Kotor is one of a kind city, which was proved when UNESCO put Kotor on its map. Now officially as a natural and culture-historical sight, it got the attention of travelers from all around the world.
So before we “take a look” at Kotor, let's get a geographical perspective.
Kotor is located in Bay of Kotor. And this bay is a part of very popular Boka Kotorska Bay, which consists of the Bay of Herceg Novi, Bay of Tivat, Bay of Risan, and Bay of Kotor. All together they make a great experience for those people who love the sea (Adriatic sea in this case) combined with old stone-made houses, huge cultural heritage, while all surrounded by high mountains making it a very unusual looking bay.
Now, let's find out more about Kotor. This cultural heritage is mentioned quite a lot and here is the best way to explain it. One of the first cathedrals, older than many other church temples in the world, was built in Kotor. The building of the Cathedral of St. Tryphon started in the 9th century after the arrival of the Slavs and ended in 1166.
- It is 544 years older than the Church of St. Paul in London
- 460 years older than the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome
- 313 years older than the Temple of Assumption in Moscow
- 69 years older than the Notre Dame in Paris
- 169 years older than the Visoki Dečani
Kotor is situated on the south-east part of Kotor bay under the Lovcen mountain. The old part of the city was developed at little triangular space, surrounded by city’s wall reaching fortress of St. Ivan (260 m). Kotor is surrounded by walls - almost 5 km long, 20 m high, and 2-15 m wide. There are two walls and both of them end near fortress St. Ivan. From the city to fortress there are 1426 stairs.
One of the narrowest streets in the world resides in Kotor, and it is called “Let me pass”. The street is so narrow that two-man barely can pass by each other.
Kotor was founded in the 4th and 5th century AD under the supreme government of Byzantium and under the name of Carum. It got its current Slavic name in the 9th century. Kotor fought against Turkey and Napoleon’s France for a long time, then supported by Russia and Montenegro it got its freedom and then Austro-Hungarians occupied it from 1814 to 1914. Today, Kotor is a trade, culture, educational and above all tourist center of Montenegro.
Cat lovers city
If you are not a cat lover you are not allowed in Kotor.
Just kidding, everybody is invited, but cat lovers will have a great time because there are a lot of cats in the Old Town and around the city, and even if you might think they are abandoned it is quite opposite. Everybody in the city feeds them, people living in Old Town, local restaurants and cafes and tourists.
Cake lovers city
After long walks, history lessons, taking photos and feeding cats, there should be time to feed yourself too. In Kotor, there is one cake to rule them all - “kotorska krempita”. Its something like a cream schnitte, it is very tasty, yet simple, and for an average person, one piece will keep you full for hours. Cup of coffee and krempita is a perfect way to finish the day in Kotor with sunset coloring the walls of this old city.
At our hotel in Petrovac, you can reserve a tour to Kotor
Since we are collaborating with our partner travel agency Medini, our guests have an opportunity to reserve a tour at the hotel desk. Since our hotel in Petrovac is only 40 kilometers away from Kotor, you will in Kotor in less than a 1-hour drive. Perfect timing for a day visit and getting back to Petrovac.