Perast Things to Do

  • Our Lady of the Rock Chapel
    Our Lady of the Rock Chapel
    by HORSCHECK
  • St. Nicholas Church and Belfry
    St. Nicholas Church and Belfry
    by HORSCHECK
  • Our Lady of the Rock Chapel
    Our Lady of the Rock Chapel
    by HORSCHECK

Best Rated Things to Do in Perast

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo

    Our Lady of the Rock Chapel

    by HORSCHECK Written Dec 24, 2010

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Probably the highlight of a visit of Perast is a boat trip to the artifical island Our Lady of the Rock with the chapel of the same name.

    The Our Lady of the Rock Chapel (Gospa od Skrpjela) was constructed after the earthquake in 1667, although an even earlier chapel existed here.

    The chapel can be visited free of charge. It is also home to a small museum which we didn't visit due to a lack of time. Instead of that, we enjoyed the magnificient views of Perast and the Bay of Kotor from here.

    Directions:
    There are two small islands situated just south of Perast, but only the artifical island Our Lady of the Rock can be visited. Please read my transportation tips for details about how to get to the island by boat.

    Our Lady of the Rock Chapel Our Lady of the Rock Chapel Our Lady of the Rock Chapel Inside Our Lady of the Rock Chapel Our Lady of the Rock island seen from Lepetane
    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Road Trip
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo

    St. Antony’s Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated Dec 24, 2010

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The St. Antony’s Church and nearby monastery (Samostan i Crkva Sv Antuna) was completed in 1679. It was built in Baroque style and the project was financed by the local Mazarovic family.

    The church was used by the Franciscan order who came to Perast from the Venetian province in the middle of the 17th century.

    In the early years the monastery was also home to a pharamcy and a library.

    Directions:
    The St. Antony’s Church is situated in the upper part of Perast, just below the main through road Magistralni put.

    St. Antony's Church St. Antony's Church
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo

    St. Nicholas Church and Belfry

    by HORSCHECK Written Dec 24, 2010

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The present St. Nicolas Church (Crkva Sv Nikole) was built in 1616 from stones from the Croatian island of Korcula.

    The adjoining belfry is with 55 m in height the tallest church tower in the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska). It was completed in 1691 and its clock was brought here from Venice.

    Unfortuntaly, we didn't have enough time to climb the tower, which is said to offer panoramic views of the surrounding coastline.

    Directions:
    The St. Nicholas Church stands at the main square (Trg Sv Nikole), right in the heart of Perast.

    St. Nicholas Church and Belfry Belfry of St. Nicholas Church
    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo

    Bujovic Palace

    by HORSCHECK Written Dec 24, 2010

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Renaissance style Bujovic Palace (Palata Bujovic) was designed by the Venetian architect Giovanni Battista Fontana at the end of the 17th century. Allegedly it was constructed from stones of the destroyed city walls of Herceg Novi.

    The palace can be recognised by its arcaded porch and a balustraded terrace, which is topped by two lion sculptures.

    Nowadays the Bujovic Palace is home to the city museum of Perast.

    Directions:
    The Bujovic Palace can be found right at the waterfront (Stari put) near the western end of Perast.

    Bujovic Palace (Palata Bujovic) Bujovic Palace (Palata Bujovic) Bujovic Palace: Lion sculptures
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    Permanent decline

    by karenincalifornia Updated Dec 29, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    For about 150 years from the mid 1600's to the late 1700's, Perast became a boom town and was economically stronger than any other city on Boka Kotorska. During this time, beautiful palaces were built by wealthy seafaring families.

    The busy seaport of Perast stagnated under Austrian rule beginning in 1797 and went into permanent decline. It never recovered and continued to suffer hardship during WWI, WWII, communism and now, difficult economic times.

    Perast, Montenegro
    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • goga4444's Profile Photo

    Two islands

    by goga4444 Updated Feb 24, 2010

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    One on the left is St. Djordje island and the other one is Gospa od Skrpjela.
    Second one was men made island. People brought rocks in boats and throw the rocks there to make an island. The story says they even sinked arround 17 boats, they won in battle, down there ( water is 12- 20 m deep) It took them more than 200 years to make an island , and a lot more to build the little church for the Lady of the Rocks there. Present church is 3 rd one on that place.

    For more information about this island folow the link below to see my GOSPA OD SKRPJELA PAGE ON VT.

    Perast- Gospa od Skrpjela

    Was this review helpful?

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    Tallest Belfry on the Bay

    by karenincalifornia Written Dec 10, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The tallest campanile or belfry on the Bay of Kotor is located in Perast and stands next to the Church of St. Nikola. For 1 Eurodollar, you can climb to the top of this 55 meter high belfry.

    It was here that we met the only other North Americans during our entire trip to Montenegro. They were Canadians and this was the first time in days we heard English spoken without an accent of any kind. (We don't speak it with an accent - but everyone else does, even you Southerners.)

    Church of St. Nikola, Perast, Montenegro
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Aurorae's Profile Photo

    Gospa od Skrpjela icon

    by Aurorae Written Aug 31, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The icon Gospa od Skrpjela got its name (Lady of the rock) because it was found on the rock coming out of the sea. It was proclaimed a miracle and they built an island on that place, it took 300 years to build the island and a church. Nowadays the icon is kept on the altar.

    Was this review helpful?

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    Benedictine Monastery of St. George

    by karenincalifornia Written Dec 13, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    (Also knowns as Sv. Djordje in Serbo-Croatian)

    This monastery sits on one of the two islets in the Bay just off the shore of Perast, which fell under the city of Kotor's protection during the 14th to 16th centuries. Perast resented this control by Kotor. In 1535, a group of Perastians murdered the Kotor-appointed Benedectine abbott on this island.

    Shortly after that, Perast managed to free itself from the dominion of Kotor. That resulted in the entire town of Perast being excommunicated from the Catholic church.

    True independence was shortlived. Not too long after the 1535 incident, Perast fell under the control of Venice. Under Venetian influence, the city prospered to a position of importance it hadn't seen before and would never see again.

    The monastery became the favorite burial site for sea captains, and today the crypts still remain.

    Sv Djordje near Perast, Montenegro
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    A three hour tour...a three hour tour

    by karenincalifornia Written Dec 10, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Just kidding. I don't think this will take 3 hours. Nor do I think it will be a fateful trip. You shouldn't miss this if you are in Perast.

    The centerpieces of Perast are actually located on two islets just off the shore. Out in the Bay are the Benedictine Monastery of St George, which balances on a natural reef and the church of Our Lade of the Rock, built on a manmade islet.

    Getting to these monuments is very easy. Just walk along the promenade next to the water and you'll have numerous boat owners hawking rides out to the islets.

    Sv Djordje and Gospa od Skrpjela, Perast
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    Seafaring people

    by karenincalifornia Updated Dec 13, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Perast historically was a significant nautical center due to its stategic position on the Bay of Kotor. The first mention of a shipyard dates back to 1336. In 1600, this tiny town had 40 big vessels and over 100 smaller sailing boats. Today it is hard to imagine so much activity occurred in this quiet, tiny town.

    Perast, Montenegro
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    Our Lady of the Rock

    by karenincalifornia Written Dec 13, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    (Gospa od Skrpjela)

    Our Lady of the Rock church was dedicated in 1630. As the story goes, it grew out of remorse for the murder of the Benedictine abbott in 1535. The church was built on a manmade island consisting of hulls of sunken ships and reinforced by boatloads of stones.

    Inside the church are 68 paintings by a local artist, Tripo Kokolja, who lived during 1661-1713. At the back of the church is a small museum containing paintings of Perast's colorful history.

    Every July 22, a local holiday renacts the scattering of stones with decorated boats, music and folk-singing.

    Our Lady of the Rock, Perast, Montenegro
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo

    Nego&#267 was here !

    by JLBG Updated Oct 18, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I took the photo of this house, not knowing what it was as I felt it was a beautiful one but I was unable to find any information to identify it. At home, I enlarged the second photo and found that on the left, there was a marble sign written in Cyrillic fonts. I deciphered it and it said :

    U oboj kuċi odmarao se ljeti
    Negoċ
    kao gost porodidže balobiċa
    Postab ljeno 1951

    In this house rested
    Negos
    As a guest of the Balobic family

    While searching for more on the Balobiċ family, I found an excellent web site on another prominent family of Perast, the Mazaroviċ (sorry, in Serbian only, with a one page summary in English). Thanks to Jelena (VT Aurorae) that translated the sentence that interested me and which says :
    Nikola Mazaroviċ, who lived in the second half of 18th century, was a collector of folk poems (or songs, the word is the same). His rewriting of one play, a form of drama piece, was saved from one copy from the house of Baloviċ family, from 1782.

    On my next visit, I will look for the Mazaroviċ palaces !

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo

    For evening chat !

    by JLBG Written Oct 18, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This photo represents a strange facility. If you enlarge the photo, you will see that it is basically a stone scale that allows walking from the quay to the sea. However, between the quay and the see level, it passes through a round facility with stone benches around. This looks like a place where citizens can sit and chat together and watch the port and those who are going to their boat.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo

    Gospa od Škrpjela

    by JLBG Written Oct 18, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Seamen of Perast use to load the ships captured from their enemies with stones and sink them on a shoal. On the island formed in this way a small church was built on the place where, according to the legend, the icon of Virgin Mary was found floating at the surface of the sea. Since 1452, every year on the 22nd of July (I have read elsewhere that it was on the15th of August, day of the Assumption) fishermen bring some stones to the island and throw them into the water, symbolically taking part to the permanent building of the island, which is now about 3,000 square kilometers. For this traditional and solemn event (whatever the day), Bokelj (inhabitants of Boka Kotorska) coming from every city in the Bay of Kotor, ornate their boats with flowers and banderoles and attend a religious ceremony that recalls the goods and the bads of the Bokelj mariners. The island can be considered as the ex-voto of Bokelj mariners and should thus be the largest ex-voto in the world.

    The original church of Gospa od Škrpjela was built in 1452. The present one is a baroque church built in 1632 and enlarged in 1722.

    I have found that the name of Gospa od Škrpjela came from the Italian name of the place, Madonna dello Scarpello. The De Mauro Paravia dictionnary of Italian gives «scarpèllo » as a popular word for scalpello. Then, though it is translated in English as Our Lady of the Rocks, if I am not mistaking, that would mean “Our Lady with the scissors”. Strange, isn’t it ? That does not make sense and their must be another explanation.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Perast

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

15 travelers online now

Comments

Perast Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Perast things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Perast sightseeing.

View all Perast hotels