Priced around 45 euros for the day — all transport is included, which means having to think for yourself is minimal. However if, like me, these prices are out of your range, and you quite enjoy thinking, then day trips by local bus and bicycle are easy and enjoyable to make. As I said, Monte is a local tour company that offer day trip adventures from Kotor across the country, so factor in a few more days if you want to take advantage of seeing more of Montenegro with Kotor as your base. Hike up to the Fortress early in the morning via the free track and then wander back down through the Old Town.
Spend the rest of the morning exploring the historical centre of Kotor, as well as the local cafes, shops and markets. Hike a bike or kayak and set out to explore the Bay of Kotor — the name given to the whole inlet in this part of Montenegro. Cycling is possibly the whole way round — care of a handy ferry crossing and makes for a wonderful excursion.
See more in the day trip section below. You can take a great day trip which includes these destinations, as well as Njegusi village, Crnojevic River and Sveti Stefan. Or use local buses go to both Cetinje and Budva — an easy loop that will make a great day trip. Budva is the place to head if you want an afternoon split between beach and bar, while Cetinje offers monasteries, museums, history and heritage — a winning combination! Buses from Budva back to Kotor run half hourly during the summer months and all bus rides cost just a few euros.
They also do good coffee, have free wifi and an outside seating area! With a great location very nearby to the Kotor bus station and boasting marina views, Pupa Hostel is brand new on the Kotor backpacker scene and it shows. A party hostel full of young, energetic things, Old Town Hostel is a firm Kotor favourite, situated in the heart of the Old Town.
Organising daily activities this is a great place to stay if you want to meet others and enjoy the Kotor nightlife. With more of a boutique feel, Stranger Tides is a newly renovated property has just diversified into the backpacker market, offering something of a quieter retreat from the crowds in the nearby suburb of Dobrota. Right on the beach and close to the old town, Montenegro Hostel 4U seems to combine the best of both worlds.
That said it does attract a younger crowd, which put boring old me off, but the location is really hard to beat and they continually get top reviews. As such, this place fills up quickly, so do book ahead of time if you want to stay here.
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Party is definitely the name of the game! It actually is much shorter than it looks and easily doable in a day — including swimming, sunbathing, coffee, lunch and ice cream stops! Bikes can easily be rented just outside the East Gate of the Old Town — 10 euros for 24hrs.
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The Blue Lines bus leaves hourly roughly from Kotor and takes around 20 minutes to reach Perast at a grand old price of 1 euro. The captains normally give you half an hour to wander round the island with its Orthodox Church and a small museum museum entrance 1. But, to be honest, the real reason to take this boat trip to enjoy the, albeit short, experience of sailing on the Adriatic and also to take in, and snap, the views of Perast from a watery distance. Another option is just to cycle to Perast and back rather than peddle the whole bay — this will be quicker, as the ride to Perast from Kotor is less than 1 hour.
And my third day trip recommendation when it comes to the best things to do in Kotor is to make a DIY day trip south to the central coastal area of Montenegro.
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Start by hopping on one of the hourly buses from Kotor to Cetinje and spend an hour or 2 strolling round this historic capital and its interesting streets. This is a great way to see a little more of Montenegro without having to fork out tons of euros unnecessarily! Kotor looks so good! I am expecting to go to Dubrovnik next year but it was between that and Kotor!
That said, both are close together so it is possible to day trip from one to the other, which does allow you the best of both worlds. There is all manner of cat souvenirs on sale at Cats of Kotor gift shop. Some of them were even quite cute. If you are a feline fan, Kotor is definitely a destination to consider. Lonely Planet even goes so far as featuring Kotor in their Top 10 destinations for cat lovers!
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I regard them to be parasites, feeding off their presumed cuteness with no ingratiating behaviour or other redeeming features. There always has to be a spoil sport like you on every lovely story link for people who actually LOVE something, Why bother telling the world you hate cats? I bet there are many people like us, who actually love cats AND dogs. Thanks for your comments Bettina. Dogs — yes; cats — not even a single cat. However, if you ever find yourselves in Kavala in Norther Greece be prepared for cat invasion. I never saw so many cats wondering the streets.
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Every restaurant or cafe had at least 2 or 3 resident cats. Ha, that is strange. As you say, I think it must have been the rain that kept them hidden! As a complete lover of cats I love visiting places that have tons and tons of kitties! You should definitely come to southern Europe then!
Even though many of them are street cats, people feed them so they seem to be pretty healthy. Hello, I guess you know little about what goes on in S. Europe regarding the animals. I lived in Montenegro for 5 years and now only part time. Cats and dogs are routinely poisoned and in Kotor this is also the situation. Greece is also the same along with Turkey. Please do NOT promote Kotor as a place to go if you love cats. I have only personally rescued a few from Kotor as my focus is the other side near Ulcinj.
Thank you for saying something about this! I was speaking to a woman who was saying there are very few people who are personally trying to make an effort to curb the problem- sterilization. So many of them are so skinny and in bad health. I was there today and noticed the exact same thing.
Then you turn around and kittens are sick, injured, and starving to death. Sad place and disgusting treatment of their animals. Kotor should be ashamed of themselves for praising themselves as cat lovers. I wish I could have done something but was only there for an excursions for 1 hour. I agree. We were there last week and spent the time feeding and giving the cats water.
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They had terrible eye infections. I am on the internet now trying to contact the town and cruise lines that go there to get some help. This town is capitalizing on cats of kotor, yet they are letting them starve. It was devastating.
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You can do something; try to contact people from the town and vets in the area asking for help. The more people they hear from, the more obligated or enlightened they will hopefully, become. Having just returned from Montenegro I was deeply saddened by the condition of a lot of these cats roaming the streets, very thin, pregnant, unwell, hungry and yet they have the nerve to exploit these animals by having souvenirs and a museum. I shall never again visit this place until this appalling exploitation ends. Please that I the charity Kotor Kitties has been set up to help the Kotor cats.
I too was so devastated to see the cats in needs last year that I found this charity which I now volunteer for. The charity was set up by an American lady following her visit last year. Please support us by following on Facebook, Instagram or donate to the charity if you can details in these locations. We are funding free sterilisation for the cats and have paid for over operations already. Thanks for letting me know, Melanie. I visited Kotor last week.
Thanks for the update Mila. It does seem like the situation has severely deteriorated since our visit to Kotor. I visited it a couple of weeks ago, a cruise ship stop. Same thing. Lots of kittens, most of them look sick. The first thing we saw when we entered the old town was several kittens, and only one of them looked healthy and playful.
The rest looked sick. We thought the same thing — with all the money they make off cats, they should spend some of them caring for the cats.
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I was recently in Kotor and noticed all of the kittens and cats as soon as we walked into the old town. It was devastating how thin, and dehydrated these poor little things were. They all had eye infections, a few were already blind by the infections.