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Kotor


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Europe's southernmost fjord. You'll be stunned by Kotor's amazing natural beauty and the well-preserved medieval Old Town.

Kotor is an undiscovered gem. The sight of Kotor Bay is spectacular, as steep black mountains come almost to the water. The center of Kotor is typical of the Middle Ages. It consists of medieval architecture, numerous monuments and narrow streets and squares as well as a fortress. This, combined with the incredible natural surroundings, makes for a dramatic setting. It's easy to see why Kotor is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The rest of Kotor Bay, and Montenegro, is worth exploring. Several smaller towns make up the bay, including charming Perast. From Perast by boat you can also access two islets in the center of the bay. On one you will find Our Lady of the Rocks Church, which houses a significant collection of paintings by a local baroque artist from the 17th century. The views over the bay are worth the trip alone. For those with stamina, the climb to the Kotor Fortress is definitely worth it. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views at the top. The Old Town's lanes and alleyways are lined with outdoor seating for its many bars and restaurants. These offer excellent local seafood and other Balkan specialities. If you do visit Kotor, don't forget to visit other destinations in Montenegro!

What we love about Kotor

Antonia

Adriatic Team Leader

I will never forget the picture of Kotor when I was visiting it for the first time, approaching it by boat. In front of me, this full of history, stone-walled town and the calm waters of Kotor bay were reflecting the high peaks of sharp mountains behind it. It was truly a wow effect and I was impressed like never before.

Josipa

Dubrovnik City Host & Adriatic Destination Expert

As charming as it can be, Kotor is a small historical and cultural pearl of Montenegro. Situated in a picturesque bay of Kotor which is known to be the only laguna on the Mediterranean sea, Kotor invites you to discover the simplicity of Montenegrin lifestyle. The town gets to be overcrowded during the peak summer, but Montenegrins are never in a rush. You can see locals enjoying endless coffee on several city squares and there is always a good enough excuse to relax and chill. If you seek an activity like I usually do, I suggest climbing up the steep city walls and you will be rewarded with the impressive ambience of Montenegro hills once you reach their top.

Ivana

Dubrovnik City Host & Adriatic Destination Expert

After Dubrovnik one of the most charming UNESCO sites in the area. Cute cobbled streets, amazing historic sites on every corner... Don't miss the climb to the St. John's fortress - gives you spectacular views of the city and almost entire Kotor Bay.

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Kotor

Spend some time in Kotor on a tour that takes in other cities in Montenegro and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Kotor and other destinations throughout Montenegro and Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Where to stay in Kotor

The small old town of Kotor, with its UNESCO-protected status, means hotel options aren't too plentiful, but our research trips have unearthed some real gems, and we can say with full confidence that your accommodation will be an integral part of your experience of this magical place. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Historical Boutique Hotel
Monte Cristo is big on old-world charm and its location with its own courtyard restaurant out front is hard to beat
Modern Apartments in Historical Building
These family-run apartments are welcoming, comfortable and located within walking distance of most of the city's best sights.
Luxury Seaside Resort
Beach resort style close to the Old Town.

Things to do in Kotor

For those overnighting in Kotor we are able to provide private guide services should you want to explore the historical UNESCO Old Town center. If you're fit, we suggest the steep climb to the fortress overlooking Kotor Bay. The views are absolutely breathtaking, you will be glad you made the climb. There are a number of charming towns on the bay to visit including Perast. From there for a small fee you can take a boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks, which is a must-see while in Kotor. This can also be visited as part of one of our favorite tours, which combines a visit to a mussels farm with a guided visit of the church on the island. We suggest using Kotor as a base from which to see the rest of Montenegro, especially with a rental car. Our top recommendation outside Kotor is the remarkable sight of Sveti Stefan, a former fishing village on a tiny island turned luxury resort connected to the mainland by a thin sand tombolo. Sadly, since the late 2000s it is only accessible to hotel guests (and a basic cottage runs over €1,000 a night, with a minimum three night stay!) or to those with a lunch or dinner reservation, but you can still sunbathe on the public beach on the south side of tombolo for free. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider adding later.
Bay of Kotor and Blue Cave Private Speedboat Tour
Best of Montenegro Private Tour
Kotor Off-Road Photo Safari Private Tour
Kotor and Countryside Family Visit Private Half-Day Tour
Medieval Montenegro Private Tour
All About the Mussels Group Tour

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

  4.9 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Kotor vacation packages, based on 15 reviews
Review by Gian & Susan

Gian & Susan

We liked the fact that JayWay Travel staff were always there to handle and situation or request that came up and knowing they would immediately fix and/or respond gave us lots of security.

We liked the fact that JayWay Travel staff were always there to handle and situation or request that came up and knowing they would immediately fix and/or respond gave us lots of security.

Year : 2021
Visited : Croatia, Montenegro
Itinerary : Zagreb, Rovinj, Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Cavtat
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Croatia, Montenegro
Itinerary : Zagreb, Rovinj, Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Cavtat
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Ellen & Herbert

Ellen & Herbert

California

I would highly recommend JayWay Travel to anyone who wanted a wonderful experience that was well planned and didn’t have to worry about anything throughout the trip.

I would highly recommend JayWay Travel to anyone who wanted a wonderful experience that was well planned and didn’t have to worry about anything throughout the trip.

Year : 2021
Visited : Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Montenegro
Itinerary : Budapest, Prague, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Cavtat
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Montenegro
Itinerary : Budapest, Prague, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Cavtat
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Review by Julia & Kirk

Julia & Kirk

Colorado

The details of planning the trip were greatly handled by JayWay Travel. And the guides are fabulous making for a wonderful and relaxing vacation.

The details of planning the trip were greatly handled by JayWay Travel. And the guides are fabulous making for a wonderful and relaxing vacation.

Year : 2021
Visited : Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia
Itinerary : Kotor, Tirana, Gjirokastra, Ohrid, Skopje, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Zagreb
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia
Itinerary : Kotor, Tirana, Gjirokastra, Ohrid, Skopje, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Zagreb
Rating :
5 / 5

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Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Kotor

What are prices like in Kotor?
You can roughly expect to spend around 8 EUR/$9 for a quick lunch with a drink, 15 EUR/$16 for dinner, and 1-8 EUR ($1.5-9) for museums and landmarks.
How can I get around Kotor?
Kotor's Old Town is compact and pedestrian-only, so getting around is quite easy. If you're staying outside the city center, it's easy to get a taxi at a good rate.
How long should I stay in Kotor?
One or two days should work fine, but if you can't spare such time, Kotor can be visited as a day trip from Dubrovnik. We do not recommend doing so in summer, when lines at the border crossing can be long.
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