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.