things to do in kotor

BEST THINGS TO DO IN KOTOR MONTENEGRO 2024

What to do in Kotor Montenegró?

Unforgettable Attractions and Activities!

Discover the top sights and experiences in Kotor with our curated guide. We’ve handpicked the best attractions showcasing this Montenegrin gem’s charm, history, and natural beauty. We’ve decided to choose the most important and exciting places and sites you could visit inside and outside the city of Kotor. The delicious food you cannot miss while in Montenegro couldn’t be left off this list either!

Historic Charm and Natural Beauty

Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site, blends stunning natural landscapes with rich cultural history. Nestled along the Bay of Kotor, this charming town is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, vibrant local culture, and breathtaking natural surroundings.

Kotor Old Town

The heart of Kotor lies within its Old Town, a maze of cobblestone streets, baroque buildings, and lively squares. This ancient town is surrounded by impressive fortifications that stand as a testament to Kotor’s historical significance. Strolling through the Old Town, you’ll discover hidden squares, cozy cafes, and numerous historical landmarks, each with its own fascinating story.

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City Walls

City Walls are a sight to see, stretching high up into the mountains. These ancient walls have been standing for centuries, protecting the town of Kotor from numerous invaders. They run about 4.5 kilometers long and are quite a climb, but the view from the top is worth it. You can see the beautiful bay on one side and old, historic buildings on the other. As the walls are illuminated at night, the entire area is transformed into a magical scene.

Cathedral of Saint Tryphon

Another testament to Kotor’s cultural strength is the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, built in 1166. Its elegant Romanesque architecture, tall baroque bell towers, and impressive artworks inside make it one of the most charming medieval churches on the eastern Adriatic Sea coastline. This is not just another church; it’s a monument that encapsulates everything that makes this town and Montenegro appealing and intriguing to travelers.

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saint luka church

Saint Luka’s Church

The story of Saint Luka’s church beautifully illustrates Kotor’s culture and the lifestyle of its inhabitants. This charming Serbian Orthodox church holds a special place among the other Romanesque monuments in our town. Constructed in 1195, it stands as one of the few structures from that era that are still standing and in use today. Local belief holds that the church possesses miraculous resilience, surviving numerous obstacles, devastating earthquakes, and wars.

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Maritime Museum

Kotor may not boast an abundance of museums, but the entire town serves as a living museum with its well-preserved architecture, culture, and traditions. However, a visit to the Maritime Museum is highly recommended for those eager to delve deeper into its history and past. Housed in the exquisite 18th-century Grgurina family palace, the building itself is a marvel. Once inside, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to a different era. This historical palace is home to a rich collection of maritime artifacts, including ship models, navigation instruments, portraits of esteemed local captains, exquisite furniture, artworks, and weaponry.

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Open Market

Like markets in many towns worldwide, the Kotor open market offers a genuine taste of local life, charm, and delicious regional products. In addition to exploring the Old Town, a visit to Kotor’s green market is essential for a complete experience of our lovely town. The market operates daily, from early morning until 3 PM, with Saturdays being the bustling market day when farmers from around Montenegro gather to sell their goods. The market is vibrant, and you can always hear locals and vendors cheerfully chatting. The one thing we can guarantee is that you won’t be hungry when you leave this place!

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Kotor Bay

Often called Europe’s southernmost fjord, Kotor Bay wraps around a coastline filled with history and natural beauty. The whole bay is like a picture from a storybook, with clear blue waters and surrounding mountains. Make sure you book a boat tour from Kotor to experience its serene beauty. These guided tours offer a unique perspective of the town and the surrounding scenery. Glide across the crystal-clear waters, enjoy stunning views of the mountains, and discover secluded bays and charming coastal villages.

Get ready for a memorable journey on the Bay of Kotor!

Kotor Blue Cave

Experience the magic of the Blue Cave, one of Montenegro’s natural wonders. The water inside the cave has a magical glow, making it look like the whole place is lit up with blue lights.  Visitors can get there by boat, which is a simple and fun ride across the clear waters. Once you’re inside the cave, the calm and cool environment is a perfect place to relax. Dive into the clear, azure depths for a refreshing swim in this breathtaking natural phenomenon!

Dive into the natural beauty of the Blue Cave!

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perast

Perast

Founded in the Baroque period, this charming town has preserved its numerous palaces, churches, and old stone houses, standing as silent witnesses to its prosperous past. Perast was once a naval powerhouse, with its skilled sailors and shipbuilders known across the Mediterranean. The town’s maritime heritage is celebrated in its Naval Museum, which houses artifacts and tells tales of brave sea captains and far-flung voyages. One of the most enchanting aspects of Perast is its two tiny islands, and the Church of Saint Nicholas. Its beautiful architecture and peaceful atmosphere are highlights of Kotor’s rich culture.

Experience the tranquility and beauty of Perast!

Our Lady of the Rocks

Whether you’ve arrived in Kotor for a single day by cruise ship or you’re staying a few days, discovering the iconic Our Lady of the Rocks is a must! This artificial island has an interesting story as it was created by sinking ships loaded with rocks. The island’s only structure, a Catholic church, is a repository of Kotor’s maritime history and local lore. Explore the church’s rich collection of paintings and learn about the centuries-old tradition of local seamen who contributed rocks and tokens to this sacred spot.

Explore this unique piece of cultural heritage!

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Kotor Cable Car

For a breathtaking view of Kotor Bay, take a ride on the Kotor Cable Car. Ascending the slopes of Lovćen Mountain, the cable car offers unparalleled vistas of the bay, Kotor Old Town, and the surrounding natural landscape. Reach the top to enjoy panoramic views that stretch across the Adriatic, making for an unforgettable photographic opportunity.

Soar above Kotor for an unforgettable view!

Traditional food to try in Kotor

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Mussels in Buzara Sauce

Mussels have been a coastal delicacy in Montenegro for years, prepared using a simple traditional recipe with olive oil, garlic, parsley, tomatoes, and wine. Combine it with local wine, enjoy the flavors, and learn how to pronounce “buzara”!

smoked ham

Smoked Ham & Cheese

While fish is a beloved coastal dish, Montenegrins are true meat enthusiasts! If you visit a local home, they’ll likely serve you homemade brandy and a plate of local smoked ham and cheese. The secret ingredient is the perfect microclimate and geographical position!

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Red Wine Vranac

During your visit to Kotor and Montenegro, don’t miss trying our famous red wine, Vranac. With centuries-old winemaking traditions and grapes native to the region, this wine has won numerous awards and is exported worldwide!

Get the most out of your trip to Kotor!

Kotor is the perfect spot for your next getaway. It’s a charming town with old buildings and cozy streets that feel like home. Staying in Kotor gives you the chance to wander through cafes and shops at your own pace, soaking in the local vibe. For a bit of adventure, consider a day trip from Kotor, as the area around is full of beautiful places to explore, from scenic boat rides to quaint villages.