Kotor is the main attraction in the Gulf and is an impressive sight as you approach from seaward. Built against a steep mountain the walled town has extended the fortifications up the side of the mountain to a significant height, presumably to protect the town from attack with rocks etc from above.
The whole vista along this part of the gulf is of huge mountains surrounding the water, a stunning place to visit. We dropped anchor off the town for lunch as the quay was busy and then moored on the pontoon later when things were quieter. Kotor has retained much of its medieval splendour and its streets and buildings are fascinating to walk around. We all felt this place was the highlight of the week and even the crowds from the Cruise ship docked there didn’t manage to spoil the experience.
We had the usual problems getting internet access and then getting it to work. We only had to go to the T-Mobile shop three times on this occasion to get our first real internet access in Montenegro! When it works E10 for 10 days unlimited access is not a bad deal. We ate in one of the main squares that might, the food was OK but the place and the local wines were very impressive.
The steps to the fortress
Steve, Tina and Carolyn taking a break during the climb
We had decided to climb the fortress walls in the morning when it was cooler and they were still in shadow. It was a good decision as the temperatures were significantly down and we made it up in just under an hour of reasonably strenuous walking. The views are great and it’s worth the effort. The guards stationed up there in the past would have had a great early view of potential foes advancing.
The view from the top over Kotor and the gulf
Kotor is lovely and well worth a visit, even flying in to spend a long weekend here would be a very pleasant excursion.
Main Photo: A medieval building in the old town of Kotor