Ahhh, Montenegro. A country often overlooked when you’re headed to the Mediterranean. But why? Cruise shops enter and exit the port every day, but few come by plane, bus, or car. The walled city of Kotor is beautiful inside and out and there’s plenty to do.
Kotor ‘proper’ is a small city enveloped by the Castle Of San Giovanni. The thick stone walls climb the steep hillsides, leading to a ‘fortress’ at the top. There are a few different ways to climb the mountain, the back way or the front (w/ stairs).
I chose to climb up the back and down the front. This was the less touristy way and on the back side, there was a small ‘store’ selling drinks, snacks, and fresh goat cheese. I ran into a few goats on my way up, very friendly. The views the entire way up were breathtaking. The contrast between the mountains, roofs, water, and clouds was unlike anything I’d seen before.
It’s geographical location. Take a look at the map below. The large body of water on the bottom left of the map is the Adriatic Sea. To get to Kotor by boat you have to go through a series of channels. When you’re in the Bay of Kotor you feel like you’re surrounded by a series of mountainous islands instead of a country that’s attached to Europe. I think it’s one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world!