Since my Short Guide to Slovenia post was a bit hit, I thought I’d curate some more guides to other destinations. Instead of the usual ‘what to do’, ‘where to stay’, and ‘what to eat’ spiel (you can find masses of suggestions on Google), I want to bring you stories, ideas, and literature pieces from a place.
This time I’m bringing you a guide to Kotor in Montenegro.
I visited Kotor last September and absolutely loved the winding alleyways, the churches that popped up around every corner and, of course, the amazing views across the bay.
Yes, it’s touristy but, as is the case with any people-ridden hotspot, there will always be a left or right turn that leads to quiet, solitude, and a deeper understanding.
In Kotor there seems to be a number of these places.
I stood for a while watching a gentleman exit one of the many churches via the back door and proceed to wash his face with what I presume was holy water from a stone fountain outside. The yellow flowers he was holding and the adornments in the archway provided a pop of colour against the dull, grey stone wall. I stood for a moment, but not too long so that he saw me. It was enough to see a different side to this busy tourist haven.
My advice for Kotor? Keep your eyes peeled, look up, and absolutely get lost in the twisting maze of streets.
Let’s start with an umbrella piece about Montenegro in general. Taking us to all the top attractions throughout the country, the Telegraph reiterates a sentiment I fully agree with – Montenegro has stepped straight out of a fairytale.
Now we can hone in on the point of interest. It’s always good to turn to a seasoned (and famous) traveller for their recommendations and suggestions, so here we look to Rick Steves who writes about his time in the town on the Smithsonian.
I always love reading Nate from Yomadic’s posts because he really delves deep into cultural and societal issues. Over the past year he’s spent a lot of time in the Balkans, and wrote this piece about his experiences in Kotor. Plus, there are some incredible photos here, too.
Told you I liked sharing articles with a difference. In this strangely titled post, Tricia Mitchell walks us through a day spent in Kotor including, unusually, an archaeological dig.
There’s no doubt that Kotor has a lot of sights to explore, but if you’re all window-shopped out you can always climb to the hill fortifications in the town which, more than anything, provide fantastic views for miles and miles as demonstrated here by the duo at Two Oregonians.
If the above articles haven’t persuaded you, then let Oneika the Traveller put it bluntly for you. The food, the prices, the sights – these are all reasons why you should absolutely visit Kotor.
You might have seen this post on the Independent circling around on the web in recent weeks. Basically, it discussed the Kotor of the future which is beginning to happen now. Rich yacht owners are bringing their expensive vessels to Kotor and parking them up. What will this mean for the hospitality industry there? Who knows. Most likely the prices will go up, up, and up, but this won’t stop the hordes of tourists piling off cruise ships and enjoying the Old Town.
As a little bonus, here’s a post I found on the New York Times from 1985 which highlights, again, Montenegro’s fairytale tendencies (do you like how we’ve come full-circle?). It looks like not much as changed in the past twenty or so years but, if the Independent article is anything to go by, things will speed up dramatically in the immediate future.