Awesome trip around the Bay of Kotor.

The Bay of Kotor is one of the best place of the Balkans and definitely a must-see in Montenegro. I’ll tell you about my experience of traveling around it with visiting the most interesting locations.
- Feb 2020 -

DURATION:

2 DAYS

TYPE:

FRIENDS HOLIDAY

MAIN ACTIVITY:

CULTURAL

BUDGET:

€30

Kotor

Kotor

Kotor was our base in the Bay Area. It's one of the biggest and the most famous town in Montenegro and it's real crowded during the summer season. We wanted to see it without lots of tourists so we we came there in early spring. Moreover the prices are 3-4 times lower in this period. Kotor is good point to start travel around the north part of the country and its a must-see place itself. The old town, the fortress towering above it and surrounding area are in the list of UNESCO as a place what used to be an important art and trade center in the Middle Ages.


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Dobrota

Dobrota

Dobrota is a real small town near Kotor. They are so close to each other so I can't definitely tell where Kotor ends and Dobrota begins. It's a real small place and if you have no time you can pass it by car or bus and go straight to the next point of the Bay, but I love Dobrota for its atmosphere of sea coast neighborhood with old mansions, cafes and kids playgrounds.


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Perast

Perast is a next major point of our traveling around the Bay. Now it's a small nice town situated right between the coast and a mountain but because of strategic location it used to be a real important point in the Middle Ages when Perast was a part of the Republic of Venice. In those ages the town was also known as a town of captains and sailors and its harbor used to be full of ships with white sails. Walking by the coast I literally imagined how impressive it looked! Wow!


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Gospa od Škrpjela

Gospa od Škrpjela

From the seaside in Perast I noticed two small islets. One of this has complicated name Gospa od Škrpjela. It means Our Lady of the Rocks. The small church with the same name is located on this islet. As any church in unexpected location this one has a legend. Centuries ago two local seamen found on the rocks an icon of Madonna what cured one of the seaman. Citizens of Perast believed in a miracle and made an artificial island by bulwark of rocks and by sinking old and seized ships and built a church on it.


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Risan

Risan

My next stop was Risan. This small town is situated in a scenic place in the left corner of the bay. It has been known since 4th century BC and it’s rightfully the oldest town of Boka Kotorska (the bay of Kotor). You still can find there old mosaics what were made in that period when Risan was the part of Roman Empire.


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Herceg Novi, Bella Vista

Herceg Novi, Bella Vista

Herceg Novi is one of the biggest and the most interesting town of the whole montenegrian coast. It's situated on a hillside almost near Croatian border and has that European look and atmosphere. I started my exploration of the town from the very central square Bella Vista. It has Italian name what literally means 'beautiful view', and it really is.


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Herceg Novi, Kanli Kula

Herceg Novi, Kanli Kula

From the main square I walked up to the one of the most significant fortress of the town - Kanli Kula.Its located on a top of the hill so walking there you literally can feel why Herceg Novi is also known as the town of the stairs and gardens. Kanli Kula Fortress was built by ottomans in the period when they owned the town, and its turkish name literally translates as Bloody Tower. The fortress has dark past but today from the top of it one of the best view over Herceg Novi opens.


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Herceg Novi, Šetalište 5 Danica

From the top of Herceg Novi I directly walked down to the sea coast and grabbed some pizza on the way there;) Herceg Novi isnt famous for outstanding beaches with soft white sand or something like this. Sure, there are some spots for swimming but this town isnt much about it as for me. Its has others vibes and you can feel it on the seaside. There is a nice long walking road right by the sea. Its called etalite 5 Danica, and this name means its so long that you can walk there about 5 days. Its hyperbole for sure, but its real nice place.


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Kamenari

Kamenari

It was a bit sad to leave Herceg Novi for me. Id stay in the town for few days or even a week thats how much I liked it but I had to go on because I had few more places what I wanted to visit before the sunset. Kamenari is a small village near the narrowest part of the bay - Verige Strait. I came there to get a ferry to other side of the coast but on my way I found one more special place.


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Kamenari, Oyster Farm

Kamenari, Oyster Farm

Adriatic coast is one of the cleanest sea coast in the whole Europe. Croatia and Montenegro are famous by crystal clear azure water. And thewater of Boka Kotorska is very clean also so thisarea is perfect for shells and oysters. Being honest, Id never eaten oysters before so I was not a big expert, but if youve never tried, the farm in Kamenari is one of the best here. Dont forget that travelings are not only about new views but about new tastes also.


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Ferry Kamenari-Lapetane

Ferry Kamenari-Lapetane

After little food adventure I took a ferry to the other side of the strait. Its free for pedestrians so you dont need any tickets. Maybe this boat isnt as luxury as yachts what you can take in Kotor or Perast but it sails the same bay and views are still good.


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Lapetane

Lapetane

It took twenty minutes to get to the village Lepetane on the other side. The sun already went down, so I didnt explore much and caught a bus there from Tivat to Kotor. If you have some more time to travel around you can visit Tivat. This town is pretty new but its famous for luxury marina Porto Montenegro with big yachts. You can also stop in Prčanj on the half of the way to Kotor. Its small and it reminds Dobrota and Risan a bit but it also has the atmosphere of Mediterranean settlement.


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