Kotor is a true Montenegrin beauty, perfectly positioned, for dramatic effect, between a rim of mountains and a crystal clear bay, and set on stone fortifications begun in the 9th Century. It ticks the beach box, the historic box and the scenic box, and the labyrinth of the old town, with a wealth of wonderful churches, cafes and restaurants and boutiques, is Heritage Listed. Some of the best places to stay in Kotor can be found within this labyrinth, but if you're looking for a place to escape, or a beach break, you'll also find it on the Bay of Kotor.
The Bay of Kotor is one of the deepest natural bays in the Adriatic, something akin to a fjord, and its mountains don't just hover in the distance, they rear up, almost directly out of the water. As you might imagine, Kotor's beauty appeals to folk with yachts too, and in the season the marina bobs and dazzles with a myriad of impressive boats, and the bars and cafes ring with life and cheer.
But the lack of sand means that Kotor feels somehow more elegant than some of its neighbours along the coast - though there are still plenty of good sunbathing spots, and you will find some nice beaches on the bay, outside Kotor proper.
One of Kotor's famed charms is its old town, which is actually designed with confusing you in mind - for protective purposes - and is too narrow to allow cars. A pparently even the locals get lost every now and then. Keep an eye out for landmarks, like 12th Century catholic treasure, St. Tryphon's Cathedral, little St. Luke's, the great bronze doors of St. May's or the fantastic Gurdic Gate, which has a working drawbridge.
Don't forget to book well ahead if you want a room in one of the best places to stay in Kotor - this is a very busy spot during the peak summer months. Alternatively come in quieter periods, when the crowds have gone and you've got the place to yourself!
A boutique collection of rooms and 1-3 bedroom apartments in Kotor's Old Town. Traditional bedrooms have stone walls and elegant furnishings. Small kitchenettes, living areas, and a lovely communal terrace. Ideal for families, groups of friends or a couple. Excellent value too.
A gorgeous traditional house in Kotor's Old Town. Beautiful rustic rooms in soft pastel colours. Lovely breakfast balcony and walking distance to all the attractions; restaurants, bars, nightclubs, the beach. A characterful choice for a romantic holiday in Kotor.
A charming boutique in old town Kotor overlooking the bay and with a mountainous backdrop. Opulent and sophisticated rooms and suites with all the mod cons. An excellent Montengrin restaurant, wonderful views from the roof top terrace, and a short walk to all the attractions. Very romantic.
A gorgeous Montenegran villa on the bay of Kotor with stunning views out to sea. Traditional chic rooms, family rooms, and suites have stone walls and creamy furnishings. Fabulous Balkan-Mediterranean fusion restaurant, romantic terraces, and a private beach. Ideal for families or couples.
A gorgeous boutique hotel in Kotor's Old Town. Romantic bedrooms with balconies are opulent in style with rich fabrics, marbles, and subtle lighting. Excellent seafood restaurant, roof top terrace, bar and a short walk to all the attractions. Perfect for a romantic holiday.
A superbly luxurious hotel on the sea front in Tivat. Venetian style architecture with modern furnishings and stylish interior design. Rooms and suites are contemporary classic with all the mod cons and private balconies. Fabulous Mediterranean cuisine and top of the range spa.