Castle Of San Giovanni
Castle Of San Giovanni
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  • Johan S
    Sigtuna, Sweden12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking x 2!
    To walk/climb the path and stairs up to the Castle is breathtaking, physically! You need to be a bit fit to enjoy it. Don't forget to bring water. An other advice is to do it in the morning - it gets really hot after 11 o'clock. When you reach the top it's breathtaking, again. But this time it's the view and the scenery that's taking you. Well worth all the effort!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,974 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great workout to the top and amazing views all along the way
    The tour guide said there are 1400 steps to the top. I didn’t count the steps, but it could easily have been 1400, there were a lot of steps. You pretty much need to walk the steps, as the ground is covered in large rocks that are difficult to walk on. You need to pay to walk up. I don’t recall how much, but I think less than 10 euros. The guy at the kiosk also takes credit cards. You also need to save your receipt as it is checked again on the way down – and if you do not have it, you need to pay again. You first reach an old church which was not open when we were there. You then pass ruins from the lower fortress. Go around to the right to find the stairs to continue walking up. You will then reach the second set of ruins. Continue some more to reach the top. When we were there, there was someone who apparently lugged a cooler with soft drinks, juice, and water to the top and was selling them. The views from the top are as amazing as you’d expect them to be. But if you can’t make it the entire way to the top, the views are wonderful all along the intermediate points as well. Be sure to wear good shoes and you really should bring enough water. We enjoyed the hike up and would do it again.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 23, 2024
  • sfmann106
    Colchester, United Kingdom1,114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice views but quite a hike up
    One of the 'must do' things while staying in Kotor. We opted to go up via the 'serpentine walk', which is actually a walk up to a different vantage point further up and a small shack cafe but we came down the traditional steps route. Cost is 15 euros, from a rather grumpy and unbothered ticket attendant, which we understand is higher price than in previous years, so I suspect they're milking the tourists while it's tourist season? Anyway, we walked right to the top. There's some info plaques but I think most of the information about this you would be better finding online beforehand, so you're clued up. The views at the top are stonking and there are some little gems, which a lot of people seem to miss, such as the view of a tiny abandoned church through a window in the wall part way down and an abandoned church on the route up near the bottom. Don't go climbing about on the walls (easy to be tempted to do) as there's little real safety railing as such in places and it's a good drop over the side if you lose your footing!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2024
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Ryan J
Kotor, Montenegro7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I've been wanting to hike up to the fortress above Kotor for years and finally did it this weekend. The hike itself is a good one and is definitely challenging, particularly if your fitness is lacking. I feel the winter is the best time of year to go up there as the temperature was not as hot as in summer when it's 40 degrees C and the trail is full of people. The trail was still fairly busy considering the time of year with tourists. The view is amazing of Kotor bay and mountains behind the fortress.

Sadly I've only rated it as average because the amount of garbage up there is terrible. Luckily it's free to go there in winter but in the summer you have to pay €8 for the privilege. It would be nice with all the money Kotor council makes in the summer they would clean it up, but obviously don't bother and pocket the cash instead of making it a better experience. Also it would have been great to see some information on the history of the place.

Worth the visit though.
Written February 10, 2020
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Nick J
28 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Looking at Kotor this is one of the most praised about activity’s so my wife and I put it on the list. When you get to the start (we started on the left hand side of the old city), you are met by the “boarder control” who have INCREASED THE PRICE TO €15 PER PERSON, not €8. When I asked why, he simply said “that was last year price, new year price is €15”.

After watching a lot of people turn around, we decided it was on the list for a reason. We bit the bullet, paid €30 to do it (almost $60 in our currency and a decent dinner somewhere else, or most of a tank of gas).

The track is okay. For the vast majority of it has stairs on the wall side of the track which are good, and the left side is stone. Some parts of the stone path is laid out nicely and can be walked on, other times it’s loose and not walkable. There are a few times were you can get lost in ruins, as there are about 2 signs to get to the top.

The walk itself is good, it can be challenging at times and takes your breath a bit, but with the stone paths being in poor quality giving way and catching your breath is helpful.

Once at the top, you are greater with a spectacular view, it looks similar to the one at the top of the serpentine road (which is a lot cheaper to access if you drive). The ruins itself is not maintained at all. Rubbish everywhere, graffiti plastered around, bottles wedged in and all sorts. Disappointing from an environmental end as it’s definitely not looked after at all.

We tried a different exit (right hand side) and the €15 gate was there as well. Other tourists were annoyed about the price increase too and walked away. Lots of questions being asked to the gate man about where the money goes and what it is used for, which he didn’t respond to…

Would I do it again, no. Would I recommend it for €15… probably not unfortunately. The €15 needs to go to upkeep and maintenance along with picking up rubbish and making it a cleaner space.
Written April 20, 2024
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mrc282
World8,682 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
I hiked up using the Ladder of Kotor route (trailhead 42.42721421599214, 18.77335037116434). This is called the backdoor route which allows you to bypass the 8 euros admission fee payable via the Kotor Old Town official route. This route is also less tiring because it is a gravel route over a series of switchbacks; the official route has slippery stone steps.

Along the way, I passed the cheese shop at Spiljari, Sveti Juraj church ruins which was overrun by goats, and climbed through the St Giovanni castle window using a wooden ladder. I then spent another 1 hour exploring the castle ruins and courtyard, before beginning my descend into the Kotor Old Town via the official route. There is a church, Church of Our Lady of Remedy, on this path.

The hike up took 40 min, and the hike down took slightly less only due to the care needed when descending the stone steps.
Written May 20, 2022
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Ilovemyjollies
418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
You need a certain level of fitness to get to the top.

We tried to find the free route mentioned in a previous review without any success. But the scenery and views are well worth the 8 euro entry fee.

A few bits of advice:
- don't wear flipflops, at least wear trainers as the route has lots of loose rock and is a bit slippery especially on the route down
- go early in the morning, avoid the sun and the number of people.
- take plenty of water, it's strenuous work.

It took around 40 minutes to reach the top.
Definitely one of the highlights of our stay in Kotor
Written September 2, 2022
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Ilaudj
Bucharest, Romania1,264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
The climb to San Giovanni should be a must when visiting Kotor. It is a 30-40 climb and you get to explore an old castle in ruins and see the best view over Kotor bay. Even if you have to pay 8e per person to climb, i am pleased to have done it. Also i think that during the evening the view is also something special.
Written October 5, 2021
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The tour guide said there are 1400 steps to the top. I didn’t count the steps, but it could easily have been 1400, there were a lot of steps. You pretty much need to walk the steps, as the ground is covered in large rocks that are difficult to walk on. You need to pay to walk up. I don’t recall how much, but I think less than 10 euros. The guy at the kiosk also takes credit cards. You also need to save your receipt as it is checked again on the way down – and if you do not have it, you need to pay again. You first reach an old church which was not open when we were there. You then pass ruins from the lower fortress. Go around to the right to find the stairs to continue walking up. You will then reach the second set of ruins. Continue some more to reach the top. When we were there, there was someone who apparently lugged a cooler with soft drinks, juice, and water to the top and was selling them. The views from the top are as amazing as you’d expect them to be. But if you can’t make it the entire way to the top, the views are wonderful all along the intermediate points as well. Be sure to wear good shoes and you really should bring enough water. We enjoyed the hike up and would do it again.
Written January 23, 2024
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Tera
West Palm Beach, FL112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We had an incredible hike up to the Castle of San Giovanni on the first morning of our trip, and it was just what we needed to beat our jet lag! The hike took us about 2 hours up (it was VERY hot and we stopped a million times for photos). The way down only took about 50 minutes. So I would say 3 hours is on the long side if you are trying to plan your time. You would be remiss to go all the way to Kotor and not do this!
Written January 3, 2020
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Johan S
Sigtuna, Sweden12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
To walk/climb the path and stairs up to the Castle is breathtaking, physically! You need to be a bit fit to enjoy it. Don't forget to bring water. An other advice is to do it in the morning - it gets really hot after 11 o'clock.

When you reach the top it's breathtaking, again. But this time it's the view and the scenery that's taking you. Well worth all the effort!
Written July 12, 2023
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| L J |
New York City, NY45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
A must do when in Kotor. Read reviews about the 8 Euro not actually going to the fortress maintenance so we decided to do as @AndeeZee1 instructed....

"We decided to try find the free route and it was very easy to find. Search “ladder of Kotor” and many blog posts will give you a detailed description of how to get the trailhead. Alternatively, if you have wifi: Here are the Google coordinates for the trailhead: 42.427211, 18.773356"

This route was incredible! Wear sneakers & bring water! It will take about 40 min to an hour depending on your pace.
Written November 12, 2018
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Rich J
Oxford, UK61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
I would advise people to use the kotor ladder route up, which is found by leaving the old town at the north entrance.

Although I have no issues with a fee to maintain the fortress and pathway, 8 euros is excessive, especially considering the trash bags left all over the place.
Written July 4, 2018
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