Castle Of San Giovanni

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Hessu
2 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
From the old town you can pay 8e and go up to the fortress. Instead there is an option. From the north side of the old city, you can go up the serpentine trail. After a 1- 1,5 hour hiking you see a (proper) cafe. Behind the cafe go on the trail towards the fortress wall. There is a wooden (5 steps) ladder, from which you can go inside the fortress without paying anything. Experience the fortress at its all beaty and remember to go out the same way, cos you will have to pay at the kiosk if you go down the stairs inside the fortress. Have fun :)
Written September 18, 2021
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mrc282
United States5,353 contributions
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
257 contributions
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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Ryan J
Kotor, Montenegro7 contributions
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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Ilaudj
Bucharest, Romania918 contributions
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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Tera
West Palm Beach, FL112 contributions
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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| L J |
New York City, NY51 contributions
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, UK63 contributions
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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Rob D
Heber City, UT157 contributions
Nov 2015
Climbing to the top of the castle is a must if you physically can - but the stairs with all the people is a pain. From the water front grab a map at the Information center, go through the city gate right there and make you way to the North Gate. Exit the North gate, cross the river, turn right. Follow the road up along the river for 100 yards or so. The road turns sharply left, take the path along the river straight ahead. In another 100 yards the path crosses the river again. Take that path all the way to the top of the castle. It is much easier walking than stairs, much prettier, only a few people, and free pomegranates along the way! There are little red markers to let you know you are on the right trail. When you get to the old little church, walk just past it, then turn towards the valley and you will see a trail that goes to a hole in the wall that you can step through on to the main path to the top of the castle. It really is easy to find, and a much better way to get up and down from there. Go visit the little lady by the church for some of her homemade goat cheese and other snacks - she is charming!
Written November 22, 2015
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,480 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
I'm so glad we decided to go hike the old walls of Kotor! The views of the old city,, and the Bay of Kotor from up there, are just magnificent! The hike is somewhat difficult, with uneven steps, and slippery grounds. I highly recommend doing the hike in the morning, bring a good pair of shoes and some water!
Written September 16, 2020
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