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An Insider’s Guide to Kotor

By HarryFriday 01st August 2014

Kotor bay


If you’re unfamiliar with Kotor, then you’re in for a real treat. Kotor is a beautiful, historic coastal town in Montenegro, and it’s fast becoming a popular destination for those looking to unwind amongst a stunning landscape. Here, we’ve put together a handful of top tips, which locals wish they could keep for themselves. So, take a look at our Eastern Mediterranean cruises and decide when you’ll be exploring this captivating area of the world.


 Getting around

The best way to get around Kotor is by foot; the narrow, charming streets of the old town make it impossible for cars to drive through, so come prepared by bringing along some sturdy walking shoes. Just think, without having to fork out for a taxi ride, you’ll have the freedom to take your time to really explore the quaint markets, cafés and antique architecture that Kotor has to offer, as well as more money to spend on yourself!

 Great places to explore

 Cathedral of Saint Tryphon
Cathedral of Saint Tryphon
Known as the most beautiful building in Kotor, the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon is a wonderful, white stone building nestled between the town’s mountainous scenery. Originally built in 1166, it has had to undergo significant restoration after two earthquakes, one in 1667 and another in 1979. As you explore this stunning example of architecture, you’ll come face to face with its striking altar and the silver and gold ornaments of saints that adorn it. Local examples of art and craftsmanship are also exhibited in the cathedral, so be sure to take the time to admire those.
The Bay of Kotor
The Bay of Kotor, or Baka, is truly beautiful, where the coast of the Adriatic Sea winds in and around the town. On a warm summer day, the deep blue water of the sea is incredibly inviting, so hop onboard a small boat, and ride out to explore the rest of this ria and the surrounding mountains of Orjen.
San Giovanni Fort
If you and your family really want to get to grips with Kotor’s captivating history, then a hike along San Giovanni’s Fort should definitely be on the cards. A gentle stroll along these crumbling walls will provide you with mesmerising views of the town, from the winding streets of Old Town to the picturesque Bay of Kotor.

 Top spots for a bite to eat

coffee and cake
Not only is Kotor a beautiful place to visit, it’s also a great place for food lovers. If you’re looking for a place to eat lunch that also has incredible views, then head to Galerija, a wonderful seafood restaurant that overlooks the docks on Kotor bay.
Dig into a meal of freshly grilled fish, squid or tuna, or enjoy a snack of fresh mussels with a glass of local wine. If you or your kids aren’t that into fish then don’t worry, Galerija also offers a range of grilled meats, including a large steak menu that will definitely satiate any grumbling tummies.
Got time for a coffee?
Looking for somewhere to relax after a long hike through Kotor’s mountainous terrain? Head to Forza Café, where you’ll be able to sit back and relax with a freshly brewed coffee and homemade cake. Take your pick from a range of treats, including baklava, tiramisu and the local favourite, walnut, hazelnut and almond butter cake – yum!
Market fun
If you prefer to nibble at mouth-watering local market treats than sit at a table for four, then make your way down to the old town where you’ll get the chance to explore the local market. Dig in to roasted corn, fresh fruit and vegetables at the outdoor market, or take a step inside to enjoy mouthfuls of cured meats and olives.

 Fancy a trip to Kotor?

If these tips for a trip to Kotor have got you needing a holiday to the Eastern Mediterranean, then take a look at our amazing Eastern Mediterranean cruises today.

 Have you been to Kotor? Share your top tips in the comments below!

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