Kotor is an ancient city wedged between rugged limestone mountains and the Adriatic Sea. It’s built around an enchanting medieval old town with maze-like streets, sunny squares and beautiful historic churches. Stroll along the cobbled streets and make friends with the city’s famous street cats.
Things to do in Kotor
The Kotor City Walls were built in the 9th century to protect the city from pirates and invaders. The short but steep climb up to St John's Fortress is worth the effort, with spectacular views over the city, the harbour and the shimmering Adriatic Sea.
Get lost in the medieval old town, which is criss-crossed with cobbled streets and alleys. The neighbourhood is dotted with centuries-old churches, including the magnificent St Tryphon’s Cathedral consecrated in the 1100s. Step inside to admire the soaring vaulted ceilings and beautiful Byzantine frescoes. Dive into the city’s seafaring heritage at the Maritime Museum of Montenegro. The museum occupies three storeys of an 18th-century palace and showcases naval uniforms, maritime-themed art and model ships.
Walking around the streets of Kotor, you’ll notice an abundance of friendly cats. The city is famous for its felines and most gift shops stock cat-themed souvenirs. Find out more about the furry residents at the Cats Museum, with your admission fee used to care for the kitties. It’s filled with cat-themed art, jewellery, lithographs and souvenirs.
Cool off in the calm, crystal-clear water at Kotor Beach. A short stroll from the old town, the beach is fringed by pebble sand and treats you to beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. If you prefer sandy beaches, head down the coast to Budva.
Getting around Kotor
Kotor is compact and easy to get around on foot. The city is a two-hour drive from Podgorica and 30 minutes from Budva. Podgorica Airport and Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia are both a two-hour drive away.