Bay of Kotor, Montenegro is roughly 70km from the capital of Dubrovnik in Croatia. This picturesque little village is surrounded by city walls that were once built by the Venetians to protect the Bay from invaders.
Inside the city gates is a medieval town made up of narrow cobbled alleyways lined with honey-coloured stone buildings and ancient churches.
Local produce is almost exclusively handmade and organic, make sure to stop by the locals markets during the weekends.
There are also stunning views from the top of the city walls that run up into the hills, a great place to watch the sunset and the boats come and go.
Kotor is a destination where you can take a walk alongside the bay and see locals living their daily life without a bunch of tourists and travel agencies offering guides and tours. The atmosphere is quiet, the lifestyle is relaxed.
Once you’ve explored and wandered through Old Town, you can take a trip out sailing in the bay, hike the 5km walls.
Out in the bay from Perast are the twin islands of St George and Our Lady of the Rocks. A legend story tells a tale of sailors who saw the Virgin Mary perched upon a rock here.
So each time they had a successful voyage they added another rock to the spot as an offering as they passed.
Eventually so many rocks were added that an island emerged and the church was built on top of it. The villagers here still add rocks once a year as part of a festival called fašinada that is popular to many European Travelers.
The nearest airport is in Tivat, about 8km away from the bay, or there are more flights into Dubrovnik in Croatia.
Hiring a car and driving from Dubrovnik is also a great option as you will get to pass through the scenic countryside and stop in to visit some of the little towns along the way.
Once you are actually in Kotor you will walk everywhere as the village is very small, I mean tiny, it will only take you a brisk 10mins to walk from one side to the other.
Staying in this quaint little European town is best to place yourself within the city walls as this is the most convenient, although there are many more properties located outside of the Old City itself.
Hotel Forza Mare, the luxuriously decorated 5-star boutique hotel Forza Mare is located in Dobrota, at a private beach, on the shore of the Bay of Kotor 3 km from the city centre
Boutique Hotel Hippocampus is located within the UNESCO-protected Old Town of Kotor. It offers free Wi-Fi and a restaurant with a roof terrace overlooking the Kotor City Walls.
Montenegro Hostel Kotor is located within the historic Kotor City Walls. It offers free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned private and dormitory rooms.
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