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Visit Kotor and its mouths: our must-sees [carte]

What to do in Kotor during your stay in Montenegro ? How to visit the mouths of Kotor ? We asked ourselves the same questions when planning our trip. To make the most of your vacation and visit the must-sees, it’s important to plan ahead.

To help you, we’ve put together a list of tips for your visit to Kotor, so you don’t miss a thing, along with our best addresses.

Our itinerary for visiting Kotor in Montenegro [carte]

The old town of Kotor is magnificent, surrounded by the ramparts of the ancient fortress, and as you stroll through its narrow streets you’ll come across numerous squares and churches. We recommend that you lose yourself in the narrow streets where it’s so pleasant to stroll and explore the magnificent Bay of Kotor by boat…

The fortified part of Kotor is aUNESCO World Heritage Site. In high season, July and August, in order to fully appreciate your visit, we strongly advise you to visit the city as early as possible before the arrival of the tourist buses from 9:30 am.

Allow about 2 hours to explore the old town of Kotor, starting at the entrance called “Sea gate”, then stopping at one of its squares to refresh yourself.

  1. Clock Tower: built in the 17th century, is located on a beautiful square surrounded by bars and restaurants.
  2. Catholic Cathedral of St. Tryphon: is a Romanesque cathedral of the XIIᵉ century well renovated, its entrance is paid, a visit to its facade is already interesting.
  3. Maritime Museum: on 3 floors this museum traces the maritime history of Kotor and gathers photos, models of ships, maritime objects in order to discover the rich maritime history of Kotor. An audioguide in French is included in the ticket price 5€.
  4. Museum of cats: you will see many cats, often domesticated, during your walk, for the cat lovers, this museum is composed of two rooms filled with illustrations, postcards and photos of cats. Visit 1€.

The fortress of Kotor

A must-see when visiting Kotor, we recommend a late afternoon visit to enjoy the magnificent sunset and pleasant temperatures.

There are two options to reach the fortress:

  • Paying option: from the old town (8€) the access to the fortress is done by a beautiful staircase composed of 1300 steps
  • Free option: by a path, a little less pleasant, which starts at the foot of the hydroelectric station, at Tabacina 529, Kotor, 85330, on Google maps

Count on 45 minutes to 1 hour of climbing to reach the 250 meters of altitude, you will be really rewarded for your effort because the panorama on the bay of Kotor is sublime!

Explore the mouths and bay of Kotor by boat

The cliffs of the Kotor Mouths form a bay, which looks like a fjord, framed by beautiful mountains. To fully explore this bay, you should definitely book a boat tour so you can enjoy an incredible view of the bay and its cliffs.

Another point, you can enjoy and bathe in its crystal clear waters away from the crowd. In short, a must for your trip for an attractive price! We recommend the following excursion:

➡️ This comprehensive boat tour of about 3 hours will allow you to discover the main points of interest in the Bay of Kotor, Our Lady of the Rock, a church built on an artificial island, several caves in the vicinity including the famous Blue Cave, and most importantly you will be able to swim away from the crowds.

What is the most beautiful beach in Kotor?

Many coves line the bay, we spent the afternoon at Kotor Beach accessible by foot from the old town. The water is clear and refreshing, with the beautiful mountains of the Kotor fjord in the background. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for 5€. We have listed the most beautiful beaches in Montenegro in an article.

What to do around Kotor?

Mount Lovcen

Mount Lovcen is a mountain, accessible from Kotor after a few kilometers of winding roads offering a superb view of the mouths of Kotor. The fee is 2€ per person to enter the national park. Then 5€ per adult, to reach the mausoleum and have a breathtaking view of the bay of Kotor.

We advise you to stop before the payment gates, the view is already incredible!

Visit the 3 must-see places in Montenegro

From Kotor, you can also let a local expert guide you on a 1-day tour of Montenegro’s 3 most famous sites : the incredible Bay of Kotor, Durmitor and its famous black lake, and theOstrog monastery, a major pilgrimage site.

This is a great option if you don’t have much time!

Practical information

Where to sleep in Kotor with a beautiful view of the bay?

We highly recommendApartment Magic Sea View, theapartment is fully equipped and very clean with an incredible terrace overlooking the beautiful bay of Kotor.

It is located a few minutes from the old town and near a beautiful cove. We loved our stay, we should have stayed an extra night to fully enjoy the place and the accommodation. Free secure on-site parking (2-night minimum).

Where to eat in Kotor?

  • Restaurant in Kotor: Pržun, excellent fish dishes
  • Ice cream shop: Marshall’s Gelato, ice cream with original flavors and little sugar
  • Pizzeria Pronto: the best value for money in the old town of Kotor

How do I get to Kotor from Podgorica?

For more freedom, we opted for a rental car that we picked up and dropped off at Podgorica airport.

There are no highways in Montenegro, you will use the national road or winding mountain roads. So short distances can take much longer than expected, you will be driving on average 40-50 km per hour. Be patient, this freedom will offer you unforgettable views!

From the fortified coastal town of Budva, it’s a 1-hour drive.

Now we continue our exploration of Montenegro, we take you to discover the Durmitor!

Have a nice trip to the Balkans! Feel free to leave us a quick note or 5 stars below, to tell us if you’re planning this trip, to ask any questions you may have, here or on Instagram, we’ll get back to you with great pleasure.

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My name is Floriane, and I've been an adventurer and travel enthusiast since I was very young. More than anything, I love sharing our travel stories and tips with you. We love short getaways as well as long trips. This blog was born after our backpacking trip around the world. We also went on a family tour of Europe.
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