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Kotor | Montenegro

Nestled between imposing mountains and shimmering turquoise waters, the picturesque port of Kotor is effortlessly at one with its setting. Its remarkably preserved Old Town is a medieval maze of secluded squares, cobbled alleyways, palaces, museums and churches. Much of the World Heritage-listed Old Town and the fortified walls above it were built by the Venetians, who ruled over Kotor for nearly 400 years. Down by the water, sleek yachts line the harbour and lively restaurants spill out onto the sun-kissed pavement. The bay itself has a fjord-like feel, thanks to the sheer cliffs that rise dramatically from the tranquil waters. Unlike Norway and its mighty fjords, Montenegro offers a warm Mediterranean climate that is ideal for cruising. 


View of Our Lady of the Rocks, Montenegro

Our Lady of the Rocks

Discover this idyllic man-made island, located just off the coast of Perast in the Bay of Kotor. The island is home to a small museum and a picturesque church which was built by the Venetians in the 1600s.
View of city of Kotor church towers, Montenegro

Kotor's Old town

Delve into Kotor’s fascinating past as you wander through the cobbled streets of its atmospheric Old Town. This World Heritage-listed site is filled with centuries-old buildings, medieval churches and cafe-lined squares.

View of Kotor City on shore of bay on bright day with mountains in background, Montenegro

The Bay of Kotor

Cruising into this spectacular bay is sure to be a highlight of any visit to Montenegro. Towering cliffs set the backdrop for medieval villages that cling to the hillsides and tumble down to the sparkling waters of the Adriatic 

Local Recommendations

When it comes to local knowledge, there's no one better to show you the way than our on-the-ground team. Read on to find out their favourite dining venues, places of interest, customs or secrets that keep them returning to these cities time and again. 

Meet Local Expert – Ranan Richardson

Based in Athens, Cruise Director Ranan Richardson has been guiding APT guests through Europe for just over two years. Ranan loves sharing the hidden secrets and special corners of the countries she visits while watching guests fall in love with each destination. Here she gives us the lowdown on her favourite hidden gems in Kotor. 
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General Information

Country: Montenegro 

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Note: Travel as we know it has changed in 2021. We're working to ensure all information is accurate but please check before heading out. 

Boats near a lake in Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor has a population of 13,510.

Language: Montenegrin is the Balkan state’s official language. However, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and Albanian all remain languages in official use in Montenegro. 

Useful phrases:
Zdravo, pronounced ‘zdrah-voh’ (hello); molim, pronounced ‘mo-leem’ (please); hvala, pronounced ‘hvah-lah’ (thank you); dovidenja, pronounced ‘doh-vee-dje-nyah’ (goodbye); dobro jutro, pronounced ‘dob-ro yoo-tro’ (good morning); dobro vece, pronounced ‘dob-ro ve-che’ (good evening) 

Montenegrin cuisine: With Kotor being on the sea, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a delicious risotto blackened with fresh ink from squid or cuttlefish. For more classical dishBuzara is a garlicky, tomato-based seafood stew made with grilled prawns and shrimp gently cooked in red wine. Another popular dish is Njeguski steak – a tender veal or pork schnitzel filled with local Njegusi prosciutto and cheese.

Local wines: Montenegro is a prime spot for wine production, thanks to its fertile land and unique microclimate, which makes it one of the sunniest spots on the Adriatic all year roundFrom their local vranac wines to classic chardonnays and merlots, Montenegro produces a tasty array of vintages that are not to be missed.

Fascinating fact: Cats are very much a part of the medieval Old Town of Kotor. As a major trading port for centuries, it’s said that as ships from around the world docked, the cats aboard escaped, populating the ancient town with a mixed bag of furry felines. Now very much apart of daily life, they even have their own museum, The Cat Museum (Museo del Gatto di Cattaro).