Introducing Kotor

Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro with a population of 25,600 people (2018). It is well-known for its stunning architecture and natural setting in the heart of the spectacular Bay of Kotor.

Kotor is located on Montenegro's northern coast in the secluded Boka Kotorska bay. It grew up around Stari Grad (local for "old town"), the city's old town and most well-known landmark, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the city walls are also separately listed, along with five other Venetian city walls along the Adriatic and in Italy. The bay is the Mediterranean Sea's deepest natural fjord, and the scenery surrounding it (including the steep mountains that almost reach the waterfront) is breathtaking.

The Stari Grad is fully fortified (the mountain functions as a rear wall). The town is accessible through four gates: the Main Gate, which runs along the Bay, the North Gate, the South Gate, and a smaller New Gate. There are no cars permitted in the Stari Grad, and there are no standard road names. Although all buildings are numbered, landmarks are preferable for directions. In general, squares are named after the church in their midst, and directions refer to the nearest square or gate. The clock tower, located just inside the main gate in the main square, is the most visible landmark.

Kotor and the Kotor Bay as a whole have long been popular holiday and second-home destinations for many Europeans and Britons. After Serbian, English is the most widely spoken language, and the majority of waitstaff and hotel employees are fluent in it.

Written on 09/27/2017 - 16:00 by Shawn Blake

Last modified on 04/25/2021 - 11:30

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