We visited the wodnerful walled city of Kotor in Montenegro, here are the 10 best things to see and do in Kotor.

Where is Kotor?

Kotor is a small town in Montenegro, situated around 25km from Budva and 89km from the airport in Podgorica. Kotor’s blue water nestles closely to the mountains creating a dramatic tension between the low-lying bay and the sky-high hills. The Old Town at the heart of Kotor presents a maze of cobbled streets, dabbled with restaurants, bars and historic sites. Kotor may not be a well-known as Dubrovnik to the South, or Budva to the East but it is certainly as spectacular.

What to do and see in Kotor

You could merrily spend a week here lazing on the beach, but if you’re on the lookout for more activities, then here are the top ten best things to see and do in Kotor:

1. Visit the Old Town

The Old Town is an absolute delight. A combination of ancient winding streets and laid-back squares filled with restaurants and bars. Enjoy a bite to eat as you walk around. Or sit down at one of the many bars and restaurants and enjoy some people watching alongside some traditional Montenegrin cuisine.

Be sure to visit the Watch Tower and Cathedral of Sveti Tripun. But there are so many other historical sites to see!

2. Cycle Around the Bay

For 10 Euros per day, you can hire a bike and cycle around the bay of Kotor. Here the roads are flat and not busy. It’s possible to cycle all the way around Dobrota, through Kotor and onwards to the Muo area. Enjoy an ice-cream, lunch or dip in the water as you go. Try Montenegro Globe which will arrange rental for you.

3. Walk the City Walls and Visit St Giovanni Fort

The old town of Kotor is enclosed by Medieval city wall. There are various access points in the old town from which you can climb up. It’s completely free to walk around and enjoy the view. Sticking with historic sites in Kotor, you could also visit St Giovanni Fort. A short climb from the old town will take you to this attraction. Tickets are 8 Euros.

4. Hire a Paddle Board or Kayak

For 30 Euros per day for a double Kayak, or less for an individual raft, you can explore the entire bay of Kotor on the water. Paddle Boards are also available if you fancy trying to keep your balance aboard a paddle board across the water. Kotor Bay Tours can sort you out with a rental for the day or a few hours.

5. Take a boat tour to the Blue Cave

With Sea Dog Tours you can take a 3 hour boat tour of the bay of Kotor which takes in all the key sights including Perast, Lady of the Rock and the Blue Cave. At the Blue cave you’ll spend 20 minutes inside the cave where you can enjoy a swim!

6. Hike the Ladder of Kotor

The ladder of Kotor is a spectacular hiking trail that winds back and forth up the mountain from Kotor’s old town. It’s truly the best way to get a view of the entire bay. Allow between 2 and 4 hours to hike to the top and back. For a full guide on how to hike the ladder of Kotor click here.

7. Relax on the beach

There are two beaches in Kotor. The main one is next the Little Bay restaurant. It’s small but remains fairly uncrowded. There’s also a natural beach further around the bay towards Muo. Between Kotor and Dobrata there are many swimming spots, perfect if you want something more private.

8. Visit Perast

From Kotor you can take a bus that takes 20 minutes to the town of Perast. The bus runs every hour and costs 1 Euro. Look for Blue Line buses leaving from outside the old town gate. In Perast, you can see St Nikolas church or just enjoy the small-town vibes as you wander around.

9. Enjoy Seafood in Dobrota

Take a stroll along the promenade and head for Dobrata. This is a quiet suburb of Kotor which sits alongside the sparkling blue water. Enjoy a srafood platter and bottle of white wine at Konoba Portun for around 30 euros per person.

10. Shop in Kotor

Kotor is geared towards tourism and as such there are lots of souvenir shops around the Old Town. There’s also a vast selection of fabulous sparkling gemstones sold at jewellery stores if you’re shopping for something a bit more special. Finally, be sure to check out the Bazar in the old town which sells all sorts of weird and wonderful items.

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