Boka Kotor Bay, or Boka Kotorska, as the locals call it, is one of the most beautiful places in Montenegro. If you are limited in time and decide to visit only a couple of places in Montenegro, then Bay of Kotor must definitely be on your list. Well, to go to study it on your own or with a guided tour – you decide. Most of the bay is protected by UNESCO as a monument of world cultural heritage. This bay is in the TOP 30 of the most beautiful bays in the world. And on the Bay Of Kotor coast are ancient cozy cities, numerous cafes and restaurants with picturesque views and many attractions.

 

Exploring the Bay of Kotor

It is best to start exploring the Boka Kotor Bay from its “capital”, from the city of Kotor. This is the most significant city in this part of the coast. The Old City of Kotor was mainly built up during the reign of the Venetians. Here you will find numerous curved streets, small squares and churches of two Christian denominations: Catholic and Orthodox. Excursion groups go around the city all year round, as here constantly come by bus from all over Europe. And at the pier of Kotor sea cruise liners are often moored.

Right at the entrance to the Old City, literally at the gates of the city, there is a souvenir shop selling good short guides to the old town. Do not regret a few euros and be sure to buy such a book. With her, a walk around the city will take no more than an hour. If you decide to have a snack here, then it is best to do it in the Astoria restaurant in Old Town.

If crossing the border with Croatia is not a problem for you, then you can visit Prevlaka Park (Prevlaka) on the Croatian coast of the Bay of Kotor. In the 90s of the XX century, fierce battles between Yugoslavia and Croatia were fought over this peninsula. Now it is a neutral territory under the control of Croatia. Here you can see quite freely the traces of the First and Second World Wars and the consequences of the Yugoslav conflict. On the peninsula there are several paths that lead to the cape itself. And there is an Austrian fortress the same age as the fortress on the island of Mamula. If a sufficient number of visitors gather, then a small auto-train is launched in the park, and the rest of the time you can rent bicycles here.

When leaving your car in the city, pay particular attention to parking rules. In Herceg Novi, this is strict. Most often there are special signs on the curbs that regulate parking. You can pay for parking by buying a special coupon at any newsstand, filling it in and placing it under a windshield in a prominent place, or you can send SMS to a special number indicated on the road sign with your car number (in Latin and without spaces). The second option is more convenient, because 5 minutes before the end of the paid time you will receive a notification about this, and you can immediately extend the parking if necessary. The whole city is divided into three price zones. The closer to the Old City, the higher the price. In the city, it ranges from 50 to 80 cents per hour.

 

How to get there

By plane: You can arrive in Montenegro by airport Tivat or Podgorica. The national airline is Montenegro Airlines. The airplane tickets can be booked online or at the airport.

By boat: From Italy, ferries depart daily from Bari and Ancona to Bar, the main port of the country, the crossing takes about 8 hours and costs 50 euros.

By train: From Belgrade, count 20 euros and 10 hours to reach Podgorica.

 

Car: The road network is dense but not yet at the level of European standards. A highway project between Belgrade and Bari is under study. Note: the headlights of the vehicle must be on during the day.

Bus: The bus network is dense and allows you to go almost anywhere. Buses are frequent and cheap. It is also possible to travel by mini-bus, the latter are even cheaper and leave when they are full.

Train: The mainline is Belgrade-Podgorica-Bar, the secondary lines are: Nikšić-Podgorica and Podgorica-Shkodër. A ticket from Podgorica to Bari costs only 2.40 euros.

 

When to book and go to Bay of Kotor, Montenegro at the best price

Before or after the summer school holidays (for the beaches)

It is in May / June and September / October, apart from the high season, that we will find the best prices and the best deals, with sometimes even excellent deals to find at the last minute. The prices can easily be divided by 2 compared to those practiced in July and August, especially if we leave late September / early October. Depending on the range of the stay, we can even get by for – 500 €.

In advance to leave in July and August (for beaches too)

As soon as you want to go in full summer rush, it is better to anticipate a maximum to take advantage of the best prices and to have the guarantee of having available … Outside the peripheral weeks (1st of July and last of August), difficult to find the last minute availability to go on the Adriatic Coast. To go club in summer, the good plan is to take advantage of Early Booking offers of major brands and specialized tour operators: they usually go out during the winter and can get the best dates at the best prices with attractive discounts.

 

When you want for the mountain and the rest of the country

You will have less problem to go backpacking in the mountains or visit the rest of the country: there are few tourists on the hiking trails and in the national parks as well as in the small towns of the interior, even in full August. You can afford to improvise a little more. There is often availability in campsites and eco-lodges.

 

Hotel and accommodation

The Montenegrin hotel park is well developed on the coast and the competition provides good prices out of season, which is much more difficult in summer. Many hotels have been renovated in recent years (but not all!). Rates for mid-range and high-end establishments are almost always inclusive of breakfast. Otherwise, we start to find packages per week from 300 € per person, including flight, out of season – prices can reach 1000 € half board in the heart of summer.

The Montenegrin government has revised its star classification system to bring it into line with prices.

The Montenegrin hotel park is well developed on the coast and the competition provides good prices out of season, which is much more difficult in summer. Many hotels have been renovated in recent years (but not all!). Rates for mid-range and high-end establishments are almost always inclusive of breakfast. Otherwise, we start to find packages per week from 300 € per person, including flight, out of season – prices can reach 1000 € half board in the heart of summer.

The Montenegrin government has revised its star classification system to bring it into line with prices.

On the coast, individuals rent apartments from € 250 a week for a 2-room in low season. It may be worth it if you stay in the corner for several days and want to cook yourself.