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Bay of Kotor

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The Bay of Kotor (Montenegrin: Boka Kotorska) is a region of Montenegro. The bay, the city of Kotor and the surrounding territory are a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.


The Bay of Kotor, with the gulf of Tivat (left) and the gulf of Kotor (right), looking north
Satellite image of the bay of Kotor, with its four gulfs; north is to the left, the Adriatic on the bottom

The Bay of Kotor consists of four smaller gulfs - gulf of Herceg Novi, gulf of Tivat, gulf of Risan, and gulf of Kotor. The gulfs of Herceg Novi and Tivat are connected via the Kumbor strait, while the extremely narrow Verige strait connects the gulf of Tivat with the gulfs of Risan and Kotor. The total area equals 88 square kilometres. The gulf of Herceq Novi empties into the Adriatic Sea.

Due to its unusual look, the bay is often called Europe's southernmost fjord, but in fact it's a submerged river canyon.

The territory surrounding the bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) is divided into 3 municipalities: Kotor, Herceg Novi and Tivat. It's a multiethnic region, with a Serbian majority in the municipalities of Herceg Novi and Tivat, a Montenegrin majority in Kotor, and a sizeable Croatian minority in Kotor and Tivat.


  • Herceg Novi — founded in 1382 and located in the entrance of the Bay of Kotor
  • Kotor — an ancient fortified town located deep down the Boka Kotorska bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Risan — the oldest settlement in the bay, historical capital of the Illyrian kingdom
  • Tivat — the youngest town in the Boka area established on the plateau at the bottom of Vrmac


Serbian and Croatian are the same languages and is spoken also in Montenegro.

Get in[edit]

Tivat, airport and marina

Boka Kotorska has an international airport located in Tivat, with regular flights to several European cities, such as Moscow, Belgrade, Paris, London and Kyiv. The other Montenegrin international airport is in Podgorica, some 80 km from Tivat and it offers flights to several other European destinations - Vienna, Zürich, Frankfurt, Rome, Copenhagen, Skopje, Zagreb... Buses are very frequent in the area, and are the most popular terms of transport, being usually very cheap and very comfortable. Boka Kotorska has 2 international passenger sea ports: in Kotor and in Zelenika. Port of Kotor hosts cruisers on a daily basis during the summer.

Get around[edit]

The ferry

Tourist boats operate on several destinations in the area, they vary from luxury Bateau Mouche-styled boats that offer excursions through the whole bay to small fishing boats that transport tourists from coastal towns to some near, but hardly reacheable places (for example: Perast - the island of Gospa od Škrpjela; Herceg Novi - Žanjice beach etc.).

There's a plenty of local bus lines, both inter- and intra-municipal. Taxi service is fairly safe and comfortable, but on the other side also quite expensive.

A ferry line operates between the villages of Lepetane and Kamenari in the narrowest part of the bay - the Verige strait. A one-way ticket for an automobile is 4.5€, but pedestrians can cross the strait free of charge. Maximum waiting time for the ferry is 15 minutes, and it runs 24 hours per day.

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Herceg Novi during winter
  • Kotor — visit its Old Town and the surrounding walls
  • Herceg Novi — take a walk on the 6km-long 5 Danica's esplanade to meet with the rich and diverse history of the town
  • Perast — a well preserved village, built entirely in barroque style, a UNESCO World Natural and Historical Heritage Site
  • Prčanj — small family-friendly place with great view of the Bay of Kotor
  • Tivat — a small town, quickly emerging into a major touristic, business and transport centre. Located in the vicinity of the Tivat International Airport, in summer 2014 it became home of a luxury yacht marina called Porto Montenegro[1]

Eat[edit][add listing]

Boka Kotorska offers a wide variety of restaurants serving both local and international food. For some great Mediterranean cuisine, visit Ćatovića Mlini in Morinj, or Stari Mlini in Ljuta, near Kotor or "Conte" in Perast. As far as international cuisine is concerned, the old towns of Kotor and Herceg Novi are packed with Italian restaurants. There are also restaurants serving Dalmatian, Russian, Greek food... Herceg Novi even has a Georgian restaurant. Dishes from Eastern Asia are hard to find in this area.

Drink[edit][add listing]

You've got a wide choice between open summer bars along the coast or cafés at the old towns' squares. Prices vary greatly, but usually a bottle of water is around 1€, an espresso or a cup of cold Nescafé cost 1€ - 1.5€, Coca-Cola and similar non-alcoholic juices cost 1.5-2€.


Maximus, Kotor

All open bars have to close at 1AM, and that's when the party moves to some of the closed nightclubs and discotheques. The best clubs and discos are:

Stay safe[edit]

Montenegro is generally a safe country, and this region is no exception to that. Still, be aware of beggars and pickpockets in resort towns.

Get out[edit]

View of the bay, above the town of Kotor
  • Budva — the Montenegrin touristic metropolis on the Adriatic Sea is located some 20km south of the bay of Kotor
  • Cetinje — the historical capital of Montenegro is located just under Mt Lovćen, the mountain overlooking the bay of Kotor
  • Dubrovnik — the hub of Croatian tourism can be reached from Herceg Novi in less than 40 minutes north of the bay of Kotor

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