Stroll along the promenade
Favorite thing: Perast is probably the most picturesque town in the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska). It has a long waterside promenade, which is lined with Venetian Gothic style buildings.
The promenade also offers magnificient views of the Verige strait, which is the narrowest part of the Bay of Kotor, as well as the two offshore islands: St. George and Our Lady of the Rock.
As Perast is car-free, a stroll along the promenade can be more than pleasant and relaxing.
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Explore on your own
Favorite thing: Perast is a wonderful town for simply walking and exploring. You won't run into huge tour buses or groups of gawking tourists being sheperded by guides with megaphones. This is a quiet town where you can enjoy a couple of leisurely hours strolling through the streets, and visiting a few museums and churches.
Many of the larger structures in town are palaces ("palatas") built by wealthy seagoing families during the Venetian rule. An informational sign in the center of town shows the location of 17 such palatas.
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Another view of the verige
Favorite thing: This picture was taken from the end of the verige (channel) opposite the view in the picture above. In this picture, we are in the middle of the of larger Tivatski zaliv (Bay of Tivat) looking up the verige directly at Perast, which sits on the shore between the Risanski zaliv and the Kotorskiski zaliv.
- Sailing and Boating
Favorite thing: Perast's ability to defend itself from marauding Turks was owed partly to its strategic location. Perast sits on the shores of a bay within the Bay of Kotor. Its line of sight faces directly toward the channel or "verige" that opens up into the main part of the Bay of Kotor.
From this vantage point, Perastins could see any sailing vessel approaching the city.
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More of Perast
Favorite thing: There are many churches in Perast, the most in enitre Boka! Such a small place with so many churches! Virtually almost every second building was a church. Nowadays many of them are abandoned, but they are still there with their wonderful towers.
Also, another peculiar thing is that in the past centuries Perast had 30000 inhabitants!!! And they had over 700 shiips! There was a huge port and a building site of ships. It was the biggest and most developed place in the area.
Favorite thing: Another coastal one, the town's main street.
Perast is very beautiful, with lovely coast, it looks like a fairy tale town, and the sensation of being there is incredible serenity and archaic impression. Sometimes you can be the only person around...
From the air
Favorite thing: It is possible to rent the small plane or even helicopter to take you around and have beautiful views. Seeing Perast and in general, enitre Boka Kotorska bay from the air is something fascinating and unforgettable!
Favorite thing: Perast doesn't have sandy beaches with umbrellas as you might imagine, but swimming is still beautiful and the sea is very clean. You can sunbathe and swim virtually anywhere, even though there are no beaches. Another benefit is that there aren't many people, and those who are there are high society and celebs, but it's a very calm and peaceful town and you can find a place for yourself even though you are not from high circles.
Favorite thing: There are many ruined old houses in Perast, mostly they are missing rooftops. However all that is very charming and it totally fits to the atmosphere of the town, it gives the impression that you're back in the old times. Many of those houses are on sale and you can buy them (for a high price though!)
Favorite thing: You can reach Perast from two roads, the one going by the sea and it is a small narrow road, but still doable and it's much more beautiful, and the other one is from behind the town, the main road of the Adriatic coast, where this picture has been taken from, and it can also offer great views!
Inside the church Gospa od Škrpjela
Favorite thing: The inside of the church is made of 68 paintings with themes of life from Jesus and the Lady Mary. It's a life masterpiece of the famous paintor from Perast, Tripo Kokolj (17th century), he is one of the greatest baroque paintors in the Balkans.
Silver vow plate
Favorite thing: When the sailors left for the sea, they used to bring gifts to the church and Lady of the Rock when they came back, to thank for the safe return. They used to pray for many things, for the ships or parts of the body they lost, so they gifted silver plates with drawings of the items they prayed for. They are all kept in the hall of the church, on the walls, and there are about 2000 plates saved over there.
Favorite thing: What I like the most about this little Montenegin town is peacefull atmosphere.
The town was mostly builded in XVII and XVIII century in baroque style.
There are 17 catholic churches and 1 othodox church. You can even see some on pic.
Fondest memory: Pic was taken form a little boat ... Just to give you an impresion of the place...
Favorite thing: 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.
Where is it?
Favorite thing: Perast is situated in Boka Kotorska Bay in Montenegro. 12 km form Kotor to Herceg Novi. And you if you any near it would be very nice to visit at least for one day ...
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