Visiting Montenegro had always been on my bucket list. In fact, exploring all its bordering countries is an experience that I would like to make come true one day. Therefore, the minute we planned our trip to Croatia we knew that we were going to visit the neighbour country of Montenegro.
The initial ideal was to travel until Budva with the car and to explore different spots on our way to that city, however, the weather did not co-operated with us so we had to change our plans.
Finally, we decided to travel until Kotor and to stop spontaneously on the way when we saw any dramatic spot.
Our journey started in Dubrovnik early in the morning (by the way, I still have to write a post about the amazing city of Dubrovnik, in the meanwhile you can find more spectacular croatian spots by clicking here) under a grey sky who reminded us that autumn was around the corner.
Although the weather was not as good as expected we did not care that much about it because our appetite for adventure was enormous, so we had the chance to stop in many different amazing places located beside the Bay of Kotor.
Located beneath the hill of St.Ilija, Perast is an historical old town of the Bay of Kotor. Although its cobblestone streets are full of history (thousands of tourists stop by during the year to admire this small town, which was the center of many historical empires battles throughout the centuries) they were really quiet that day. I supposed that its less than 300 inhabitants would rather stay at home than walking under the rain.
One of the main attractions of this charming place is the artificial island known as «Our lady on the rocks», where a Roman Catholic Church is located. According to the legend, the islet was made over the centuries by local seamen after finding an icon of the virgin Mary on the rock in the sea
To access to this unique place it is necessary to go by boat (you can buy tickets at Perast´s port for around 4€).
Since the weather conditions were not good enough to navigate to the islet we decided to stay in Perast and have a walk around the town.
As the weather was getting worse we decided to keep traveling to Kotor.
We thought it would be better to visit the city of Kotor where we could find some warm places to have a cup of coffee every time it rained intensely.
An enormous port, full of immense ferries, welcomed us in our arrival to the city of Kotor. After the first impression (I think I had never seen such huge ferries before) we discovered an enormous wall with a stunning gate. Since Kotor was settled during the ancient Roman times, the almost 5km wall was the perfect construction to protect the city from possible attacks.
The ancient wall enclosed a beautiful city brimming with charm and history. One of the most renewed place is the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, built in honor of the patron and protector of the city around 1166.
The famous main square, Piazza of the Arms, offers the tourist restaurants and cafes from where to enjoy the well preserved facades of the city and its old buildings made of stone. (We ended up having lunch in a non touristic street surrounded by locals. I would like to recommend you the place where we went but actually I do not know how we ended up there… So, if you go to Kotor just give a chance to its touristic restaurants and let us know if you like them 🙂 )
However, what really got our attention was something I had never seen in other countries. Kotor is full of stray cats, in fact, these animals are part of the city.
They are present in each corner, in every souvenir store, even it exists a cat museum in the city!.
As we found this «cat-love» really fascinating, we decided to ask some locals about it. They explained us that cats were considered as good luck symbols, however, no one was sure about the origin of this belief.
After spending the whole day visiting historical places we decided to come back home no without stopping in another beautiful montenegrin town.
Bar Stari Grad
A small town famous due to its ancient ruins (I had no pictures of the ruins… Sorry…!! It rained cats and dogs!).
This was a great experience & we are sure that we will be back, but next time in summer when the sun shines and the temperatures are higher 🙂
I hope you enjoyed the post, it was a short trip but intense 🙂
Have you ever been in Montenegro? Which spot do you recommend? Feel free to share your thoughts 🙂