Kotor is a coastal city within Montenegro, a small Balkan country famed for its medieval structures, lush scenery, and rich nautical history.
One of two artificial islands located in the Bay of Kotor, Gospa od Skrpjela honors the city's seafaring past and the many captains who have been shipwrecked in the area, according to local legends.
Hike up the mountain to this old 9th-century fortress with stunning views of the fjord below.
Take in the Romanesque-Gothic architecture of this 11th-century cathedral, located in the heart of Old Town.
Follow the many forested switchbacks of this looming mountain hike for a 3.5 hour excursion terminating in the village of Krstac.
Pay tribute to Kotor's naval history and visit this museum of reconstructed galleys, captain's portraits, and navigational instruments.
Visit Kotor during the summer months between May and September when temperatures allow for more outdoor sports like hiking, sailing, fishing, and swimming.
Tivat Airport (TIV) is located 4.9 miles outside of the city center and services mainly regional airlines. Most travelers fly into the capital at Podgorica Airport (TGD) and then connect by bus or private car to Kotor.
During the high tourist season, ships will call at the Port of Kotor while making their way along the Adriatic Coast. There are regular daily ferries between Italy and Kotor throughout the year, which cost EUR50 one way.
Take the M2.3 from the capital city Podgorica to reach Kotor in 1.5 hours.
The Kotor main bus station is a 10-minute walk from Old Town. Globtour offers regular connections to cities in Bosnia, Albania, Italy, Serbia, and Croatia. A one-way ticket from Split, Croatia to Kotor costs EUR15.
Hotel Amfora Kotor is a 4-star hotel overlooking the Bay of Kotor, with good amenities. Hotel Marija is a boutique hotel with comfortable rooms located in Old Town.
Old Town - the city center of Kotor offers many restaurants, bars, and hotels, and is within walking distance to tourist museums, churches, and fortresses.
Perast - this charming town on the bay just outside of Kotor is a popular day-trip location.
Upper Town - here you can hike up to the Old Fortress and take some amazing pictures of the bay and city below.
There are many intercity buses in Kotor allowing you to travel between neighborhoods. A single ride ticket costs EUR1.30.
Taxi tariffs start at EUR1 and cost around EUR5 for a ride within the city center.
Rental cars can be picked up from the Port of Kotor, Tivat Airport, or in downtown Kotor. Daily rates start at EUR25.
Shopping Centar Kamelija is the most traditional shopping mall. Cats of Kotor Art and Handicraft Gallery on Stari Grad Kotor is a cat-lovers utopia with many souvenirs and local art pieces available.
Euro Casa and IDEA Market are the two main food shopping stores. A dozen eggs costs EUR1.50.
Cesarica in Old Town serves traditional Dalmatian coast cuisine, such as fresh sea food and risotto. A meal for two including drinks costs EUR40.