Kotor is the most famous town along the coast of Montenegro. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that charms its visitors with its narrow cobbled streets, beautiful landscape, delicious food and lovely sights.
Most people come to Kotor on a trip from Dubrovnik in Croatia and only spend one day here. Sure, it might not be big in area, but there is so much to explore that you will have to spend at least two days here to get the full experience.
If you’re planning on traveling to this beautiful town but not sure what’s the best things to do in Kotor, then this is a great list for you!
Here is the list of the Top Things to Do in Kotor!
Explore Old Town
Oh, the old district of Kotor is one of the best places in town for you who love to stroll on narrow cobbled streets and people-watch. In the old town, you will find plenty of nice stores, cozy cafés, great spots for people-watching and a lovely atmosphere!
Explore Kotor Bay by Kayak
If you’re up to an adventure out on the water – go kayaking in Kotor Bay. From the waters of this beautiful bay, you can admire coastal churches, lovely villages and fantastic views of Montenegro.
Take a kayak tour with a local guide and enjoy the scenic Kotor Bay.
Climb the stair steps to St John’s Castle
If you have seen famous pictures of Kotor Bay, then you might know that these are taken from above. The Bay looks gorgeous from above and reminds me of the famous Fjords in Norway.
From the 16th century medieval castle, you can see the blue waters, the red rooftops, and the lush mountains.
To climb the stone stair steps you first have to buy a ticket for 3 euros at the main entrance, which you can find near the River Gate.
See ”Our Lady of the Rocks”
When searching for pictures of Kotor Bay on the internet, you might have stumbled upon pictures of two islands where one houses a church and the other a monastery.
The most famous island is ”Our Lady of the Rocks”, which was built by man of sinking ships with rocks. Here you can view a lovely old church, a museum and visit a gift shop.
The island next to Our Lady of the Rocks is the Sveti Dorde Island. This island is made by mother nature and houses the famous Saint Gorge Benedictine Monastery and an old graveyard.
Eat local food
The local food in Montenegro will definitely surprise you. Montenegro offers a great variety of dishes that you may never have seen before with familiar ingredients.
It’s not only the delicious food that makes the great food experience. It is also the kind hosts that will greet you with open arms and treat you like one of the family.
My best tips when it comes to eating in a new town is to avoid the tourist restaurants. Seek for the restaurants where the locals eat and I promise you that your experience will be as perfect as it can be!
People-Watch at the main square
The Arms Square is the place to be if you’re looking for a great people-watch spot. Take a seat at one of the restaurants and order a cold local beer while watching the lively environment.
Stroll in Tivat
Tivat is a small town located about 10 minutes by car from the city center. This town is very lovely and offers a great promenade along the bay where you easily can spend a whole day. Take a stroll, stop for a nice cup of coffee, walk some more and visit a local restaurant for a delicious dinner!
One of the top things to do in Kotor if you want a day full of relaxation, people-watching, and great views!
Admire the beautiful architecture in Perast
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the tranquility of Kotor Bay, then this is the place for you. This lovely little town lies around 15 minutes by car from the city center of Kotor and is filled with beautiful Renaissance architecture.
Perast houses 16 Baroque palaces, 17 Catholic churches, some Orthodox buildings, and many beautiful towers.
Perast is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must among the things to do in Kotor if you’re interested in architecture.