24 hours in Kotor
Our top tips for how best to spend 24 hours in Kotor
Now that you’ve booked your e-mountain bike tour in Montenegro with us you need to plan your travel to Kotor, the start point of your adventure, in this breath-taking corner of Southern Europe.
We recommend you arrive at least one day before your adventure begins to allow for any travel or luggage delays. It’s also good to acclimatise to local time and recover from your journey before you start turning the pedals.
To help you make the most of your extra time in Kotor, we’ve created this handy city guide to help you get the most out of your 24 hours in Kotor.
After a leisurely breakfast, head out and grab coffee in one of the beautiful squares – Trg od Oružja is the largest, with a good choice of cafés and bakeries to try out. Pick a café near the clock tower which was built in the 17th century.
Having suitably fuelled up for a day of exploring, you should head out to the best viewpoint high above the Bay of Kotor – this means climbing the city walls! Starting from St Mary’s Church, the only directions you need are to keep going up – around 1350 steps to be exact! It’s certainly worth it, and once you reach the ancient fortress at the top, you’ll be rewarded with views of Kotor Bay – one of the world’s top 10.
You will have certainly worked up an appetite by lunch time, so head to the local farmer’s market to peruse the wonderful fresh produce and buy some treats, before sitting down to a meal and refreshing glass of local wine at The Old Winery. Tucked away down one of the old cobbled streets, it’s a great place to relax before your next activity of the day.
Now you’ve seen the bay from above, a relaxing way to spend the afternoon is to rent a kayak and explore the bay, paddling along the waterfront and trying to decide where to go for your next foodie stop. The seafood here is fantastic, so it would be rude not to enjoy a late afternoon meal at one of the restaurants specialising in fresh fish.
Another option is to go to the north side of the bay and to the old town of Perast. It is well worth as visit, as from here you can explore Our Lady of the Rocks. Originally just a pile of rocks, legend has it that on the 22nd of July 1452, two fishermen discovered an image of Virgin Mary there, and so a tiny Orthodox chapel was built. There is a lot more history to be discovered about this unusual, man-made island once you are there!
As the sun goes down, take some time to stroll around the Old Town. Kotor was built as a fortress, so there are hidden squares and alley ways with little bars where you can stop for a drink and some tapas before dinner. We highly recommend heading to Restaurant Galion for the main event – this waterfront Mediterranean restaurant is situated just outside the city walls, with beautiful views over the marina. The perfect way to end the day!
4 Local Phrases
‘Dobar Dan / Zdravo (do-BAR dan / ZDRAH-voh)’ ; Good day/hello
‘Hvala / Molim (HVAH-lah / MO-leem)’; Thank you/please
‘Dobro / Da / Ne (DOH-broh / DA / NE)’; Good/yes/no
‘Da li pričate Engleski? (DAH lee PREE-cha-teh lee EN-gles-kee?)’; Do you speak English?
Kotor Transport Links
Most hotels will offer a shuttle service from Tivat airport which is cost effective. The best way to get around Kotor is on foot, and if you’re heading out of the Old Town, there is a good local bus service, or hop on one of the local ferries!
Kotor Top Tips
- Head to Marshall’s Gelato and grab a Forest Strawberry or Marshall’s Special ice cream – perfect to cool off with after hiking up the city walls!
- There are several ancient churches in this old city, but be sure to seek out the Church of Saint Luke. This church is the oldest in Kotor and dates back to 1195!
- When visiting Our Lady of the Rocks, you can take a boat ride to it from Kotor – why take a taxi when you can take a boat?
- If you want something a bit more lively in the evening, head to where the locals go – Letrika is a café by day and bar by night, with local DJ’s and a great vibe