24 Hours in Kotor

  • By Luštica Bay
  • 28 Jan, 2015
If you have 24 hours in Kotor, you need to make the most of it. Kotor is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating, striking and historic cities in Montenegro. Here’s our guide to spending a day in this mesmerising UNESCO World Heritage coastal town.

We know it seems an insane hour to be setting your alarm, but waking up at 6:30am for a morning hike over the city is truly worth the early start. Hike to the   Castle of San Giovanni , a formidable fortress built between the 9th   and 19th   centuries. At the top you’ll catch the memorable sun rising over the bay.

Once back in town, breakfast and morning coffee await in   The Arms Square , where you’ll find the   Clock Tower   and surrounding Kotor Palaces. Next, meander around the Old Town taking in some of the town’s landmarks, including the   Kotor Cathedral   and   Maritime Museum .

The local market cannot be missed. This is where you’ll find fresh Montenegro produce, as well as fisherman bringing in their daily catch. As soon as you’ve taken in enough of this charming scene, hop on the bus towards Perast, another of Montenegro’s picturesque ancient towns, situated in the Bay of Kotor.

Enjoy a refreshing walk by the sea and work up your appetite, for   Conte   is your next stop. This delightful seafood restaurant overlooks the sea as well as famed Montenegrin landmarks   Our Lady of the Rock   and St. George’s Island . Wash that fresh seafood down with a glass of fine local wine.

After lunch, head back to Kotor for some more exploring. Let the enticing cobbled streets of the old town draw you in where you’ll find amiable boutiques and cafes.

When evening falls, walk off the day down the promenade and onto the marina; choose popular gastronomic haunt   Galion   for supper. The view of Kotor from Galion is unrivalled, particularly beautiful by night as the city’s walls glow. At Galion, nothing beats a classic steak and local red wine, followed by their signature dessert   krempita , a vanilla and custard cream cake.

Despite feeling a little full and weary, you’ll need to remind yourself that the night is still young. First stop is the Old Winery. A lively local bar where you can taste some of the best regional wines and listen to live performing local artists. If you’re up for a real party, there’s no better place than   Maximus , the largest nightclub on the Adriatic where inexhaustible fun is to be had.

It’s now probably about time for bed, after all, you don’t want to miss your flight the next day. But do you really want to leave the region?

To find out where’s best to stay in the region see our selection of the best hotels  here .

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