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Kotor, Montenegro


View of Kotor and the bay
Kotor, Montenegro

Today I’m sharing with you some of my favorite things to do in Kotor Montenegro, a beautiful city on the Aegean sea that dates back to the 5th century BC. It’s also one of the world's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Exploring old town Kotor- a beautiful walled part of the city with winding cobblestone streets and stairs, beautiful architecture, and so much interesting history.

You can book a private walking tour of the old town and learn about the history and culture of the city that ends with a food and wine tasting with your guide. getyourguide.com


Hike up to the Kotor fortress for a spectacular view. With 1,300 steps to the top this is not for the faint of heart but you’ll be glad you did it when you reach the top and look out over the city and bay!

You can take an alternative route via the Ladder of Kotor that takes you up a goat path and is even more scenic, with beautiful stone churches dotted across the hills.


Sample the Montenegrin wine, and seafood at one of the many great restaurants in the city.

If you’re a lover of red wine, be sure to try Varnac, the most famous of Montenegro’s wines.


Take a dip and a boat ride in the bay. If you’re traveling during the warmer months the water in the bay of Kotor is beautifully refreshing and crystal clear.


Cat lover? Well you’ll be thrilled to know that Kotor has a cat museum that is highly entertaining and home to many feline friends.


The best time to visit Kotor to avoid the crowds is in the shoulder seasons, April and May or September and October. When you travel in these months you’ll encounter far fewer tourists, plus the water is still warm enough to swim.


How to get there- The closest airport to Kotor is just a short drive away in Tivat. It can be costly to fly directly there so my recommendation is generally to fly into Dubrovnik Croatia, or Podgorica Montenegro, which are both about a 3 hour drive from Kotor.

From there you can either rent a car, a taxi, or take a bus to Kotor from there.


The medieval towns of Tivat, Herceg Novi, and Perast, are also worth exploring if you have time. If you are into outdoor adventures Montenegro has a lot to offer, with 5 national parks and numerous opportunities to explore by bike, horseback, or hiking.


Regenerative travel tip- Spend your money at locally owned restaurants and guesthouses. You’ll have a more authentic experience and be glad you got to sample the cuisine and local culture of this beautiful country.


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