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Joan C
Cape Town Central, South Africa25 contributions
Kotor Old Town is wonderful. Mostly tourist shopping and restaurants but the atmosphere is great, especially in the evenings.
I would not recommend staying inside the Old Town for more than a night or two as it could be quite noisy.
When the cruise ships are in for the day it gets excessively busy, but they usually leave around 5pm.
I stayed in Muo - about 2.8km away from The Old Town, on the other side of the bay. An easy walk if not excessively hot. There are plenty of taxis, but be sure to get a metered taxi and be sure they start on 50c as some make up a price many times more than it should be when you get out of the taxi. I found it easiest to flag one down and ask if they were metered. If not, I waited to flag down another one. Getting one from Old Town, it is best to ask the Info desk just outside Sea Gate to call one for you.

If you want to explore the National parks and other lovely towns like Budva it is worth getting a hire car. The history is old and rich. There are lovely monasteries and museums and wonderful scenery.

You can take a blue bus or a taxi from Kotor to Perast. Also well worth a visit.

Make sure to always pack swimming gear and a hat as there are beaches and swimming platforms everywhere. Most beaches are stony (not sand) and wearing swimming shoes was a must for me.

This was my second visit and I stayed for 11 nights this time. Montenegro is just fabulous and the locals are so very friendly. There are a lot of Russian people who own apartments and work in restaurants. My experience was that they are not particularly friendly, but that may well be due to language issues. The Montenegrins were helpful and friendly despite any language issues.

I would happily visit again. Splitting my days between reading and relaxing and taking days to explore I think I'd go for at least two weeks next time. I walked less than 100m to the nearest beach and there were little beaches every 50m to 100m. Even though I was there in busy August I mostly had my small beach to myself in the mornings and evenings. August was seriously hot and any future visit would be in September after the main holiday makers have left and the excessive heat has cooled a little.

Definitely one of my favourite beach and site seeing holiday destinations.
Written August 25, 2021
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK947 contributions
We sailed into and out of the bay of Kotor whilst on a one day stop to the city on a Thursday in June. The passengers of the ship had been advised to assemble on deck to view the inward journey along the bay as it was particularly scenic. The bay was described as the southernmost fjord in Europe and although having never visited one of these in Norway, the scenery did resemble how I would imagine a fjord to be, (I was later informed that the bay is not a fjord but a Ria).
The trip up the bay gave us a panorama of steep sided hills with dense forestation and small hamlets and villages on the waterline. Small churches were perched just above some of the larger groups of dwellings and a small island contained what looked like a monastery. The sides of the bay and uniformity of the trees gives the impression of the land ‘folding’ on itself.
The stillness of the water gives the opportunity to take some lovely waterline photos with the scenery mirrored in the water.
Written July 21, 2022
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db7477
Carlsbad, CA2,434 contributions
Family
The stunning scenery along the Bay of Kotor is well worth the drive from Dubrovnik and the two hour wait at the Montenegro border. The drive on E65 beside the bay is lovely. If driving it’s a struggle to watch the road. I highly recommend stopping at Perast and taking a boat to the Lady of the Rock and driving through Kotor toward Lovcen just for the view of the bay from higher elevation.
Written June 3, 2022
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lotsagoldens
Surprise, AZ828 contributions
We fell in love with Montenegro. Our Viking ship was docked here. The water is so clear, the mountains come down to the water, and it's stunning scenery. That said, what I love about it is that it's so unspoiled. I sure hope it can stay that way. So peaceful and lovely.
Written September 15, 2022
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Amy's Cuisine
Montenegro6 contributions
Whether or not you've visited Montenegro, a visit to the cerulean waters of the Bay of Kotor is a necessity. If the images you see online aren't convincing enough, just make a day trip. Guaranteed you'll want to extend your trip. Fishing, boating, eating on the water and rubbing elbows with locals are among the best ways to pass time in this surreal place.
Written December 12, 2020
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Traveller of the world
1,405 contributions
Solo
This really is stunning. It was so beautiful. The setting and calm waters away from the tourists. Walk along the promenade, take in the views from the city walls of the old town, do a boat tour and a tuk tuk tour around the bay to fully appreciate the scenery. I did all four! Loved it.
Written August 27, 2021
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doxielover202
Albany, GA114 contributions
The Bay of Kotor may not technically be a fjord, but it's pretty close to being one in my opinion. The background of the mountains surrounding the clear, blue water is stunning. It's dotted with medieval towns and charming villages. Would love to return and spend more time here.
Written September 7, 2022
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Temer2
Horley, UK1,071 contributions
Couples
We visited the Bay of Kotor as a day trip in a cruise and I think it's of the most beautiful harbours I have ever visited. Travelling in, the scenery was stunning and reminiscent of the Norwegian fjords, and for me the trip to Montenegro was the highlight of a 2 week holiday. We took a tender from our ship to the land side and no matter where you looked, the views were beautiful. Viewing out to a simply stunning bay of turquoise water or looking inland to a pretty walled city. From the one day trip, I would love to visit this fabulous country again.
Written January 24, 2021
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Jeremy P
Dallas, Texas120 contributions
Solo
A very peaceful, relaxed ambience. Ships in the harbor; fruit and produce vendors lined up
outside the city walls. The bells of Kotor Old Town chiming the hours. The 1000 year old walls
of the city, and the spires of ancient cathedrals,
and 15th century Venetian architecture. This
area is truly one of those venues that deserves
the moniker, “magical “.
Written June 17, 2021
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Ulyana
Moscow, Russia604 contributions
Couples
There is an old stone ladder with 1500 steps. Rather difficult but the view worth it. I recommend you don’t forget to take bottle of water with you - it helps you to go upstairs more comfortable :) sometimes stairs are broken that’s why you should be in proper shoes.
Written November 30, 2020
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