10 Things to do in Kotor That You Shouldn't Miss

May 19, 2022 Kandra Bartel

Located on a beautiful bay on the coast of Montenegro, Kotor is a city steeped in tradition and history, with remarkable scenic views. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the old city was built between the 12th and 14th centuries and is filled with medieval architecture and historic monuments. Extending over four kilometers, the city walls that have protected Kotor for centuries lead up to the fortress of Saint Ivan.
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1. Bay of Kotor

Kotor, Kotor Municipality Montenegro
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5.0 based on 2,950 reviews

Bay of Kotor

Reviewed By planetogra - Tewantin, Australia

Whether on the water cruising Boka Bay, walking along the promenades on the waters edge, or, driving up the Horseshoe bends heading to Mt Lovcen every view is breathtaking. It is worthwhile covering all the angles if time permits as the memories & photos will live with you forever. Truly a magnificent city in a unique & 'hidden gem' of a country ( Montenegro ). When I think back that this was just tacked on as a side trip to our Croatian tour - with a ??? really? response - Kotor & Mt Lovcen were highlights of our 5 weeks awy in the Adriatic.

2. Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen

Lovcen National Park, Kotor, Kotor Municipality 85330 Montenegro
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5.0 based on 213 reviews

Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovcen

Reviewed By SteveTrb - Greater London, United Kingdom

We travelled from the Cetinje end of the road having visited the mausoleum in Lovcen National Park. Not sure that previous reviews have stressed enough the impact of the roadworks on quite a long stretch of the road - 10km or so, we would guess. So, the views are absolutely fantastic, the hairpins are ok even if you do meet cars coming the other way, but if you do have a hire car, be prepared to drive very slowly and manoeuvre your path across the smallest of the ruts in the road. There isn't a proper tarmac surface at all for pretty much all of that distance, and we scraped the bottom of the car on several occasions in between queuing along with other cars waiting for lorries to be loaded with rubble by JCBs to clear the way. My view is that you shouldn't let this put you off - we made it, after all. You can see from the pictures posted how amazing the views are as well. I'm speaking as the driver of the car, however. When my wife and I discussed whether we'd do it again knowing what the road was like, I said yes, she said no ! By the way, the Mausoleum in Lovcen was well worth a visit and you get to see some great views of practically the whole of Montenegro, especially if you pay the €3 to get to the Mausoleum itself and walk up to the viewing point.

3. Piazza of the Arms

Kotor, Kotor Municipality Montenegro
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4.5 based on 285 reviews

Piazza of the Arms

Reviewed By GeysirGal - Surrey, United Kingdom

This lovely and wide open square translated as Town Square is the first site that greets you as you walk through the gate into the Old Town. The Squares main feature is the Clock Tower, which speaks for itself and would I am sure make a great meeting place. I always travel alone so have no need for that. The Square though nevertheless makes a great place from which to get your bearings. The Old Town is pretty compact and it is difficult to get lost in here - small streets branch off from this main square in all directions. It is lined with the usual array of tourist shops with a few banks and some wonderful cafes serving delightful iced coffee sundaes. Perfect for relaxing on a warm early summers day.

4. City Walls

Kotor, Kotor Municipality Montenegro
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4.5 based on 1,751 reviews

City Walls

Reviewed By IN_Travelers47906 - West Lafayette, United States

Kotor’s city walls are formidable and provide excellent examples of fortress structures. They remind me of the Great Wall of China as they uniquely wind their way up the mountain behind Kotor’s Old Town to the Church of Our Lady of Health and beyond, offering an excellent view of Kotor and beyond.

5. Kotor Old City

Stari grad, Kotor, Kotor Municipality 85330 Montenegro
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4.5 based on 5,782 reviews

Kotor Old City

Reviewed By Basia_Poznan - Poznan, Poland

Kotor is said to be one of very few survived Medieval towns untouched by wars. It is squezed between the sea and the mountain and is all contained within the town walls streaching up the steep hill. It looks like the Great Chinese Wall with a town inside and belongs to UNESCO heritage list. This Old Town contains everything history lover can imagine: old houses, narrow streets, small squares, and yards, catholic and orthodox churches dating back to 9th and 11th centuries, lapidarium, town hall clock etc. And something one can't escape in such places: souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants and craft shops, but also hostels, travel offices and museums and art exhibitions. But what is most exciting: you can climb along the city walls up to the castle on the top! The really unforgettable experience! I'd advice to take decent shoes as the steps are slippery and the route is quite exhausting. But the feeling and the view to the Kotor Bay - exceptional!!!

6. St. Nikola Church

Trg Sv. Nikole Stari grad bb, Kotor, Kotor Municipality 85330 Montenegro
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4.0 based on 352 reviews

St. Nikola Church

Reviewed By planetogra - Tewantin, Australia

Get the right angles & this Church becomes the Iconic Kotor Old Town image ... especially with the mountains, the incredible Wall fortifications & Our Lady Of Remedy Chapel sitting like a bird in the distance. The gold shines quite majestically in the sun & presents an aura that I'm sure was not coincidental.

7. St. Tryphon Cathedral

Trg Sv. Tripuna 336, Kotor, Kotor Municipality 85330 Montenegro +382 32 322 315
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4.0 based on 670 reviews

St. Tryphon Cathedral

Reviewed By planetogra - Tewantin, Australia

This Cathedral is hard to miss as any walk around the Old Town will inevitably take you to St Tryphon Square & this building. Although suffering damage in earthquakes - hence the spires are not identical - it has been rebuilt in the original Romanesque style of 1166 when it was consecrated. Interior has magnificent frescoes & of course plenty of gilt religious artifacts. On the mountain side of St John, built into the fortifications, is a chapel "Our Lady of Remedy" ... how easy it is to visit I can't personally tell you! The word is 'tough'.

8. Maritime Museum

Kotor, Kotor Municipality Montenegro 082 25146 http://www.museummaritimum.com/eng/eng.htm
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4.0 based on 225 reviews

Maritime Museum

Reviewed By mojo3040 - Hawick, United Kingdom

If your interested in the history of Kotor then this is a must do. Pretty cheap fee 4 euro and audio guides are available if you want them. The display of weaponry is quite fascinating and the model ships intricate and cool. Not too sure about the warrior replica? Definitely a place to visit whilst in Kotor.

9. Cats Museum

Trg Svete Gospe od Andela Stari Grad 371, Kotor, Kotor Municipality 85330 Montenegro +382 69 628 536 [email protected] http://www.catsmuseum.org/
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Cats Museum

Cats Museum was founded in 2013. It is located in the middle of the Old town of Kotor, in the area of the antique monastery of Our lady of Angels, which belonged to the nuns of Santa Clara. This area, currently open to the public, used to be an antique refectory, unfortunately unrecognizable due to numerous reconstructions which followed after the abolition of the religious community. The biggest part of the Museum's collection comes from Venice, more precisely from the fund of the International Centre for Adopting Cats "Badoer" enriched by the substantial donation from countess Francesca Montereale di Mantica. The exhibition contains engravings (XVI-XIX c), antique books (XVI-XIX c), coins, medals (XIX -XX c), illustrated postcards (1891-1950), greeting cards, old photographs, cinematographic posters, sheet music, records, old advertisements, various objects, stamps, etc. One big section is dedicated to the Cat exhibitions before the First World War as well as to the children through the most common school items: notebooks, infant books, etc. The museum's goal is that, through the cat as the most common pet, the public gets a message of respect for the environment and the nature, each day more and more threatened by men. On request, The Museum organizes traveling exhibitions in various European countries and within its possibilities constantly buys pieces that can enrich its collection. Furthermore, the museum is available to host exhibitions featuring the works of contemporary artists who are interested to organize their art events in Kotor. A certain percentage from its income is spent on buying food for the street cats.

Reviewed By Carreeen

If you want cat magnets, this is the place to go to, a whole room dedicated to cat magnets, perfect for the cat lover. I only saw the sign of the quirky place and decided to take a stroll there. Worth a little visit.

10. Clock Tower

Trg od oruzja, Stari grad, Kotor, Kotor Municipality 85330 Montenegro http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/kotor-old-city-walking-tour-3742.html
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Clock Tower

Reviewed By zeljko2014 - Kotor Municipality, Montenegro

This is Clock Tower still in function.Location is in the Main Gate entrance in Old Town of Kotor.Below you may seat, drink coffe and relax.

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