Kotor, Montenegro is a jewel of a place! Nestled at the head of a natural fjord (the only one in the Mediterranean) and backed by magnificent mountains, Kotor is straight from the pages of a fairytale book and its setting has captured the imagination of travellers from times immemorial. Kotor has some similarities with near-by Dubrovnik — it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Listed town — but in its completely natural and uncontrived old-world-charm, it comes out on top! Take your camera and walk the beautiful cobble-stone streets while you enjoy a laid-back atmosphere and see just how people live in this part of the world… and have done so for centuries! Certainly, we can say that the locals are very friendly and the local cuisine is delicious!
We loved seeing Kotor from above… and so make sure you take the uphill walk to the church on the hill and photograph the entire fjord with Kotos’s terracotta roofs setting sail below. It is tempting to stay for a week … and feel like a local… shopping at the daily open-air market and heading out to the islands for a swim.
Nearby Tivat, is a cute little town situated right in the middle of Boka Kotorska bay— also know and Boka Bay — and because of its proximity to Kotor, it is easy enough to take in a visit to the churches on the islands off the coast at Perast and then move on and Tivat. There is a wonderful marina to explore here — Porto Montenegro — and the township is also worth a look-see. The whole area is green and lush, and is a haven for writers, jewellery makers, painters, musicians and other artists — with that wonderful laid-back atmosphere and the sparkling waters of the Adriatic ever-present as a backdrop.
Porto Montenegro is base for many luxury yachts, most charter yachts in the area prefers to pick up clients from this marina.
During the day, rent a bike and ride along the coast, stopping to photograph the lovely old houses that line the waters’s edge…. you’ll also get some amazing photos of the coast and the fjord. If there’s time, stay the night in port and venture into town… take in a meal and listen to one of the travelling bands… or solo musicians play in a taverna.