Getting lost in Kotor’s Old Town should be on everyone’s bucket list. Wandering through the maze of cobblestone streets is like stepping back in time and it’s impossible not to be mesmerised by Kotor’s stunning location, nestled between mountains and sea.
Kotor is just one of many picturesque ancient towns along the Bay of Kotor and is ideally located for exploring some of Montenegro’s more hidden coastal wonders. But you’ll want to set aside at least a day to discover the heart of historic Kotor, itself. So without further ado, here are a few of the best sights and activities you won’t want to miss!
Please note: This visit took place prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check all current travel advice before planning your visit and travel responsibly.
Tour the Old Town
Kotor’s Old Town may be small, but its streets are nothing short of magical. The best way to explore is to simply wander and allow yourself to get lost down the maze of narrow alleyways. Around every corner, you’ll find an ornate church, grand palace, or some quaint old building with adorable colourful shutters. Plus, you’re never more than a few steps away from some charming little bar or restaurant, where you can take a break to soak up the atmosphere.
Alternatively, you can join one of the many private or group walking tours if you want to discover more about the history, culture, and architecture of Kotor’s Old Town.
Visit the Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. Tryphon is a must-see, when in Kotor’s Old Town. Located on the main town square, this is one of the most beautiful and immaculately preserved buildings in Kotor. For a small entrance fee, you can also look around the Cathedral and tour the upstairs art museum.
Trek the old city walls
Kotor’s Old Town is fortified by centuries-old city walls, stretching a total of 4.5km long. Trekking the ancient walls is one of the best experiences in Kotor and provides a unique perspective of the region. The lower sections of the wall can be accessed from inside the Old Town, at the northern or southern gates. There’s a small charge of €3 on entry.
…And take in the views from the Fortress
But for those picture-perfect views that Kotor is famous for, climb the walls all the way up to St John’s (San Giovanni) Fortress. It’s a fairly strenuous trek, in the heat, but the views more than make up for it. As you wind your way up, the terracotta rooftops of the Old Town come into view and the Bay of Kotor stretches out before you, as far as the eye can see.