Kotor Bay: The Heart of Montenegro

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  • Montenegro

  • Active Travel

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Beaches

  • Coast

  • Relaxation

  • Architecture

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Curator’s statement

The Bay of Kotor is a gorgeous costal region in the Montenegrin Riviera. The bay is surrounded by breathtaking mountains, stunning blue waters, and the picturesque old town of Kotor nestled at its southern end. The town of Kotor itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most stunning tourist destinations in the Balkans. Here is a travel guide to help you plan your visit to the Bay of Kotor.

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Where to stay in Montenegro

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One&Only Portonovi

This chic luxury retreat on Boka Bay, an idyllic gem on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, is a celebration of its breathtaking natural environment and rich local heritage.

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Regent Porto Montenegro

Polished hotel with Riviera-style luxury overlooking the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro.

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  • Complimentary lunch for two.

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Hotel Forza Terra

Five-star boutique hotel on the beautiful coast of Montenegro.

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Things to do in Montenegro

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  • Explore Kotor’s Old Town: The historic old town of Kotor is a maze of narrow streets and squares surrounded by high walls. You can spend the day walking around the old town and exploring its many churches, museums, and galleries.

  • Hike up Kotor Fortress: Kotor Fortress, also known as the Castle of San Giovanni, is a medieval fortress that overlooks the town. It’s a great way to spend a morning hiking up to the top to take in breathtaking views of the bay.

  • Take a Boat to the Blue Cave: The Blue Cave is a natural wonder located just outside Kotor Bay. You can take a boat tour to explore the cave and swim in the its blue waters.

  • Visit St. Tryphon's Cathedral: This 12th-century cathedral is a must-see attraction. It has an impressive collection of frescoes, paintings, and other medieval religious art.

  • Our Lady of the Rocks: This tiny island is home to a stunning Catholic church. Legend has it that the island was created by mariners who laid rocks in the bay to thank the Virgin Mary for saving their lives.

  • Visit Perast: Perast is a charming medieval seaside town located about 15 minutes from Kotor. It is famous for its beautiful Baroque architecture, great seafood restaurants, and two small islands that lie just offshore.

  • Charter a Boat: The Bay of Kotor is synonymous with water and seaside activities. Charter a speedboat or luxury yacht and just spend the day relaxing on the water.

  • Hike the Vrmac Ridge: The Vrmac Ridge is a hiking trail that boasts spectacular views of both sides of Kotor Bay. It is a moderate hike that can take about 2-3 hours each way.

Day Trips from Kotor Bay

  • Take the two-hour drive to Ostrog Monastery, a religious complex is built into a sheer cliff face and one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in the Balkans.

  • Visit Lovćen National Park, an area of sprawling natural beauty that includes the Ivanova Korita Adventure Park and the Njegos Mausoleum, dedicated to Petar II Petrović Njegoš, one of Montenegro’s greatest leaders and poets.

Places to eat & drink in Montenegro

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  • Stari Mlini: Located about 15 minutes north of Kotor, this storied restaurant is set in an old mill and serves a range of fresh seafood and Montenegrin specialties in a beautiful outdoor setting overlooking the bay.

  • Galion: Located in the old town of Kotor, this restaurant is set in a 17th-century building and offers a range of Mediterranean and seafood dishes. It also has a terrace with stunning views of the bay.

  • Konoba Portun: This family-owned seaside restaurant is located just north of Kotor and offers a range of Montenegrin dishes and a selection of local and regional wines.

  • Conte: Set in the heart of Perast, this restaurant serves traditional Montenegrin cuisine and fresh seafood in a waterfront atmosphere.

  • Ribarsko Selo: This restaurant is set in a fishing village on the open sea and specializes in seafood caught and delivered daily by local fishermen.

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For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Simona Grinnell's guide, Off-the-Beaten-Path Guide to Montenegro. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Montenegro.