Holiday destinations: Kotor, Montenegro

Today I would like to tell you about my short trip to Kotor in Montenegro.

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Montenegro is one of Europe’s smallest countries but at the same time, one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.

I recently visited the Bay of Kotor for a day, which was way too short to experience it, so I will definitely come back there next summer.

Kotor is a fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen. It was built in the main by the Venetians, with city walls that climb quite implausibly up the mountainside .It is characterized by winding streets and squares, its medieval old town has several Romanesque churches, including Kotor Cathedral. It is absolutely stunning.

The water was crystal clear and I saw the shades of blue that I’ve never seen before. The bay is surrounded by cliffs so it feels like you are visiting Norwegian Fjords however it is much warmer so you can appreciate it more. The coast drive was truly magical-it is one of the natural splendours that have made tiny Montenegro one of the most attractive Adriatic destinations so I would definitely recommend you to go for a short drive outside of Kotor.

We visited the ‘Risan Mosaic’ museum which is just a short drive from Kotor. The museum is small but it has a good quality Roman mosaics which are well preserved. The other museum worth visiting is Cats Museum based in Kotor city.

Currency:

The currency used in Montenegro is EURO. ATMs are widely available. Credit cards are accepted in larger hotels but aren’t widely accepted elsewhere so try to always have some EUROS on you otherwise it might be a bit challenging to pay outside of the city center.

Getting there and getting around:

The only direct flights from the UK are with Montenegro Airlines http://www.montenegroairlines.com

Airline offers flights from Gatwick to Tivat (close to Kotor and Budva) and to the capital, Podgorica. There are local transfer busses travelling to Kotor from both of these airports. I would personally advise you to rent a car and admire the beautiful Adriatic coast.

The alternative is to fly via Dubrovnik, over the border in Croatia. You can fly from UK to Dubrovnik with many airlines such as: British Airways, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Monarch and Thomson.

 

 

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