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17 Beautiful Things To Do In Kotor, Montenegro

Kate takes a selfie at sunrise in front of the Bay of Kotor

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The town of Kotor, Montenegro will stun you from the moment you first see it. Nestled in the Bay of Kotor and surrounded by mountains, this town has a history dating back more than 2,000 years and is achingly beautiful from every angle. And there are so many things to do in Kotor!

I first visited Kotor more than a decade ago and fell in love hard and fast. I still think it’s one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever visited, the stone town set in a fjord on the smooth green Bay of Kotor, surrounded by green mountains in every direction.

Since that first trip, I’ve returned to Montenegro a few more times and have witnessed Kotor grow from an offbeat travel destination to a major hotspot on the Adriatic Sea.

Kotor is by far the most visited place in Montenegro, thanks in part to a recent influx of cruise ship visitors. However, there’s so much to experience in Kotor and the surrounding area that a one-day visit on a cruise does not REMOTELY do it justice!

Kotor is a destination to be savored. Watching the sunrise over the Bay of Kotor after hiking to the top of San Giovanni Fortress, wandering the ancient streets of the Old Town, sampling local prosciutto and cheeses, taking a boat trip to nearby Perast and the Blue Cave, and driving the hairpin turns of the Kotor Serpentine are just a few highlights of visiting this stunning destination.

Let me show you the best things to do in Kotor, Montenegro. You’re never going to forget this trip!

This post was published in January 2024 and was co-written by Adventurous Kate and Dale Persons.

Even if you’re not a morning person, you’ll love getting up in Kotor Montenegro!

Things to Do in Kotor, Montenegro

Climb to San Giovanni Fortress

Far and away, this is my favorite thing to do in Kotor — and I recommend you make this a high priority. San Giovanni Fortress sits high above Kotor, providing stunning views of the Old Town and the Bay of Kotor.

This isn’t a technically challenging hike, but it does include more than 1,350 stairs. Give yourself at least 90 minutes to two hours for this activity, not including the time you’ll want to spend at the top snapping photos. 

The best time to do this hike is first thing in the morning for cool temperatures, no crowds, and beautiful light across the bay. And by first thing in the morning, I mean around…

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