Kotor and the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska)

Kotor and the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska)



At the foot of Mt. Lovcen, deep inside one of the most beautiful bays on the Mediterranean, lies Kotor, a town of rich cultural tradition and one of best preserved mediaeval settlements in this part of the Mediterranean.

Two thousand years of turbulent but glorious history has left traces in every stone in its buildings and castles, on paintings and murals, and on its gates and narrow streets.

There is this strong feeling of continuing the centuries-old tradition to welcome and entertain visitors in Kotor, but also to enchant them with the power of its perplexing narrow streets, old buildings, and churches. interesting cultural and art programs are organised around the town all year, and especially in summer.



The Gulf of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) cuts deeply into the southern Yugoslav Adriatic coastline, creating four spectacular bays ringed in mountains: the “fjords” of the Mediterranean. The little town of Perast is situated at the foot of St. Elijah Hill (873 m), opposite the narrow Verige strait, where the innermost bays of Risan and Kotor converge. This easternmost shore was the earliest inhabited area in the Boka. The remains of a Neolithic culture (3500 BC) have been discovered in the caves of Spila above Perast, and various archaeological finds provide evidence of civilization dating from Illyrian, Roman and early Christian periods.

Preceded by two jewel-like islands, Perast is focused on the sea. From the interaction between mainland and bay,, sometimes in harmony but often in conflict, this sea-faring town has derived its unity, strength and sense of purpose. Despite its size, a sophisticated urban structure has arisen, demonstrated by the scale, massing and rhythm of the great number of public buildings, especially along the waterfront.

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