The Clock Tower is one of the symbols of Kotor.
The Clock Tower was partly built in the Baroque style while the northern and eastern façade is in the Gothic style.
Fondest memory: Its located on the central place in the square opposite the main gate.
The Boka Kotorska Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the whole world with its amazing terrain and relief, indented shoreline, great contrasts, favourable climate.
This area is famous for diverse cultural monuments primarily sacral ones, architecture, museums, galleries, etc.
Fondest memory: Boka Kotorska is divided into three rivieras: Herceg Novi, Tivat and Kotor. There are seven little islands within the bay.
There are also beautiful hidden sandy beaches: Njivice, Igalo, Zelenika, Bijela, Morinj, Risan, Tivat, the shores of Lustica sula towards the open sea.
Favorite thing: The Flag of Montenegro was adopted in 2004 and henceforth is one of the "youngest" flags and national symbols in Europe. The flag of Montenegro is red, with the coat of arms in the middle, and golden borders. The coast of arms a two headed Eagle includes a Venetian Lion in the center.
If you have time to visit only one place in Motenegro or Balkans, choose Kotor, you will surely not regret it :)
Fondest memory: A breathtaking view from the top of the city fortress after a breathtaking way up the hill (and climbing 1.350 stairs). A never to be forgotten experience :))
Favorite thing: Kotor is cat heaven. There are cats everywhere. Hiding in the side streets, stretched out in doorways, ganged up across the square, lazing in bushes, and strolling in the grass. This is all wonderful if you love cats, but a nightmare if you are ailurophobic (fear of cats), like my girlfriend. The best (or worst) place is near St. Mary's Church, at the northern entrance across the bridge. Here they feed them, and they spend all day with nothing better to do than relax and be cat like.
As always, it's the decorative details I love about a city like Kotor.
Some are old - the charming vignette of the Virgin and Child with St Tryphon and St Bernard in the vaulted passage of the main gate;St Tryphon holds the city in his hands whilst St Bernard displays the Host, dates back to the 15th century.
Some are very new - the bronze doors on St Mary of the River that depict the life of little St Ozana whose body lies within.
A rose window the only adornment on the simple stone facade of St Clare's Franciscan Church.
A glittering mosaic of St Nicholas keeping alive the Byzantine origins and traditions of the Serbian Orthodox church.
And for MrL - whose eagle eyes never miss one - the winged Lion of St Mark, symbol of Venice. (and why this lion? In the best tradition of appropriating bits of saints, Venetian sailors stole the body of St Mark from its tomb in Alexandria and took it back to Venice - not the best way I'd have thought to ensure a saint's protection for your city. In the same way, the Turkish St Nicholas ended up in Bari, Italy. At least Kotor's protector, St Tryphon came to the city as a gift and not as some grave robber's trophy!)
Spectacular as the the walls and enchanting as the old town are, another abiding memory of Kotor for me is the heady perfume which filled the air as we drove down the long avenue leading through the modern part of town. Huge magnolias line the road and when I got out of the car to go into the bank the perfume was everywhere. It was wonderful!
You'd need to come in summer for this particular olfactory experience but the closed nature of the landscape creates its own micro-climate with a higher than usual rainfall for this part of Europe and the result is lusher, almost subtropical vegetation with lots of palm trees and other exotic species apart from the magnolias, all brought home from their travels by the Gulf's seafarers, as well as the usual Mediterranean citrus, pomegranates, figs, grapevines, etc. I'm sure that, at different times of the year, the air must be redolent of mimosa or citrus blossom and the scent of the pines is always there.
Favorite thing: Kajmak is the brend of Serbia and Montenegro . Extremely tasteful and a rich dairy product which in Balcan, also called “skorup”, is something that you have to taste. The way in which it is prepared for centuries is the same – after from a boiling milk you take of the “kajmak”(creamy cheese), it is put in the wooden tubs where during the time a creamy mass is being created with a rich and somewhat sour taste, depending on the length of standing. It is eaten as a part of the cold snack, and often you will find it in the fast food restaurants where it is being eaten with a small flat bred and in the main course with the grilled meat (pljeskavica and cevap- kebab).
Kotor is well worth visiting. The old town is beautiful and you can spend some very enjoyable days wandering around. The old walls going up the mountain behind the town are well worth climbing. Avoid midday - go as early as you can, or late in the afternoon, and do take plenty of water. It is quite strenuous.
The town is lovely, but, because it is at the end of a large inlet, and surrounded by mountains, we found it to be airless and it felt hotter than other places in Croatia and Montenegro because of that. A fan is useful, and also we found a small spray bottle filled with water helped a lot: spray it on your neck and wrists, then use your fan, and it helps to keep you cool.
Fondest memory: The Maritime Museum is interesting.
Kotor is split in two, the old town and the "newest" .. the old town is surrounded by these huge ramparts and the moat in each side and a grand mountain behind that served as a shelter on their back and as a fortress hill
The newest part of the town doesnt offer so much .. dont spend time there..
The old town is quite impressing crowded by cats (more than people in october) in every corner.. i supposed that it was build in venetian style as other places in Croatia, (looked similar) i fancied imagine how life went on for people who inhabited here.. the fortress was terrific and a excellent way to resolve problems with other comunities who wished conquer the area
Old town is crowded by little churches other huges and small terraces restaurants, some museum and above all buildings like the Barcelona gothic quarter.. narrow alleys and wide squares as a meeting point ( so similar to Split romanic old town)
Kotor as a place is worth to visit.. i was there in october so not much tourist or travellers were there.. the bad points on that place is the overcrowded in summer season where all is invaded by foreigners... there arnt any youth hostels, no budget accomodation for sure, actually i paid quite more than i was used to do on previous steps on my trip.
Everything is in Euro .. great for that but the prices are rised so much if you compare with Croatia or the surrounding area..
Landscapes are the highlights and the old town is charming .. maybe the best, its not huge so easily you can reach it every nook in the town.. actually i was living 2km away in a guesthouse and everytime i needed to get the old town (where mostly attractions are) i have to go on foot but there was schuttle bus services
The old couple who used to be guards of the Vrmac Fort area, still live up there. They and their animals live in peace and harmony. Except for the dog, who was a bit unhappy for not beeing allowed out to play with the other animals. Look at the goat in the main picture, how couriously it is looking into my camera :-) The calves got quite curious, too, when a group of croatian tourists came by. A mother wanted to photograph her son with them, but he was afraid of them, and the calves got bored of his company ;-)
It was really interesting talking to the couple. The old man, although sick and almost blind, was up to date with the latest events, and had his opinions on many a subject. Life up here is like it has always been, except for the cell phone ;-) And except for the fact that they are no longer capable of supporting themselves with everything they need. But, as is customary around here, families stick together. Their son bringing them supplies from the grocery store assure them the possibility to continue living at this gorgeous spot.
It is not often to see some snow here in Kotor. But once in every few year it comes ...
S N O W !!!! Everybody, young or old get crazy...go outside and play. If you happen to be here by any chance when snowing, my advice would be : "PARK YOUR CAR" 'couse people are not used to drive in such conditions. So park your car and join the fun :)
Favorite thing: This ciboriu is made of stone, and it is inside the Kotor cathedral. It was made in 14th century and on it are represented scenes from life of St. Tripun. In the back there is a silver gilded pala (don't know the name in English!), it's a master piece of Kotor's goldsmiths.