Kotor, a municipality and town in Montenegro, is located in the Gulf with the same name, on the superb coastline of the Adriatic Sea. Being surrounded by medieval fortifications of the Venetian period, the Old Kotor is one of the most authentic settlements on this side of the coast and a major tourist destination that attracts nature lovers and nautical enthusiasts in this coastal European town. Its long-lasting culture and well-preserved historical sites have included Kotor on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
July and August are the best times to visit this picturesque destination due to ideal weather conditions for sailing, water sports, sun bathing and hiking. This is a place of living history that can be easily reached by car or by boat through its secluded gulf. Its Mediterranean landscape also attracts nature enthusiasts who enjoy spending their vacations at the base of limestone cliffs that are covered in green such as Orjen and Lovcen.
The Gulf of Kotor, a fjord-like inlet that offers access to the Adriatic coast, is a natural harbour with four sublime bays that are surrounded by mountains and natural sights. It attracts sailors, boat owners and holidaymakers who are craving for relaxing moments and romantic days. Idyllic during daytime and spectacular during the night due to amazing lights and inspiring shadows, this destination is surprisingly complex. Glorious city walls, the old city of Kotor, the Castle of San Giovanni, the Gurdich Gate, the St. Tryphon’s Cathedral, etc., are just a few of the most popular monumental sites that are contemplated by millions of tourists who wish to explore the well-preserved patrimony of Montenegro. The peaceful St Ozana Church is one of the simple, yet fascinating religious sites that have been left behind by previous generations, as well as the Grubonja Palace or the Beskuca’s Palace. Piazza of the Arms is Kotor’s main landmark and a well-known meeting spot, as well as many other hidden squares.
Exploring the Adriatic waters is tourists’ favourite activity during the summer. Kayaking, canoeing, yachting, sailing, etc., can be practised by anyone who wishes to tour this historical area and closely admire sublime natural structures. Kotor has romantic and peaceful hotels with vintage and luxurious rooms that offer travellers culminating moments of enjoyment.
Some of the most popular accommodation units in this medieval location are the Palazzo Radomiri Hotel, the Hotel Astoria, the Forza Mare Hotel, etc. This area’s culture is also fascinating for those who are accustomed to the urban lifestyle. Local gastronomy is based on seafood and Mediterranean dishes and can be served at cosy restaurants like the Restaurant Forza Mare in Dobrota, the Galion, La Pasteria, etc. Italian essences can be sensed in Kotor, due to a long history and culture mixtures that have left obvious traces in this place’s culture, architecture and cuisine.
Famous events like the Summer Carnival or Bokeljska Noc attract a large number of tourists who are charmed by the lively ambient in this hidden town.