There are many wonderful things to see and do in Kotor, Montenegro. Kotor is a beautiful city in one of Europe’s most impressive fjords. Surrounded by huge rocky mountains and full of pretty architecture, Kotor is one of Europe’s ultimate bucket list destinations. Whether you are visiting for just a day or are staying for a whole week here are 10 incredible things to do in Kotor.
To help you plan your ultimate Kotor itinerary, this is a guest blog post from fellow travel blogger Samantha Karen.
Samantha Karen is the founder of the travel blog Sam Sees World. She is a millennial traveler on a mission to seek the new and unknown so she can document her experiences and inspire others to explore this wondrous world. Her objective is to provide valuable information on the best things to do, see, eat, and experience while traveling and getting some good Instagram photos along the way.
10 things to do in Kotor
- Explore the historic old town of Kotor
- Visit the abandoned Fort of Kotor
- Visit the churches of Kotor
- Hike the Kotor fortress
- Take a Boat Tour in the Bay of Kotor
- Relax at a beach near Kotor
- Go on a day trip to Tivat
- Visit our Lady of the Rocks
- Visit Perast
- Go shopping
Kotor is a stunning city in Montenegro that is full of charm and beauty. It is located at the base of the Bay of Kotor and is well known for its orange thatched roofed houses and stone architecture. Kotor is the most popular tourist destination in all of Montenegro, and for a good reason! Its rich history, buzzing atmosphere, and magical architecture is unlike any other city in Europe. Here are 10 incredible things to do in Kotor.
If you are planning a trip to Montenegro, be sure to add Kotor to your itinerary. More so, include some of these things to do in Kotor to make your visit the best it can be.
Explore the historic Old Town of Kotor
One of the best things to do in Kotor is to explore the Old Town. The Old Town of Kotor is a beautiful area to walk around and soak in the atmosphere.
The Old Town is a located within an impressive white stone fortress which is a maze of surprises and delights. The Old Town of Kotor is also a UNESCO World Cultural Site! Spending a few hours exploring Kotor’s Old Town with no direction or end goal is a great way to experience Kotor.
Just wondering around the old town will allow you to immerse yourself in the culture and history of Kotor.
Enter the Secret and Abandoned Fort of Kotor
One of the lesser known things to do in Kotor is to visit Fort Gorazda. Fort Gorazda is a secret and abandoned fort high above the city of Kotor. To reach it, it is recommended to hire a car. On the other hand, if you are a keen hiker, it will take around 3 hours to reach the abandoned fort.
Fort Gorazda was one of the formidable Austro-Hungarian Fortresses built in Montenegro between 1884–86. It was used during the 20th century but it now lies silently on the hill top. You can enter inside the depth of the fort, if you dare. The walls inside are damp and the whole complex is eerie. Yet if you enjoy exploring abandoned places off the beaten track you will love discovering the secret Fort of Kotor.
A visit to Fort Gorazda is one of the most unusual and quirky things to do in Kotor.
Visit the Churches of Kotor
Visiting the churches in Kotor is a fantastic thing to do during your trip to Kotor. Montenegro is an ancient country and its history can be seen through its beautiful buildings and cities. Some of the best-preserved buildings in Kotor are the churches. Some of Kotor’s churches date back to the 14th century. These religious buildings are very significant and meaningful attractions within the city.
Visitors will enjoy admiring both the inside and outside of the churches. Their exteriors are impressive and well worth a visit. The most famous church in Kotor is Sveti Nikola. This church is located in the heart of the Old Town and has two large bell towers that make it very recognizable. Entrance to this church is also free, so there is no excuse not to enter.
Two other lovely churches in Kotor are St. Ana Church and Sveti Luka.
Make sure you visit at least one church during your stay in Kotor.
Hike the Kotor Fortress
If you only have time to do one thing during your trip to Kotor, it should be climbing the Kotor Fortress!
The Kotor Fortress is part of historical fortification system which protected the medieval town of Kotor. A Hike up the Kotor Fortress offers some of the most amazing and stunning views in all of Montenegro. From the top, you can get a panoramic view of the lush mountains, the whole Bay of Kotor and the city of Kotor. It is breathtaking and a once in a lifetime hike. However, this hike is not easy! It is a grueling 1300 steps up a steep mountain on slippery steps. Make sure you are prepared for this hike with water and snacks for the journey.
Hiking the Kotor Fortress is one of the best things to do in Kotor!
Take a Boat Tour in the Bay of Kotor
Since Kotor is located at the tip of the Bay of Kotor, a great thing to do in Kotor is to see more of the Bay with a boat tour!
There are a ton of boat tours available from Kotor that will bring you around the Bay and to some nearby cities along with it. The trips in the Bay of Kotor are delightful and offer you a new perspective of the city of Kotor and its surroundings. The tour operators also give you some captivating information and facts about Montenegro that visitors will love to hear.
If you are looking for a unique view of the city of Kotor, consider going on a boat tour!
Relax at a Nearby Beach
Kotor is located on the beautiful bay of Kotor meaning that it is lucky enough to be close to several beaches.
Since Montenegro is located along the Adriatic Sea, there are quite a few stunning beaches in the country. As a result, there are plenty of beaches near Kotor to head to for a relaxing beach afternoon.
Going to a beach in the afternoon is an excellent idea while visiting Kotor because of the crowds. Kotor is the main port for cruise ships so during the hours of 10 AM – 5 PM, the city, is packed with tourists coming off the boats. Therefore, heading to a nearby beach is the perfect way to escape this.
If your visit to Kotor falls during the summer months, visiting a nearby beach is another excellent thing to do in Kotor.
Go on a day trip to Tivat
A fantastic thing to do near the city of Kotor is to visit the city of Tivat.
Tivat just a 20 minutes drive or bus journey from Kotor. Full of super yachts, a glamorous board walk with high-end apartments Tivat is different from the traditional Old Town of Kotor. There are a lot of things to do in Tivat to add to your Montenegro iternary. Visitors will enjoy heading to Porto Montenegro or admiring the yachts in the port.
Tivat is a fantastic day trip from Kotor.
Visit our Lady of the Rocks
One of Montenegro’s most incredible Instagram spots is Our Lady of the Rocks. You must add seeing Our Lady of the Rocks to your things to do in Kotor list.
Our Lady of the Rocks is a small picturesque island located about 15 minutes by boat from Kotor. The whole island can be explored in around 30 minutes, but it is a fascinating place to visit in the Bay of Kotor. The island houses a church and a small monastery which visitors can enter. Interstingly, the island was created by people throwing rocks into the water!
A visit to Our Lady of the Rocks is one of the most memorable things to do in Kotor.
Taking the short 20-minute bus ride to the small village of Perast is a great thing to whilst staying in Kotor.
The quaint village of Perast is just as beautiful as Kotor but with far fewer people. Perast is a lovely place to walk around and enjoy a more laid back environment compared to the crowds in Kotor.
In Perast you can swim in the Bay of Kotor, visit one of Perast’s museums, or simply enjoy walking around and explore the city. Arguably though, one of the nicest things to do in Perast is to eat at one of the local cafes or restaurants which overlooks the Bay of Kotor.
Go Shopping in Kotor Old Town
Shopaholics will enjoy adding a shop to their things to do in Kotor list.
Kotor’s Old Town is known for its various shops located around every corner. The shops in Kotor range from authentic local boutiques to designer retailers. There are book stores, trade stores and plenty of souvenir shops! Spending some time wandering around a few of the shops in the Old Town is the perfect way to see and support the local vendors. Walking around the shops is also great for finding the ideal souvenir to bring home from your adventures.
What would you like to do in Kotor?
Kotor is a magical place. It’s location surrounded by huge mountains and situated next to clear blue waters transports its visitors to another world. The beautiful white stone architecture makes Kotor an extraordinary city. There are many things to do in Kotor from exploring abandoned fortresses to visiting mystical islands. Along with it’s culture and charm, Kotor is it a must-visit during your trip to Kotor.
Have you been inspired to visit Kotor? What would you most like to do in Kotor? Let us know in the comments below!