Kotor, located on the Bay of Kotor and the center of the Kotor municipality on the Adriatic Sea. The medieval old town is a beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site. Star Clippers offers shore excursions to get out and get to know the beautiful red-tiled town. Read on for descriptions!
Perast & Kotor:
Drive through the beautiful bay of Kotor to Perast, a small baroque village hidden behind the islet of the Lady of the Rocks, a tranquil place full of sacred monuments dating back to the 15th century. After a visit to the maritime museum there will be free time to explore Perast on your own before taking a boat to the islet Gospa od Skrpjela or Lady of the Rocks, and its church of the same name.
The baroque church is situated on one of the two islets in the Bay of Kotor, just opposite Perast. Legend has it that the island was made over the centuries by devout mariners who, after finding an icon of the Madonna and child on a rock in the sea on July 22, 1452, swore that they would drop a rock at the site after every successful sea voyage.
As time went by, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. The custom remains to this day and on July 22nd every year at sunset the locals take part in the “fascinada” a tradition whereby they take out their boats and throw rocks into the sea. The church contains 68 magnificent paintings by Tripo Kokolja a famous 17th century artist from Perast. After visiting the island board your boat again for a short ride back to Perast where you will board the coach and drive from Perast to Kotor, a charming medieval town lying beside a beautiful fjord. This UNESCO heritage site is the old maritime centre of Montenegro.
Know before you go:
Light clothes and sturdy shoes are recommended for the tour.
The drive to Perast takes 20 minutes.
Traditional Montenegrin Flavor
Learn about Montenegrin culture and cuisine from the locals at Lustica, located at the entrance of the Bay of Kotor. There you’ll find a rich tradition of artisans producing their own cheese, prosciutto, wine and rakija from locally sourced ingredients. Visit the Moric family and their large grove of hundred-year-old olive trees. There you’ll learn how they make extra virgin olive oil, sheep-milk cheese, prosciutto and wine from local plavac grapes. Enjoy the gardens teeming with native fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs. You will gain personal insight into the long tradition of Lustica olive oil and taste their traditional, organic products. When the tour ends you’ll have some time to stroll around Kotor.
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