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Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro. It is well-known for its stunning architecture and amazing natural setting.
Kotor is situated in a most secluded part of Boka Kotorska bay, in the northern part of Montenegro coast. It has developed around old town, the city's best known landmark, and one listed with UNESCO World heritage sites. The bay is the deepest natural fjord in the Mediteranean Sea, and the scenery around it (including the steep mountains which come almost to the waterfront) is spectacular. Kotor is not a first choice for people looking for swimming in the clear blue sea, but it has many other great things to offer...
Tivat airport is 8km away. During summer, there are daily flights to many european destinations. Throughout the year there are flights from Tivat to Belgrade and Zurich. Transportation from the airport to Kotor is easy to find. Charter flights also to Moscow, Helsinki and other cities.
Dubrovnik airport in Croatia is 73km away from Kotor, and mantains flights to many European destinations throughout the year, providing a good alternative to the Montenegrin airports. It is possible to hire a taxi from the airport and drive over the border, for around 50 euros.
Kotor is fairly well connected with neighbouring countries by bus. Almost all buses that go from Budva on to Herceg Novi go around the bay instead of taking the ferry, thus going through Kotor. Buses leave almost hourly for Podgorica.
There is now also a daily bus to Dubrovnik.
The bus station in Kotor is not in the best condition (in comparison to others in the area and neighbouring countries), and timetable information is only in cyrillic for destinations in Serbian territory.
All roads in Montenegro are two-laned only, and mostly are curvy mountainous roads, so speeds over 70 km/h (43 mph) are rarely legal, and rarely safe.
The Vrmac tunnel has recently been completed, which significantly shortens the journey from Budva to Kotor. Road traffic was formerly diverted to alternative road over Trojica hill above Kotor. It is still possible to travel via this this very curvy mountain road, so you might travel from Budva to Kotor a bit longer. From this hill you can enjoy beautiful views not only of the tiny countryside villages, but also of Podgorica (when approaching from Cetinje), and also Kotor bay.
Kotor itself is a small town, so pretty much everything is within walking distance. Parking space in the city center is very hard to find, so use your car only when you have to.
There are no sandy beaches in Kotor, and water is not of premium quality for swimming. The best solution is driving to the Jaz or Trsteno beaches on the Budva riviera, some 20km from Kotor. Those are very beautiful beaches, and you should make the effort of going there.
Old town is packed with boutiques, but beware of counterfeited varinats of world famous brands. There is an open market just outside the old town, there you can buy almost anything from fresh vegetables to sunglasses.
There is a wide choice of places to eat in Kotor. In old town you can find almost anything - from classy restaurants offering fresh seafood and national cuisine to fast food offering pizzas, barbecue, etc...
Again, old town is the hotspot for relaxed drinking espresso in the shades of medieval walls. There are many cafes in the old town, but still it's hard to find a place to sit in the sunny day.
Espresso will cost from €1.00. Coke and other soft drinks and juices will cost from €1.00 up to €2.00.
You should also try out famous Montenegrin wines, "Vranac", "Pro Corde", "Krstac", "Cabernet", "Chardonnay" and "Nikšićko" beer. Montenegrin brandy, called "rakija" is good choice to "warm up" before going out in the evening, especially grape brandy "Montenegrin loza", "Prvijenac" or "Kruna".
A night out in Kotor usually begins in some of the many open bars within the walls of old town. As they are not allowed to play music after 01.00AM - the action then moves to some of the night clubs. The best club, without a doubt, is Maximus, located in the old town.
Note: Prices are high as they are, don't let the waiter make extra money on you. Always ask for a bill, as they must provide it by law. If you don't - it's likely that they'll overcharge your drinks, especially if they see you are a foreigner!
Accommodation is cheap and plentiful in Kotor. During summer you can expect to pay about €10 per person for accommodation at a private residence in the old town, and €7-15 outside the old town and closer to beaches.
Wifi is available in the town center.