3 days in Kotor, Montenegro
This October I felt like it was time again for a road trip. It took me to the Balkans and I also stayed 3 nights in Kotor, Montenegro. The country is absolutely stunning and I wish I could have spent more time there! Kotor is a small port city located near the Boka bay. It is a great starting point for exploring the whole country.I stayed at the old town hostel in which you really get the flair of the beautiful city. As the name already mentions, it is located in the heart of the old town in a typical stone building. They offer great tours in which you can explore the country and the staff is very helpful. It is also a great place to meet other travellers and locals as they hang in this hostel all the time! Check out the hostel here –> Old town hostel Kotor
Here are 4 activities I strongly recommend and which are easily makeable in 3 days:
The old town
Wake up to the sound of nearly a dozen churches in the old town! Here is no need in searching for a good coffee and breakfast, cause they offer it everywhere and it’s always good:) If you prefer busy places you can just go the old clock tower on the main place.Here you will find everything you need: ATMs, restaurants, shops… The tourist point and walking tours are just a few meters away outside of the city wall. If you prefer quiet places you can just get lost in the small streets. The city has an amazing charm: The second you enter it, you feel recessed to the middle ages (in a good way of course). Just relax, sit down and try the amazing ice cream in the city.
The city walls
When you get to Kotor, the first thing you will probably see is a big wall climbing up the mountain. It is about 4km long and has a small chapel midway (the one you see on lots pictures of Kotor). The starting point is near the north entrance of the old town and they charge you two euros. Be sure to wear good shoes, because you have to climb 1350 stairs to the top and they consist of lots of loose stones. So it’s not that easy to get up, but with every meter you climb higher the view gets more and more amazing! You should bring some snacks and your own water, there are people selling it on the way but of course, it’s overpriced.
Walk around Boka bay
Boka bay (also called bay of Kotor) is beautiful from every single point of view. So leave the old town and explore the surroundings. If you walk along the bay, you can’t get lost. You will find really nice places to sit down and relax, some beach bars, an abandoned luxury hotel, fishermen… In Slovenia, they say people in Montenegro are lazy, but in fact, they just take time to enjoy the little things:)
Take a day tour
In the old town, they offer two big day tours. One is the “Great Montenegro tour“, which I took and I can really recommend it, even if it’s a little expensive (with an optional boat trip and the food it was around 45€). You will visit the Lovcen National park, the mausoleum where the Montenegrin ruler and poet Petar II Petrovic Njegos is buried, the towns Cetinje, the River Crnojevica, the famous town Budva and the Jaz beach. For a more detailed description of the tour check out “The great Montenegro tour“. There is also a “north Montenegro tour” which includes Perast, lake Slano, Niksic, Durmitor national park, Black lake, the Tara river canyon with its Djurdjevica bridge and the ostrog monastery. I didn’t have the time to take this one, but it sounds amazing as well and I will definitely do it the next time I’m going there!