Kotor is a simply stunning town to visit, and in many ways it shows the best of Montenegro. Large mountains almost touching the waters edge are a feature of the country but in Kotor it is especially scenic. The old towns relaxed, natural vibe just adds to the magic of the place, while its history rivals anywhere on the continent. The only people who will be dissappointed with Kotor are party hunters ; it is not what the town is about… but for people who love beauty and history – go there now, before the world finds out!
Small shops in the old town sell sandwiches from around €2. Restaurants are considerably more for a meal. There is a supermarket en route from the bus station which make a good place to grab some supplies, while the morning market outside the city walls sells fresh fruit and veg.
The bus station is a few minutes walk from the old town and has good connections to the rest of Montenegro. There are also daily buses to Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. A timetable is usually on the noticeboard specifying the daily times for each bus. The main bay area outside the walls is easily walked.
• Walk and stay in the old town – and explore churches, and the city walls. There are a few hostels in this area, and it’s a great place to stay to wander around the intricate streets. Kotor has a good vibe about it and walking is the best way to see some tucked away places.
• Go to the beach – Kotor is not blessed with beaches, but there is a small gravel beach near the harbour, which makes a good place to read a book by the waters edge. The harbour is also pretty and gives good photo opportunities.
• Explore Perast – A short bus trip away, Perast is a small village with numerous churches and an island to visit. It’s a picturesque area, to walk along the promenade or catch a boat to St George.
• Climb the fortress – best done on a morning or evening, when the Sun is weaker, there are some nice ruins to see and a small church too. The views over Kotor bay are simply awesome.
• Take a day trip to Cetinje – the former capital of the country has some nice buildings and old town to browse. It is becoming more popular, but the highlight is getting there! The old, mountain road from Kotor has stunning views, forests, and clings to cliff edges. No buses go that route, so chip in with other travellers, hire a car and enjoy the ride!
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