Kotor and Budva were two of the most recommended spots in Montenegro on my tour of the south Balkans. I decided to skip Budva in the end (passed through it on bus) as it seemed to be a sleepy town in the winter and yet turns into a vibrant summer party resort. As I was there in December, I decided to tour Kotor and Poddy.
I’m such a hypocrite as I hate the way people shorten words related to countries and cities (I especially hate those who use “Oz” to describe Australia). But I do it myself now and especially for Poddy. Poddy is the capital city of Montenegro (Monty), better known as Podgorica. So I split my time evenly between exploring Podgorica where I stayed at the Hotel Keto and the astounding resort of Kotor, where I loved my stay in the Old Town Hostel in Kotor.
1. Bay of Kotor
The December sunshine baked down on the gorgeous Bay of Kotor. I was completely in awe of the beauty all around me. I was also pretty glad I was here in December time.
2. St. Tryphon’s Cathedral
Old churches dominate the inner Old Town and the most magnificent is St. Tryphon’s Cathedral. You can go inside during the day time and when Mass is on.
3. Maritime Museum
Having worked on ships before, a visit to the Maritime Museum was on the cards. It’s pricey though at €4 so try and blag a student entry for €1 like I did and you get a free postcard and can visit all the rooms.
4. St. John’s Fortress
The walk all the way up the city walls up the mountains to St. John’s Fortress is magnificent. If you are really pushed for time in Kotor, this is the one MUST DO. The climb is rewarding and relaxing.
The views at the top are quite simply astounding and tremendous. The photos and videos on this article will never do it justice. Amazing place.
5. Old Town
Instead of naming the individual sights, immerse yourself in the nooks and crannies of the streets of the old town. There are 3 walled entrances to the city which is based on the foot of the hill.
There are 3 big churches inside the walls and by nights some decent bars and restaurants.
We had a hostel night out organised by Marko and the guys at the Old Town Hostel Kotor where we visited a few bars and I even won a darts competition.
Kotor is a gem of a city and my tip is don’t go in summer where no doubt it will be flooded with tourists.
Here are my videos from backpacking through Kotor, Montenegro: