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9 Amazing Things To Do In Kotor

Things To Do In Kotor

It’s the most popular place to visit in all of Montenegro for a good reason. Kotor is the best-preserved Old Town in Montenegro, with lots of influences from the Venetian Empire which ruled here for nearly 400 years. It’s also surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery, consisting of limestone cliffs and crystal-clear water. In this article, we’ll Highlight 9 of the best things to do in Kotor that will keep you busy for at least two to three days. Now let’s dive in. 

9 Amazing Things To Do In Kotor

1. Explore The Old Town

Explore The Old Town
Explore The Old Town

Your visit to Kotor will most likely begin in the old town, or Stari Grad, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can wander the maze of narrow streets and simply enjoy the architecture. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this Old Town has a lot of character. From its decorated gates to its Orthodox and Catholic churches, cozy squares, and Venetian palaces, every corner holds a story. 

2. Walk The City Walls

Walk The City Walls
Walk The City Walls

It’s time to climb up the city walls that encircle it. Covering about four and a half kilometers or three miles, these thick walls were built to protect the town which was an important naval and trading center. Today, the walls are crumbling in some sections and it isn’t possible to walk around the old town like it is in nearby Dubrovnik. But there are still several parts that you can easily access, such as the South Gate and the Kampana Tower. The walls that front the bay are fairly wide, flat, and straightforward. 

3. Visit A Museum

Visit A Museum
Visit A Museum

The old town of Kotor is a destination for museums, such as the Maritime Museum and the Cats Museum. We visited the latter one, which celebrates the naval history of Kotor with a collection of photographs, paintings, uniforms, and models of ships. The museum is housed in a wonderful old palace adding to the intrigue. The entrance fee when we were there was only four euros, which included an audio guide. 

4. Watch Sunset From The Fortress

Watch Sunset From The Fortress
Watch Sunset From The Fortress

Above Kotor’s city walls you can find old Saint John’s fortress. Approximately 280 meters or 918 feet above the town lies the destination, requiring a journey of 1,350 steps to reach its lofty heights. And while the castle ramparts themselves are interesting, it’s the panoramic view of the Bay of Kotor that makes this hike truly rewarding.

The best time to visit is in the early morning or an hour or two before sunset as it’s generally a bit cooler and the light is best for pictures. So we made it to the top of the fort, but we actually decided to come back down a couple of minutes because it’s a better view here. You can see the entire old town and the bay below. 

5. Cool Down At Kotor Beach

Cool Down At Kotor Beach
Cool Down At Kotor Beach

When the sun beats down fiercely, there’s no sweeter relief than sinking your toes into the cool, soothing sand by the shore. Kotor doesn’t have any long beaches but small ones are scattered around the bay. The closest one is Kotor Beach, which can be found right outside the old town. But keep in mind that many cruise ships and boats are sailing around here, so the water could be a bit polluted. 

6. Explore Nearby Perast

Explore Nearby Perast
Explore Nearby Perast

Along the serene shores of the Bay of Kotor, you’ll find several charming villages, but Perast stands out as particularly delightful. Merely a quick 20-minute drive from Kotor, this small town is adorned with palaces, churches, and squares from the Venetian era, offering a glimpse into its rich history and inviting atmosphere. It’s a joy to just walk the main street along the waterfront and admire the beautiful architecture here.

You only need a few hours to take in the romantic atmosphere, However, keep in mind that if you’re considering a boat tour to the nearby islands of Our Lady of the Rocks and St. George Island, it’s best to set aside at least half a day for the adventure. Check out our full Montenegro article to find more interesting places to visit in the entire country

7. Go On A Boat Tour

Go On A Boat Tour
Go On A Boat Tour

One of our favorite things to do in Kotor was going on a boat tour to the most beautiful and unique sites in the bay. During a three-hour tour, you visit the church on the man-made island of Our Lady of the Rocks, pass through a cave where submarines used to be hidden, spot You can add adventure to your Kotor experience by visiting the historic prison on Mamula Island and taking a refreshing dip in the enchanting Blue Cave. Departing from the harbor near the Old Town, boat tours set sail multiple times throughout the day, offering you the chance to explore these captivating attractions firsthand.

8. Hike The Ladder Of Kotor

Surrounded by steep mountains, Kotor is an incredible destination for outdoor and adventure lovers. The Ladder of Kotor is an old caravan trail that used to connect Kotor with the old capital of Montenegro. The switchback trail offers some breathtaking views of the Bay. Plus, there’s no entrance fee required to tackle this trail, unlike St. John’s Fort. The distance to the top is six and a half kilometers or four miles one-way, with 940 meters or 3084 feet of elevation gain. But the beauty of this hike is the fact that you don’t need to hike all the way to the summit to enjoy spectacular views. 

9. Drive The Serpentine Road To Lovcen National Park

Before bidding farewell to Kotor, don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore its stunning neighboring national park. A mere 45-minute drive from Kotor leads you along a winding, picturesque road to Mount Lovćen National Park, nestled amidst majestic mountains. The journey itself is an exhilarating adventure, offering numerous vantage points that afford panoramic views stretching from the Bay to the Adriatic Sea. Upon reaching the park’s entrance, you’ll encounter the formidable presence of Mount Lovćen, a symbol that has lent its name to the country itself.

Conclusion 

Kotor is a top destination in Montenegro for its well-preserved Old Town and stunning natural scenery. This guide highlights nine exciting activities, from exploring the charming streets to soaking in sunset views from the fortress. Whether you’re relaxing at Kotor Beach, visiting nearby Perast, or venturing on a boat tour, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the scenic drive to Mount Lovćen National Park before saying goodbye.