An incredible, tiny town on the coast of Montenegro, Kotor is the perfect spot for a quiet, relaxing getaway. Although the town is tiny, it is packed with restaurants, shops and bars. Surrounded by a high stone wall, created for protection, now provides a quaint feeling that gives you the feel of entering an old world city when you walk through the gateway into the town square. Although Kotor has seen an increase in the number of tourists in the past few years, spurred on by the adoption of the Euro, the Old Town still remains relatively affordable.
Getting to Kotor
Located along the Gulf of Kotor, the Old Town is easily accessible from the Adriatic motorway. Kotor is approximately a two hour, extremely scenic drive from Dubrovnik. The closest airport is Podgorica Airport, which is less than an hour’s drive from Kotor and provides flights to cities across Europe.
What to do in Kotor
Be sure to take a few minutes to sit at one of the many small squares and take in the relaxation of the Old Town. The Old Town is ideal for spending your day wandering through the small, cobblestone alleyways, which are all pedestrian only zones. You can also climb onto the walls that surround the Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These walls stretch 4.5 kilometers up the mountain which protects the back of the Old Town. You can hike up this mountain for incredible views of the area, while visiting an ancient fortress that is in a crumbling condition. Be careful on the walk as the steps can be slippery and there are no guardrails.
There are a variety of tiny villages that dot the coast of the Gulf of Kotor and can be a great way to spend an afternoon visiting. Many also have very small beaches for some serious relaxation. Most do charge about 1 Euro for parking. A must is taking your rental car or joining an organized tour to make the scenic drive up to the top of the mountain behind the Old Town. Budva and other towns are also a quick drive from Kotor.