The Kotor Fjord Area
The Bokar-Kotor fjord is Europe’s most southerly fjord and is an impressive geographic and historic area stretching about 25 km inland.
It has a unique topography of dramatic karst mountains which drop sharply down into warm and clear Adriatic waters. Numerous historic towns, forts, churches, monasteries and other buildings, particularly dating from the 400-year Venetian occupation of the strategically important waterway, are to be found all around the fjord.
The most notable nearby places to visit are Kotor Old Town, Perast (renaissance citadel), Herzeg Novi (Spanish, Turkish and Austro Hungarian buildings), Tivat (New Porto Montenegro and Illyrian founded settlement) and Risan (Roman Mosaics). Visiting these places by car is a pleasant experience, but a more leisurely way of visiting the fjord is by boat! In most of these places there is a lively night life and plenty of restaurants, stylish boutique and shops, as well as late night bars and cafes. Apart from impressive baroque, classical and gothic architectural gems, there is also significant Austro-Hungarian and communist era architecture in the area. Going back in time, significant remains dating from the pre-Slavic Illyrian inhabitants of the Balkan peninsula can also be found around the fjord.
A suggested itinerary is to take a leisurely drive around the fjord starting at Tivat and finishing at Kotor, stopping at the many towns along the way.. Bring a towel and go for a swim at one of the many beaches on the fjord.
Map of Boka Kotor Fjord Area showing the main airports at Dubrovnik and Tivat; the historic centers of Herceg Novi, Perast, Risan, Kotor and Budva. The map also shows the location of Lustica Mill House on the Lustica peninsula, which devides the fjord from the adriatic sea.