Montenegro has become an insider tip on the travel market in recent years. Croatia's little sister is not only cheaper and less overrun, but also offers an undreamt-of variety of nature and cultural sights. However, as in Croatia, you should avoid visiting the island during the summer months due to the mass of tourists.
Bay of Kotor
The bay of Kotor is about 30 km long and consists of 4 single basins, which are connected by spectacular straits between the towering mountain flanks. It is also known as the southernmost fjord in Europe. It is advisable to book accommodation outside the towns, as these usually offer a private jetty or beach. From there you can take excursions to
nearby towns and sights, by car, rental car or the well connected bus network.
The private hotel Villa PM (Dobrota 280a, 85330 Kotor) between Kotor and Perast is a real insider tip and absolutely recommendable.
Surrounded by dark mountains, the city is remarkably, stunningly beautiful and Kotor´s old town is a maze of cobblestone streets. The many cultural treasures of the Old Town, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, and the distinctive atmosphere of Boka Bay require at least a one-day visit to the city.
The small fishing village Perast is one of the most beautiful places in Boca Bay, located just a few km from Kotor this tiny town boasts 16 churches and 17 formerly grand palazzos. The most famous and spectacular landmarks are actually the two picturesque islands with the famous church Gospa od skrpelja on it.
The youngest city in the bay of Kotor has an airport and a huge marina, which can be recognized immediately by the very well-kept city centre and the well-heeled guests. For a day trip it is nevertheless worthwhile, even if one arrives without a yacht.
Food & Lifestyle
Due to the many mountain springs that flow into the strait, there is an abundance of fish and shellfish species in the Bay of Kotor. This can also be seen from the fresh menus of the many good restaurants along the coast.
Visit the mussel farm Skoljle Boke (Orahovac 38), taste the delicious different mussels directly from the sea, the homemade white wine and let the talkative owner show you the cultivation methods.
If one comes from the dreamy and quiet bay of Kotor, the city appears loud, full and touristic. But at a second glance it offers not only the old town in Venetian style and the many possibilities for eating and going out but also the proximity to many sights and is therefore a good place to stay.
The peninsula Sveti Stefan 10 KM south of Budva is a beauty surrounded by wild bays and white beaches. On the peninsula itself are hotels and private houses, only those who have accommodation are allowed on the island. Nevertheless, a day trip for bathing and walking along this magical scenery is a must.