Recently we had the pleasure of spending some time in the stunning area of Europe known as the Balkans. We originally went here as my (Megsy) Schengen visa had expired and I needed to get out for at least 3 months. What we discovered was an area of breathtaking beauty, friendly locals and fantastic food.
One place in particular that we fell in love with was the city of Kotor in Montenegro.
Kotor is quite a touristy place these days. The cruise ships have discovered this little piece of paradise, and if you go in the summer months, expect Kotor to be overrun with tourists. But if you head there in the off season, lets say November, you will practically have Kotor all to yourself. And you can explore the cobbled maze of the stari grad (old town) and climb the Tvrđave Kotora or the Castle of San Giovanni (St John) all in relative peace and quiet.
When it comes to this old historical town pictures speak louder than words, so I’m gonna shut up for a bit and let you explore the wonder of Kotor in photos……
9 Photos to Inspire you visit Kotor, Montenegro
The stunning view from halfway up the Tvrđave Kotora. There is approximately 1350 stairs in total, so it is a bit of a climb (especially if you are a little hung over as we were). But for views like this it is well worth it.
The Stari Grad is also an amazing place to wander around and get lost. And you will get lost. It was designed this way by the Venetians, so if attacking armies came into the city, they would get lost in it’s maze, and the locals could attack them.
Locals and tourists alike continue to get lost to this very day.
On the plus side though, if you’re going to get lost, Kotor is the place to do it. Every turn will unveil a new discovery.
The Cathedral of St Tryphon, dates back to 1166, and is one of the oldest cathedrals in all of Europe. It has been damaged a few times over the years due to earthquakes in the region, and due to a lack of funding the restoration was not done very well. This is why you will notice that the two towers are quite different to each other.
But enough about that – let’s go down this ally now….
And as the sun is setting, and you’re all worn out from your day of exploring Kotor, it’s time to find a nice place for a local beer and a few laughs. Cheers!
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