Kotor Old City
Kotor Old City
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • sjshrews
    Shawbury, United Kingdom249 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty medina-style town
    Visitied as part of a day trip to Kotor. Totally unexpected to find Kotors old town to be reminiscent of an African-style medina. Full scale walls with a whole town, bars, apartments and restaurant inside. Known as the city of cats, so be prepared to find a lot of felines joining in on your travels which was fun. Only stayed for the day but was definitely somewhere busy with tourists than some of the smaller towns along the coast. Seemed nice.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Cristinel
    Romania1,041 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    The main attraction in Kotor, it’s a must see. Beautiful old buildings, very tight walking alleys, a lot of historical houses and full of shops, restaurants and cafes. There are a lot of events organized in Piazzas of the Old City and for sure you can spend here couple a days for a very genuine taste of local culture, history and cuisine.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Saffary
    Boston, United Kingdom473 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    unique medieval town
    In my opinion Kotor is must go place because it is in UNESCO's World Heritage List. Old city is impressive area with medieval structures. There are many restaurants and cafes. Kotor Fortress should be visited to see the spectacular view of Kotor bay. For this, you have to climb the stairs of the castle wall.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Pavel1977
    Banbridge, United Kingdom504 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice town in Montenegro
    Nice town in Montenegro. We planned to visit Kotor in advance while visited Croatia. We came here from Milini (Dubrovnik). So the trip took around two hours. The old town of Kotor is really nice with plenty of restaurants, bars and historical buildings. Nice views opening from town walls. Narrow town streets and I would recommend to find to find 2-3 hours for Ladder Of Kotor. It's way up by steps to the top of the mountain where opens spectacular view to the town and bay!
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • ssmm99
    47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, charming and cats everywhere
    We stayed for just over a week in kotor and visited the old town every day. It's so well kept and beautiful. Of course there are souvenir shops everywhere selling the same tat at silly prices but there are also some lovely more characterful shops selling local art and ceramics. You can't go far without tripping over a cat but they are quite sweet really. It's much nicer atmosphere in the evening once the cruise ships have left
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 30, 2023
  • j0hnmac1314
    Inverness, United Kingdom177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old city visit for the day.
    This is a charming medieval city and well worth a walk around. Noticeably clean and well looked after. Look out for the local arts and crafts rather than the routine tourist tat. They seem to like cats. Have walk around the walls (which are free) for great views. You can also have a dip in the sea as there is a small beach busy with locals. Never ventured up the hill.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Celeste P
    36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid peak timings & season
    Visiting this area during peak season was probably not the best idea but it’s good to visit regardless. The beauty of the scenic old town and fort walls is worth seeing There are only a limited amount of historical places you can visit and most of them are quite small and less engaging. If you’re planning to walk around the place, time yourself to visit it during the early hours of opening or post the peak noon hours. As it can get extremely crowded(lots of pushing and shoving) during 12-4pm. Doesn’t allow you to spend time seeing the artifacts or even take a decent photo. I would not recommend to pay for a walking tour unless that’s what you enjoy. Because you can easily explore everything here on your own. The souvenirs shops are reasonable, definitely be sure to compare prices but all of them accepted international card payments and negotiate good discounts. Lots of cats!! If you love ‘em, that’s great! If you don’t, they’re usually in their own space and won’t bother you. If you are staying in an apartment set up, there is also a vegetable market just at the entrance of the town gate with reasonable prices and fresh produce. There are many restaurant options here but some can be very commercial and many waiters were found to be rude and unwelcoming. There is a paid parking area about 100m from the old town gate (€1 per hour) if you’re driving there. But again, if you’re driving there in the hours after lunch be prepared to be stuck in some serious traffic, evenings can be horrible upto 6 hours in a stretch!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Sam J
    16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely old town with impressive mountainside castle and views of the bay.
    Fantastic old town with narrow streets and bustling bars and restaurants among the old walls of the castle. Would highly recommend walking up above to take in the views of the bay, a free walking path just outside the old town walls takes you up above the castle to around 600m above sea level, you might even meet some local goats. The only downside of the town is the regular arrival of cruise ships on which much of the town depends. Whilst they clearly benefit the town, the huge ships do take away some of the magic.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 31, 2023
  • jay h
    Cechtice, Czech Republic200 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing labyrinth of streets behind the city walls.
    What a surprise and amazing labyrinth of streets behind the city walls. So much history to see. Little shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, with buskers playing music and an area with many tame but wild kittens. A lovely place to visit more than once and still see something new every time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Kendot52
    Denton, Texas406 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kotor, Montenegro-An Incredible Walled City
    Kotor, Montenegro was the most beautiful stop of the 11 cities we visited all along the Adriatic. The harbor lies at the end of a gorgeous waterway from the Adriatic Sea. There is high terrain on both sides of the waterway which protect the city. Along the way are the Lady of the Rock Church and St.George's Island. -- The walled city of Kotor contains some incredible ancient streets and buildings.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
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R K L
Seattle, WA3,746 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Our stop in historic Kotor, Montenegro was quite memorable. The road trip from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Kotor took us past the beautiful town of Perast and Bay of Kotor. Although teeming with visitors off a cruise ship, Kotor Old City was worth putting on a face mask now and then while with masses of people inside the numerous churches. Otherwise, exploring the Old City fortifications, streets and shops was delightful. The prices charged by businesses within the Old City were outrageous and obviously geared towards the tourist traffic. However, don't let that warning stop you from experiencing an incredible step back into history.
Written June 13, 2023
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jmichel01
Myrtle Beach, SC419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
One of the better cruise ports on the Med. The walled city is the highlight but my other reviews cover some great places to go just a few miles from the city, AND if you arrive by cruise during the day or leave in daylight, the passage is fantastic with close in Mountains on either side. Give yourself at least 2 hours to walk the walled city once, then hit the shops, restaurants next. Like many places in the med, there are cats everywhere so bring some cat snacks with you! They have awesome Cat ceramic statues that go on a shelf or fireplace mantle that are really unique. One other aspect of this being a cruise port...it's a very short walk to the walled city from the ship...5 min. max.
Written January 21, 2020
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Jeffrey M
Williamsburg, VA338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
First of all, Kotor is worth traveling to see. It is preserved because it sits on a small patch of land at the head of a fjord and up the steep surrounding rock mountains and could not grow. Second, some modern army did not destroy it.
Kotor is a 600 year old, hardscrabble fortified city, the likes of which most of us have never see. The pavement is very uneven, but the old town is flat. HOWEVER, there are plenty of opportunities to impersonate a mountain goat and visit the chapel and defensive walls and towers up the mountain. Oh, yes, have a local beer.
Written February 5, 2020
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Rodrigo P
Maastricht, The Netherlands460 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Ambiance:
Loved the city, super safe, clean and it does not feel like a tourist trap.
Parking:
We drove there and parking is very simple and not expensive.
Food:
Lots of restaurants, ice cream places, and small bars.
Extra:
Outside the city walls, there is the Mariana where you can see all the different types of yats including the big cruisers!
Written June 17, 2020
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,058 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We visited the old city area in Kotor whilst on a one day stop in the city on a Thursday in June. Arriving on a cruise ship, having never been here before, we had opted to explore the port on our own due to its close proximity to the ships berth.
The town of Kotor sits at the foot of a mountain range and is protected by its impressive Venetian fortified walls which give it an almost fantasy stronghold appearance. The Old town sits within these walls and the visitor exploring them will find themselves in a labyrinth of narrow streets and passages occasionally opening out into small squares. In these streets you will find all manner of interesting churches, cafes and bars, shopping outlets and some photogenic architecture.
One bonus if you are a cat lover is the colony of feral cats that inhabit the streets and there is a sanctuary in the centre of the town where cats are fed and watered by a local charity.
The visitor is also advised to visit the fortifications for the outside of the walls if only to marvel at the imposing gateways built to give protected access to the town. If you are feeling athletic, the walk up the stairs to the castle high up on a mountain may be if interest though we did not attempt this because of the heat.
Written July 21, 2022
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doctorbobster
Gainesville, FL970 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Disclaimer: I love a medieval city inside an old city wall and Kotor is as fine as an old medieval city gets. The old city features an extensive network of Main and narrow alleys that wind and connect in no discernible pattern. There are western shops, local shops, numerous places to eat and several historic buildings including several churches. Kotor old city and the adjacent Kotor bay, just by themselves, or sufficient reason to visit Montenegro.
Written October 20, 2020
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Dave48838
Greenville, MI661 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is a lovely, old, walled city. Take a circular route around the streets and squares - the town is small and the tour will not take long. While checking out the neighborhoods, visitors can see old villas, take in the scents of street eateries, and peek in the many small shops. The old and new Orthodox churches are important places to visit. Other buildings, such as the cathedral, are closed as they are still being repaired after the last earthquake.

With little effort, the partial walls of the city can be walked. If one has a lot of energy, the wider bounds of the area are also walled. An energetic person can scale the side of the mountain and visit the cliffside church.

This is a small, pleasant, quaint medieval city. We arrived via transport boat which was a leisurely way to see the scenic surroundings and also gave us a wonderful view of the waters. The city and the inlet are both world heritage sites. We left via bus which is a more direct way of accessing the city.
Written May 21, 2022
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David B
Belfast, UK115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I came to Kotor via a tour company in Dubrovnik (Croatia). Whilst I was only here for a few hours, I felt I needed more time. To reach the top of Kotor's fortifications I needed another hour (at least). I made it 1/3 way of the mountain and stopped at the Church called "Our Lady of Remedy". The 30c heat did not help :)

The name for the Church came from its legacy to be able to heal people from the plague, though I suspect the plague finished off many before they reached it.

The design of the town was in a way to confuse those who invade it, as a tourist, I was certainly confused and lost my direction more than once.

Due to time limits I wish I could have stayed longer, I would certainly visit the town again.

Price wise in the town, I didn't feel it was "cheap" despite the Country having a low cost of living. The prices I paid for food were the same as if I was back home.
Written September 27, 2020
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Maxim Kovalenko
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Kotor is one of the most popular places to visit in Montenegro. Every year thousand of foreigners come here on a vacation, so I can say that Kotor is very important for Montenegro`s economy. Kotor old city is a very cool place with a lot of old buildings, narrow streets and, it can,probably, sound funny, cats. When I was walking by the streets of Old city I was feeling like I`m back in time in 20th or 19th century and this experience was great and I can say I have never felt something like this before. Another great thing about Kotor is mountains, here I tried hiking for the first time in my life, it was quite difficult to climb to the mountain and i took probably 3 or 4 hours, but it worth it because the view from here was beautiful and it gave me memories for the rest of my life. So, I would highly recommend this place to everyone
Written October 31, 2022
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Jeremy P
Dallas, Texas187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
Many cities are called “ magical “, or “enchanting”.
This one actually is. It’s filled with churches, two
of which are nearly 1000 years old. Church bells
clang, and the city is a maze of mysterious alleys.
All the pavement is of stonework. The walls
around the old town are 1000 years old, as are
the ruins of fortress San Giovani, standing
watch over the city. The architecture of the city
itself is Venetian, from the 15th century.
There are no vehicles allowed in the old town,
only pedestrians. It is just very peaceful being
in a walled city, where seemingly, time has
stood still.
Written June 17, 2021
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