Best Tourist Sites to Visit in Kotor, Montenegro
At the base of the Loven mountain and surrounded by fortifications that date back to the 17th century, Kotor remains a jewel nestled away in the most remote area of the Bay of Kotor. The fortified city draws waves upon waves of visitors that only get bigger with time, earning two UNESCO World Heritage Site designations as the Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor and as a component of the Venetian Works of Defense (15th to 17th century).
The walled Old Town is home to almost all of the important cultural landmarks and attractions. Additionally, Kotor is bordered by several amazing locations!
Here are some of the activities to do and places to see in Kotor.
Within the City
1. Kotor Old Town Walking Tour
A walking tour of the Stari Grad (ancient town) in Kotor is the ideal way to learn about the city’s history, whether you are just passing through on a day trip or staying there overnight. Either go it alone or take a walking tour with a guide.
2. Kotor City Walls
An old city wall with fortifications including turrets, ramparts, and bastions surrounds the triangle-shaped Kotor Old Town. Although the origin of these walls can be dated to the Middle Ages, it is clear that they have substantial Venetian influences.
The major entrance from the Port of Kotor is the Sea Gate, which overlooks the Bay of Kotor. The Kampana Tower is situated close to the Scurda River’s outflow into the harbor, not far from the Sea Gate. It offers a beautiful view of the bay and the river.
The Bembo Bastion, which was transformed into an outdoor theater, is close to the River Gate, which is situated in the north. In the south, close to Gurdic Bastion, is the Gurdic Gate. The Fortress of San Giovanni (St. John Fortress), built atop the neighboring hill, the wall rises 250 meters high.
3. Kotor Fortress (St. John Fortress)
The St. John Mountain on the east guards the old town. A hiking path connects the Bembo and Gurdic bastions’ walls to the mountain, offering many vantage positions from which to overlook the old town and the bay.
4. Kotor Beach
Kotor Beach is situated in the town of Dobrota, a different community but one that is frequently mistaken for Kotor by locals. Dobrota is home to the majority of Kotor’s inhabitants. The roadside public beach is called Kotor Beach. The beach has pebbles and crystal-clear water.
5. Kayaking and Other Water Activities
There are numerous businesses and organizations along the Bay of Kotor’s eastern coast that provide kayak rental, tours, and other water sports activities. To kayak around the bay, you don’t need to be particularly competent.
Before leaving, these companies will get a safety briefing. You may also reserve a kayak tour with a guide to find out more information about the sites you pass by. In addition to kayaking, additional activities available include stand-up paddleboarding, sailing/cruising, and canoeing.
6. Kotor Cathedral
The cathedral in Kotor serves as both the city’s emblem and the residence of the city’s catholic bishop. It was finished in the 12th century and is dedicated to Kotor’s patron saint, Saint Tryphon. After being devastated by earthquakes in 1667 and 1979, it has undergone several renovations.
The cathedral, one of the oldest Catholic churches in Europe, is home to priceless holy items. The silver and gold reliefs and the frescoes in the Romanesque church are very well known. One of Kotor’s most popular tourist destinations is the cathedral. It may be found in the southeast portion of Old Town.
7. St. Nicholas Church
The old building was constructed in the early 19th century and stood until it was destroyed by fire in 1896. The current structure was finished in the early 20th century. The Orthodox Church is close to the Square of Arms and is situated at the Orthodox Square near the northern border. Its treasures include icons, orthodox artwork, and artifacts from antiquity.
8. Food Trip
In Kotor, you can eat authentic Montenegrin cuisine. The cuisine of Montenegro combines Mediterranean and Balkan influences. As a coastal town, Kotor emphasizes herbs and spices like garlic, parsley, lemon, rosemary, and basil in addition to the star element of seafood.
Stew, cheese, tapas, pork, and bread are also available. Signature meals include njoke (pasta), frustula (sweet crunchy biscuit), and fish thick soup (often composed of trout).
9. Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum, which is in the center of the Old Town, tells the story of Kotor’s long history as a coastal town, trading port, and naval base, particularly during the First World War. The museum was established by the Boka Marine Fraternity in the late 19th century and opened to the public in 1900. The building that houses the museum is a Baroque palace that was once owned by the Grgurina family and was transformed into a museum after World War II.
10. Cat Museum
Kotor, known as the “Cat Capital of Montenegro,” is a feline lover’s paradise. These adorable felines can be seen enjoying what they enjoy most: relaxing, stretching, wandering, and so on. These felines are loved and well-cared for at CAT-tor. They are a part of the community because the Cat Museum exists.
The Sea Gate is not far from the museum. Although the structure is unassuming, cat lovers will find enough cuteness (and sassiness) there to brighten their day. In addition to the cat-related artifacts, there is a store where you may purchase various trinkets.
Day Trips from Kotor
The Bay of Kotor area and other Montenegrin attractions are easily accessible from Kotor. One of the major cities with a bus connection to Kotor is Dubrovnik. Here are some day trip options from Kotor if you plan to stay in town longer than a day.
Just a few kilometers northwest of Kotor lies another historical town in Montenegro called Perast. It is renowned for its historic palaces and churches. The small settlement spans along the Bay of Kotor for roughly a kilometer. Its principal thoroughfare follows the beach parallel. St. George Island and Our Lady of Rocks, two well-known Montenegrin islets, are easily accessible from this location. These two can be seen from the town’s main street as well.
2. Bay of Kotor Cruise
Medieval towns and waterfront homes line the Bay of Kotor, also known as Boka, creating a beautiful landscape of history and nature. You can embark on cruises around Boka Bay in Kotor. This is one method of sightseeing: passing through the settlements that line the coast of the bay. Depending on the type of package, the coves, beaches, and islands are also included in the itinerary.
3. Durmitor National Park
The Durmitor National Park, established as a national park in 1952, remains the biggest protected area in Montenegro. It encompasses the extensive, northern Montenegrin pine woods, rivers, gorges, mountain summits, glacial lakes, and indigenous flora and animals. In 1980, it enlisted as one of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
The national park offers both summer and wintertime thrill-seeking activities for those who enjoy the outdoors and the great outdoors. In the summer, hiking, canyoning, and mountaineering are common pursuits.
One of the most well-known locations is Tara Canyon, where river rafting is the main attraction for visitors. In the winter, skiing and snowboarding reign supreme. The town of Ablik is home to the majority of travel companies and tourist attractions.
4. Ostrog Monastery
This two-part Orthodox monastery dates back to the 17th century and is located in the country’s central region. Its cave churches perch on the Ostroka Greda cliffs at great heights. It remains the nation’s most popular Orthodox monastery. The focal point of the monastery (the remains of Saint Basil of Ostrog) whose remains inter here.
The Holy Cross Church and the Church of Presentation make up the Upper Monastery. The Church of the Holy Trinity from the 19th century is the focal point of the Lower Monastery. The monks’ and travelers’ lodgings are located here. About three kilometers separate the higher and lower monastery.
One of the biggest cities in Croatia is Dubrovnik, which protrudes out into the eastern Adriatic Sea. The city has a wide variety of tourist attractions, including old-town cultural and historical landmarks as well as water-related activities like beaches and islands.
Fans of Game of Thrones observe a field day because King’s Landing, the fictitious Westeros or Seven Kingdoms frequently depicts here. Many of the most iconic sequences filmed there, from the HBO series, such as the Walk of Shame and the Battle of Blackwater Bay.
Top Kotor Hotels & Apartments
- Pearl Apartments
- Apartmani Art Karampana
- Katareo Apartments
- Lana & Ena Apartments
- Kotor Nest
- Apartment Marko
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