Montenegro Wild Beauty
There are three colors present in the Montenegrin landscape: blue, emerald green and iron gray, amazingly combined and interwoven, because of its priceless natural beauty, Montenegro was proclaimed an ecological state through a special declaration.
The fabulously jagged coastline of the Adriatic sea offers you the variety of beaches, coves, bays and islets that you have been dreaming of. The reality is even more exotic then the promises found in tourist brochures. The world’s southernmost and probably the most celebrated fjord in verse, beautiful Mediterranean Kotor Bay was added to the list of twenty five the most beautiful bays in the world in July 2000, the others being mainly in Scandinavia.
Kotor is situated on the southeast end of Boka Kotorska. The history of Kotor can be traced to the most ancient times. In the surrounding caves there have been found various tools and ceramics witnessing humane existence from the Neolithic period, as well as drawings on the walls of the cave at Lipci near Risan.For its unique mixture of different cultures, Kotor entered the list of the world cultural heritage under the protection of the UNESCO. Kotor is among few of Mediterranean towns which has preserved its fortification system up to today. The walls surrounding the old town of Kotor were one of the main motives and reasons why the UNESCO put this city on the list of the world natural and cultural heritage in 1979. You can enter Kotor through three town gates:Sea gate on the western side, Gurdic Gate also called the South Gate and Gate of the river’s or The Northern Gate. Main town square or The Square of Arms is at the same time the largest town’s square. This name was given to it because in Venetian period it was the place where arms were repaired and stored. It is ringed with the beautiful Providur’s Palace, Napoleon Theatre, the Clock Tower, Arsenal building and tower of town guard.The Clock Tower is one of the symbols of Kotor.Very interesting is St Triphon's Square where you can see St. Triphon's Catedral the Romanesque church built in 1166 on the fundaments of the small Romanesque church from the ninth century. It is amaising that you can expirience history and at the same tame enjoy in modern caffes or small traditional taverns taverns that can be found all over the town. It is almost imposible to describe atmosphere of this town. Every building,church or square have story to tell. If you get tired of strolling there are a lot of beaches around for everyone : quiet ones in Orahovac and Dobrota or crowded with young peoples and great beach bars. The see is very warm and clean and becouse Kotor is sitated in Boka bay the best time for beach is around 5 P.M. when sun is not so high and see is amasingly still - the locals call that Bonaca. Afther a long day you can enjoy in quiet restorans with tradicional specialites made of fresh fish and vegetables or just enjoy the fresh air by the see. If you like to party there are many beach bars that during evening hours become night clubs with techno music or you can go to great discoteque Maximus inside the city walls.
The great thing in this little town is fact that you don't need car, everything is near and there are a lot of taxi boats that can take you to different beaches.Kotor have many tradititional events almoust every month of year. During my stay there was traditional party Boka's eve something like crazy summer festival that starts early afthernoon with beautiful boat parade and amaising fireworks. During that night the whole city is crowded with peple dancing among historic buildings. In August you can also enjoy in totaly different event like Fisherman's night in little vilage Stoliv near Kotor (10-15 minutes by car) where you can try local specialities and listen to traditional music. Also there are a lot of smaller quiet towns in Boka like Perast or Risan that you can visit during one day excursion. Kotor offers you many possibilities for active vacation. If you prefer swiming, sailing, playing tennis, mountaineering, climing, hiking, sport fishing, diving... you can find all these here.
Travel to Kotor is easiest by plane. Nearest airport is Tivat only 4km away from Kotor. Also there are airports in capital city Podgorica (1 hour by car) and Dubrovnik (Croatia). During my visit I was in hotel Hotel Palazzo Radomiri (only 6m from see) that I find myself searching on internet. You can choose among hotels, private acommodation, apartments even camping is possible!
The seven days in this town is just enough to have the first look at Kotor and Boka Bay and literally enyone who has been there is coming back. This is only one part (Adriatic coast) of Montenegro - the country that is realy worth to vist and explore ... Black” mountains, blue sea, green alpine meadows, awe-inspiring canyons, idyllic lakes
A universe in a nutshell – far apart from the beaten tourist tracks. A re-discovered paradise for me.
Holiday at the seaside with lovely beaches, hidden coves, fascinating small historical coastal towns with modern flair. You may choose from cosy quarters in a hospitable private home to international 5-star hotels with the complete wellness programme. The gastronomy offers delicious regional specialities as well as international classics.
Hiking on marked trails, through majestic mountain massifs with spice-scented meadows; discover the boundless high plateaus on a mountain bike; white-waters, the awe-inspiring canyon (Europe’s deepest) of the river Tara, a hot spot for rafters! Eerie caves and ravines where bears and wolves may hide
National parks appeal to all nature lovers. Montenegro already has four very distinctive ones and will soon have six. For instance Biogradska Gora, the wildly romantic primeval forest, which you can explore on an easy trail. Or the area around Lake Skadar, Europe’s largest bird sanctuary.
Historical treasures from the earliest settlements to the Njegoš Mausoleum on top of the mountain Lovcen.Varied history left its tracks from the Roman buildings that are still used as venues up to the fortifications built by the Habsburg realm – with a breathtaking view of the unique Bay of Kotor with its fascinating heart. On the Adriatic coastline south is medieval village Budva and the largest beach near Ulcinj: there is a lot waiting to be discovered on my next visit. I would like to explore the interior of the country: the historical royal town Cetinje is just north of Budva. A very interesting excursion would be a trip to the Ostrog Monastery, where miracles are said to happen even today.... All that is waiting