A fairytale town in Kotor Bay

Spectacular scenery and Montenegro go hand-in-hand. Holidays to Perast, whose terracotta-roofed houses and soaring church squires cling to the hillside in the picturesque Bay of Kotor, are no different. The views here are superb – the outlook is one of glittering Adriatic Sea waters and the snow-capped peaks that surround them. In the middle of the bay there are two islets – St George and Our Lady of the Rocks. The former is centred on a Benedictine monastery, the latter a Catholic church and a fascinating museum. Perast has the feel of a Venetian town, with Baroque palaces and 16 age-old churches. It’s got just one street, which winds along the waterfront, freckled with palms and bougainvillea. You’ll find a few restaurants here, serving up tasty Montenegrin delicacies and sea views. One dates all the way back to the 12th century, and has a cave-like interior.

Your Perast questions, answered

Head to Beach Bar Pirates – a lovely spot for a swim. It serves cold beers and cocktails and hosts DJs in summer.

Perast is teeny tiny – just one kilometre from one end to the other, and its rich architecture is best discovered on foot.

There's not lots to do for those with really little ones, but older children may appreciate Perast.

Best things to do in Perast

Dine on the waterfront

Perast has a handful of atmospheric restaurants – one dates back to the 12th century. Net-fresh seafood is a staple, as are meatballs and stuffed peppers.

Tour the islets

Sail over to St George and Our Lady of the Rocks to explore the church and monastery, and hear legends about how the isles came to be.

Go hiking

Lace up those walking boots and tackle the countless hiking trails of the area. The trek to the Sveti Andrija Fortress is a favourite.