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  • jaybeeFL
    Palm Harbor, Florida3,378 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Experienced the Bay Two Ways
    We were on an Oceania cruise and traversed this beautiful placid bay coming and going to/from Kotor. Passed by Lady of the Rocks at sunup and sundown getting spectacular photos. After landing we were transported by comfortable van along the shoreline road to Perast giving us a first hand look at the many sites along the way (fish farms, small colorful villages, scenic landscapes...) . Will remember this trip fondly and would hope we return someday!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 May 2023
  • PJD65
    1,180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful……so a busy place!!
    The Bay of Kotor and the place itself is beautiful which leads to crowds and the nightmare of cruise ship passenger excursions. Take out a boat and enjoy the views but my tip would be to visit out of main season. I have been here a few times and late September/early October is my favourite.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 4 July 2023
  • thatwatson@hotmail.com
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit
    Beautifully preserved ancient town. Lots of restaurants and bars within the Walls. Gets very crowded once the Cruise Ships pull in (right next to the Old town). When going for dinner, try to make it after 7pm, the boats have generally gone by then. HILL CLIMB..... Be prepared to pay 8€ each. If you get up and back before 8am, the ticket turnstiles are unmanned. Go as early as possible. The walk is shielded from the sun by rock walls beside the trail, but once the sun is up, the heat rises rapidly. The views at the top are spectacular, we'll worth the effort. There's a free trail too. Take the long straight road next to the Shopping Centre 'Kamelia' which parallels the river. At the end, behind a disused power station,you'll notice a zigzag trail. Take this. You'll pass a cheese shop etc on the way up. To get into the fortress, just climb through an archway.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon2,193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Bay - view it from multiple vantage points
    We came to Montenegro mostly because of this beautiful bay. We were fortunate enough to stay in Kotor for multiple days instead of only coming for a day trip, and we had a rental car which meant we could drive most of the roads around it. The Bay and its surroundings are beautiful, with water and steep mountains and many quaint cities. The roads are often narrow and curvy, but the scenery makes them well worth it. We found multiple places from which to get scenic views, including roadside pullouts, the views from the car itself, and chances to get high above it (especially the serpentine road above Kotor). Kotor and its bay were definitely a highlight of our trip!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
  • ALPORTAL
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit location on the Balkans
    A must visit area of Montenegro or even on a day trip from Dubrovnik. The stunning views and numerous swimming areas make this one of the best tourists places on the Balkans and I am from another Balkan country. It is very beautiful to just go around the bay by car and absorb the atmosphere. Some of the small villages after Kotor are also a must with their picturesque boats and bays. Unfortunately getting to Kotos is rather challenging as the traffic is very heavy all day. From Dubrovnik with the customs checks, you need around 3 hours just to get there and that was with us leaving 6 in the morning.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • WillieMacfan
    Healdsburg, California792 contributions
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    Get up early for your arrival in the Bay of Kotor
    Fantastic views await you as your cruise ship enters the Bay of Kotor. Natural beauty all around. Most cruise ships arrive early into Kotor and leave early evening. Strongly suggest on your day visiting Kotor you rise early and enjoy the vision as your ship enters the Bay
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,712 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque bay
    I was lucky to visit on a nice clear day and very much enjoyed the trip around bay. So peaceful and calming, colour of water is amazing and the change of scenery as you move around bay is really nice. I suppose experience of kotor Bay may depend on weather conditions.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 September 2023
  • BlueRidgeTourist
    Charlottesville, Virginia248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fjord-like bay with history and architecture
    Entered the bay at sunrise and our small ship turned several times to reach Kotor. The scenery is spectacular with the mountains, villages, and the famous Madonna of the Rocks Byzantine-style church on the artificial island. The topography resembles a fjord that you would see in Alaska or Norway. Don't miss this one on your next cruise, or if you can, take a boat ride from Kotor itself.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • SWH100
    Cardiff, United Kingdom1,088 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely stunning bay
    Loved the bay of Kotor. It was absolutely beautiful. We drove in on a bus which took a while and then jumped on a boat to our lady of the rocks and then onto Kotor. Loved the boat trip. Got to enjoy some time at the front of the boat to really take it in. The water and the views are stunning. Proper special place. Definitely get the best view from the water.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
  • Ben F
    Bloomington, Indiana1,546 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Balkans’ Greatest Gem
    No matter how you experience it, the mountains looming over the pristine Bay of Kotor define why Montenegro is one of the hottest up-and-coming travel destinations in the world. I wish I could’ve taken a ferry along the water, but I just didn’t have time with the other things I wished to accomplish. For all you readers, though: Don’t make the choice I made to skip a boat ride; definitely go out and feel the sea breeze on your trip.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 March 2024
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Lasgaros Workshop
Montenegro2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Kotor is a very beautiful city. We were in the old city. There are many cozy cafes and souvenir shops. Local residents also live in the old town. We visited the famous Kats of Kotor store and the old Catholic Church museum
Written 8 April 2024
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
No matter how you experience it, the mountains looming over the pristine Bay of Kotor define why Montenegro is one of the hottest up-and-coming travel destinations in the world. I wish I could’ve taken a ferry along the water, but I just didn’t have time with the other things I wished to accomplish. For all you readers, though: Don’t make the choice I made to skip a boat ride; definitely go out and feel the sea breeze on your trip.
Written 27 March 2024
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Lisa
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Omgggg this was the most stunning and gorgeous place of all in the whole of Balkans that I've visited! If you've been hesitating stop doing so and head over there - you'll not regret it!

The city of Kotor itself is alive with tourists and look similar to Venice - narrow walkways and alley with buildings that are the homes of locals still on both sides. Apart from that, no other similarities with Venice! Not overly touristy.

Imo - it is 10x MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN VENICE.

It is located on a bay so it faces the ocean, and the backdrop are mountains- incredibly stunning.
It is a city of cats too, and they're all friendly as they're well socialised, well fed.

Good if you can stay here for a few nights so you can explore the town, nooks and crannies as well as take a trek up the hill as there is a beautiful church up there.
Written 23 December 2023
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SWH100
Cardiff, UK1,088 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Loved the bay of Kotor. It was absolutely beautiful. We drove in on a bus which took a while and then jumped on a boat to our lady of the rocks and then onto Kotor. Loved the boat trip. Got to enjoy some time at the front of the boat to really take it in. The water and the views are stunning. Proper special place. Definitely get the best view from the water.
Written 12 October 2023
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Flitz8-A foodie travels
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3,027 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The bay is beautiful and cruise liners dock at harbour ,the traffic to get into bay is quite a bit as there is only limited roads around mountain
Written 10 October 2023
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BlueRidgeTourist
Charlottesville, VA248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Entered the bay at sunrise and our small ship turned several times to reach Kotor. The scenery is spectacular with the mountains, villages, and the famous Madonna of the Rocks Byzantine-style church on the artificial island. The topography resembles a fjord that you would see in Alaska or Norway. Don't miss this one on your next cruise, or if you can, take a boat ride from Kotor itself.
Written 28 September 2023
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary1,690 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This fantastic place is very popular. We visited it by ship, it was a super one-day-tour. It’s the largest natural bay of the southern part of the Adriatic Sea. It consists of 4 parts: Bay of Herceg Novi, Risani, Kotori- and Tivati-. The length of the bay is 28kms. It’s really beautiful, I think everybody must see it.
Written 14 September 2023
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,712 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I was lucky to visit on a nice clear day and very much enjoyed the trip around bay.

So peaceful and calming, colour of water is amazing and the change of scenery as you move around bay is really nice.

I suppose experience of kotor Bay may depend on weather conditions.
Written 12 September 2023
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Kurklu
Istanbul, Türkiye117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Fantastic views with multiple family attractions including one of the best cable car rides, driving on the serpentine road, enjoying the boat tour in Kotor bay etc…
Written 10 September 2023
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Nick
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Booked Kotor bay as a day trip with my wife from Dubrovnik, the day did not disappoint , we did St John’s fortress which gave breathtaking views of the bay.
Written 4 September 2023
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