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Located in the Bay of Kotor, the Mediterranean port of Kotor is teeming with history.

Monday, 3 June 2019,
By Tourism Organisation of Kotor
Tourism Organisation of Kotor
Tourism Organisation of Kotor
Photograph by Tourism Organisation of Kotor

Located in the Bay of Kotor, the Mediterranean port of Kotor is teeming with history. Tourists feel likes stepping into the Middle Ages in this beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site that dazzles with its rich cultural heritage.

The core of the town is surrounded by three-mile-long defensive walls, some of which are up to 65ft high. At the altitude of 850ft, there’s St John’s Hill, upon which sits a fortress with the same name. The old town can be accessed through three gates. The biggest of these is the Western Gate, which could once be reached only from the sea. The area in front of the Western Gate dates back to 1555, and the entrance area is built in Renaissance-baroque style. The oldest of the gates is the South Gate, which dates from the 10th century.

The city’s historic legacy of being settled by Illyrians, Romans, Byzantines and the French is evident everywhere you look. Kotor is home to more than 60% of the cultural heritage of the whole of Montenegro. Numerous palaces, squares, museums, galleries and churches show how the artistic epochs have been preserved. The symbol of the city is the Cathedral of St Tryphon, also known as Kotor Cathedral, built in 1166. It holds a rich collection of art and relics, as well as the works of local goldsmiths that date from the 14th to the 18th century.

The favourable climatic conditions in the region mean that Kotor can be visited throughout the year. Summer is warm and dry, and winters are mild with occasional rainfall, and the average annual temperature is a little over 15C. The town is also notable for its numerous traditional events, such as the Carnival in Kotor, which takes place every February, and has been held on an annual basis since the late 15th or early 16th century. In addition to giving visitors the sense of travelling through time by viewing its architecture and art, Kotor also offers numerous opportunities for active holidays. The region is home to both mountainous terrain and a charming coastline, so within just a short drive or even a reasonable walk, visitors can be transported to a hiking hotspot or a relaxing beach environment.


A boat tour to Perast and the island that houses the church Our Lady of the Rocks is an experience to remember



• Medieval city
• Cultural monuments
• Great pedestrian zone
• Child-friendly
• Surrounded by nature
• Mediterranean cuisine
• Street art


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