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Bay of Kotor
The bay of Boka Kotorska, or Bay of Kotor, is believed by many to be the most southern fjord in the world but it's actually a submerged river canyon. Comprised of four bays - Kotor, Risan, Tivat, and Herceg Novi bay - from the southeast and northwest side, the bay is encircled by the striking limestone massifs of the mountains. The climate in the Bay of Kotor is sub-tropical, affecting a lot of the vegetation. The rains are heavy throughout the year, with warm and dry summers and mild and humid winters. The area of Kotor Bay is under the influences of a Mediterranean and mountainous climate and when these two climates meet, a special kind of sub-Mediterranean climate is created.
The old town of Kotor is for many the most beautiful area of Montenegro and has been proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The town is situated at the southern end of the magnificent Boka Kotorska, a bay of Scandinavian proportions. The ancient fortress above the bay and the old town commands breath-taking views. Between 1420 and 1797, Kotor was under the rule of the Republic of Venice and you will notice a strong Venetian influence in the architecture. A fascinating walk with one of our expert guides will take you past the Watch Tower (Sat Kula), the 12th century Cathedral of St Tripun, the Church of St Luc, and the 17th century Prince's Palace. You may also wish to visit The Church of Our Lady on the Rocks;here, you can see a small island of rocks that was created by seamen throwing stones into the sea upon returning from each successful voyage. In the town you will find a good selection of restaurants, bars and shops which contrast the ancient churches, museums and the medieval fortress.
Best time to be there
April to October is considered the best time to visit with July and August being the busiest months. The summer months see a plethora of cultural activities, such as a series of festivals of music, film and art. The July festival Theatre city in Budva is a feast of classical music, performance, ballet where choirs, local and foreign artists perform.
Podgorica (Montenegro Airlines - three times a week)
Dubrovnik (British Airways, Croatian Airlines or EasyJet)
2 hours 40 minutes direct
GMT +1 hours
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