Kotor, the priceless treasure of Montenegro.
In the shadow of majestic green mountains, on the edge of a magnificent bay with turquoise waters, the medieval town of Kotor is the undisputed jewel in the crown of Montenegro. It is a medieval labyrinth of museums, churches, squares and Venetian palaces. It is a place where the past coexists with the present. Behind the strongholds, the streets are filled with bars and live music.
Start your tour of Kotor passing through the historic gates and head to the Old Town. Wandering in its winding stone streets is a pleasure. It is easy to get lost in the maze of its streets. Each cobbled street leads to a small church, a square or a large palace, centuries old.
Every corner you turn reveals a look at the history of the city: the Clock Tower, the fascinating Naval Museum, the impressive Cathedral of St. Tryphon, the historic churches of St. Luke, St. Nicholas and St. Mary, all built with magnificent squares around them. There are various palaces scattered throughout the Old Town of Kotor waiting to be discovered. The Dragon Palace, with its Gothic windows of the 15th century, the Byzantine Palace of the 12th century, the Pima Palace with Renaissance and Baroque elements of the 16th century, etc.
You should not miss a swim in the crystal clear waters that flood the city. Morinj plaža beach is a beautiful sandy beach, quite small, Bajova Kula plaža, an organized beach nestled in nature and Orahovac plaža, a favorite of the locals.
A few kilometers further, Perast and HercegNovi are also beautiful seaside villages that can be easily reached by car.
Food and local cuisine
Montenegrin cuisine is a fascinating combination of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Dishes very close to Greek flavors but also very much influenced by Italian cuisine. We tried their specialty, the lamb cooked in milk, with various spices and potatoes as well as the cevapi, the well-known kebab ala Montenegro. From fish try fish soup, squid stuffed with cheese and risotto with seafood while from sweets Priganice, a kind of donut as well as Kremšnita, a cake made of crust stuffed with vanilla cream and whipped cream.
The best time to visit Kotor
In July and August, Kotor and the Adriatic Coasts are full of people, which makes the beginning and end of summer the perfect time to appreciate their charm in peace.
How to use transportation in Kotor
Transfer from/to Kotor
The nearest airport is that of Tivat (TIV), located 8 km outside the city center but there are no direct flights and it serves mainly regional airlines.
Your only airline choice is the flight to Belgrade and from there to Tivat. Another solution is direct flights to Dubrovnik. From there, Kotor is about 2-2 and a half hours by car.
Kotor is a small town where you can walk to explore most of its attractions. No cars are allowed in Kotor's Old Town.
Another way to explore the city is the Blue Line public buses departing from Kotor Central Bus Station, just 3 minutes from the Old Town.