Luke’s Church, Trg od Oruzja (Square of Arms), the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and the iconic Clock Tower.
Evening: We spent the rest of the afternoon and part of the evening strolling along the waterfront and chilling at Kotor’s beach. The water of the bay comes from the sea but due to the bottleneck shape of the bay it was calm as a lake. It was a very relaxing and pleasant moment until we went back to the bus station to catch our bus back to Dubrovnik.

Money Saving Tips

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Visit in the Off-Season Consider traveling to Kotor in the shoulder seasons (spring or fall) when prices for accommodations and activities are generally lower, and the crowds are thinner. Prices tend to spike during the peak summer months.
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Book Flights Early If flying to Montenegro, book your flights well in advance to secure lower fares. Use flight comparison websites to find the best deals.
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Public Transport

 

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