Kotor, Montenegro: An overlooked gem I had no idea I would fall in love with. Quaint and charming, we visited in late Fall and were virtually the only foreigners in the city. Kotor is often ignored, nestled between tourism giants like Croatia, Greece and Italy–but I think a trip to the Balkans would be incomplete without stopping by this gorgeous waterfront town. Here are 11 photos from my recent trip to inspire you to check out this amazing city. You won’t regret it!
The downtown Old City is a fantastically preserved example of a Medieval town, complete with numerous churches built between the 12th and 14th century. I loved hearing all the church bells singing on a Sunday morning.
The famous clock tower in the Old City center was built in 1602!
I definitely recommend waking up early to catch the peaceful Lake Scurda in the morning.
The water was so calm and still, it was like glass. Just a gentle fog hovered over the surface. So peaceful!
The view of the sunset from the steps of the ancient Fortifications of Kotor, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
It’s so beautiful to walk around the downtown and look up and see the Alps towering over the city.
The Church of Sveti Luka (St. Luke) is a Serbian-Orthodox church in the Old City built in 1195. (I can’t wrap my head around how old these buildings are!!!) In the Middle Ages, this church once held both Catholic and Orthodox altars at the front, and each denomination took turns having services there.
The outer barricades of the ancient city walls remain intact after hundreds of years.
Kotor not only boasts the beautiful and serene Lake Scurda, but also the powerful Albanian Alps around it.
Kotor sits on the peaceful Lake Scurda, shown here in the early hours of the morning.
Hands down, my favorite photo of Kotor. If this doesn’t convince you to check this place out, I don’t know what will!
Have you ever been to Kotor? Or is there another hidden gem in Montenegro that I’ve got to check out next? Let me know in the comments!