20 Photos That’ll Have You Booking A Cruise To Kotor In Montenegro

Bay of Kotor view from the hill top fortress over the old town with cruise ship docked

Montenegro is having a moment in tourism, in 2016 Kotor was Lonely Planet’s best in travel destination and year-on-year more cruise ships and tourists are visiting the beautiful Bay of Kotor. These 20 photos will show you why you need to book a cruise and visit Kotor right away.

Medieval town of Kotor with narrow cobbled streets and old buildings Pin on Pinterest
Saint Tryphon Cathedral and square with bars and restaurants

Saint Tryphon Cathedral is Kotor’s most recognisable buildings, originally built in 1166 and resorted several times after major earthquakes in 1667 and 1979. The square is surrounded by places to eat including a pizzeria, pub and seafood restaurant.

Charming narrow side street in Kotor's Old Town
Kotor Old Town with Water Fountain

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kotor is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the region and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It’s a city with growing pains that’s trying to expand from booming tourism whilst protecting its important cultural status.

Exploring Kotor in Montenegro
Ice cream cones in Kotor Montenegro
The Old Town Pub in Kotor Montenegro
The old doors of Kotor with freely roaming stray cats

Kotor Cat Museum

The enchanting old town is packed with character and visiting off-season in November meant these narrow streets were almost empty, with the exception of stray cats that roam the city freely. Kotor is home to hundreds of felines (there’s even a museum) and locals look after them as if they’re their own.

Authentic food and wine bar in KotorPreserved family palaces in the Old Town of Kotor

Many of the restored houses were palaces of noble families back as early as the 14th century, protected by Venetian fortifications that extend up the hillside. You can walk up Kotor’s Fortress for a few euros and get the best views across the whole bay area.

Main entrance to Kotor Fortress Kotor hill top fortress with ChurchMSC Musica docked in Kotor BayRelaxing on the water edge in the Bay of Kotor

What makes Kotor one of Europe’s best cruise destinations?

Sailing to and from Kotor is a breathtaking experience, the wider bays are connected by narrow channels that the ship carefully navigates through to the Adriatic Sea. Dotted along the lower slopes are Austrian-like towns and villages linked by shuttling car ferries and roads that hug the shorelines curves.

Cruise ship sail away in the Bay of KotorOld Town entrance in Kotor Small island in the Bay of KotorDramatic limestone mountains rising above the Bay of Kotor and little towns

I had high expectations for Kotor as it’s a favourite port for cruise veterans Paul and Carole, and I typically love historical towns and cities like this, especially these six in Spain. What really makes Kotor a special cruise stop is the imposing landscape, friendly felines and the fact it’s small enough to get around in the couple of hours you usually have.

MSC cruises to Eastern Mediterranean and Balkans

Kotor is typically part of a Eastern Mediterranean or Balkans cruise with sailings typically from Venice and Brindisi that you watch in the video above. Enjoyed this post? Please share using the links below or pin on Pinterest.



  1. August 2019 / 4:47 pm

    We have to check this place out! Thanks for sharing!

    • explorewithed
      August 2019 / 8:48 pm

      Thanks for commenting – let me know if you ever get to Kotor, love to hear what you make of it 🙂

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