1 WANDER THE MAZE OF THE
OLD TOWN STREETS
When visiting Kotor, it’s essential to wander the maze
of narrow, cobblestone lanes that weave through
the old town. The seemingly chaotic street plan
was created quite purposefully; it was intended to
confuse intruders who came to plunder the town.
While wandering through alleys and into odd-shaped
squares, take note of the old stone buildings
and churches — many of which have small plaques
providing dates of construction and original use. The
tourist office outside Sea Gate (the pink, main gate)
provides free maps to help you find your way.
HIKE THE RAMPARTS
TO THE HILLTOP
A trip to Kotor wouldn’t
be complete without hiking
the ramparts to the hilltop
fortress. San Giovanni Castle
(St. John’s Fortress) sits high
above the town overlooking
the city — as it has since the
6th century. Today, it’s nothing
more than a shell, but it is
accessible by a foot path (and
1,355 steps!). From the fortress,
take in the stunning views and
vibrant colors of the Bay of
Kotor and the old town rooftops.
WALK ALONG THE WATER
Leave the walled city and explore the shoreline
of the Bay of Kotor. Walk north along the wide,
pedestrian promenade past waterfront cafes and
restaurants. Rest on a bench or at a café with a
coffee and watch the local fishermen in their boats.
Head to the south end of the bay to the far side
of the marina (and beyond) and look back toward
the city and hillside walls.
EXPLORE THE HISTORIC CHURCHES
Exploring the many churches in Kotor helps visitors
to gain a better understanding of the history of the
city and its people. Although only a small fraction
of the population is Catholic, the St. Tryphon Catholic
Cathedral remains a strong symbol of the city. It was
built in 1166 and houses the relics of St. Tryphon,
Kotor’s patron saint and protector. Another must-see
church located in the old city center is St. Nicholas.
Built in 1909, the Orthodox church is beautifully
decorated with an ornate iconostasis.
TAKE A DAY TRIP
Although there are many
things to do in Kotor, seeing
some of the surrounding area
is worth a quick trip — even
if for only a couple of hours.
North of the city on the
Bay of Kotor is picturesque
Perast. The small fishing
village consists of a cluster
of dwellings stacked on the
hillside and marked by a
soaring church bell tower.
Just off-shore are two
islands, one of which features
an intriguing legend and a
church; it can be visited via
a short boat ride. South of the city on the Adriatic
Sea is the walled city of Budva. Much bigger — and
touristy — than Kotor, Budva is often referred to as
the Riviera on the Adriatic Sea. In addition to the
historic center and shoreline paths, Budva is known
for its sandy beaches, boutique shops and upscale
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KOTOR IS A FEAST FOR YOUR SENSES.
ON EACH OF THE FOLLOWING VOYAGES YOU CAN EXPERIENCE IT ALL,
FROM THE FAMED WALLS OF OLD TOWN TO THE SHORELINE OF THE BAY.