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Boko Kotor Bay

There is a marvelous place in Montenegro — it’s a winding bay of the Adriatic Sea enclosed in cliffs. The banks of this ancient fjord have been inhabited since ancient times, fragments of Roman settlements and beautiful examples of medieval architecture are preserved here. The Bay of Kotor or Boka Kotorska as it’s called by Montenegrins is a historical pearl of the country. Everyone who visits Tivat, gets to the bay right away, but there are many impressing landmarks outside the bay as well. If you want to fully enjoy the spirit of ancient times, you should go to Kotor, Perast, Herceg Novi, and across the small towns along the shores of Boka.

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The beautiful port of Kotor is famous for its old town. It’s one of the best-preserved medieval town centers in the Adriatic. One can study history here – the streets are built up with buildings of different epochs, family coats of arms have been preserved on the palaces of noble citizens, Catholic and Orthodox churches are rising above the squares. It is noteworthy that in this museum town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is full of everyday life — people live in medieval houses, drying their clothes above the narrow streets. The first floors are occupied by offices and shops. The hotels, boutiques, and cafes are available for tourists. The opportunity to live a week in a house with centuries-old history is a real temptation.

A set piece of every excursion plan in Kotor is visiting the fortifications built in the IX-XIX centuries. These walls and bulwarks were rebuilt and renovated for centuries. 1350 stairs lead you onto the top of the citadel, towards a wonderful view of the town and the Bay of Kotor. It’s not an easy way to make on a hot summer day, but the panoramic view worth it. Standing on top of the citadel, you can run an eye over your further way along the Boka Kotorska — to meet new wonderful landmarks. For example, you can visit Parast — the most romantic town on the coast. Small, quiet and picturesque, the town is especially great to visit for lovers and newly-weds. It’s a good choice for dates and wedding photo sessions. You can visit a man-made island with a church built in the XV century. Movie directors like Perast for its European flavor. For example, you can see it in one of the movies about James Bond.

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The northern part of the bay conceals a garden city of Herceg Novi. Tourists are attracted by the lush vegetation in the streets, old cafes on the quay, architectural heritage of different epochs. The most popular landmark buildings are the seaside fortress and the Bloody Tower. Herceg Novi is also the only mud-cure resort in Montenegro. The Bay of Kotor can be rediscovered endlessly. A history lover can learn more and more every time while enjoying bright Mediterranean landscapes. There are many hiking trails in the mountains above the bay – they lead to settlement ruins, old churches, and picturesque landscapes. Unbelievable beauty awaits here at every step of the way. The Bay of Kotor is the place where you want to come back again and again, each time discovering new sides of Montenegro.

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