Hidden tourist spot Kotor, Montenegro | Just two hours south of Dubrovnik lies Kotor in Montenegro. Kotor is by far the best preserved City in the region. It’s nicely hidden within brooding mountains but still has access to the Adria. That makes it a coastal town located in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor. From April until October this hidden gem attracts tourists from all over the world, with living history in a spectacular bay. Together with the nearly overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovćen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive and picturesque Mediterranean landscape.
Kotor, first mentioned in 168 BC, was settled during Ancient Roman times, when it was known as Acruvium. The spot has been fortified since the early Middle Ages, when Roman Emperor Justinian built a fortress above Acruvium in 535.
In 1979, a major earthquake hit the Montenegrin coastal area. Kotor reported approx. 100 casualties. Half of the Old Town was destroyed, and its famous St. Tryphon’s Cathedral partly damaged.
No doubt Kotor has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the world and therefore became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979. It is home to numerous sights, a.o. ancient walls which stretch for 4.5 km directly above the city. Sveti Đorđe and Gospa od Škrpijela islets off the coast of Perast are also among the more popular destinations in the vicinity of Kotor. Kotor Old Town only got 1,000 inhabitants. The surrounding urban area counts close to 13,000.
How to get to Kotor
If not arriving with one of the many cruise ships you might consider Podgorica Airport an option. The Airport is 65 km away, and it has regular flights to many major European destinations. Another one – Tivat Airport – is just 5 km away, but it only connects to Belgrade, Moscow and Paris. Option 3: focus on Dubrovnik first, rent a car and take a nice ride south at the Adria coast. You will arrive in Kotor within 2 hours.