If you’re planning a trip to Kotor, Montenegro, you’re in for a treat. You’ll instantly fall in love with this medieval town full of outdoor adventure and history.
Use our guide to plan out your Kotor itinerary so that you can experience all of the amazing things to do in this town.
What Is Kotor, Montenegro Known For?
Kotor, Montenegro is a small town along the shores of Boka Bay in Montenegro.
With sweeping views of the fjords and a historic downtown, this is one of the best towns to visit in Europe.
Kotor, Montenegro is best known for the San Giovanni Fortress. Climb the Fortress Walls and admire the beautiful view of Old Town surrounded by the Bay of Kotor.
Is Kotor, Montenegro Worth Visiting?
As one of the cheapest and most beautiful destinations in Europe, Kotor should be at the top of your itinerary.
There are so many wonderful things to do in this town of 13,000, but nothing beats exploring the Old Town of Kotor, which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Whether you visit as a day trip from Dubrovnik or you’re spending a few days in the Bay of Kotor, you’ll wish you could stay in this quaint town longer.
15 Awesome Things To Do In Kotor, Montenegro
After spending over a month in Kotor, we’ve discovered the best things to do in this town.
Here are 15 activities to add to your itinerary:
1. Trek The Ladder Of Kotor
By far, our favorite thing to do in the town of Kotor, Montenegro is to hike the Ladder of Kotor.
The Ladder of Kotor is an 8-mile hike that takes you to the top of Boka Bay. Of all the views in Kotor and the surrounding area, this is one of the best.
The best part of the Ladder of Kotor is that you don’t have to be in tip-top physical condition.
Although the hike is 8 miles out-and-back, you don’t have to hike all the way to the top. You’ll get stunning views of Old Town and the rest of the Bay of Kotor simply by walking 15 minutes up the trail.
Unlike the Fortress Walls (which we talk about next), the Ladder of Kotor doesn’t have an entrance fee.
Kotor and the surrounding area is full of mind-blowing hiking trails.
Most tourists only know about the Ladder of Kotor, but what if I told you there’s another hike that can rival those views?
Opposite of the Ladder of Kotor sits the Vrmac Ridge; this ridge separates Kotor and Tivat. Hike along this ridge to find the most awe-inspiring views of Kotor Bay, Tivat, and the Adriatic Sea.
For more details about hiking Vrmac Ridge, read our detailed blog post here: Exploring Vrmac.
10. Go To The Maritime Museum
If you’re into history (or even if you aren’t), the Maritime Museum is an awesome place to visit.
You’ll learn all about Montenegro’s naval history through an audio guide (available in several languages).
The entrance fee is 4 euros for adults and 1 euro per child.
Use the Maritime Museum in Kotor to escape the crowds and learn a bit about the history of this old town.
11. Shop, Shop, Shop!
There are so many different shops inside Kotor’s Old Town. Spend the day buying souvenirs, clothes, handbags, and more.
Tivat is also a great place to go shopping, however, Tivat is much more expensive. You’ll find all of the high-end stores along the pier in Tivat, so keep that in mind if you’re looking to shop but you’re also trying to stay on a budget.
12. Visit Our Lady of the Rocks
One of the most popular things to do while visiting Kotor, Montenegro is to visit Our Lady of the Rocks in Perast.
Unlike other churches in the area, Our Lady of the Rocks sits atop an island in the middle of Boka Bay.
You can reach Our Lady of the Rocks by taking the bus or driving to Perast.
They do charge an entrance fee and a boat fee to visit, but you can purchase an all-inclusive boat ticket out to Our Lady of the Rocks for $24.28.
You’ll be picked up in Kotor and brought around Perast, Kotor Bay, and Our Lady of the Rocks; a great tour for a reasonable price.
13. Go Fishing In Kotor Bay
Another fun thing to do in Kotor, Montenegro is fishing!
With tons of charter boats and fishing guides, the Bay of Kotor is an excellent place to cast in a line and catch some seabass.
Not only will you enjoy pulling in the fighters, but you’ll love the sweeping views of the fjords around you.
14. Watch The Sunset
Watching the sunset over the Bay of Kotor was incredible. In fact, it was one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen.
If you’re in the mood for a powerful sunset, hike up the Ladder of Kotor for about 30 minutes. Do this just before sunset.
Sitting above Boka Bay and watching this phenomenon is by far one of the best things to do in Kotor, Montenegro.
Note: You don’t need to hike to the very top of the Ladder of Kotor (that would be way too dangerous to hike back down). I also recommend bringing a flashlight for the trek down.
15. Kayak or SUP In Kotor Bay
What better way to explore Kotor Bay than in a kayak?
Since it’s not advised to swim in the Bay of Kotor, it’s best to rent a kayak and paddle around the fjords while being surrounded by some of the bluest water.