Holidays in
Kotor

A magical Montenegro escape

The old fortified town of Kotor is in the midst of the Orjen mountain range and Lovcen mountain, making it a stunning place to explore for history buffs and nature lovers. Situated on one corner of the vast Bay of Kotor in southwest Montenegro, Kotor holidays involve roaming around the maze-like town and venturing through the Old Town up to the fortress to take in spectacular views of the harbour.

Back on sea level in the walled town, ancient churches and mosques stand side by side on the atmospheric cobblestone streets, which will also lead you to Venetian buildings and medieval squares. There are plenty of souvenir and gift shops selling Byzantine-inspired tiles and fabrics, as well as romantic restaurants serving locally caught seafood. Nightlife on holidays to Kotor includes enough bars, music venues and clubs to entertain you into the small hours.

Your Kotor questions, answered

Thanks to the Vrmac Tunnel, which goes under a mountain and connects Kotor to the Adriatic motorway and the rest of Montenegro, Kotor is just a 10-minute drive from Tivat Airport.

Kotor enjoys brilliantly warm summers with a mild breeze, but the temperature drops suddenly in the colder months when chilly winds come in from the interior.

Local delicacies to seek out include squid served with a Dalmatian dish made from potato and Swiss chard, and ‘frustule’, which is a sweet, crunchy snack.

Best things to do in Kotor

Climb the walls

It’s unsurprising that Kotor is on the Unesco World Heritage Site list when you see its impressive 15th-century ramparts, which you can climb up (1.2 kilometres) to reach San Giovanni Fortress.

Take a boat tour

Visit the pretty Venetian village of Perast and hire a boat to sail out to Our Lady of the Rocks islet, which is home to a church full of religious artefacts.

Swim the submarine tunnels

If you’re a strong swimmer with a sense of adventure, the World War II-era submarine tunnels near the fishing village of Rose is a must.

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