About Bay of Kotor
A short drive from Dubrovnik but with fewer tourists, Kotor is a spectacular setting offering historical sightseeing and superb countryside. The Bay of Kotor is often described as a "fjord" and you can see why with its narrow shape and steep sided slopes plunging directly into the sea. The city of Kotor sits at the head of the bay, protected by thick walls hiding a maze of streets and piazzas with plenty of cafes and restaurants amongst the purely historic buildings.
Embraced by Montenegro’s most immense mountains, Kotor is located along one of the most beautiful and yet largest bays on the Adriatic. With the unique blend of the ancient and the stylish, the authenticity of this UNESCO protected town remains untouched. This world heritage site dates back to the IV century, brimming with artwork and architecture which has been under the influence of some the most profound eras of history. Kotor is enhanced by the magic of its natural and historical surroundings: crystal clear water, limestone massifs of both Lovcen and Orijen, peninsulas, churches and palaces.
The remarkable city walls expand around the old town of Kotor and over the St. Giovanni hill for 5km; many a visitor will attempt the tremendous climb up the "staircase" to the fortress way above the town. Even though Kotor is lavished with historical and monumental structures, the most notable, which stands as a great symbol of the old town, is the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon from the 9th century.
Kotor is an ideal base for visiting the bay itself but there are many small "seaside" villages such as nearby Prcanj which offer alternative locations on our fly drive holidays but don't forget the countryside and National parks just inland; for example, Mount Lovcen is reached via 25 hairpin bends and offers simply incredible views across the bay over the Adriatic.
Nearby Perast is worthy of a visit, it's compact centre hides an astonishing 16 churches; the little island of St George's with its Benedictine Monastery is also a wonderful sight. Tradition, culture and history of Perast have fascinated some of the best known people in history. To enhance the spirit of the old town of Perast why not visit the Museum of the town, old palaces of the famous captains, the island Gospa od Skrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks) and the Church of St. George, where you can hear the romantic stories about Perast families, great loves and tragedies. In the period May through September Perast is a small town with traditional, authentic celebrations, unique for this area.
Where to stay
The Cattaro Hotel is situated in three different city buildings built by many of the rulers of this part of the Adriatic, including the Venetians and Napoleon.
The Boutique Hotel Astoria is an excellent place to explore this historic city, right in the centre of the Old Town.
The Hotel Casa del Mare is located on the beachfront in Kamenari, a small resort town in the middle region of the Bay of Kotor.
The boutique hotel Per Astra is situated in the beautiful Baroque town of Perast, just 80 meters away from the beach, surrounded by pine forest.
The Hotel Monte Cristo is located in a quiet corner of the historical centre of Kotor, in a building from the XIII century.
"Fantastic holiday, booked at short notice. All plans worked well. Local people exceptionally helpful. Thank you for your help. For feedback - Hotel Kula Damjanova was a little disappointing as they had a big function on in the evening with extremely loud music and we had to eat outside which was cold and rainy and the food & service was rather disappointing. We could hear the guests in the next bedroom very clearly and the water supply was sporadic. However we are easy going so it was not a particular issue for us (wheres it could have been for some) and we enjoyed an interesting place with a lovely position on the lake."
E Nelson, August 2016
"Just to say we had an amazing time in Montenegro and it really did live up to our expectations. The beauty just kept on coming around every turn...of which there were many. I think we will remember our adventure for many years to come. The old towns of budva and Kotor were perfect and our tour around the country was awesome."
R Wells, May, 2017