DiscountsLast MinuteKotor, Montenegro

August 3, 2018by Emma Churchill3
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Kotor

Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro. It is located in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor. The city has a population of 13,510 and is the administrative center of Kotor Municipality.

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The old Port

The old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period. It is located on the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea.

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Fijords

Some have called it the southernmost fjord in Europe, but it is a ria, a submerged river canyon. Together with the nearly overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovćen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive landscape.

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Venetian and Ottoman Rule

The city was part of the Venetian Albania province of the Venetian Republic from 1420 to 1797. It was besieged by the Ottomans in 1538 and 1657.

Four centuries of Venetian domination have given the city the typical Venetian architecture, that contributes to make Kotor a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Middle Ages

The town has been fortified since the early Middle Ages, when Emperor Justinian built a fortress above Ascrivium in 535, after expelling the Ostrogoths. Ascrivium was plundered by the Saracens in 840. It was further fortified towards the peak of Saint Ivan by Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos in the 10th century. 

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Cruises

Since the early 2000s Kotor has seen an increase in tourists, many of them coming by cruise ship. Visitors are attracted by the natural environment of the Gulf of Kotor and by the old town of Kotor. Kotor is part of the World Heritage Site dubbed the Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor.

Planning Your Kotor Visit

A visit to Kotor

The Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor is located in the Boka Kotorska Bay, on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro. The property encompasses the best preserved part of the bay covering its inner south-eastern portion.

How safe is it?

Yes, it is safe to visit Montenegro.

Little is needed when it comes to warnings for Montenegro. This young Adriatic state, tucked between Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Albania, enjoys a reputation for being safe and friendly.

When to go

The best time to see most of the local sites is spring and summer: the stunning water of Kotor shines its brightest blue. June to September also provide the gentlest conditions for exploring the riches of Durmitor National Park.

How many days should you spend in Kotor?

Two days might not seem like enough time to see Kotor, but it’s perfectly sufficient to hit most of the best sights.

It’s also far more than most cruise tourists spend (typically 4-8 hours in port).

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3 comments

  • Brad Jackson

    September 5, 2018 at 8:56 am

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  • Emma Churchill

    September 5, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I booked a 5 day Garden Route trip for myself and my 70 year old mother. Peter was enormously helpful and flexible with regard to altering the schedule to fit in our requests. Our guide was Sarel who was very friendly, knowledgeable and patient. The choice of accommodation along the way was varied and of a high standard which enhanced our trip. The itinerary was varied and interesting. It was an excellent experience and I wouldn`t hesitate to use Cape Town Experience Tours (and the sister company Cape Team Tours) again. Highly recommended.

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    • Erik Chan

      September 5, 2018 at 8:57 am

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