Montenegro & The Walled City of Kotor

After a few days in Dubrovnik it was time to bid the city farewell and travel onward to the country of Montenegro.

map of Croatia and Montenegro
Map courtesy of Owl & Mouse modified by J. Ross for this post

Shortly after boarding the ferry at the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), the beauty of the area was on display.

A peninsula in the bay of Kotor with houses

Against such a backdrop even a humble transport ferry somehow becomes more photogenic.

A ferry crossing the Bay of Kotor

The crossing of the bay to Porto Montenegro took approximately 15-20 minutes.

After disembarking the ferry, travelers can take a brief ride to the marina with its impressive yachts.

Yachts anchored at Porto Montenegro

Adjacent to the waterfront was a beautifully detailed shopping mall where visitors can feel like they are in an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

Designer mall at Porto Montenegro

Dior Store at Porto Montenegro

The mall ran alongside the hotel and “commuter” marina for smaller watercraft.

Hotel and marina at Porto Montenegro

After a quick visit to Porto Montenegro it was off to the ancient walled city of Kotor.

Walled City of Kotor's South Gate
Gurdic Gate (South Gate) City of Kotor

The small city with winding streets and steep hillsides has numerous attractions and charming characteristics. A favorite stop for tourists is the Cathedral Of Saint Tryphon (Sveti Tripun) which dates back to 1166. Parts of the Cathedral were rebuilt and modified after earthquakes as evidenced by the differences in the two towers.


 Cathedral Of Saint Tryphon

The brick columns and vaulted arches offer the sanctuary the impressive countenance it’s history demands.

Interior of the Cathedral Of Saint Tryphon

The gilded altar is one of the city’s prized possessions.

Altar of the Cathedral Of Saint Tryphon

Not far from the Cathedral is a square where one of the oldest trees in the world can be found. This black poplar was reportedly planted around 1667.

Black Poplar dating back to 1667
Black Poplar (Populus nigra) – read more HERE

The thick brick walls and amply spaced viewpoints reinforce the concept that Kotor is a fortress.

Kotor's fortress walls

It is a wonder how some of the more delicate artifacts such as this carving of the Venetian Lion under an archway have withstood the centuries.

Relief carving of the Venetian Lion

Every town or village of this era has at least one fountain.

Public Fountain

Built along the base of the mountainous cliffs, residents of Kotor made use of steep, outdoor stairways that have become quite worn over the years.


Exterior steps to the next level of the city

In any area that beckons travelers, there are dining venues and Kotor was no exception.

Restaurant table with flowers and wine

Inside the city’s walls one can see just the tips of the cliffs of Mount Lovćen. Once outside of the wall the scope of the mountains becomes more apparent.

Mountain views from outside the city wall

The domed buildings inside the wall are nestled between the mountains and the Škurda River.

The Skurda River along the walls of Kotor
Near the North Gate/River Gate




If you are interested in a detailed guide to Kotor, check out Toms Port Guide to Kotor.


See Previous Posts in this series:

Dubrovnik, Croatia – Pearl of the Adriatic
Old Town Dubrovnik – Above it all
Old Town Dubrovnik – The Low Down
Dubrovnik from the Adriatic and Mt. Srd


2 thoughts on “Montenegro & The Walled City of Kotor

  • August 12, 2022 at 7:07 am

    Fabulous blog. We feel like we are there again! Your words and photos make the adventure come alive!
    Thanks for sharing.
    We will send you photos of the houses we bought in Croatia Kotor and Montenegro.
    Can’t wait to read your next installment! Hugs
    Faith & Harvey

    • August 23, 2022 at 11:26 am

      Thank you for stopping by. I am glad you liked the post. Next stop -> Perast, Montenegro and Lady of the Rocks! – [ Jeff ]


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