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Kotor

  | Montenegro

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

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Kotor Sights

Kotor is an undiscovered gem. A highlight of Montenegro, it's the southernmost fjord in Europe. It's also the deepest in the Adriatic Sea. 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.

Kotor Tourism

The rest of Kotor Bay is worth exploring. The same is true for Montenegro. 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. Old Town's lanes and alleyways are lined with outdoor seating for the 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!

  Average guest ratings of our Kotor vacation packages:
(4.9/5 based on 4 reviews)

"JayWay allowed us to have our self-guided vacation with just the right amount of support. We could use the resources at our disposal as much or as little as we wanted. JayWay is a finely tuned machine."

Christiane & Randall

Christiane & Randall

Quebec

"Our honeymoon was great and JayWay was there to assist us and make the trip stress free. Even when we were late showing up for the kayak excursion (thought it was an hour later), JayWay's local representative called and reminded us of the time, as well as arranged for the kayak operator to wait for us."

Jen & Chris

Jen & Chris

Pittsburgh, PA

Where to stay in Kotor

The small old town of Kotor, with it's 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.

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. While in Kotor if you are up for the challenge we suggest the steep climb to the fortress over looking 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, or this can be combined with one of our favorite tours that combines a visit to a mussels farm with a guided visit of the church on the island. We suggest using Kotor as a base to see the rest of Montenegro and rental car tends to be the best mode of transport. Our top recommendation outside Kotor is to visit 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 isthmus. 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 those with a lunch or dinner reservation but you can still sunbathe on the public beach on the south side of isthmus for free. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to included in your vacation package or consider for adding later.


Charlie
Marketing Manager

What I love about Kotor...

“Whenever I think of Kotor the first memory that comes to mind is of the best and freshest mussels I've eaten in my life. The conditions in the bay are just perfect for farming them. A visit to the mussels farm is an absolute must! Then there's those staggering walls! Just how did they build them? A couple of nights here is an excellent addition to your tour of the region if you want to go beyond Croatia and there are far fewer tourists than in Dubrovnik!”

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 make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

10 Days Highlights of ex-Yugoslavia Tour

Discover some of the less-visited parts of the Balkans on a self-drive trip that will reward your adventurous spirit with warm welcomes, great food and spectacular sights. Start your exploration in Zagreb, then head to the capital of the former Yugoslavia, Belgrade. From there you'll be going south into Bosnia & Herzegovina with stops in Sarajevo and Mostar, before dipping into Montengro for a couple of nights in UNESCO-listed Kotor then dropping the car off at Dubrovnik airport. read full itinerary

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Kotor from above. The view makes the climb up the walls worthwhile!
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