Travel Tuesday - Kotor, Montenegro

by - August 22, 2017

Happy Travel Tuesday friends!  Today I am so excited to share with you the day we spent in Kotor, Montenegro.  Be warned this post has a lot of photos.  Kotor was the second stop on the Greek Isles cruise we took in July.  Montenegro is not a part of Greece and I actually don't know why the cruise went up to Kotor and then came back to the Greek Isles but I am glad it did.  For a recap the map shows the cruises destination points.

Montenegro declared it's independence as a nation in 2006, it is part of what used to be Yugoslavia which broke up in 1992.  The city of Kotor is beautifully rich with historic buildings, churches and cathedrals dating back to 9th century when Kotor was named.  The people of Kotor speak english which was very helpful, they learn it in school at a very early age.  The port of Kotor where our cruise boat docked is located at the end of a 17 mile long waterway called fjord.  The trip through the fjord to Kotor and leaving at night was an extra special part of our day.  The sights were amazing from our room balcony, small towns etched in cliffs and little churches at the peak of the mountains.  We passed several lighthouses maned by a couple of guys, who seemed to be relaxing, maybe fishing and drinking, waving at us as we passed.  At night the cliffs and small towns were light with twinkling lights and you could see some headlights from cars rounding winding roads from town to town.  My husband and I sat on our balcony both in the morning and at night for the full 17 mile ride in and out of Kotor soaking it all in.  At night we shared a bottle of local wine we picked up in Kotor, that day we actually picked up several bottles of wine to share with our family later on in the trip. 

The Old City of Kotor is surrounded by walls that stretch 4.6 kilometers (2.6 miles) up the mountain, the walls reach a height of 260 meters (850 feet).  Many people suggest hiking the walls to see the breathtaking views and visit the fortress of Saint Ivan.  We did not hike the walls, it was way too hot and none of us were wearing hike appropriate attire.  Instead we had a beautiful day of wandering the streets of the Old City, which are car-free, we ate a large lunch at Hotel Vardar and then found a beach.  Kotor is known for it's cured meats and fresh seafood, so that's what we ordered.  My brother's girlfriend ordered squid which was incredibly tender and some of the largest squid I have ever seen served.  The beach we found was outside of the wall of the Old City just down the street in the opposite direction of the port.  My husband and I rented two lounge chairs and an umbrella for 15 euro and split a local beer.  The beach was rocky and a little tough on my feet and I could have really benefitted from water shoes.  I tried to wear my sandals in and that just made things worse.  I still got in!  My husband and I love the ocean and the water was great.  All in all it was another perfect day spent with my lovely family in an extraordinary place.  I would go back to Kotor in a heart beat.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

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    1. I am so glad you liked it! Kotor is such a beautiful place!