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Kotor Holidays

A picture postcard town, the Mediterranean port of Kotor is fast becoming one of Montenegro's most interesting and fascinating holiday resorts.

Nestled in the corner of Kotor Bay, this delightful resort oozes character and charm. Now holding UNESCO world heritage protection, the Old Town features a mighty ring of defensive walls containing a captivating labyrinth of twisting stone-paved streets leading to a selection of palaces, museums and squares. Enjoy the relaxed rhythm of life in Kotor and soak up the serenity and beauty that surrounds this delightful town.

 

The Kotor Basics 

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Getting there - Fly from London Gatwick or Manchester from the UK to Tivat (TIV), or fly to Dubrovnik (DBV) from most London airports aswell as all main regional airports. Flight time is typically around 3 hrs. Transfer to Kotor from Tivat takes around 15 minutes, and around 2 hours from Dubrovnik.

 

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When to go - Kotor offers a warm climate and enjoyed throughout the summer period. The shoulder months of April, May, early June, late September and October offer cheaper accommodation and lesser crowds. 

 

getting around

Getting around - You can easily get around by foot. You can get a local buses to nearby towns, such as Budva.

 

getting around

Weather - The months of June, July and August are hot and usually hit 30 degrees. Early April and October is generally around 20 degrees.

 

What to do in Kotor

Kotor

Background to Kotor: Located in one of the most breath-taking parts of Montenegro, the charming historic town of Kotor is graced by a tranquil setting of mountains, water and lush vegetation - the perfect recipe for visitors to explore and relax. Nestled at the head of Southern Europe's deepest fjord, Kotor is completely enclosed within thick stone walls. The Old Town retains its historically strong Venetian influence and the maze of charming streets and delightfully named squares reflect the various trades and crafts that were once practiced here.

 

Kotor Old Town

Explore the Old Town: The densely packed old town boasts UNESCO World Heritage protection due to the array of historical buildings. Accessed through one of the three gates, the labyrinth of streets contain a wealth of cultural wonders. Finding them is half the fun as Kotor has no street names! One of the highlights is St Tryphon’s Cathedral, Kotor’s most important ecclesiastical building, originally dating back to 1106. Kotor’s other cultural highlights include the Drago Palace, the imposing clock tower, St Nikola Church and the maritime museum -all waiting to be explored.

 

 

Kotor - Montenegro

Climb the fortress walls: To fully appreciate the beauty of Kotor and its bay, take a stroll along the meandering 15th century fortress walls, set against the glittering backdrop of the Mediterranean. You’ll be rewarded with phenomenal views of the bay and its surrounding mountains taking in along the way a church, fortress and castle. Avoid the warm summer temperatures by starting early in the day or just before dusk. The round trip should take around two hours and you must remember to take some water and your camera!

 

Perast - Montenegro

Perast: A little further along the bay is the one the Balkan’s highlights: the beautifully sited town of Perast and a perfect destination for an afternoon jaunt. Once a maritime hub, it retains the spirit and splendour of the past. Within this little corner of the bay, visitors can appreciate the Venetian Gothic architecture that runs along the waterside and take a trip to the iconic Lady of our Rocks, a tiny man-made island famous for its maritime legend.

 

Day Trips from Kotor

ostrog monatery

Ostrog Monastery: The largest Monastery in Montenegro, located 900m above sea level and carved into the cliffs, this 17th century wonder is visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year. Consisting of a 'lower' monastery which is located 2km away from the gleaming white 'upper' shrine, it is home to the relics of St Basil and is truly awe-inspiring. There's no public transport so you'll need to visit as part of an organised tour costing between 20-30 Euros. 

 

Budva

Budva: Beautiful beaches and a wonderful old town, Budva is the headline Montenegrin destination. Only 20km from Kotor and easily accessible by local bus, Budva is definitely a must-visit location. Its old town is the cultural hub where many churches, museums, bell towers and shady little piazzas are located. 

 

lake skadar

Lake Skadar: Montenegro's and the Balkan's largest lake, Skadar is incredibly scenic and well worth a day trip from Kotor. Home to an abundance of flora and fauna this off the beaten track location is a simply a nature lover's paradise. Around 280 species of birds can be seen here including pelicans and kingfishers. From Kotor you can visit as part of an organised excursion or by hire car. Entrance fee is around 4 Euros. Boat tours are available locally.

 

rafting tara montenegro

White Water Rafting: If you're after some adventure on your Montenegro holiday, then the Tara River provides a fantastic setting to try your hand at white water rafting. The canyon that the river flows through is 90km long and full of rapids, dense forest and waterfalls. A number of companies offer this experience, which depart from Kotor, and is sure to provide an everlasting memory.

 

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