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Smaller cruise ships are able to dock in the port, whilst larger vessels will anchor in the bay which is enclosed by hills. Passengers come ashore aboard a tender boat.  

Many of the large cruise companies run cruises that visit Kotor, including Thomson Cruises, Royal Caribbean and P&O. Cruising to Kotor is often part of a cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean, and itineraries may include other countries, such as Serbia and Croatia. Over 450 cruise ships visit Kotor in the period between March and November, bringing over 500,000 tourists to one of the top destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Why visit Kotor ?

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Kotor is a small town with an equally small harbour

The port of Kotor is very close to the Old City, so the highlights of the town are easily accessible

Kotor is located on the coast of Montenegro, a tiny republic in Southeast Europe. Kotor Bay has often been described as the southernmost fjord in Europe, although, whether it is a fjord is disputed. What is not in dispute is how stunning the scenery of the bay is. Surrounded by towering cliffs with seas that shift between rippling gulfs and sparkling straits, the bay is simply magnificent. The entire bay is scattered with medieval towns stitched together with scenic winding roads. Despite its small size, the area crams in amazing attractions, from adventure sports to island monasteries, and from mouth-watering seafood to majestic citadels.  

There are many excursions available from Kotor, one popular stop for cruise ships is the Blue Grotto. The grotto earned its name due to the mesmerising effect of light reflected through its clear water. Boats take passengers into the 9-metre high cave where they can swim in the iridescent water. Kotor itself is a beautiful walled city perched on the edge of the blue bay. Its fortifications were started in the 9th century, and by the 14th century, they had completely encircled the old town, although additions were still being made right up until the 19th century.  

If you are physically active, you can ascend the fortifications via the 1350 steps, starting either at the North Gate, or behind the Trg od Salate. At their peak, the fortifications rise 260 metres above sea level to afford fantastic views of the bay. For those who are less physically able, the walls can still be appreciated, as they are visible from all over the town. However, it is at night time that they really come into their own, when they are lit up to create a fairy tale landscape.  

St. Tryphon’s Cathedral is one of the most impressive buildings in Kotor. With a backdrop of pine studded hills, the cathedral‘s exterior is simple and elegant. Consecrated in the 12th century, it has been reconstructed several times due to earthquake damage. The entire front façade of the cathedral was destroyed in 1657, after which the baroque bell towers were added, with the left one remaining unfinished. The interior is a Romanesque masterpiece with gentle hues and slender Corinthian columns alternating with pink stone pillars. Glance up to admire the vaulted roofs. In the gilded sliver bas relief altar screen, you have Kotor’s most valuable treasure.

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