One of the undoubted highlights of Eastern Mediterranean cruises is visiting beautiful Montenegrin city Kotor. It has been my favourite port of call on several Mediterranean cruises and is one place that I absolutely love returning to.
To reach the city of Kotor cruise liners have to sail down the bay of Kotor, which is actually a ria. Although, when sailing towards the city it looks exactly like you are sailing down a Norwegian fjord. It is an absolutely breath-taking sail, and I was treated to some of the most picturesque views of my life. Being up high on board your cruise ship means you have a perfect vantage point to be able to look down on some of the little towns and villages you sail past.
At certain points it looked like the ship wouldn’t be able to fit down the narrow channel but around every corner the ria seemed to open up again and it was a wonderfully long sail that lasted over an hour with beautiful views on either side.il. Make sure you get a good spot on the deck for the sail into or out of Kotor, and don’t forget your camera because the views are to die for!
On the slow, meandering sail down the ria the steep hills changed from being covered in lush green trees and bushes to more rocky and barren, and the contrasts were stunning sitting against each other. The azure water was so calm, and the only waves were created by the wake of the ship gently edging ever closer to Kotor.
After a beautiful sail you’ll be excited to get off the ship and explore the city of Kotor. It is a city that has so much history which is immediately obvious when you step off the ship. In order to enter the heart of the city you have to walk through gates in the old city walls which were originally built by the Venetians.
The city walls were originally built in order to protect the city from potential invasions, and the walls climb high up into the steep hillsides that surround the city. Visitors can follow the paths along the walls and take the steep walk up into the hills. The views from the top over the city and the bay are absolutely beautiful, and well worth the climb. If you’re planning to embark upon this climb then make sure you take a bottle of water with you as it is a reasonably strenuous climb in often very warm conditions.
Kotor has a collection of adorable streets. Some are narrow and winding whilst others are spacious and lined with lovely boutique shops.
There are many cafés and restaurants within the oldest part of the city where you can enjoy some delicious Montenegrin cuisine and drinks. The prices in Montenegro are significantly cheaper than much of the rest of Europe so you’ll find you’re able to enjoy some amazing food at very reasonable prices.