Located on the northwest coast of Montenegro, the small city of Kotor is by far the most visited spot in the country. The population sits at just over 13,000 but the streets are quite busy as tourists have recently discovered this beautiful area of the Balkans.
Initially coming in at #5 in my pre-travel list of cities to be excited about (https://canadianglobtrotter.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/pre-travel-top-10-cities-to-be-excited-about/), I had very high expectations heading into Kotor. The city is located on a calm bay and it’s surrounded by huge mountains. Taking the bus south from Dubrovnik, Croatia allowed for some amazing views as we passed through the mountains before entering into the city.
The old town is very nice but it only takes about 10 minutes to see it all.
The most popular thing to do in Kotor is to hike up to the fortress which is located on the mountain side, overlooking the city. It takes about 45 minutes to get to the top and from there you are provided with great views of the city and a few ruins to walk around. * Definitely do this early in the morning or later on in the day as the midday heat can be relentless!
Overall, Kotor is a nice city and I would recommend stopping if you are travelling along the coast. It can be a little bit pricey and quite a bit more touristy when compared to other areas in Montenegro. (Well, maybe not Budva which is the beach party town)
However, it is a beautiful place that is worth some of the hype. Just maybe not all…
On another note, Montenegrins are extremely friendly and laid back. They seem to really enjoy life while not being in much of a rush. We could all probably benefit from adopting our own version of the Montenegro way of thinking. Just take a look at the sign posted up in my hostel..
That’s all for now. Off to Albania next!
Dober dan (good day)