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Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro with a population of 23,500. It is well known for its stunning architecture and an amazing natural setting.

Kotor is situated in a most secluded part of

Boka Kotorska bay

, in the northern part of the Montenegro coast. It has developed around Stari Grad ("old town"), the city's old town and best-known landmark, which is listed with UNESCO World Heritage sites. The bay is the deepest natural fjord in the Mediterranean Sea, and the scenery around it (including the steep mountains which come almost to the waterfront) is spectacular. The Stari Grad is fully walled (with the

mountain Lovcen

 acting as one of the walls). There are four gates offering... Read more

Kotor, Montenegro

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Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro with a population of 23,500. It is well known for its stunning architecture and an amazing natural setting.

Kotor is situated in a most secluded part of

Boka Kotorska bay

, in the northern part of the Montenegro coast. It has developed around Stari Grad ("old town"), the city's old town and best-known landmark, which is listed with UNESCO World Heritage sites. The bay is the deepest natural fjord in the Mediterranean Sea, and the scenery around it (including the steep mountains which come almost to the waterfront) is spectacular. The Stari Grad is fully walled (with the

mountain Lovcen

 acting as one of the walls). There are four gates offering access to the town: The Main Gate, along the Bay, the North Gate, the South Gate, and a smaller New Gate. There are no cars allowed in the Stari Grad, nor are there standard road names in the Stari Grad. Although all buildings are numbered, it is best to use landmarks for directions. Generally, the squares are named for the church in their center, and directions either relate to the closest square or the closest gate. The most well know and obvious landmark is the clock tower, just inside the main gate, in the main square.

There are abundant banks and ATMs throughout the Stari Grad. ATMs will often dispense as few bills as possible. Banks are not open on Sunday or Holidays. Travelers' cheques are generally not accepted, even by banks. Not all restaurants or shops will accept credit cards so it is best to ask beforehand.

Kotor, and the entire Kotor Bay, has long been a vacation and second home destination for many Europeans, including English, Irish, and Scottish.


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Kotor, Montenegro: Port Information


Cruise ships plying the Adriatic Sea call regularly on the port of Kotor during the tourist season. Both the sail in and sail away offers not-to-be-missed views of the spectacular Bay of Kotor. The ships either dock at or tender to the long pier that juts out directly in front of the Old Town. Passengers are funneled out of the same port gate, with the Old Town just five minutes away. There is an ATM in a freestanding orange kiosk to the left of the port gate as you leave, and the official taxi stand to the right. After you cross the busy harborfront road (watch for the brown Kotor sign and use the crosswalk), it is a short walk to the area in front of the Sea Gate of 1555 (the main entrance to the Old Town), where you will find a TI kiosk with free wifi.

Get around Kotor, Montenegro


Kotor itself is a small town, so pretty much everything is within walking distance. Enter the old town via any of the three gates then explore the maze of narrow passages between the stone houses.

Parking space in the city center is very hard to find, so use your car only when you have to. Be careful where you park, sketchy tow operators target tourists around the old city. You can look for a free parking space away from the old city and then walk.

There are no sandy beaches in Kotor, and water is not of premium quality for swimming. The best solution is driving to the Jaz or Trsteno beaches on the Budva riviera, some 20 km from Kotor. Those are very beautiful beaches, and you should make the effort of going there.

What to see in Kotor, Montenegro


  • St Tryphon's Cathedral

    (Old Town). First built in the 11th century, reconstructed after earthquakes. Romanesque-Gothic architecture. The chapel holds the remains of St. Tryphon, the patron saint of Kotor.
  • St Nicolas Church. The biggest Orthodox church in the Old Town.
  • Maritime Museum (Old Town), ☎ 304720NOCC. M-Sa: 8 AM-8 PM; Sundays: 9 AM-1 PM. 3 floors of photographs, uniforms, weapons, paintings, and model ships.

What to do in Kotor, Montenegro


  • Climb up to the Fortifications. Stretching some 4.5 km directly above the city, on almost vertical cliffs. Climbing up the 1350 steps will be rewarded with an excellent view of Kotor and the bay from St John's fortress. Only advisable for physically fit people. The 1200ft ascent may take an hour.
  • Boat Trips. In the middle of the bay, there are two islands, Sveti Djordje and Gospa od Skrpijela (Our Lady of the Rocks), which are very worth seeing. You can get there by tourist boats.

What to eat and drink in Kotor, Montenegro


Eat

There is a wide choice of places to eat in Kotor. In old town you can find almost anything - from classy restaurants offering fresh seafood and national cuisine to fast food offering pizzas, barbecue, etc. There is a large produce market outside the city walls. There are also numerous cafes and restaurants along the bay-side promenade, which stretches north through Dobrota.

Budget

  • Forza (near the clock tower). The most popular pastry shop in Kotor.
  • La Pasteria (directly opposite St Tryphons Cathedral). You'll find great sandwiches and fine pizzas with original prosciutto from the nearby village of Njeguši. Probably the best Italian food in Kotor!

Mid-range

  • Bastion Restaurant (Near St. Mary's church), ☎ 322116NOCC. Busy lunchtime venue. Great fish. 
  • Cesarica (close to Hotel Marja in the Old Town). Serves excellent and cheap Dalmatian food. Try the cuttlefish risotto, it's amazing! 
  • Forza Mare, Dobrota. Seaside restaurant and hotel, very popular in the area out of town in Kotor.
  • Babilon restaurant and hotel, Dobrota. Affordable prices, in a perfect location. This is a must-visit restaurant with a first-class seafood menu.

Drink

Again, the old town is the hotspot for relaxed drinking espresso in the shade of the medieval walls. There are many cafes in the old town, but still, it's hard to find a place to sit in the sunny day. Tipping is not necessary although you may leave your change by simply rounding up. Befriending the waitstaff can get you quite far in Kotor.

You should also try out famous Montenegrin wines, "Vranac", "Pro Corde", "Krstac", "Cabernet", "Chardonnay" and "Nikšićko" beer. Montenegrin brandy, called "rakija" is a good choice to "warm up" before going out in the evening, especially grape brandy "Montenegrin loza", "Prvijenac" or "Kruna".

 

Shopping in Kotor, Montenegro


The old town has many boutiques. There is an open market just outside the old town; there you can buy almost anything from fresh vegetables to sunglasses.

Safety in Kotor, Montenegro


In general, Kotor is a safe city. However, pickpockets may occur. Use your common sense and watch your belongings. 

Language spoken in Kotor, Montenegro


After Serbian, English is the common language, and most waitstaff can communicate in some English.

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