Perast Travel Guide

  • Perast, Montenegro September 2013
    Perast, Montenegro September 2013
    by jumpingnorman
  • Perast, Montenegro September 2013
    Perast, Montenegro September 2013
    by jumpingnorman
  • Perast, Montenegro September 2013
    Perast, Montenegro September 2013
    by jumpingnorman

Perast Highlights

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    karenincalifornia says…

     Interesting and totally unexpected history for such a small town 

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    HORSCHECK says…

     Probably overcrowded in high-season. 

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     Like from the dream 

Perast Things to Do

  • Go for a swim

    There were a number of places that people had based themselves on the waterfront roadside to have a swim. There are no beaches within the town but people appeared to use some quay sides as sun terraces and diving boards.When we arrived the heat was heavy with no wind. Within an hour or so the breeze whipped up a cooling element. This is typical of...

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  • Waht to do on the island

    Only the church and museum to look around. It is only a very small island. There was a small shop offering drinks and ice cream for sale which was good for us to take in whilst we waited for the taxi boat home. Taking time to look around this small island you can see that it is shaped like a boat.A warning, after we got back to the mainland we...

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  • Boat to Our Lady of the Rock Island

    There were about 4 different boats offering a taxi service to the island. The fare was €5 per person, they only charged for adults on the one we caught outside the main square in front of the dominant St Nicholas church. This is the man made island built from scuppered boats and rocks started in the 15th Century.There are two islands but one of...

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  • St Nicholas Church

    St Nicholas' Church dominates the central town square. Approaching from either direction along the waterfront you will see a town square. At the back of this square is the church of St Nicholas, a Catholic Church with a 55m bell tower. The entrance fee for the tower was €1 and the views from the top were very good. You can get a sense of the whole...

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  • St. George church

    The St. George church erased up in the islet in front of Perast. It belonged to the Benedictine moister built in the 12th century.

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  • St. Nichola's Church Tower

    Perast is Situated 12 km west from kotor.Baroque style small town.This Church Tower Situated town center

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  • Church of Our Lady of the Rock

    The Lady of the Rock baroque church built in the year 1630.View Point PerastSmall islet, Small Church but detail andpicturesque

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  • Our Lady of the Rock Chapel

    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...

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  • St. Antony’s Church

    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...

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  • Bujovic Palace

    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...

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  • St. Nicholas Church and Belfry

    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,...

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  • Nautical Museum

    Perast has a tradition of seamen - warriors' families.A visit at the local museum will bring you closer to the history and culture of the place.The museum itself is located at a beautiful, well-preserved old house by the bay with a marvellous view to the sea.

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Perast Restaurants

  • Rude staff

    Perast is a jewel at the Kotor Bay with many venetian palaces which give the tourist an impression of a royal history of that old town. An off-season visit to Perast leads the guest to the one and only open restaurant which offers a promising menu to any hungry person. The sweet expectation of the avalanche of tastes was immediately destroyed by...

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  • Drinks at Hotel Conte

    We did not eat in Perast but noticed a few classy establishments around. We only wanted a drink and the best place for this was at the Hotel Conte entrance in front of St Nicholas Church.

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  • Seafood, revisited

    The place, located by the sea of Perast, is a very old building belonging to the ancestors of the current owner, from whom he has now inherited it. The most recent restoration it has gone through took place in the 1700s. Made by stone, it has a small yard with few tables in the shadow. Sitting at a table near the thick stone walls ensures shadow...

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  • Konoba Milinovic

    Konoba Milinovic (previously 'The Amfora') is very conveniently situated for the Boka Bay Bed and Breakfast at which we have stayed, and, as it is suspended over the bay, doesn't feel as close to the road as the Restaurant Conte. On our visit in 2007 we felt that both the food and the service was rather mediocre, and Andrea's report of the ladies'...

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  • Fabulous

    This place is EXCELLENT. Not cheap, mind you, but not exorbitant. You sit outside (or I did - this was in September) on the sort of platform jutting out over the bay. Tables with plenty of space between them. Attentive waiters, but not standing too close, and the half-bottle of wine they brought me was excellent - and just right with the prawns. If...

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  • Restaurant Conte

    The Restaurant Conte is a popular open air restaurant, which is sandwiched between the bay and the road, and which has opened since our stay in Perast in 2005. Unfortunately, on the one occasion that we ate there, the road was unusually busy, which rather detracted from our enjoyment of the meal, as our table was immediately adjacent to it.

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Perast Transportation

  • By bus or car

    You can get to Perast folowing Bok Kotorska Bay coast line , it is 12 form Kotor to Herceg Novi. The road is near , but it is not much trouble to drive there and there is no much trafic. People usually use ferry to get to the other side of the bay, so that part of the bay doesnt have much traffic. if you drive you ll have the chance to get to know...

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  • To the island Our Lady of the Rock by...

    When we walked along the waterfront, some local guys offered us to shuttle us with their boat to the island Our Lady of the Rock for a price of 4 Euro per person. We found this price quite reasonable and agreed on the service. The boat trip to the island took only about 5 Minutes and we spent as much time as we wanted there. On the return trip the...

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  • To Perast by bus

    When we were in Kotor we spontaneously decided to take a side trip by bus to Perast. All buses from Kotor to Herceg Novi or any other places in this direction go along Perast. In Kotor these buses can be either caught at the main bus station or at the bus stop just outside the city wall. In August 2010 a ticket for this route cost between 1,00 and...

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Perast Local Customs

  • Niksicko Pivo

    Montenegro's most popular local beer is Niksicko Pivo, which is brewed by the Trebjesa brewery in Niksic. After Podgorica, Niksic is Montenegro's second largest town.The brewery produces four lagers: Niksicko pivo, Nik Gold, Nik Cool, and Niksicko tamno. During our 2 weeks in Montenegro I enjoyed quite a few Niksicko pivo and Nik Gold.Nowadays the...

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  • Montenegrin currency: Euro

    I found it quite an interesting fact to know that Montenegro is neither a member of the European Union nor a member of the so called Eurozone, but that the country has adopted the Euro as official currency.Prior to the introduction of the Euro, the German Mark (Deutsche Mark) was the currency used in Montenegro. Of course Montenegro does not have...

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  • Seafood on the Bay of Kotor

    It goes without saying that seafood is plentiful on the Bay of Kotor. We came across this family busily harvesting mussels from the Bay. The entire family was involved, from the grandmother to the small children, bringing the mussels to the shore, washing them and bagging them.

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Perast Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of sharp objects

    If you aren't paying attention, you could get stuck by a sharp object sticking out of the inner wall of the belfry. My daughter narrowly missed one such sharp object as she tried to avoid having her picture taken.I really enjoyed the freedom to be able to explore monuments and historical structures throughout Montenegro. In the US, there is so much...

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  • Bring a hard hat if you have one

    Unless you are under 3 feet tall, you'll have to get on your hands and knees and crawl during some parts of the climb up the inside of the belfry at Perast. At least the stairs had reasonably stable guard rails, albeit a bit rusty in spots. No problems - we made it up to the top and back without any mishaps. On the way up we saw some holes and...

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  • Waiting...

    If you want to go to the islands of Sv.Djordje and Gospa od Škrpjela, be prepared to wait for the boat! The boat drivers will tell you "I'll be there in 5 minutes!" but Montenegrin 5 min. is at least half an hour... They seem to live in another system of reference. ;) You can find them later on just around the courner sipping coffee or beer with...

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Perast What to Pack

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    The Rough Guide to Montenegro

    by HORSCHECK Updated Dec 24, 2010

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    Miscellaneous: For our 2 week trip to Montenegro, I felt the need to buy a proper guide book for independent travel.

    I finally decided for "The Rough Guide to Montenegro - 1st edition", as I have already made many good experiences with Rough Guides on several other trips.

    As Perast is one of the smaller places in Montenegro, the Rough Guide only includes about 4 pages about the city. The Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) is covered on more than 20 pages.

    Rough Guides: http://www.roughguides.com/

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Perast Off The Beaten Path

  • Crkva Sv. Nikole

    The Church of St. Nikola, or Crkva Sv. Nikole, as it is called in Serbo-Croatian, is located in the center of town. Inside the chapel are surprisingly well preserved sculptures of angels.There is no charge to enter the church, but you will have to pay a small fee to climb the bell tower next to the church.

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  • Old Fortress in Perast

    For all its defensive battles, Perast had only one small fortress on the side of the hill above the town. The fortress, Sveti Kritz, was built during the 16th century. This little fortress was used to defend the town against the Turks.

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  • Stroll along the promenade

    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...

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  • Explore on your own

    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...

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  • Another view of the verige

    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.

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Sveti Đorđe
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