Rose on the Lustica Peninsula
Not worth a page on its own but we travelled to Rose on the edge of the Lustica Peninsula for an evening. This small village had a quayside front with no traffic. You have to park on the road on the edge of the village and walk in, it will take you about 2 minutes to walk. The front during the day was packed with families who were swimming. If you go for a meal in the sea front restaurants, there are about 3, then be prepared to share your space with families in swimsuits and then as the sun goes in, the space becomes an adhoc changing room. The sun stays out here longer than most places on the bay. However at about 7:30 the place became much quieter and we enjoyed our meals on the waterfront.
Go to Kotor
Kotor is between 5 and 8 km from Prcanj, depending on which part of the town you start from. Kotor is the town that dominates this part of the bay. All roads lead to Kotor from Prcanj. I should rephrase that and state that the one* road in Prcanj leads to Kotor. We took a few visits to Kotor for evening dinner and sightseeing. You can get there by the bus & taxi as well as your own transport but just remember that single track road.
A trip to Przno Beach
This is a popular beach and rightly so. The beach is found on the Lustica Peninsula and is well signposted. The road takes you right into the car park, there is no view of the beach from the road. You enter the car park, pay if necessary and get out...still no view of the beach. Go for a walk toward the font of the car park and yes there it is, the sandy beach. Very nice it is too. The beach is sandy, shallow (so great for families) and big enough not to feel crowded in the height of the summer. Around the back of the bay is a larger restaurant with fast food and drinks and a bar, which played music a bit too loud for me. There looked to be a number of pathways around the edge of the bay which would be great to explore. Certainly worth the visit.
Gospa od Andola
At the top end of Stoliv there is a nearly hidden sign to this old and ruined chapel. A short little walk to the chapel gives a nice view over the bay over toward Perast. There were a couple of people fishing when we got there. A few other people arrived to take advantage of the quiet spot to sit and enjoy the sun and the view. If you travel past, get out and have an 'off the beaten path' moment for 20 minutes or so.
even better I spotted a couple of dolphins in the bay, zoom right in on pic 3 and you may see the fin, honest.
Watch the cruise ships
One thing you can see from Perast is the cruise ships that make their way to Kotor on a daily basis. If you time your visit to Kotor right you can avoid the cruise ships crowds and the evening visitors. We found the best time to be in Kotor old town was about 4pm.
Go for a hike
There a number of pathways that are marked out that lead away from the bay front and into the hills behind. They are signposted with green signs and hikers pics. The one that I took to was a walk to Gornja (Upper) Stoliv, a barely inhabited old village. It was uphill for around half an hour and tough work for my basic fitness so take it slowly. The views, however, were great. The old village has a number of deserted and decaying dwellings and a church and even the grounds were shut. It was great to wonder at how people lived here.
Go to Church
Prcanj has a number of churches but dominating the central part of the town is the Church of the Birth of our Lady (Crkva Rodena Bogorodice). It has a rather grand stairway leading up. The view from the terrace is also very nice and worth the effort to get to the top. It is unlikely that you will find the church open though save for the Sunday morning service, which is a shame.
Go for a swim
There are plenty of places to go for a dip in the Bay along the single track road. There are a terraces along the road and a few small areas where you can walk into the sea. On our stay, many people just plonked down on the quayside.
The main beach is at the north end of Prcanj either side of the border with Stoliv, two beaches around a small headland where a now defunct hotel resides. We gravitated to Stoliv side which had free car parking of the street, a couple of restaurants and bars, some basic fast food, showers, changing areas. The loungers were €2 each with €1 for an umbrella. This beach was a hit with families as it has a shallow area for paddling.
Facilities to get by
You can get by in Prcanj very easily. There are a few 'markets' or local stores that sell fresh fruit and veg, bread, cooked meats, milk and diary products and other foodstuffs and essentials. We found this one close to the Lantern restaurant the best laid out and with some English spoken to help us out. There is a bakery down the road with great smells emanating out of the shop. The bakery did good cakes but the bread was as good from the local mini-market stores.
Other facilities include a number of restaurants of varying price ranges, a post office and small tourist info office.There's no need to leave Prcanj for provisions but if you want fresh meat or fish there are a couple of small supermarkets in Kotor although we found there was never any parking at the one nearest the old town. The nearest larger supermarkets were out of town a mile or two on the road out of Kotor toward Tivat.
Relax on the Terrace of Hotel Splendido
The Hotel Splendido, which is across the road from the Bokeljski Dvori Hotel where we were staying, has a superb terrace fronting onto the bay with a swimming pool and sunbeds, (including large four-poster ones!), which we were able to use for 8 euros a day with towels provided and drinks and food available from the bar.
The parish church dominates the town. It's situated on the Vrmac hill and is the biggest in the Kotor Bay.
The New Church of Our Lady was built in 1789, following the plans of Bernadino Maccaruzzi.
Next to the church, you can see the busts of Njegoš, Andrija Zmajevic, Josip Juraj Štrosmajer and other important people from the past.
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Franjevacki Manastir Svetog Nikole
The town has several splendid monuments, such as this Franciscan monastery of St. Nicholas (Franjevacki manastir svetog Nikole).
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