Kotor is a must see on any Montenegro flotilla holiday or yacht charter. Located at the head of a fjord-like bay the scenery is stunning. The town itself is steeped in history and the walls of the old city reach up the mountain side.
Kotor dates back to several centuries BC, being originally a Greek settlement. It has changed hands several times over the intervening centuries.
The old city, with its labyrinth of alleys dates back to Medieval times. The completeness of the city and its fortifications has earned it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
You’ll moor right next to the old city and can enter through the main entrance, the Sea Gate. There are plenty of notable buildings but if you’re looking for anywhere in particular, I would recommend sourcing a map before you wander in. It is said the maze-like arrangement is deliberate and that even the locals can get lost!
Beyond the old city, the number one activity is to walk around the city walls. However, it’s about 4.5km and not exactly flat, so you need to be reasonably fit. Wear sensible shoes – this is definitely not flip-flop territory. I also recommend you go either early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat.
The walk involves a climb of about 1200 feet, which takes you up to St Ivans Fort. It’s worth taking a camera – there are some good views from the top.
For the less energetic, there’s a Maritime Museum in the old city with paintings of famous seafarers and a number of models and finds. Alternatively, just settle in to one of the many cafes or restaurants. The city can be lively at night but even light sleepers will find it a price worth paying.