Castle Of San Giovanni
Castle Of San Giovanni
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Nick J
10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Looking at Kotor this is one of the most praised about activity’s so my wife and I put it on the list. When you get to the start (we started on the left hand side of the old city), you are met by the “boarder control” who have INCREASED THE PRICE TO €15 PER PERSON, not €8. When I asked why, he simply said “that was last year price, new year price is €15”.

After watching a lot of people turn around, we decided it was on the list for a reason. We bit the bullet, paid €30 to do it (almost $60 in our currency and a decent dinner somewhere else, or most of a tank of gas).

The track is okay. For the vast majority of it has stairs on the wall side of the track which are good, and the left side is stone. Some parts of the stone path is laid out nicely and can be walked on, other times it’s loose and not walkable. There are a few times were you can get lost in ruins, as there are about 2 signs to get to the top.

The walk itself is good, it can be challenging at times and takes your breath a bit, but with the stone paths being in poor quality giving way and catching your breath is helpful.

Once at the top, you are greater with a spectacular view, it looks similar to the one at the top of the serpentine road (which is a lot cheaper to access if you drive). The ruins itself is not maintained at all. Rubbish everywhere, graffiti plastered around, bottles wedged in and all sorts. Disappointing from an environmental end as it’s definitely not looked after at all.

We tried a different exit (right hand side) and the €15 gate was there as well. Other tourists were annoyed about the price increase too and walked away. Lots of questions being asked to the gate man about where the money goes and what it is used for, which he didn’t respond to…

Would I do it again, no. Would I recommend it for €15… probably not unfortunately. The €15 needs to go to upkeep and maintenance along with picking up rubbish and making it a cleaner space.
Written 20 April 2024
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA2,040 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The tour guide said there are 1400 steps to the top. I didn’t count the steps, but it could easily have been 1400, there were a lot of steps. You pretty much need to walk the steps, as the ground is covered in large rocks that are difficult to walk on. You need to pay to walk up. I don’t recall how much, but I think less than 10 euros. The guy at the kiosk also takes credit cards. You also need to save your receipt as it is checked again on the way down – and if you do not have it, you need to pay again. You first reach an old church which was not open when we were there. You then pass ruins from the lower fortress. Go around to the right to find the stairs to continue walking up. You will then reach the second set of ruins. Continue some more to reach the top. When we were there, there was someone who apparently lugged a cooler with soft drinks, juice, and water to the top and was selling them. The views from the top are as amazing as you’d expect them to be. But if you can’t make it the entire way to the top, the views are wonderful all along the intermediate points as well. Be sure to wear good shoes and you really should bring enough water. We enjoyed the hike up and would do it again.
Written 23 January 2024
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Isabella D
Calgary, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Such a rewarding hike! Well worth the effort! The pictures from the top were breathtaking! Add this to your itinerary!
Written 24 October 2023
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Visiting this castle takes a bit of effort but with time I think most people could make it, and the views are well worth it. Note that this seems to be the same attraction as "Kotor Fortress", or at least it's not clear how they differ. In any event, we spent a little over 2 hours visiting, including about half an hour in the castle exploring and taking photos.

Note that we visited this place via a loop hike using the Ladder of Kotor trail, then entering through a window into the castle. At various times it sounds like this window has been guarded and/or blocked off to avoid that route being used (since it skips the pay station at the start of the climb up). It sounds like that route comes and goes over time as opinions or enforcement policies change, so just be aware that it may or may not be an option during your visit.
Written 20 September 2023
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Johan S
Sigtuna, Sweden2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
To walk/climb the path and stairs up to the Castle is breathtaking, physically! You need to be a bit fit to enjoy it. Don't forget to bring water. An other advice is to do it in the morning - it gets really hot after 11 o'clock.

When you reach the top it's breathtaking, again. But this time it's the view and the scenery that's taking you. Well worth all the effort!
Written 12 July 2023
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swirlwind
Perth, Australia394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
An easy start certainly led us on. All we did was: Go Go Go, chasing the view at each turn. Very soon, Kotor's terracotta roofs and the humongous big liners became small and distant. And before you know you almost half way up.

Now, it's the other half that's challenging. Steps were steep, uneven, single filed most way, enough just for one person on it. A few look-out areas to take break -thank God they're there, I saw people's faces: some wanted to sit there and gave up moving. But no, at the end, everyone reached the top. (How do I know? I was one of those sitting down) More up the vista opens wider and bigger. The top boulder platform commands splendid views in all directions. Following the massive cruise ships, one could see The Bay of Kotor out to the Adriatic Sea. It was exhilarating !

It took about 45 minutes up with the last 15 demands a fair bit of effort, but achievable. A couple of local man selling chilled water on trail for 1,2 or 3 euros. There are also easier and longer ways to go up starting at different locations outside the old town if you do some research.
Written 10 January 2023
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Robin G
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
It was a fantastic hike with beautiful views but so sad how much trash was in every place you looked. Who is supposed to bring the trash down? Maybe each person paying to enter should be given a bag to fill with trash to bring back down to be disposed of properly. It's supposed to be a UNESCO area, can't believe it's treated like a dump. Could be really cool if cleaned up.
Written 2 November 2022
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Ilovemyjollies
324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
You need a certain level of fitness to get to the top.

We tried to find the free route mentioned in a previous review without any success. But the scenery and views are well worth the 8 euro entry fee.

A few bits of advice:
- don't wear flipflops, at least wear trainers as the route has lots of loose rock and is a bit slippery especially on the route down
- go early in the morning, avoid the sun and the number of people.
- take plenty of water, it's strenuous work.

It took around 40 minutes to reach the top.
Definitely one of the highlights of our stay in Kotor
Written 2 September 2022
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mrc282
World8,276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
I hiked up using the Ladder of Kotor route (trailhead 42.42721421599214, 18.77335037116434). This is called the backdoor route which allows you to bypass the 8 euros admission fee payable via the Kotor Old Town official route. This route is also less tiring because it is a gravel route over a series of switchbacks; the official route has slippery stone steps.

Along the way, I passed the cheese shop at Spiljari, Sveti Juraj church ruins which was overrun by goats, and climbed through the St Giovanni castle window using a wooden ladder. I then spent another 1 hour exploring the castle ruins and courtyard, before beginning my descend into the Kotor Old Town via the official route. There is a church, Church of Our Lady of Remedy, on this path.

The hike up took 40 min, and the hike down took slightly less only due to the care needed when descending the stone steps.
Written 20 May 2022
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Ilaudj
Bucharest, Romania964 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
The climb to San Giovanni should be a must when visiting Kotor. It is a 30-40 climb and you get to explore an old castle in ruins and see the best view over Kotor bay. Even if you have to pay 8e per person to climb, i am pleased to have done it. Also i think that during the evening the view is also something special.
Written 5 October 2021
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