Kotor, , Montenegro is a hidden Mediterranean gem, its Europe’s biggest Fjord and it’s beautiful. I’ve been lucky enough to sail through the Fjord and it’s a sight that takes my breath away every time I see it.
To really enjoy the beautiful surrounding you can take an island tour that takes your through the Fjord from the pier side or the information kiosk just outside the city walls. The town itself it’s relatively small but it has lots to offer, but the old town is a must, surrounded by walls you can’t miss the main entrance, its big arch way on the main road running through the town. Once you enter the old town there’s plenty lots bars, cafes and restaurants serving everything from pizza to fresh fish the restaurants also range in prices so there really is lots of choice. If you’re on a budget Pronto Pizza which is hidden down on of the cobbled streets does a huge slice of pizza and a drink for only 5 euros.
I love walking round the cobbled streets of the old town, there’s a few shops that get your attention, but the town is quite small so it’s very easy to navigate, you’ll soon find yourself back in the same spot in started in no time. But it’s very pretty. There’s also a small fruit market along the outside of the city walls, the prices are very good and the fruit was always fresh and tasty. The town has the backdrop of the mountains that surround the area so you really could just spend the whole day in one café in awe of the scenery.
There a few things that I would recommend whilst you’re in Kotor. If you’re a beach lover there is a small beach near the old town, it’s a small pebble beach but they have beds and umbrellas to hire. By the beach there are the typical water sports activities you can pay to do.
My favourite excursion here is the blue caves, it was amazing. You can hire a speed boat for around 200euros but if you’re on a tighter budget you can join a group tour for around 40euros (this is what I did) the speedboat picks you up from the pier where you start the beautiful journey through the Fjord into the open sea where the Blue Cave is located. The journey is very calm until you get to the open sea where it becomes a bit more choppy, everyone on the boat apart from me seem to enjoy the bumpy ride, I’m obviously not as adventurous as I think I am. Once you get to the cave the waters become a crystal clear blue. If you get a small speedboat like I did the boat can enter the small cave but the bigger boats stopped just outside. If the weather conditions are calm you get the chance to swim, I wasn’t that lucky but just entering the cave on the boat was good enough for me. The tour we choose took us to a beach. it was a decent size pebble beach (big pebbles) they had beds and umbrellas for hire, the beds were only 2euros each. The beach had around 4 bars/cafés behind it so you could grab a drink whilst you enjoyed the sun. The water here was also crystal clear; I would recommend some good reef shoes as the sea enchants seem to love this area. There was also a beach resort further up the hill if you fancy something a bit more resort like, but I was happy with the beach. After two hours at the beach we were then transfer on the same speedboat back to the centre of Kotor. The whole tour was only 4 hours but it was definitely a highlight for me.
When you arrive in Kotor you cannot help but be mesmerised but the beautiful mountain scenery and a must is to climb up to the castle. The walk takes around 45minutes and there is a small fee to do the walk but the views from the top are amazing. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes as the path is a bit uneven and it’s a bit slippy walking back down. It’s a steep walk and it will talk 45-60 minutes, about 2/3 of the way you will stop at a church, I know a few people that have got to this point and stopped, don’t. The rest of the walk from here is easier and the view from the top is worth the hard work.
Working on a cruise I have seen plenty of towns and cities in Europe and Kotor is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. Go visit before everyone catches on and it becomes an over tourist stop.