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    The Port of Kotor

    The Port of Kotor

    This guide is tailored for cruise passenger visiting Kotor.

    Kotor was built at the settlement of the Roman City Acruvium. The history of the city was very rich and it used to be governed by Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Austrians etc.
    The city is surrounded by the second longest city walls in Europe (4,5 km).

    The biggest and most important monument from medieval period is the Cathedral of St. Triphon. It was built 1177.(it is 69 years older than Notre Dame de Paris)at the ruins of the old church from the beginning of IX century in romanic style.. Among other churches there are St. Lukas church built on 1221., St. Ozana, St. Klara, with monastery which poses famous painting “Ecce Homo” made by painter De Morales known as El Divino (1509-1586).

    Kotor has a number of beautiful houses and palaces so as palace Bizanti from 1641., palace Pima in renessaince and baroque style end of XVI century, palace Grgurina end of XVII century, palace Drago from XVI century, etc.
    City clock tower was built in 1602. at the place where tower for torture in the medieval period was posted.

    In Kotor could be seen many beautiful balconies, portals, windows, steps, family signs from different perid of time and different styles. And the archeological foundings from Roman period (between II and I century B.C.) could be found in the Lapidarium.

    Medieval city of Kotor itself has a number of restaurants and cafe bars which will provide pleasant moments to your guest and crew. Also there is a disco club which is deemed as one of the best in Europe which was built inside of the city wall.

    Montenegro 

    Montenegro, the pearl of the Mediterranean, unique in many ways, is situated in the south of the Adriatic. Nowhere else can you find, so much natural wealth, beauty, mild beaches, clear lakes, fast rivers, and gorgeous mountains in such a compact area as in Montenegro. In the morning you can wake up along the beautiful Adriatic coast, have lunch on the banks of Skadar Lake, and enjoy an evening walk in the Montenegrin mountains. Montenegro cannot leave you indifferent.

    Not only an excellent choice for holidays, Montenegro has many other remarkable characteristics: history, culture, tradition, good weather conditions, clean air, beautiful nature, the blue Adriatic Sea.... Everyone should visit Montenegro. This little country combines features of both the Balkans and the Mediterranean, near Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy and Albania. Despite its small size, Montenegro offers great diversity and abundant natural beauty. 

    Montenegro is certainly one of the most interesting spots in the world. Even though it covers only 14,000 km2 and has about 670,000 citizens, its contribution to the cultural heritage of the world is impressive, considering its size.... Montenegro is a southern European and Mediterranean country. It is one of the most southern European states, adjacent to the southern Adriatic Sea. 

    Things to Do

    Kotor offers an abundant range of activities ranging from walking tours through the historic city to more physical activities like hiking and quad riding. This stunning city along the adriatic coast is surrounded by mountains with some spectacular view of the city and surrounding area. 

    Check out the tour section to see a list of all the activities while in the port of Kotor.

    Tours

    The port of Kotor offers many tours. Here we present some of the options.

    1. Walking tour through the old city

    The ship docks net to the old city center making it very easy to get to and from the ship.

    You will enjoy walking through the maze of Kotor's medieval quarter, its bustling market and among beautiful Renaissance buildings. The well preserved fortified walls of Kotor protect it from the sea and at nearly 5 km long it is considered one of the world’s historic values. You will see the Cathedral of St. Tryphon which was constructed in 1166 and built on the remains of a former temple from the 9th century. You will see the remains from 14th century frescos and the valuable treasury with both local and Venetian golden works dating from the 14th to the 20th centuries. 

     

    2. National park “Skadar Lake” 

    The tour runs from the coast, toward the mainland, through Pashtrovachkie mountains, where stretches a beautiful view of Lake Skadar the largest on the Balkan Peninsula. From the mountain Pashtrovachka, from a height of 655 meters the tourists will see the splendor of the Riviera. Meet the Skadar Lake begins in the town Virpazar, a town on the lake, where tourists are switching to the boat and begin to bypass the canyons, coastal villages, with a unique natural flora and fauna. Numerous islands hold stormy history and represent the cultural and historical heritage. The lake is a giant Reserves where more than 35 kind of fishes and more than 240 kinds of birds. Here is the only place in Europe where you can still find curly pelicans. During the cruise the guests invited to "Montenegro greeting" and an opportunity to freshen up, bathed in the clear water of the lake. The pleasant hours spent in harmony with nature, will leave a lasting impression and will force to return again here. 

    3. Pearls of the Bay of Kotor  (Kotor – Perast – Gospa – Kotor) 

    There are very few places to be compared with natural beauties of the Bay of Kotor, very often compared to Norwegian fiords. Numerous small towns, each one full of historical and cultural monuments, come one after another. Continuing along the gulf coast, we shall stop in a small town called Perast and take a small boat to reach the islet called “Gospa od Škrpjela” (Our Lady of Rocks). Next one on the list of pearls is Kotor, a town well-known for its nautical traditional and the famous merchant navy of Boka Kotorska. 

    4. Pearls of the coast  (Kotor – Perast – Gospa – Budva via ferry – Kotor) 

    Same as above but including the small picturesque little town of Budva.

    5. JEEP SAFARI - Wine roads 

    A Jeep Safari by 4WD through the National park Skadar lake is a different way of exploring the magnificent scenery and old customs that this region offers. Using the main road we drive from Budva towards Skadar lake enjoying the view of Budva riviera. After our first photo stop above Budva we continue our trip using the old, narrow road that will take us to the village Utrg,one of the oldest in this area. We will visit the winery owned by local family where we will have a chance to taste homemade wines and specalties like smoked ham, cheese, olives and bread. After that, we will use the famous road that used to be the old railroad, passing through the picturesque villages and stopping again in one of them for another tasting of local specialties. Drive through the old, one way tunnel, that was used also as a railway for the famous train '' Ciro'', will make this trip unforgettable. After the tunnel we arrive to the village Tudjemile where we will visit the orthodox monastery Ribnjak. We continue our drive to Bar and further to Budva. 

    6. Test yourself! Visit The Adventure Park! 

    High in the mountains, in the National park Lovcen, is a unique place called “Adventure Park”. This place is the perfect vacation for the whole family, tracking, biking, playing the paintball or pass all the trails high in the trees! Everyone can find something for yourself! After all these activities take a rest and quench thirst of pure mountain water! 

    The Adventure Park on Ivanova Korita is the first of the kind in the region and promotes harmony of ecological standards and wild beauty of Lovcen. The park is built on 20.000 square meters of dense beech trees on Ivanova Korita. At this ground, seven tracks are built for sport, extreme adrenaline activities. Each user of the park gets necessary equipment( belt, helm, gloves)for use of the tracks, defined by the difficulty. Special team is trained to provide instructions to each user of the park and explain rules for all games. Each tracks is marked with the different colour: yellow, green, blue, red, black and competition track Duel. Adventures Park Lovcen is a series of aerial walkways with different challenges designed for all ages and physical fitness levels. Visitors of all ages can enjoy our park - from 5 years to 70 years ! Each challenge lasts from 30 to 50 minutes. Six trails from the Yellow trail which is suitable for 5 years and over at 1.5m high, through to the Black Trail up to 15m high, are waiting to test your courage and stamina. 

    The Town

    Kotor is a small city in Montengero with a population of about 13 thousand. It is located in a beautiful bay surrounded on three sides by mountains. This old town has an amazing city center with breathtaking architecture. In recent year this city has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination with most of the tourists arriving by cruise ship. 

    Facts & Figures

    City: Kotor
    Continent: Europe
    Country: Montenegro
    Currency: Euro (€)
    Language: Montenegrin
    Average Temperature: 27 degress Celsius in summer, 7 degrees Celsius in winter. Summers are the warmest and driest months, winter the coolest and wettest.
    Country Code: +382
    Country URL Extension: .me
    Store Opening Hours: Most stores are open between 9am and 5pm
    Timezone: GMT +1
     
     

    Welcome to the port of Kotor

    This AI-generated guide, courtesy of ChatGPT, is tailored for cruise passengers arriving in Kotor for the first time.

    General Port Information

    Nestled in the heart of Montenegro, Kotor is a picturesque port renowned for its medieval architecture and stunning bay views. Cruise passengers will be captivated by the charm of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Touristic Information

    Kotor boasts a spectacular setting with its winding bay, surrounded by rugged mountains. The medieval Old Town, with its well-preserved city walls and historic buildings, invites exploration and discovery.

    Transportation Options

    Train Services

    There is no train service in Kotor. However, the town is compact and easily explored on foot, allowing visitors to enjoy its scenic beauty at a leisurely pace.

    Bus Services

    To Perast: Approx. 12 km, 20 minutes. Buses offer a convenient connection to Perast, a charming town on the Bay of Kotor known for its Baroque architecture.

    Other Means of Transportation

    Taxis are readily available for comfortable rides, and boat tours provide a unique perspective of the bay and nearby attractions.

    Top 5 Attractions

    1. Old Town: Explore the charming streets, squares, and historical sites within the medieval walls.
    2. St. Tryphon's Cathedral: Admire the architecture of this Romanesque church dating back to the 12th century. (Entrance fee may apply)
    3. Kotor Fortress: Hike to the fortress for panoramic views of the bay and surrounding landscapes. (Entrance fee required)
    4. Our Lady of the Rocks: Take a boat trip to this man-made islet with a picturesque church. (Boat tour prices vary)
    5. Maritime Museum: Learn about Kotor's seafaring history in this museum located in Grgurina Palace. (Entrance fee may apply)

    Nice to Know Facts

    1. Kotor's bay is one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, resembling a fjord.
    2. The town's medieval architecture and monuments reflect a rich history influenced by various civilizations.
    3. Kotor hosts a vibrant summer carnival, adding a festive atmosphere to the town's ambiance.

    Fun for Families

    Up to 6 years old: Enjoy a boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks for a touch of magic.

    7-12 years old: Climb the Kotor Fortress together for an exciting adventure.

    13-18 years old: Explore the Maritime Museum to discover Kotor's seafaring past.

    Popular things to do

    1. Stroll through the enchanting Old Town, discovering hidden gems. 2. Hike to the Kotor Fortress for breathtaking panoramic views. 3. Take a boat tour to Our Lady of the Rocks and explore the islet and its church.

    Local Food and Drinks

    Indulge in local Montenegrin cuisine: - Try Buzara, a seafood dish with a flavorful tomato-based sauce. - Sample Njeguški pršut, a delicious cured ham. - Sip on Vranac, a distinctive red wine from the region.

    Shopping

    Explore the shops in the Old Town for handmade crafts, local souvenirs, and traditional Montenegrin products.

    Historical and Cultural Tours

    Immerse yourself in Kotor's history with visits to St. Tryphon's Cathedral, the Kotor Fortress, and the Maritime Museum.

    Local Customs

    When meeting someone, a handshake is customary, and it's polite to address people with a formal title and their last name. Montenegrins value respect and hospitality.

    Google maps

    Kotor City Center on Google Maps

    Cruise Ship Terminal on Google Maps


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