Friday, July 4, 2014

Bay of Kotor Towns

After an amazing couple of days in Dubrovnik and Bosnia, we headed across the border once more to Montenegro. We decided to base ourselves in the Bay of Kotor and take day trips exploring other parts of the country. Since the whole country is only the size of Wales, it can easily be seen in a few days.


Kotor is only a couple of hours away from Dubrovnik, but we took most of the day exploring small towns along the way. The scenery is absolutely stunning, and each town has its own charm. The history of the bay is fascinating. It is deep enough to host cruise ships, but at its narrowest point, the Verige Straight, it is only 1/5 of a mile across! Those ruling the bay were able to protect their territory with a variety of clever defenses, including cannons posted on either end of the Straight, and a chain streching across the mouth of the bay (just like Game of Thrones!).

Our first stop was Herceg Novi, a small town at the mouth of Kotor Bay. We explored the 14th century Forte Mare. It's small and not in great condition, but there was a former prison cell filled with interesting graffiti.

Ship graffiti on prison walls

We stopped for lunch in Morinj at a restaurant recommended by our Rick Steves guide book. Konoba Čatovići Mlini is a bit hard to find and doesn't really cater to vegetarians, but the setting could not be more beautiful.

We followed the bay around to the next town of Perast. Montenegro gets an average of 6 days of rain all June, and unfortunately we got most of them. While it kind of ruined our beach days, at least it made for dramatic scenery.

This post is getting too long already, so I'll tell you more tomorrow.

Read more about this trip:
Dubrovnik in a Day
A Day in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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