It could be said that Kotor – located on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast – is similar to Dubrovnik, with its town walls creating an awe-inspiring view as ships approach the cruise pier.
Part of the joy of sailing to Kotor is the journey through the Bay of Kotor, which zig zags through the mountains and is as atmospheric as it comes. Ship captains often sound the horn during the approach – a sound that echoes for seconds. Coupled with the UNESCO-listed Old Town, it’s a feast for the eyes and the ears.
Cruise ships dock at Kotor pier, which is close to the town centre, although taxis are available upon disembarking.
The pier can only accommodate one ship at a time, so tenders are used when two or more at present at the same time.
NEED TO KNOW
Kotor is a small place, meaning everything is relatively well-placed for tourists. Bike rentals are popular in the harbour area, while there is a tourist information kiosk near the main Sea Gate entrance to the town. The sun shines well in summer, with temperatures hitting the high 20s.
The majority of shops are found in the Old Town, including boutiques, clothing outlets, and a number of small souvenir establishments. The main focus in Kotor market is fresh food and fish.
Kotor’s currency is the Euro.
WHAT WE LOVE
Old Town and town walls: The most famous part of Kotor, this UNESCO-listed site is full of medieval architecture – churches, cathedrals and museums, providing plenty of reasons for snap-happy tourists to use their cameras. Trg od Oružja – the largest square in the Old Town – is one of the main gathering centres in Kotor. The energetic guests may want to climb the walls for some spectacular views.
Sea Gate: This is the main entrance to Kotor. Constructed in 1555, the Sea Gate is one of three that people use to access the Old Town. The date of liberation from Axis powers is commemorated above the gate. River Gate is also worth a visit.
Maritime Museum: Celebrate Kotor’s naval history in the maritime museum, which is housed in an 18th century palace. The original collection was started by the Boka Marine Fraternity back in 1880, before being opened to the public in 1900.
Cats Museum: Another museum, yes, but something slightly different to indulge. A range of cat-inspired items, from postcards to jewellery and adverts, are on display. There are also plenty of cat-related souvenirs to purchase around town.
Cathedral of Saint Tryphon: Located in central Old Town, this Catholic cathedral was consecrated in the 12th century. An earthquake in 1667 caused significant damage, and new bell towers, in the Baroque style, were constructed. It also has a gilded silver bas-relief altar screen – one of Kotor’s most valuable treasures.
- Lovers of old-town style architecture and history
- Cats, cats, and more cats
- Small yet full of character