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KotorMontenegro

Marvel at the many preserved churches and fortifications that stand within the wall loop that encloses this medieval town around a bay.

Kotor is a historic town on its namesake bay, offering picturesque views of the water. As a UNESCO heritage site, the town attracts visitors with its array of medieval ramparts, including old gates, towers and walls looping around the hilly municipality. Explore the triangular district of Kotor Old Town for a glimpse into this town’s rich history.

Marking the hilly surroundings of the historic center are the Kotor Old Town Walls. See these ramparts shining brightly at night. Notice how the reflection of the walls’ lights in the bay seem to complete the loop around the town. Climb up the walls for excellent views of red roofs and green mountains. The ramparts are adorned with interesting structures, such as the 15th-century Gurdić Gate, the Sea Gate, the River Gate and the 13th-century Kampana Tower.

Back in the town center, visit the impressive St. Tryphon Cathedral for its Romanesque and Gothic touches. See St. Nicholas’ Church, the largest Orthodox church in the district. Learn about Kotor’s seafaring past at the Maritime Museum of Montenegro.

Appreciate the hot summers here with a trip to the coast. July is the hottest and driest time of year. Expect mild to cold winters, with temperatures approaching freezing. Among the most intriguing coastal highlights is the tiny islet of Our Lady of the Rocks. Take a boat to this artificial island and gaze up at its impressive church. Visit the gift shop and museum and join a guided tour to learn about the fascinating art pieces here.

The town is on the northern part of the Montenegro Coast that overlooks the Adriatic Sea. Fly to nearby Tivat Airport or to the farther airports of Podgorica or Dubrovnik, which are a little busier. You can also travel by car, bus or ferry and get around the quaint town center on foot.

Kotor offers a window into the fascinating historical vestiges and relics of medieval Montenegro.

Where to stay in Kotor

Kotor Old Town, Kotor, Kotor Municipality, Montenegro

Kotor Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(25 area reviews)

Kotor Old Town is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kotor Bay and Kotor Old Town Walls.

Kotor Old Town

Top hotels in Kotor

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Forza Terra
Forza Terra
5 out of 5
Kamp, Dobrota bb, Kotor
The price is £252 per night

Located in Kotor, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kotor Bay and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Kotor Old Town Walls. St. Triphon ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)

"IT IS A HOTEL FOR A URBAN CITY, not for a beach. wonderful views from the room. but has no beach, just a Wood deck with some chaise long. the swimming pool has no sun,"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019

Forza Terra
Apartments Miramar
Apartments Miramar
4 out of 5
Dobrota 226, Kotor, Kotor

Nestled on the beach, this Kotor apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kotor Bay and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Kotor Old Town Walls. St. Triphon Cathedral is ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Excellent place to stay!!

"My husband and I stayed at Apartments Miramar when we were in Montenegro for our wedding. I can’t say enough good things about this place. Our apartment was clean, modern, well equipped and the view is breathtaking! Our hosts were incredible and easy to reach if we needed anything at all. It’s located ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019

Apartments Miramar
G-Apart
G-Apart
3 out of 5
Old town 361, Kotor Old Town, Kotor, Kotor

Located in Kotor Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from St. Triphon Cathedral and Kotor Old Town Walls. Kotor Bay is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) away.

G-Apart

Popular places to visit in Kotor

Kotor Old Town Walls
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Kotor Old Town Walls

4.5/5(78 reviews)

Climb more than a thousand steps to reach the summit of these medieval town walls and look down on the red roofs and stunning bay.

Clock Tower
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Clock Tower

4/5(23 reviews)

Find out about the history of Kotor with a stop at Clock Tower. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

St. Triphon Cathedral
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St. Triphon Cathedral

4/5(11 reviews)

Find out about the history of Kotor when you spend time at St. Triphon Cathedral. Amble around the area's sandy beaches or visit its cathedral.

St Nicholas’ Church
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St Nicholas’ Church

You can find out about the history of Kotor with a stop at St Nicholas’ Church. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

St Mary's Collegiate Church
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St Mary's Collegiate Church

You can find out about the history of Kotor with a stop at St Mary's Collegiate Church. Amble around the area's sandy beaches or visit its cathedral.

Church of St Luke
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Church of St Luke

You can find out about the history of Kotor when you stop by Church of St Luke. Amble around the area's sandy beaches or visit its cathedral.

Top things to do in Kotor

Montenegro Day Trip to Perast, Kotor & Budva
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Montenegro Day Trip to Perast, Kotor & Budva

£47
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Private Excursion to Montenegro from Dubrovnik
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Private Excursion to Montenegro from Dubrovnik

£255
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Excursion to Boka Bay from Kotor
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Private Excursion to Boka Bay from Kotor

£308
Per adult
Montenegro private tour
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Montenegro private tour

£72
Per adult
Tara Rafting
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Tara Rafting

£67
Per adult
Blue Cave and Our Lady of the Rocks - 3 hours private tour
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Blue Cave and Our Lady of the Rocks - 3 hours private tour

£206
Per adult

Reviews of Kotor

4.8

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 81.25%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 14.583333333333334%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.0833333333333335%
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent

Tony

4 Oct 2019

Exceptional old town with the most glorious architecture, rich in history. Plenty restaurants, shops and bars. Good location for sightseeing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Sep 2019

Lovely walled city, very friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Sep 2019

Simply stunning!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

Ideal for a mini break. Explore away from the main squares to find a number of interesting restaurants and bars. Local beaches are rather small and stony. Those with mobility issues will find it difficult.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Sep 2019

During September there seems to be 2 cruise liners a day visit, apparently in August its up to 5 a day, so it gets busy during the day, then calms down mid to late afternoon. Still worth a visit, we went for 7 nights and loved it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Aug 2019

Kotor was beautiful - great scenery and an old town. Our favourite ‘activity’ was hiring bikes and riding around the bay by the water.