It's the most beautiful vacation point in entire Boka Kotorska bay, if you like peace and calm atmosphere. The water is pure and clear even in the highest season, there is no crowd or mess since it is about 5 km from the Kotor itself, and it is so peaceful and meditating, with adorable shore and an old church.
The Austro-Hungarian period seems to drown in the rich historical past of the Kotor area. Thus the fort on top of Vrmac is sort of off the beaten path in a double sence.
Kotor, then Cattaro, was a part of the Dalmatian province of the Austrian, and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until the end of WWI. It was an important naval port with strong fortifications. A great mutiny started here on the ships Sankt George and Kaiser Karl VI, 1 feb 1918, which came to involve 8000 sailors in the Adriatic fleet. The sailors had had enough of bad food and war. Even though it lasted only a couple of days, it is said to have contributed to the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Habsburg Dynasty.
It is a shame to see the condition of the fort now. They used to have everything up her, like a bakery and their own water supply system. Imagine how it must have been to build all this on top of a steep hill around 1900! When I was here in 2005, I commented to my friend that somebody should buy this property and make something out of it. Now somebody HAS bought it, but nobody knows exactly what they intend to do with it. I hope it will not become a closed resort for rich tourists only.
More pictures in TL Utvrda Vrmac.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
- Arts and Culture
Fortress of St. Ivan
The fortress of St. Ivan includes the walls around the city. The main structure of the fortress sits prominently above the city, and you can't miss it. I'm putting this under my Off The Beaten Path tips because the climb up to the top of the fortress isn't exactly a walk in the park.
Building of the fortress began in the 9th century, and over the next centuries, new additions and fortifications were made. The structure at the top was built in several levels. The structure at the top remains today, albeit in a state of neglect.
The name Ivan is associated with strength in Kotor. The fortress does seem to be appropriately named. I remember when a certain other Ivan could have been so strong it might have interfered with certain travel plans last summer. I am so very happy it did not!
- Historical Travel
Lovcen is beautiful mountain and National Park which is covering 6.400 ha. Mount Lovcen has two peaks – Stirnovik at 1.749 m and – Jezerski at 1.657 m. The fastest way to come on Lovcen is from Kotor. The road from Kotor is made up of a series of serpentines but the view is great.
When you come in Lovcen park (in summertime) there must be paid a fee 1 euro a car.
If you want to visit Njegos mausolem the entrance cost 2 euro for adults and 1 euro for children.
For walking you will have red and white dots which you lead trough the park.
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
This is me in front of the firefighters house in Perast!!! I was so impressed with the building, it is the best and most loriginal firefighetr's station I have ever seen and heard of in my life! In an old mediterranean stone house, with broken roof (I love ruins!), so cute and charming! And you can see a red firefighter's truck parked inside. The inscription VATROGASCI means FIREFIGHTERS.
Get lost in the small streets in the old city
You don’t need to search much or explore too far, you only need to hang around freely in the old city and check also the very small street, as it is so small city you can actually get lost and find your way back, no risk of not finding your way back what’s so ever :)
Sea & Mountains
VIsiting Kotor without climbing the ruins of the old fortress behind is unforgivable! :) Follow the steps through the narrow, steep streets of the old town, and you'll start climbing... You can reach the top of a very high mountain, but often people stop half-way, at one of the fortresses. The view is breathtaking and unforgettable! Don't miss! And don't forget to take a bottle of water with you if you're climbing on a sunny & hot day!
This picture was taken this summer (Aug. 2002) from half-way to the fortress. You can see the bay of Boka Kotorska, the hills surrounding it, and the town of Kotor below.
On the way from Kotor to Risan among the high pine trees lays Banja Monastery. It is difficult to notice it as it is amoust wripped out in the greenery. However, there is a sign on the road so it is not hard to find it. The Church dates from 17th century renovated in early 18th c..and Monastery buildings were added in 19th century. Everybody is welcome here. Once, we were invitied in the guest room and were served with cookies and drinks.
Remains of Roman Villa with Mosaics
The Remains of Roman Villa with Mosaics are situated in town Risan just about 15 km from Kotor on the way to Herceg Novi. They date back to the 2nd centyry AD.
The Villa includs an atrium. The most of the rooms were floored with mosaics but only few are preserved. One of them represents the Hypnos.
8km far from Kotor, there's this so-called aerial spa, where the air from Lovcen and Mediterranean air mix. Here you can relax and sunbathe on the many beaches. Or just explore the town and admire its several monuments from the past, such as the 15th-century palace Tre Sorele, the Franciscan Monastery or the New Church of Our Lady.
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Typical small towns are visible along the Montenegro coastline... such beautiful places are built under venetian style who rules the area making commercial deals and fighting for them with turks for many years during the Modern european age...
The montenegro coastline sights are one of the most impressive ones that i've ever seen ..so if you can despite of all prejudices go there to enjoy your hollidays before the local prices rise in this part of the world
This isn't a great tip because I can tell you nothing about this little church which we spotted on the way up to the fortress. I have looked in many books and trawled the web looking for any info on this little church but have found nothing. This is really frustrating for me because I would love to know more about this pretty little church which sits so isolated up the mountain behind Kotor's Old Town. The church has a real lost world quality to it with its overgrown surroundings, moss covered roof and crumblin stone walls which surround the church.
If anybody knows anything about this church PLEASE let me know.
To get to the church you need to leave the track up the mountain walls and cross unmarked ground towards the church which is away from the main walls. Keep an eye out for the church in the distance as you pass through the upper positions and Bastions of the walls. We left the track through what is called the 'Small Fort' to get over to the church.
~HOP OVER TO PERAST~
Perast is a small coastal community located in the Bay of Kotor. One can catch a short boat ride from Kotor and visit this once booming fishing village. In Perast one can see tons of great architecture and enjoy a more mellow pace of life.
Don't miss out on Gospa od Skrpjela
Gospa od Skrpjela is a manmade island in the Bay of Kotor. It is home to a beautiful church with a great collection of paintings and artifcats. One can travel to Gospa od Skrpjela by boat from Kotor. The ride lasts about 20 minutes.
You can take a local bus along the water's edge for about a half-hour to the peaceful village of Perast. It, like Kotor, is an ancient walled city, but much smaller, more peaceful, and a great getaway. Besides, there are two small islands there with beautiful old churches on them. In general, the scenery around perast is exceptional. You can even find accommodation there. It would be an ideal honeymoon site.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Budget Travel