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Useful information for a shore excursion in and around Kotor
We have put together bellow information about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights and useful information for a shore excursion in Kotor.
The most beautiful sights in Kotor and its surroundings
Old town of Kotor
The medieval old town of Kotor is considered one of the best preserved in the Mediterranean. There is no where else you can admire a city scape like this that has been completely preserved since the 12th to the 14th century.
Within the 2.8m of the city walls guests can enjoy highlights such as the mighty Saint-Tryphon Cathedral (The cathedral of Saint Tryphone), the Prince’s Palace or the Napoleon Theater. The entire old town was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.
Visit to the island “St. Mary on the Rock”
In the Bay of Kotor you can find numerous small islands, some belong to the municipality perast like St. George and “St. Mary on the Rock“, known to the locals as “Lady on the Rock“. A boat ride through the bay and a visit to the small island are a must in Kotor.
On the island there is a small church from the 17th century, which has been restored extremely well and is definitely worth-seeing. St. Mary’s is considered a “holy place” in Montenegro.
This is a small community in the north of Kotor that lies along the gulf about 6.2 miles away. The city belonged to the Republic of Venice between the 13th and 18th century, which is reflected in the cityscape and can be easily recognized. A walk through the city center is a must for architecture lovers.
In the late Middle Ages, Perast had no city walls, which was unusual at the time. However, its geographical location allowed it to build nine individual watchtowers that allowed very effective protection. Many of them are still well preserved today and can also be visited.
Map of the cruise port in Kotor
Even the entrance of the port is spectacular: the embarkation through the Gulf of Kotor takes a good hour and leads past impressive mountain slopes and through narrow waterways.
The cruise terminal of Kotor is very small and is located on the headland in northwest of the old town, less than 984 ft away. Your cruise ship will either dock at the pier near the old town or anchor in the bay (especially for larger vessels). In that case you will be brought ashore by tender boats.
What you should know before your cruise excursion in and around Kotor
Shipping companies and routes
Kotor is not as popular as other locations so therefore it is not a frequently visited port in the Adriatic. Every year, about 50,000 cruise guests visit the small town in Montenegro.
Entry and visa
Montenegro is currently only an EU candidate country. Canadian and US citizens do not require a visa to enter Montenegro for tourism or business stays under ninety (90) days.
Please make sure, to bring a valid passport with you, which extends at least 90 days after your initial arrival.
Nevertheless, please inform your shipping company about the entry requirements valid for your trip before embarking on your cruise.
Taxi and public transport
Neither taxi nor buses are really required for your cruise excursion to Kotor. At least within the city, all sights are within walking distance. For the destinations outside Kotors (for example Perast) you can use a taxi (about 60, – EUR per hour) which is approximately 68 dollars and 53 pounds .
Although not officially a member of the EU, the euro is the official means of payment in Montenegro. (1 dollar = 0.86 euro and 1 pound = 1.11 euro).
A currency exchange is therefore required. Credit cards are widely accepted, ATM machines of the Maestro system can be found in many places.
Most shipping companies travel the Adriatic Sea in the summer months between April and September. This is also the best travel time for Montenegro. Sometimes it can be very dry and hot – so make sure that you bring enough water and stay hydrated. Forest fires can occur in the summer months due to the hot weather.
Website Port Authority and Tourism Organization
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