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MONTENEGRO


Location - South east Europe; Capital - Podgorica; Population - 650,000; Currency - Euro MORE MONTENEGRO

From Budva on the coast it's a quick 45min bus ride to Kotor, gateway to the gorgeous Bay of Kotor - October 2017.

 

euro1Montenegro uses the Euro, though it's not in the EU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro309If you have the legs, take a climb up hundreds of steps for brilliant views of Kotor and the Bay of Kotor, shown here with the Church of our Lady of Remedy just below

 

montenegro304It might not look it but this view is a lot further up the hill compared to the first - see the city walls in the bottom right - Kotor

 

montenegro314The terracotta roofs of the Old Town - Kotor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro338A bird's eye view of St Tryphon's Cathedral close to the marina - Kotor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro305The Bay of Kotor from high up on the castle ruins - Kotor

 

montenegro339The domes of the Serbian Orthodox St Nicholas' Church - Kotor

 

montenegro340Drying laundry in the Old Town - Kotor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro207Entering the Old Town via the southern Gurdic Gate - Kotor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro204The quiet early morning streets of the Old Town - Kotor

 

montenegro214The rugged and rocky mountains sheltering Kotor

 

montenegro274The city walls climb the slopes above Kotor. In the bottom left is the Church of our Lady of Remedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro216A slightly crumbling entrance door inside the Old Town - Kotor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro217You can just make out the town walls rising behind St Tryphon's Cathedral - Kotor

 

montenegro227Cafes stand next to the 12th century St Luke's Church. The Old Town is an excellent place for al fresco dining, plus a spot of drinking of course - Kotor

 

montenegro223A revisit, this time at sea level, to St Nicholas' Church - Kotor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro226When the cruise ships are in town it's heel-to-toe with tourists. Otherwise, it's a great, atmospheric place to visit - Kotor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro233One of several squares in the Old Town (trg means square) which tend to be lined with cafes, bars and restaurants and plenty of outdoor seating - Kotor

 

montenegro239The clocktower lies just inside Sea Gate, the main entrance to the Old Town - Kotor

 

montenegro244There's a cat obssession in Kotor - there's even a Cat Museum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro252 A view of the Skurda River and the town walls - Kotor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro282The mountains rise above Kotor

 

montenegro593The morning cloud begins to burn off - Kotor

 

montenegro350The lovely still waters of the Bay of Kotor from a bus heading for Perast. It might look like a lake and feels like one too, but the bay forms part of the Adriatic Sea

 

montenegro353Perast is an easy day trip from Kotor, further along the bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro354Its big draw are two tiny islands. On the left is St George while on the right is Our Lady of the Rock - Perast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro356St George, or Sveti Djordje, is home to a 12th century monastery and a cemetery - Perast

 

montenegro357Our Lady of the Rock, aka Gospa od Skrpjela, was created artificially in the 15th century - Perast

 

montenegro367The Roman Catholic Our Lady of the Rock Church lies on the island, which is a five minute boat ride from Perast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro373A view of Perast as the boat returns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro377Perast is a small place but all the tourist activity happens on the waterfront

 

montenegro381And the waterfront is easily the most attractive part - Perast

 

montenegro380A beautiful scene on the Bay of Kotor - Perast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro382Perast is peppered with churches, but I'd say the best thing to do is laze at a seafront cafe and chill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro394Head back to Kotor and keep going, to visit the place where the wealthy live - Tivat

 

montenegro389Yachts and boats docked at Porto Montenegro, a complex consisting of marinas, shops, bars, restaurants and luxury residences - Tivat

 

montenegro396Is this a cute old Yugoslavian car? I think it might be a Zastava 750, on show outside a restaurant - Tivat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro398Zanjic is located in the bay's more remote and wilder Lustica Peninsula

 

montenegro399You'll need a car, taxi, boat or good bicycle legs to reach this part, though apparently it gets very busy in the summer - Zanjic

 

montenegro406But my reason for coming here was to get a glimpse of Mamula Island. During WWII Italy's Mussolini turned the island into a concentration camp. Despite this it's slated to become a luxury beach resort - unbelievable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

montenegro416Another island close by is Otocic Gospa, just off Mirista beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

https://getbybus.com - good site for booking bus tickets across the Balkans

www.montenegro.travel - official tourist site

www.zcg-prevoz.me - Montenegro trains

 

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