ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE: risinium
The wondrous Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO world heritage site, offers a truly historic experience. Surrounded by mountains, forests and deep blue waters, the oldest town in the bay is Risan with its rich cultural legacy, with the highlight of which are the remains of an old Roman villa and its spectacular mosaics. A vivid nightlife and authentic medieval architecture makes the old city of Kotor one of the favorite places to visit in Montenegro.
The Montenegrin town of Risan is the oldest town in Boka Bay, especially famous for its monuments of the ancient period and its beaches. The town is located just a few kilometers from the old naval town of Perast and just 17 km from the well preserved medieval city of Kotor. The entire area is protected as UNESCO World Heritage.
Visiting Risan, one will feel truly excited, surrounded by high mountains, dense forests, a shore with a natural quay, fresh water sources and caves. The town’s beach is almost a kilometer long, with sun loungers and umbrellas available. The rich town’s cultural heritage is landmarked with the remains of an old Roman villa with spectacular mosaics and the Church of Saint Peter and Paul, a single complex with a small chapel of St. Michael the Archangel and a city cemetery, dating back to the year 1601.
The nearby Old town of Kotor will transport you to the past, with walks through narrow cobbled streets to gleaming squares where you can enjoy the architecture of medieval churches, cathedrals, Venetian palaces, and pillars. As well as the city’s rich culture and history, Kotor also offers to its visitors excellent, tasty sea and local food and a vibrant night life in the local bars and restaurants. Take a one-day boat excursion to the islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks, situated in the vicinity of Perast, a tiny, idyllic village with jaw-dropping views, and a superb waterfront restaurant.
Where to sleep and eat
Leon Coronato Heritage Hotel
In the beautiful small seaside town of Perast you will find the Leon Coronato Heritage Hotel, built on 17th-century foundations, which has an interesting story to share. The size, sea-facing position, and original architectural style of the Heritage Hotel reflect the typical Baroque style of that period. The hotel has 14 modern rooms, of which 4 are deluxe apartments, some with beautiful sea views. The restaurant by the sea offers many specialties, especially fish, which can be paired with the restaurant’s high quality selection of wine. With two more restaurants in the complex, this hotel is ideal for organizing exclusive events, especially weddings.
Holidays by the sea mean enjoying beautiful restaurants with numerous tasty specialties. An excellent example of this is certainly the restaurant Đardin, which is located in the small coastal town of Perast, in Montenegro. The restaurant has a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea and one of the most famous attractions of the Boka Kotorska, the island of Our Lady of Skrpelj. Treat yourself to our “Đardin” broth that offers an unmatched mixture of sea flavors, or if you are a true meat lover, try our Boka beef stew with homemade gnocchi or, of course, the wide selection of fish prepared in a variety of ways. The restaurant also has an indoor garden as well as an interior decorated in the traditional style.
Monte Bay Retreat
If you prefer luxury and adventure then you are in the right place at the Monte Bay Retreat Hotel. This unique hotel offers 6 luxury rooms that are carefully designed with every detail in mind. The harmony between old rustic charm and a modern-day aesthetic provides a decadent escape, while always making you feel completely at home. The owner and his team are passionate about making you as comfortable, relaxed and stress-free as possible. To help to achieve this, you can use the infinity pool, outdoor wood burning sauna and hot tub, as well as choose from the numerous types of massages available. After exploring the beauty of Montenegro, enjoy the private bar and restaurant. A personal chef will guide you through the culinary delights with a combination of sea and mountain specialties in a fusion of modern and traditional.
HOW TO REACH KOTOR
Terminali Autobusave Fier, Rruga Shenjt Leonardo Murialdo 7/A (+355 69 380 0882)
Roads (international): With Serbia (Ranče, Čemerno, Dobrakovo, Kula, Draženovac, Vuče); With Albania (Božaj, Sukobin, Grnčar), With B&H (Sitnica, Ilino brdo, Vraćenovići, Krstac, Nudo, Šćepan Polje, Metaljka, Šula); With Croatia (Debeli brijeg, Kobila)
Tel: + 382 32 325 947
Address: Stari grad 315, Kotor, 85330