is the largest bay on the Adriatic Sea.
It has a coastline 17 miles (28 km) long and it forms several separate bays. The old town of Kotor is situated in the southeastern part of the bay, at the bottom of the
mountain chain. Only 23,000 people live there but throughout its history, Kotor has been one of the most important trade centers on the Adriatic coast. Today it is a popular tourist location in Montenegro.
I suppose 40% of tourists in Kotor Montenegro are Russian-speaking; from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Another 40% are the locals, who come here on holiday from Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Another 10% are Italian (due to both countries being neighbors) and the rest are German, British, French, etc.
We rented a car to travel by, prices start at 30 Euros per day.
First we went to the town of Dobrota, passing the
On the highest point of Kotor is a monastery, which can be reached on foot. During my last visit I climbed there but this time it was too difficult to go there with the family.
The Old Town is surrounded by a high stone wall. You can only enter the town through a gate.
There are a few squares inside, everything there is very authentic. In general, the historical parts of Kotor are under the protection of UNESCO:
I think the only reason people live here is to hang their laundry out the windows, creating a lovely scent to attract tourists. One of my Instagram followers mentioned that, 2 years ago, he photographed this old woman in the same window in the same position and, apparently, with the same linen:
Here’s a funny tablet - "Coffee to go; beer to go; wifi - sometimes":
These are shutters:
A couple of towers:
This is a fish shop. The guys in the background look alert, wearing their headphones inconspicuously. Very similar to bodyguards or security officers. Although, it seems, there is no one to defend except the stone walls:
Here’s a standpipe. They are refined here:
A souvenir shop:
Here there is total peace and quiet, compared to Budva, where hundreds of tourists and onlookers prevailed. Sellers gossip while waiting for customers:
Freshly laundered linen fluttering in the wind:
The local streets and stairways:
It is very nice to wander around. Just over there, the stairway goes up, leading to the monastery on the mountain:
There are ashtrays in all the cafes. Everyone smokes:
A woman sits among the store mannequins. I call this picture "Loneliness":
It was the end of our trip through the town of Kotor, so we drove back.
This is a local marine, complete with specially equipped parking for yachts:
On another topic, I wanted to talk about the tunnel between Budva and Kotor. Usually, in such places, the roof is made of strong material, however here, apparently, there was a lack of funding and the end result was a tunnel filled with exhaust fumes. Windows will definitely stay closed:
In the next post I will tell you about Budva and Porto Montenegro.