View over Kotor Montenegro
Looking down on Kotor from San Giovanni Castle

Inspiring Destinations – Kotor, Montenegro

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Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor is a fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt Lovćen. The city has been an important town since the early Middle Ages due to its strategic location on a bay where ships can shelter.

View of a city with mountains in the background
Looking over the bay to Kotor from Vrmac

It is noted for winding streets and squares, and its medieval old town has several Romanesque churches, including Kotor Cathedral.

Historic building in Kotor Montenegro
The Maritime Museum contains nautical history exhibits, such as model ships, paintings and furniture.

The architecture has been influenced by those empires that controlled it – Dalmatians, Bulgarians, Serbians, Hungarians. Kotor was part of the Republic of Venice from 1420 to 1797, and it was under the Venetians that Kotor took most of its current form.

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The walls of Kotor city

The views in this stunning area are incredible where ever you are looking from.

High above Kotor is San Giovani Castle. The path up to the castle equates to 100 flights of steps, the climb is worth it as the views are spectacular.

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The walk up to San Giovani Castle equates to 100 flights of steps, but the view are worth it!

We climbed up the fortress in the morning, the opposite hill to the old Austro-Hungarian Fort in the afternoon (another 60 flights), and explored the old town during the day and the evening.

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The lights show the path up and down to the castle

Locals and visitors make the most of the beautiful clear water in the bay.

Boat and man doing water sports
There is always lots of activity on the waters around Kotor

During 2017 we did a massive road trip that took in Montenegro among many other East Europe countries. Read our post here – Eastern Europe Road Trip Best Pics.