Kotor, Montenegro is a historic old town situated on the south coast of Montenegro. The town is in a valley surrounded by vast mountains with a clear inland sea. It’s a smaller and lesser-known town that Budva. It’s certainly stunning, but the question is, does it make a good Stag Do/Buck’s bachelor party destination?
Flights and arrival
Located about 1 hour 30 minutes from the capital. The old town is larger than its Budva counterpart, but the overall town is smaller, the town overlooks the beautiful Bay of Kotor.
Tivat airport is very well located to reach Kotor, Wizz Air do now fly there from Luton, but flights are irregular. If you can get flights to this airport this would be your best option. Whilst further away flights into Podgorica airport are a least 3 times a week. Once you arrive at Podgorica you should sail through border control due to its size. You can get a taxi to Kotor for around 60 euros. There is no direct public transport from the airport, but there is an option to get a taxi to Podgorica bus terminal and a bus from there.
On arrival in Kotor, you will be greeted by vast mountains either side of the valley. It’s truly a breath-taking location.
Where to stay and how much for stag parties in Kotor
Kotor accommodation can be described as functional and therefore we think matches well for stag/bucks’ groups. They come with large terraces/balconies, kitchens, dishwashers and washing machines. A large apartment or villa with around 2/3 beds will set you back 350 euros for a week. Being on the northern side of the old town will give easy access to it and the beach area with its bars. It does get popular in peak season summertime, but a deal can definitely be struck with owners in off season.
Price of drinks and food
Prices in Kotor are similar to Budva, a pint (500ml) of local beer in 2022 is €4. While a bottle of wine costs €15. The old town and lake front have numerous bars and restaurants for dinner and drinks serving mostly Italian food or seafood.
Where can I get a sim card?
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Best Bars for Stag Parties in Kotor
These are our top 4 picks.
- Perovici, located 300 meters up the Kotor Ladder, it cannot be reached by road but hike only. This will be the hardest bar to reach but the views are spectacular. Run by a cute old couple all the products are brought in by mule and hence prices are more than you would normally pay. It is also known as the Cheese Shop on google maps.
- Old Town Pub – bang in the centre of the old town, this place does exactly what you would expect! Stop here for a pint, maybe a bit of pub grub, and the chance to soak up the ambience in the old town.
- Little Bay, a short walk from the old town next to Kotor Beach. This bar/restaurant has views overlooking Kotor Lake. It has chilled out vibes with large sofas. Always buzzy and you can take a dip whenever you feel like it. It has sun loungers you can rent here, 30 euros for the day. A tad pricey!
- Mandrac, come for the pumping beats and cocktails. This bar is straight out of Ibiza. Situated slightly further up from Kotor beach. Staff are friendly and welcoming to large group. A must see for stag/bucks’ parties.
Does Kotor have better club nightlife than Budva? Overall, we think not, but what is here does feel better quality. So it depends on the type of nightlife you’re into and the style of stag do you want.
If the beach bars are not quite satisfying that itch, then you could head to Club Maximus, close to the coast near the old town however it does not have a dance floor and is more of a sit down at your table vibe.
Kotor’s restaurants and eateries are simple and tasty, with street food being a great option for stag/bucks’ parties, including gyros and slices of pizza for quick bite for around 3 euros.
Activities in Kotor for Stag/Buck’s Bachelor Parties
If you are into activities then Kotor has a few options for your stag/bucks party. You can hire and bicycle for 10 euros a day and take a scenic ride around the lake. There are also kayaks that can be hired by the hour for 4 euros. The hiking trails in Kotor are pretty special with the ladder of Kotor being a particular highlight as it winds its way backwards and forwards up a sheer face.
Here are a few activity ideas to consider:
There is a main beach in Kotor which is nice but incredibly small. Get down here early to secure yourself a spot. The view from the beach makes up for its size. Drinks and eateries and plentiful around it making it a fun spot. There are also numerous swimming spots up and down the lake, and many bars have the option to dip into the water and then return to your drink!
Is Kotor open to Stags/Bucks’ parties?
We are not sure if Kotor is hospitable to Stags/Bucks bachelor parties as we did not see a single group here. Kotor tourists are mainly couples and families with a few backpackers. But if you’re willing to keep it civilised then why not try? Kotor is styling itself more towards couple and families but having been here it is set up for a group fun. Perhaps a weekend would be preferable to a weeklong trip. Why not combine the trip with a visit to Budva down the road, read more about it here.
In summary we think Kotor would be a good stag/buck’s destination for those with a bit more money and enjoy a more laid-back vibe.
- Value 7/10
- Accessibility 5/10
- Nights Out 5/10
- Activities 5/10
- Total: 5.25
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