Bay of Kotor

The Bay of Kotor known locally as Boka Kotorska is one of the most impressive features along the entire Adriatic coast. In terms of its natural beauty it is hard to beat anywhere in Europe. Towering green limestone mountains sweep down into the clear blue waters of a series of inland bays that form the southern-most and deepest fjord in Europe.

Around the bay there are plenty of places well worth a visit. First on the list is Kotor with its car-free and well preserved old town. Inside the walled network of narrow alleyways and squares with medieval buildings and churches you'll notice a strong Venetian influence in the city's architecture. Several kilometers along the winding road along the bay, which can get impossibly congested during the peak summer months is tranquil Perast with its famous maritime past. From here you can jump on a boat to visit the nearby isle known as Lady of the Rocks. A little further along is Risan, the oldest settlement on the bay and home to some fascinating Roman mosaics.

Closer to the Croatian border and one of the bay's major beach resorts is Herceg Novi, from where you can embark on boat trips across to the Lustica penisula where you'll find some of Montenegro's most pristine beaches or up to the Orjen Massif with is great hiking possibilities. The other key resort is Tivat which is also the location for the country's second airport and is fast becoming the new centre of the country's nautical tourism industry.