Kotor (Cattaro), the capital of Europe's southernmost fjord, the Bay of Kotor (Bocche di Cattaro), is a medieval, coastal city huddled against the Dinaric Alps. Kotor's numerous visitors spend a relaxing holiday immersing themselves in the region's cultural and natural beauty.
Kotor's attraction lies in its preservation of days gone by. It's no wonder that it's listed on UNESCO's list of world heritage sites. You may walk the cobbled streets of the Old City (Stari Grad), see the city's many ancient churches and mansions, and visit its boutiques, cafés, restaurants and bars. Its numerous summer festivals, akin to those of other great cities of the Mediterranean, makes Kotor as vibrant at night as it is brilliant under the Adriatic sun.
Like many other towns in the region, Kotor is surrounded by massive walls that served as town's last defense system. The walls were built sometime between 9th and 18th century. Stretching 4.5 km, as thick as 15m, and 20m high, the walls served their purpose well. The entrance is free and views of the bay are magnificent. Kotor was built by the region's maritime economy, so it is no wonder that Kotor's Maritime Museum is a popular destination to learn about the city's cultural history. Old City features some of the oldest medieval churches in the region. The most impressive are Orthodox St. Luke's (Sv. Luka) Church (built in 1450), and Roman Catholic St. Tryphon Cathedral (built in 1166), which is actually two churches, built one atop of the other. Finally, Orthodox St. Nicholas (Sv. Nikola) is one the “newest”, built in 1909. St. Nicholas also houses a small museum that details the community's cultural history.
Among the historical artifacts and monuments, you will find numerous sidewalk cafés or local restaurants. For example, Kantun offers traditional Montenegrin fare, including the region's renowned prosciuttos. The Bastion Restaurant features seafood delicacies, including various mussel, snapper, and calamari recipes, as well as an array of vegetarian dishes. Many of Kotor's cafés offer evening dancing and entertainment, ranging from traditional, local talents to Europe's leading modern artists. The Portabello and Karampana are often packed in the evenings with young revelers. Those who prefer to party until dawn may visit Porto Secundo, close to Kotor's main bus station. After a long night's pleasure, Pizzeria Giardino remains open until late night to offer hungry visitors a snack of Neapolitan pizza with a local flavor.
Settled during Ancient Roman times, ancient documents first mention Kotor in 168 BC. Its blend of cultures arises from numerous influences over the centuries, including periods ruled by the Serbian dynasties, the Republic of Venice, the Ottoman Empire, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
These cultural legacies, the natural beauty of the Dinaric Alps, and the entertainment venues draw thousands of visitors to Kotor every year.