Situated on the jaw-droppingly beautiful Bay of Kotor, this port town is one of Montenegro’s crown jewels. Kotor (Котор) is surrounded by Venetian-era fortifications and has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic region, so it’s no surprise it’s been granted UNESCO Heritage status. Sandwiched between craggy mountains and the crystal clear bay, Kotor is a dreamy and delightful hidden treasure of southeast Europe.
Wander through the medieval old town and you’ll see an array of landmarks including the Maritime Museum, the Romanesque Kotor Cathedral, and the 18th-century Prince’s Palace. Narrow cobbled streets open up onto charming squares lined with open-air cafes. Cats meander lazily around, sweetly mewing at passers-by in the hopes of getting some snacks. If you’re a fan of felines, take some time to visit the quirky Cats Museum on Stari Grad 371.
If you’re doing a road trip around the Balkan peninsula, Kotor is easy to access by driving along the Adriatic Highway. You can also hop on a bus from Dubrovnik to Kotor, which takes between two and four hours.
Kotor’s a popular cruise ship destination, so the old town can get quite crowded on summer afternoons when a boat is in port. We recommend staying at least one night in Kotor to get the most out of it!