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Location of Kotor
The Montenegrin city is located in the eastern part of the Bay of Kotor. Mountains between 1000 and 1700 metres in height surround it. Although the bay is actually a river flooded by the sea, it is one of the deepest inland bays in the Adriatic Sea. Sometimes we refer to Kotor as the southernmost fjord in Europe.
History of Kotor
Sources first mentioned the town in 168 BC. The area of Kotor was populated in ancient times. Between 1420 and 1797 the city and its surroundings were under the rule of the Venetian Republic. The Venetian influence still defines the architectural image of Kotor. The old Mediterranean port and the city wall, built by the Serbian Nemanjić dynasty, remained in excellent condition. Both are under UNESCO protection.
In 1979 a major earthquake struck the Montenegrin coast, and half of the Old Town was destroyed. The natural beauty of the Bay of Kotor and the holiday resort’s rich history make it an attractive destination for tourists.
Weather in Kotor
A pleasant, moderate climate characterises the Montenegrin holiday resort. The summer is warm and dry, the winter is mild. In August, temperatures can reach up to 29.6°C. Maximum rainfall occurs in November. Due to the pleasant weather, we recommend visiting Kotor from April to October.
Highlights in Kotor
Are you looking for outdoor activities? Visit the Lovćen National Park, which has a rich flora and fauna. You can also admire buildings of cultural and historical significance. Kotor has many attractions to explore. The most important monuments include the St. John’s Fortress, the Square of Arms and the Montenegro Maritime Museum. You would also like to visit the gorgeous churches in the town? The St. Tryphon Cathedral, St. Luke’s Church and St. Nicholas Church is also worth seeing.
Gastronomy in Kotor
When visiting Kotor, the Galion Restaurant overlooking the Old Town and the port is one of the best choices. Explore the marketplace outside the city walls where you can buy many high-quality local delicacies. Among the fine wines of the resort, you should try Vranac or Pro Corde.
Beaches around Kotor
The 1000-metres-long pebble beach has crystal clear water. It is set in beautiful natural surroundings with the lush Mediterranean greenery. You can rent sun lounges and there are cafés around the beach. As the beach is quite spacious, you will always find a place to sit down.
Plavi Horizonti Beach
The golden sandy Plavi Horizonti beach is located near Tivat. It has a Blue Flag Certification and is especially ideal for families with small children. For water sports, we recommend snorkelling, as you can see many unique fish in the crystal clear water. If you would like to avoid crowded places, this beach is a perfect choice because it is very quiet and peaceful.
Rent a boat in Kotor
This seaside resort is famous for its well-preserved old port. The nearby town of Tivat is home to one of the most luxurious ports in Europe.
Port of Kotor
The port of Kotor is also known as Luka Kotor or Cattaro. It has 30 berths for boats up to 30 metres. The seabed is 8.5 metres deep. There is drinking water, electricity, a laundry, medical facilities and boat maintenance available. Rent a boat in Kotor.
Port of Tivat
The Porto Montenegro in Tivat is very popular among the richest people in the world. It has 450 berths and can accommodate even the largest luxury yachts. The complex has many facilities including fine restaurants, boutiques and the five-star Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel. Rent a boat in Tivat.
Port of Budva
The excellent port of the holiday resort is also known as Dukley Marina Budva. It has 300 berths and can accommodate boats up to 40 metres in length. The maximum depth of the seabed is 4 metres. There are many great facilities to choose from, including a refuelling station, laundry and maintenance. There is also a bar and a restaurant in the area. Rent a boat in Budva.
Port of Bar
Montenegro’s largest and most important port is also known as Luka Bar. The port consists of several sections: the port for scheduled vessels, the port for private vessels, the port for commercial vessels and a military port. There are more than 600 berths for vessels up to 35 metres. The depth of the seabed is 8 metres. There is a restaurant on-site, WiFi and maintenance are available. Rent a boat in Bar.
If you are sailing around Kotor, visit the nearby holiday resorts as well: Tivat, Bigova, Budva, a Mamula Island, Herceg Novi, Zelenika and Perast are also excellent destinations. Find yacht routes in Montenegro or choose another yacht charter in Montenegro.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Kotor. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Kotor shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Kotor shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
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Day 1. Kotor – Tivat (Porto Montenegro) 15, 29 km (9, 50 mi), Day 2. Tivat (Porto Montenegro) – Bigova Day 3. Bigova – Budva 20, 59 (12, 80 mi), Day 4. Budva – Herceg Novi 35, 62 km (22, 13 mi), Day 5. Herceg Novi – Zelenika 3, 66 km (2, 27 mi), Day 6. Zelenika – Bijela 8, 54 km (5, 31 mi), Day 7. Bijela – Perast – Kotor 15, 17 km (9, 43 mi).
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Day 1. Kotor – Tivat (Porto Montenegro) 15, 29 km (9, 50 mi), Day 2. Tivat (Porto Montenegro) – Herceg Novi (Harbor) 13, 76 km (8, 55 mi), Day 3. Herceg Novi (Harbor) – Cavtat (Harbor) 44, 80 km (27, 84 mi), Day 4. Cavtat (Harbor) – Dubrovnik (ACI Marina) 23, 13 km (14, 38 mi), Day 5. Dubrovnik (ACI Marina) – Sudurad 18, 48 km (11, 48 mi), Day 6. Sudurad – Mamula-island – Molunat 65, 81 km (40, 89 mi), Day 7. Molunat – Perast – Kotor 29, 49 km (18, 33 mi).
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