A wonderful Baroque village in 21th century!


Perast (Пераст) is a wonderful Baroque village with a population of fewer than 400 people and just a short drive from Kotor. Perast has some of the most amazing architecture in Montenegro.

There are no less than 19 magnificent palaces in Perast which is the legacy of Perast’s illustrious past as seamen, cartographers, and engineers. Sailors from around the globe traveled to the Perast Nautical School to learn these skills from the local experts and this was considered one of the best in the world.

Many of these palaces in Perast were built in the 16th and 17th centuries and a walk through the main thoroughfare take you back in time. This is aided by the fact that tourists are no longer allowed to drive along the roadway just in front of the village.

Don’t worry, the car park is just outside the village, patrolled by people on Segway’s, whizzing around, taking your parking fees. An interesting mix of old and modern. 

The walk from the car park on one end of Perast to the other is one of the most scenic in Montenegro as you also get wonderful views of the Bay Of Boka and the wonderful Montenegrin Mountain ranges.

Another joy is the islands just off Perast’s shoreline. The two islands are St. George Island ( Sveti Đorđe, Свети Ђорђе) and island Our Lady of the Rock (Gospa od Škrpjela, Госпа од Шкрпјела).

According to legend, the islet was made over the centuries by the seamen who kept an ancient oath after local fishermen from Perast passed a small rock on their way to the sea and found an icon of the Virgin and Christ (Madonna and Child) on the rock.

They made this Icon their most guarded secret. Upon returning from their successful voyage, they laid a rock on the bay. Since that time, sailors venturing to sea made an offering for a safe voyage by adding a stone or small rock, leading to the formation of the Our Lady of The Rock, situated inside one of the most beautiful bays in the world, the Boka Bay in Montenegro.

The UNESCO-listed Old Town of Kotor is within 15 km. Tivat Airport is 25 km away. Budva, known for its nightlife, is at a distance of 50 km. Dubrovnik Airport Čilipi (DBV) is 56 km away, while the famous Croatian Old Town of Dubrovnik, also a World Heritage Site, is 75 km from the Perast.

Perast History

The archaeological sites of Spila and Tamnica situated above Perast, dating from the Neolithic period, in their traces of ancient life reflect connections with the sea. The oldest, pre-Slavic stratums of the Illyrian and Roman period in Perast give evidence of the seafaring activity of its inhabitants.  The old chroniclers of Perast state that the pre-Slavic inhabitants of Perast had guarded the entrance to the Bay and constructed a fortification on the Island of St. George, during the reign of the Illiryan queen Teuta and Roman emperor Diocletian.

The oldest archival data about Perast, from the 13th century, make reference of various craftsmen in the town: stonemasons, limers, coopers, shipbuilders, etc, while in 1336 the first mention of a shipyard in Perast appeared.  By constructing smaller sailing boats on its quays and transporting merchandise in them Perast formed foundations for its economic and political independence from Kotor which was achieved in 1585 when Perast became an independent community. From the 16th century onwards Perast was put on the nautical maps as a significant maritime center on the Adriatic coast. 

Being excellent seamen and warriors, people of Perast earned a special status for their town during the Venetian rule (1420-1797), and especially after the Turkish conquest of a part of the Boka Bay, at the end of 15th century, lasting until the end of the 17th century.  In that period Perast became a strategically important place for defending both the bay and town of Kotor and it had a complete economic and political autonomy. The town was governed by a captain who had both military and civil authority and was elected from among respectable citizens.

Citizens of Perast could freely trade, with considerable tax exemptions, on the territory of the Venetian Republic. Many seamen from Perast became captains of the great Venetian warships and earned the honor of guarding the standard of St. Mark on admiral ships, during the battles which Venice fought against the Turks.

The people of Perast proved their seafaring skills and courage in numerous naval battles against pirates who did not spare their town either. The pirates from North Africa attacked and plundered Perast, taking its citizens into slavery, in the summer of 1624, while all people who could defend the town were at sea.

The people of Perast played an important role in numerous historic events: in defending Kotor in 1539, at the battle of Lepanto in 1571, in defending Perast from the greatest Turkish attack in the famous Battle of Perast in 1654, and liberating Risan in 1684 and Herceg Novi in 1687 from the Turkish rule.

Between the two world wars, Perast had a status of a municipality, a school and a museum which was founded in 1937. In the past half-century, Perast gained the status of a protected town on the basis of its cultural heritage.  Numerous testimonies of history, maritime and cultural past of Perast have been kept today in the collections of the Museum of Perast and treasuries of the churches of St. Nicholas and Our Lady of The Rock.

During centuries, the sea has been the stage of numerous sea battles. The many sea battles are witnessed in numerous Venetian commendations and priceless paintings. Trade goods, the ship, and the very lives of the crew needed to be protected from African and Ulcinj pirates.

Traditional Manifestation

Madj – Mađ – 1st May

In this celebration, a young elm tree is selected as a symbol of spring and hope for the future. Custom requires that the most recently married man in the town must cut the elm tree and bring it to the main square in front of the St. Nicholas church.  The young people of Perast then decorate the tree with bottles of milk and wine, cookies and colorful ribbons.  The groom lifts the tree, accompanied by the music of tamburitza, and leads a procession all around the town. Afterward all go to a coffee bar for coffee with milk and cookies.

Votive Day – 15th of May

During the 17th century, the entire northern side of Bay of Boka, including Herceg Novi (Херцег Нови) and Risan (Рисан), was under Turkish rule. On the morning of May 15th, 1654, the Turks, led by Mehmed-aga Rizvanagić and with over 5000 soldiers, attacked Perast. There were only 53 citizens of Perast to defend the town. Turks from Herceg Novi took part in the attack and pillaged the island of St. George while taking votive gifts and robes from the island of Our Lady. Mehmed-aga and 72 Turkish soldiers died in the battle, while some 300 of them were wounded. Only two of the defenders were wounded. This victory of the citizens of Perast over the Turks became a topic of many songs. A sign, commissioned by Abbot Andrija Zmajević, who later became the Archbishop of Bar Montenegro, and chiseled into the facade of the parish church, also reminds of this victory. The citizens of Perast contributed their success in this highly uneven battle to the protection of Our Lady of the Rocks. To show their appreciation, the entire parish pledged to celebrate the 15th of May every year with a festive procession through the town, during which the painting of Our Lady is carried. The citizens of Perast have not and cannot forget numerous occasions on which Mary showed them mercy. Special celebrations were held on the first centennial in 1754, and the second centennial in 1854. 

Procession with the painting of Mary

The procession at sea, during which the painting of Our Lady of the Rocks is carried to Perast and back, is especially important and picturesque. The little boat carrying the painting is always in the middle, surrounded in a semi-circle by other boat and armored guard. This is meant to evoke memories of hard times when the Turks held the northern side of Verige under occupation, and the threat of a sudden attack was imminent.


To mark the beginning of construction of the island of Our Lady of the Rocks (July 22nd, 1452), a unique festival called “Fašinada” – “the fastening”, is held every year on that date. The first boat carried the Abbot, several dignitaries from Perast, singers, and rowers. They are joined by other boats from Perast and surrounding villages (Strp, Kostanjica, Đurići, Stoliv), connected together, filled with stone. It is traditional that only men take part in this, and that all the boats are rowed. The singers start by singing Oj vesela veselice (Oh happy merrymaking) from Pošov to St. Nicholas Square, and from the square to Školj, they sing Dvoje mi drago zaspalo (My two dears have fallen asleep). When the first boat reaches beyond Školj, the boats are untied, and the stone is thrown into the water in those spots where they are most needed to secure the island. In keeping with tradition, church bells toll to festively welcome the boats. After that, the rosary prayer is held in the church. This tradition has both a symbolic and practi­cal meaning. In the past, a modest dinner of bread, roast lamb, cheese, and salad, would be held following the prayer.

Regatta Cup Fašinada

On the same day, i.e. on July 22nd, the Fašinada Regatta Cup is held, in which sailboats from all over Boka Bay take part. The winner of the race gets a challenge cup and a place of honor for his name on the lighthouse plaque on the island of Our Lady of the Rocks. A dinner is served for everyone in attendance.

International Festival of Klapas (traditional bands)

The festival is held annually on the second weekend of August.  The participants are “klape” (traditional bands) form the Mediterranean countries, who sing “a kapela”.  This is the only festival of klapas in Montenegro.  

Klapa singing, as a genre of polyphonic singing, belongs to the musical tradition of Boka, whose roots are much stronger than we have thought. Old-fashioned harmony singing in Boka is an extension of a specific homophonic singing that has its origins in Perast’s bugarštica of the 15th  to 18th  century,  in the ritual and prayer songs and the customary tribute and folk songs; while in the mid 19th century, it developed as polyphonic singing of male and female groups- klapa (name klapa was given in Dalmatia, mid XX century).


Bujovic Palace

Bujovic Palace (palata Bujović, палата Бујовић) faces onto the waterfront in the western part of Perast. The palace is one of the most beautiful buildings on the Adriatic coast, designed by the Venetian architect Giovanni Battista Fontana

Lucic-Kolovic-Matikola Palace

Lucic-Kolovic-Matikola Palace (Lučić-Kolović-Matikola palata, Лучић-Kоловић-Матикола палата) is situated on the waterfront, in the western part of Perast. It was built in the second half of the 18th century, which is confirmed by an inscription on the main façade dating the structure to the year 1779 and listing the names of the owners, Nikola Kolović–Matikola and his sons from the “casada” Studeni.

Zmajevic Palace

Zmajevic Palace (palata Zmajević, палата Змајевић) is situated in the western part of Perast. The palace is referred to as the “Bishopric” because it served as a residence for two bishops, Andrija and Vicko Zmajević. The palace, with an octagonal belfry and a family chapel dedicated to the Lady of the Rosary, represents the most distinctive landmark in the landscape of Perast and its most valuable architectural entity.

Smekja Palace

Smekja Palace is situated on the waterfront, in the central part of Perast, next to the church of St. Mark.

Viskovic palace

Viskovic palace (palata Visković, палата Висковић) Palace is located in the area called “Luka” on the waterfront below the old road. The Visković complex consists of four parts: a tower (“čardak”), the palace, a loggia with a garden and a new part.

Balovic palace

Balovic Palace (palata Balović, палата Баловић) stands in the eastern part of Perast called “Luka”. In front of the palace there is a “boljun” (fresh water well) called Bizetina – with a terrace with a half-round vault above it – belonging to the palace. The palace was built in the middle of the 18th century.

Bronza palace

The palace is situated in the eastern part of Perast, in the area called “Luka”, right on the waterfront. It was built in the mid-18th century. In the 19th century, during the rule of Austro-Hungary, it served as a “Dogana” – i.e. a customs station, while today it houses the Parish Office.

Top Sights You Must See

Our Lady Of The Rocks

Risan Mosaics

St Nichola's Church

Palace in Perast

Prehistorical Drawings in Lipci

St Tryphon’s Cathedral

Museum in Perast

Kotor Old Town

Where To Stay

Planning a trip to Perast but not sure where to stay?  The best neighborhoods, hotels, apartments, hostels, vacation rentals and places to stay for travelers visiting Perast, Montenegro.

Best Places To Eat And Drink

Restaurants And Taverns Near You in Perast

If you’re looking for a great meal in Perast in Montenegro you’ve come to the right place: avoid the tourist traps with our an insider’s guide to the best places to eat, including restaurants and taverns in Perast and places around. Perast has good restaurants, but also its share of bland and overpriced ones. We’ve tried to pick out the ones we feel are most worth visiting. 

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Caffe And Bars Near You in Perast

Whether you’re looking for a few beers overlooking the city walls, or a few fancy cocktails, you’ll find your perfect drinking spot in Perast. Town is full of cosy cafes and restaurants offering local coffee and delicious local’s delicacies. Our’s local experts pick the best caffe, bars  and beach bars in Perast: the best watering holes and nightspots for cocktails, wine and beer. Take a break from all …

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Things To Do

Perast Boat Tour - Our Lady of the Rocks

Meet your skipper at the pier – Start your Perast boat tour ride towards the island of Our Lady of the Rocks – Visit church  Our Lady of the Rocks – Boat ride to Perast 

**Total tour time around 1 hours and 30 minutes

Perast Boat Tour - Our Lady of the Rocks - Blue Cave

Departure Perast – boat ride out of the Bay of Boka to the open sea  – Without stop slowly passing island Mamula – Visit Blue Cave and swimming – boat ride to submarine tunnel  –  visit islet and church Our Lady of the Rocks  – Boat ride to and visit Perast 

**Total tour time around  3 hours 

Kotor Old Town And Perast

Meeting in front of Old town of Kotor, walking tour with guide – Finishing walking tour – Perast – Boat tour to the island Our Lady of Rocks and visit to museum – Returning to Perast and visit Perast museum and free time in town – Coming back to Kotor

**Total tour time is 4 hours.

Highlights of Boka Bay

Kotor – visiting island Our Lady of the Rocks and city of Perast  visiting Roman mosaics in Risan – Crossing the bay with ferry – visiting modern part Porto Montenegro in Tivat  – Coming back to Kotor trough old road going across the hill Vrmac

**Total tour time is 4 hours 30 minutes.

Mini Montenegro

Departure from Kotor via roads offering stunning panoramic view- photo break – Arrival to Njegusi – Visiting the drier and village with complimentary tasting of famous Njegusi smoked ham and cheese, wine and brandy – Continuing to and visiting Cetinje and getting familiar with its history – Continuing to Budva – Visiting Old Town in Budva – Returning to Kotor

**Total tour time around 8 hours.

Ostrog Monastery

Transfer from Kotor to Ostrog Monastery – Passing by Perast, Risan, Lipci, Slano Lake, Niksic – Arrival to Ostrog Monastery – Free time to visit upper and lower Monastery – Departure to Kotor – Lunch break at a restaurant (of your choice) – Arrival to Kotor

**Total tour time around 6 hours.

Skadar Lake National Park - Virpazar

Departure from Kotor – Foto brake near St. Stefan – Arrival at the Virpazar Skadar Lake –  Boat ride on Lake Skadar (2 hours long boat tour with English speaking guide, with stop of 20 minutes for swimming. On the boat local homemade pastries with honey and cheese will be served) – Tour through the visitor center of National park – Visit to the local winery and vineyards – wine and brandy tasting – Departure for Kotor – Arrival in Kotor

**Total tour time around 8 hours.

Njegos Mausoleum Lovcen And Village Njegusi

Departing from Kotor with breaks for photo taking – Driving through the famous 25 serpentines the old road constructed in 1879 by Austro-Hungarians – Visiting National park Lovcen – Visiting Njegos mausoleum (461 steps to get there 🙂 ) – Visiting village Njegusi (FREE food and wine tasting of famous Njeguši smoked ham and cheese, wine and brandy) – Returning to Kotor with breaks for photo taking – Optional: ZIP LINE descent 

*Total tour time around 8 hours.

Old Town Kotor And Budva

Meeting in front of Old town of Kotor, walking tour with guide – Finishing walking tour, departure to Vidikovac viewpoint – Arrival at Vidikovac viewpoint, pause for photo taking – Departure to Budva – Arrival at Budva Old town, free time in town – Departure to Kotor – Arrival at Kotor

 **Total tour time around 4 hours

Montengro Coast Tour - Kotor - Budva - St. Stefan

Meeting and departure Kotor – Vidikovac viewpoint and pause for photo taking – driving to viepoint beach Jaz – photo pause – Departure to Budva – Arrival at Old Town in Budva – free time in Budva Old town – Departure to viewpoint St. Stefan – Arrival at viewpoint at St. Stefan – photo pause –    – Coming back to Kotor .

 **Total tour time around 4 hours

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Maritime Museum

Placed in former Palace of the famous Bujovic family, the Museum of the town of Perast offers to visitors evidence of many valuables from glorious past of this “nest of mariners”.

Among most attractive objects is the sward of Vuksa Stjepanovic from the late 15 century, decorated with marquetry, jewels, and three gild inscriptions. Original portrait of the Captain Marko Martinovic dominates the central hall, a man who taught Russian principles and boyars maritime skills.

Also, there is a portrait of  Admiral Matija Zmajevic and his sward with the family coat-of-arms, as well as auto portrait of a famous Baroque painter,  who was born in Risan, Tripo Kokolja, then several similar portraits of other maritime renowned persons from this area.


Besides trophy arms, national costumes and other ornaments, models of old ships are kept here as well as the Archives of Perast from 1441 till 1945.

Museum of the town of Perast includes Memorial Museum of the Viskovic family, where besides the objects of immense value there is a library with many maritime titles.

Travel Info

Tourist Information Desk

The Kotor Tourist Information Office is located just outside the Fortress Walls near the Sea GateIn the tourist office of Kotor, travelers are offered free tourist maps of old town Kotor, brochures and promotional materials.

Tourist Information Office

 +382 32 325 950
 +382 32 325 951
 [email protected]


 Stari grad 315, 85330 Kotor
 +382 32 325 947
 +382 32 322 886
 +382 32 322 886
 [email protected]


Residence Registration Office

 +382 32 520 013
 [email protected]


 Kotor Tourist Information Desk on Google Map

How To Getting There

Kotor by Buses

Buses are a convenient and economical way to get to Montenegro and to travel around.

Montenegro borders Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the North, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the East, and Albania to the South.  Eurolines buses travel from all over Europe though only go to Croatia or Serbia at present.  Check Eurolines for more information. If arriving at Dubrovnik airport you will first need to take a bus to the Main Station in Dubrovnik (Porto Gruz), 17 km away.  Travel time is about 30 minutes.  However, it is possible to flag down a yellow and green Globtour or an Atlas bus on the main road outside the airport (directly opposite the terminal building).  The bus leaves Dubrovnik at 1030 so should pass by at around 1100, you do run the risk that the bus may be full.

There are 2 daily buses from Dubrovnik Main station to Ulcinj, via Kotor, Budva, Bar, etc.  They depart from Gate No. 3 at 0700 and 1030.  On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays there is an additional evening service in 2030.  Fares can be paid to the driver who will accept either 100/120 Kuna or €15 for a single ticket.  There’s a 25% discount for children under 6 years.  In summer the buses can be full so booking in advance is advisable.  The bus stops at the border and in Kotor and continues onto Ulcinj via Budva and Bar.  Sit on the right side of the bus to best enjoy the beautiful views of Kotor Bay as the bus does not use the ferry at Kamenari, it takes about 2.5 hrs to get to Kotor.

The return trip bus from Kotor departs 0830 and 1500 with an additional service at 0710 on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

There is also a bus at 0930 and 1530 every day from Dubrovnik to Herceg Novi (€9 + €1 for every piece of luggage in the hold), and usually, stop if you wave them down on the main road outside the airport.  You will need a connecting bus at Herceg Novi to Kotor (€2 excluding luggage) and a bus every hour until about 2100.  For Herceg Novi – Dubrovnik routes see Visit-Montenegro.

Buses for the return journey from Kotor to Herceg Novi leave at 0550 and around every 50 minutes until 2120.  However, there are only 2 to 3 connecting buses per day from Herceg Novi to Dubrovnik so plan your journey in advance and allow for delays at the border.

Dubrovnik Main Bus station: + 385 (0)060 305070 or see their website Libertas Dubrovnik Dubrovnik bus station or Libertas Bus schedule

Local buses are frequent during the summer season, safe and reliable with low fares; €1 to Perast and €3 to Budva. Buses can be flagged down anywhere along the Kotor Bay coastal road.  Buses leave Kotor for Ulcinj at 1040, 1210, 1330 and 1820 and take about 2 hrs, stopping at the main Coastal towns along the way.

There are also minibusses at bus stations that are usually even cheaper, faster and more comfortable and often have to air-condition.

The contact number for the bus station in Kotor is + 382 (0)82 325 809.

For contact numbers of all the bus stations in Montenegro and the Herceg Novi – Dubrovnik routes see Visit-Montenegro.

Kotor by Flights

  • Kotor is just a 20-minute drive away from Tivat airport (TIV), which has convenient direct flights from the UK.  The Tivat airport information telephone number +382 (0)82 671 337 or +382 (0)82 670 930.  See below for flight information.
  • Montenegro’s capital city Podgorica has an International airport (PGD) and is about a 90 min drive away.
  • Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) across the border in Croatia can be cheaper and offers greater choice and by traveling via here you can include a visit into Dubrovnik Old town at the beginning or end of your holiday.  The journey to and from the Airport is usually a 90 min drive, though this does depend on possible delays at the Border crossing and/or the ferry crossing.  See Airport-Dubrovnik or call +385 2077 323 and +385 2077 3377
  • Flights from the UK
  • Flights take approximately 2 hrs 40 mins from London (Stansted, Luton, and Gatwick) to Tivat or Podgorica and about 2 hrs to Dubrovnik in Croatia. Montenegro Airlines and Jat operate scheduled flights to Podgorica and Dubrovnik and a number of other companies organize charter flights to all three airports during the tourist season. For last minute deals, try a Google search on ‘cheap flights Tivat’ or ‘cheap flights Dubrovnik’ or see German Wings.  Book well in advance to ensure a ticket during the summer high season.
  • Flights from the Netherlands
  • Jat Airways or Thomas Cook (from Brussels) offer the cheapest fares.  Aligned with Air France, Alitalia, and Lufthansa, Jat Airways does not enjoy the best reputation though it is IATA registered and has passed its 800 standards audits.  Jat flights can be rescheduled (in off-peak periods) and are fairly forgiving about overweight luggage.
  • Flights from Germany
  • From Frankfurt to Podgorica or Tivat with Montenegro Airlines. +382 (0)82 304 861/864/865.
    Seasonal charter flights from Hannover, Cologne or Düsseldorf to Tivat or Dubrovnik see TuiFly or Thomas Cook
    From Cologne to Belgrade (and take a train or flight from there – see below for details on the Belgrade to Bar rail service) with German Wings
    For other flights to Belgrade see Belgrade Airport. From Belgrade to Tivat and Podgorica there are 2 daily flights, more than 10 daily flights during the summer.
  • The following ‘screenscraper’ websites search hundreds of deals to find the cheapest flights: SkyscannerKayakTravelsupermarket
    Further screenscrapers to extend the search are Sidestep, Foundem (which is fast), Kelkoo, Momondo, Mobissimo, Nowfly and Openjet.

Kotor by Trains

Trains are cheaper than buses but a good deal slower, so book an express service where you can.

Trains link Belgrade (in neighboring Serbia) directly to Athens, Bucharest, Budapest, Istanbul, Ljubljana, Munich, Skopje, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Vienna, and Zagreb.

The Belgrade – Bar train journey is 476 km long and a quarter of its length is made up of tunnels and bridges, in total 254 tunnels including ‘Sozina’ at 6.17km long, and 435 bridges including the best-known ‘Mala Rijeka viaduct’, at 498m long and 198m above ground level. The first part of the journey is fairly uninspiring but all that changes as the train climb into the isolated Zlatibor region, gentle hills giving way to dramatic landscapes of towering mountains and deep gorges.  Beyond Kolasin the scenery becomes even more spectacular and if you suffer from vertigo be sure not to look down as you cross one of the highest viaducts in the world at almost 200m above the Mala Rijeka River.  Then it’s onto Podgorica, along with the shores of Skadar Lake before pulling up at Bar.

The journey is scheduled to take 8 hrs through the line is aging and needs major reconstruction work.  As a result, trains do not run at full speed, making for a more usual 10 hr journey time.

There are 4 daily trains, two of them run overnight (one of which starts at Subotica on the Hungarian border).  Several slow local trains run along segments of the line, they can be in a pretty bad condition and are often crowded.  International lines are generally safe, though tourists have been assaulted and robbed in the past, so don’t go flashing the Rolex about.

Travel from Belgrade Airport to Belgrade is 15km.  There is a bus that goes to Belgrade Train station every hour and costs about €1.50.

Montenegro Rail Information including the map

For international and local rail links to and in Montenegro, see Visit-Montenegro.

Rail, road, ferry, and general travel information to, from and in Montenegro.

Places Around



This is the most densely populated neighborhood of the Kotor municipality. It stretches out from Kotor on south, to river Ljuta on north, which actually represents the northern border of the municipality of Kotor, for some 7 km. This settlement is mentioned for the first time in 1260, in an inscription of Archive of Kotor, as Dabrathum, later Dobrota.

 Among many cultural monuments and remains from Illyrian and Roman period, we must mention the church of St. Ilija, erected in 12th century, situated nearby the Biological institute.

The church of St. Matija is also situated in Dobrota. This church was built in 1670, on the fundament of a former medieval church. It was built in baroque style. The most valuable works of art in this church are two marble altars and the famous painting “Madona with child”, work of Giovanni Belini.

 The church of St. Eustahije was erected in 1773. This church was also built in baroque style, containing altars that belonged to the famous families from Dobrota. This church preserve the paintings of artists like Paolo Verovese, Frano Potenka, Carlo Dalci and others… Particularly interesting is a collection of 52 pieces of lacework dating from 17th and 18th century.

There are several small churches in Ljuta but they are not active any more.

 Dobrota reached the height of glory in the 17th and 19th century. In that time Dobrota had the greatest number of ships in the entire Boka Bay. Dobrota was given the rank of maritime town in 1717, which does not mean that even before did not had a maritime tradition. In that time were built the illustrious mansions of families Dabinovic, Tripkovic, Ivanovic, Radonicic, etc…



The settlement Ljuta is situated in the heart of Boka Bay, on northern side of Kotor. It’s about 7 km away from Kotor. In its centre, there is a baroque church dedicated to St Peter, which stands on a raised and enclosed pave plateau, almost by the seashore. It is built of ashlar transported from Korčula. According to archive sources, the construction works took several decades and were finished in 1780. The year and a mention of the patron saint are chiselled on the west facade. The interior consist of a spacious nave covered with a ceiling and a somewhat narrower altar space which square in plan and vaulted; via ribs, the vaulting resists on the corner pilasters. such lay-out is reminiscent of Our Lady of Rocks of Perast that obviously served as an example to the masons.

There are three marble altars in St Peter’s Church. The principal one has a pala d’altare depicting the titular saint with angels.

The south altar, donated by Captain Luka Radimir, is dedicated to St Luke and bears a representation of a group of holy personages. Both paintings have come from member of the artistic circle around the Venetian master Fonte Basso. The north altar has an icon of the Virgin with Child, in a silver icon-cover, wich belongs to the so-called Hodgetaira type. The icon is specially venerated by the townsmen of Ljuta due to a vow given during the 1855 cholera epidemic.

The altar itself was donated by the Dabinović family who were respectable seamen and carried out in 1803 by Michele Girardi, a not-so-renowned artist from Venice.



This small location is situated on the north of Kotor Municipality, separated from Dobrota by the river Ljuta. Traditionally, this is a maritime and fishing village. In the past, this village was the birth place of many famous captains and it had a fleet of 28 ships.

Above the village there is a church of St. George, containing the frescos from 15th and 16th century. The iconostasis is the work of local artist Spiro Djuranovic.


Drazin vrt,

There is no so small place which is gave so many famous sailors such as Dražin vrt, village with fifteen houses, which is situated on the route to Perast, and also,there are no so many rare families with a large number of famous shipmasters  such as the family Vukasovic. Among the famous shipmasters from this family,very successful navigators,soldiers, and writers,we can mention Miloš Vukasovic, who was maritime architect, and who built one of the most beautiful ships in Argentina, from 1870 to 1908.



is situated opposite the Verige strait, on a foothill of the mount Kason. The remains found in the cave Spila, near Perast, testify to the early human presence on this territory. The town had been named after the Ilirian tribe Pirusta and had a very rich history.

This small baroque city was at its peak in the 17th and the 18th century. At that time, Perast had a merchant fleet of around 100 ships.

Two small picturesque islands are placed in front of Perast– the island of St. George (Sv. Djordje), which is the natural one, and the artificial island of Madonna of Skrpjela (Our Lady of the rocks).

On the island of St. George there is a small church, erected in 17th century and an old cemetery where most of the seafarer from Perast were buried.

The island of Madonna of Skrpjela has been artificially built by piling stones over a sea rock. The church had been erected in 1630 and contains a large collection of silver plates with relief showing the development of sea faring life in Boka. The interior of the church is decorated with 68 paintings by Tripo Kokolja, one of the most famous baroque painters, originally from Perast. On the right altar there is a painting of St. Roko, the artwork of Italian painter Tiepolo.

The edifice connected to the church contains a small museum with magnificent collection of paintings.

There are also several beautiful mansions in Perast that belonged to ancient local families.


Mansion of family Viskovic, erected in the 18th century.

Mansion of family Zmajevic, erected in the 17th century, built in renaissance style.

Mansion of family Smekja, erected in the 18th century.

Mansion of family Bujovic, the most beautiful example of baroque architecture in Boka, erected in the 17th century. Today, the mansion hosts the city museum with a very rich collection of documents, paintings and objects related to the naval history of this town.

Mansion of family Balovic,erected in the 18th century.

St.Nichola’s Church is located in the main town square. I was founded in the 17th century.

The church of St. Ana is placed on the hill above Perast.

The church of St. Antun was built in the 17th century, together with the monastery.

The church of St.Ivan the Baptist was built in the 16th century.



is the oldest settlement in Boka. Risan dates back to the 3rd century BC and it had been the capital of the Illyrian state. According to the legend, the Illyrian queen Teuta took refuge in this town under the invasion of Romans. In Risan there were discovered the remains of he roman mosaics dating from 2th and 3th century AC. In the central part of the mosaic is represented the deity of dreams Hypnos – the only known image of this kind on the eastern shore of the Adriatic.

Risan is one of the biggest archealogical location in our country, specially the part situated opposite to the hotel „Teuta“ called Carine.

The church of St. Petar and Pavle, also situated in Risan, was erected in the18th century.

Near Risan there is the Monastery Banja which has a large collection of ikons, of the local painting school Dimitrije Daskal – Dimitrijevic. This monastery was built in 18th century.

Not so far from Risan there is a place called Lipci, known by the prehistoric draws painted on the rock. This rock paintings were made back in iron age, in 800 BC.



On the road, 8 km from Risan, is situated Morinj, which is developed in one of the bigggest fishing village on the west coast of Boka Kotorska bay.It is very old maritime place which  residents took part in many battles on sea and also in maritime labors which were opening new trading ways, but also they managed to open the school which was on national language, such as the school in this village, established in 1803.In Morinj was starting with work the library.In this place,with their abilities and labors in maritime battles, it is very important to mention The family Milinovic, and also the captain Tomo Đurov Milinovic(1770-1846), who was famous for his affairs, because he was a cannon-founder and also he was a leader in the rebeling of Serbian

leader Karadjordje.

The event which makes this place very special among the tourist destinations is “Wedding in Morinj”.



is situated in a green oasis of chestnut, by whom it was named on.It is a place of sailors and fishermen, with very preserved traditional physiognomy on this location. Kostanjica possesses a lot of laurel flounders, which its residents collect very laboriously, and after that reproduce essentialoils, usually for a foreign markets, which is very important for the tourist promotion of this place in the world.

Kostanjica is the last location in this part of  the coast of Boka Kotorska.



is situated on the northeastern side of hill Vrmac, opposite to Perast. The upper village is situated in chestnut forest on a 240 m of altitude. This part of village preserved it original physionomy. Today thiss part of Stoliv has only 15 habitants, because most of the people have moved away to downtown. In centre of the village is situated the church of St. Ilija.

 Stoliv was given the rank of maritime town in 1721. In this part of Boka grow many types of fruits and flowers, specially the camellia by whom Stoliv became famous. In this part of village is situated the church of St. Maria with a few paintings of slovenian artist Josip Tominc.



is situated on the eastern side of hill Vrmac, opposite to Dobrota. It’s present appearance got during the 16th, 17th and 18th century. Among the oldest cultural monuments are included the church of St. Toma situated in upper part of the village, erected in 9th century. Today, this church is not active. Near this church there is also a church of St. Ivan, erected in 1221. Particulary interesting is the mansion called „Tre sorrelle“ (three sisters), a unique edifice built in 15th century. This mansion was the property of noble family Buca. There is a legend conected to this mansion about a tragic love of three sisters who were inloved with the same sailor.

 Prčanj reached the highest point in it’s development in the 18th century. Prcanj was given the rank of maritime town in 17th century, with all the benefits that it brings.

A naval captain, originally from Perast was the first person from this territory who circumnavigated the world with his ship called „Splendido“.

 The most attractive monument is parish church which is withal the biggest structure on this part of adriatic coast. The construction of the church started in 1789., and it was finished in 1908. The church was built in rennaissance-baroque style, it preserve the paintings of local artists like Tomo Rosandic, Milo Milunovic, etc…

 In this village is also situated a special hospital „Vrmac“ specialised in treating asthma and allergies. 



is the old fishing village, situated on southeastern side of hill Vrmac, opposite to Kotor and south part of Dobrota.


The inhabitants of this village were fishermans, but they were poor and they could not invest in building religious facilities.



Bigovo Valley belongs to the locality of Donji Grbalj between Budva and Tivat. It is deeply pulled in the dry land and for such a position it used to be a fishing port which the fishermen used as their shelter from the storm. Nowadays, it is inhabited fishing place and a port. It is famous for the healing sand, which is found at the very end of Bigovo valley, and for a rocky beach, fine fish and fishing fiests.



A number of churches and a monastery are located in this area. The monastery Podlastva is not only a religious monument, but also a historical symbol of Grbalj. Many significant decisions were made in this church.

This monastery was damaged in the earthquake in 1979. The interior is decorated with frescos, work of local painter. There are also many small, village churches that where damaged during the 1979 earthquake. Most of them were decorated with frescos and contained iconostasis from 17th and 18th century.


Currency And Money

In Montenegro uses the euro (€) and all prices is in that currency. The coins in use are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and You’ll find banks with ATMs

The change of the foreign currency for example dollar and others is provided by the exchanges, banks and post offices.

Bank in Montenegro

The major banks in Montenegro are  CKB – Crnogorska Komercijalna Banka – NLB, Sosieted General, Lovcen, Prva,  Atlas Mont, Crnogorska komercijalna, Euromarket, Podgorička, Hipotekarna.

Credit Cards AND ATM

ATMs accepting Visa, MasterCard ,Diners, American Express and others. In most hotels and larger restaurants and supermarkets you can pay by credit card.

Western Union transfers can be made at most banks and major post offices.

Smaller towns and villages are not prepared for these services and therefore it is sometimes difficult to exchange. It is suggested that when visiting small towns bring Euros for any case.

Opening hours post office and banks

The largest number of post office is open from 08.00 to 20.00 hours. During the summer, the coast and more.

Banks are open from 08.00 to 16.00 hours.

Climate in Kotor

The huge diversity of animal and plant species as well as the cuisine and culture of its people are due in no small part to the Montenegrin climate(s).  There are few places on earth where you get 3 distinct climate zones in such a small area.

1) The coastal zone stretches from the Adriatic Sea to the River Bojana in the East.  Characterized by long hot summers and short mild winters.  The following chart gives average data for Kotor.

2) The Continental Zone includes the Zeta plain and the Bjelopavlici plain and the Bojana valley and the Skadar Lake.  It is warmer here in the summer than on the coast though also colder in winter.

3) The Mountain Zone has a sub-alpine climate with cold snowy winters and moderate summers.  Even in mid-July, you should pack some warm clothes for the evenings.


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Medical Services

Emergency Clinical Center (For all emergency medical treatment for adults and children) – same building as Psychiatric hospital 

address: Dobrota bb,  85330 Kotor

Phone: 124

GPS: 42.437720, 18.765973

Emergency Clinical Center on Google Map



General Hospital (For all emergency medical treatment for adults and children)

address: Škaljari b.b., 85330 Kotor

phone: +382 (0)32 325 601

e-mail: [email protected]


 This hospital has told us the following things:

  • they have English speaking staff
  • it’s a public facility
  • they are affiliated to the Ministry of health of Montenegro
  • specialisations are in Internal division, Anesthesia and resuscitation, Gynecology and Obstetrics and surgical department as well as Children’s department
  • they have experience of representing British nationals
  • you won’t need to pay for treatment if you are insured with NHS
  • EHIC Cards are not accepted; repayment plans aren’t available
  • they can provide services for all Montenegrin municipalities

GPS: 42.420586, 18.763525

General Hospital on Google Map




Psychiatric hospital (for specific medical treatment not offered in the Emergency Clinical centres)

Address: Dobrota bb,, 85330 Kotor

phone: +382 (0)32 330 920 and +382 (0)32 330 921

e-mail: [email protected]


 This hospital has told us the following things:

  • they have English speaking staff
  • it’s a public facility
  • they are affiliated to the Ministry of health of Montenegro
  • specialisations are in the treatment of serious mental disorders, such as clinical depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Institution is for patients with addiction disorders as well.
  • they do not have experience of representing British nationals
  • you will need to pay for treatment
  • EHIC Cards are not accepted; repayment plans aren’t available
  • they can provide services for all Montenegrin municipalities

GPS: 42.437720, 18.765973

Psychiatric hospital on Google Map

Main Bus Station in Kotor

Bus Station contact information

email: [email protected]


phone: +382 32/325-809

Fax: +382 32/325-126

address:  Ul. Put Prvoboraca bb, Kotor 85330, Montenegro

GPS: 42.421081, 18.770142

Kotor Main Bus Station on Google My Maps


Rent A Car

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Perast (Пераст) is  situated  12 km  west  from  Kotor (Котор) and epresents  the  best  preserved  baroque  area  in  the  Adriatic (Jadran, Jadransko more, Јадран, Јадранско море). The  town  reached  the  highest  point  in  it’s  development  in  the  17th and  18th century  along  with  the  strengthening  of  it’s  own  navy. At  that  time  the  most  beautiful  buildings  arose  in  this  fortified  town. The  palaces  of  the  famous  naval  captains  from  this  area  belong  to  the  baroque  style  and  they  were  built  at  the  time  of  the  navigation  flourished. The  most  famous  of  them  are: The  Bujovic  from  the  year  1693, The  Zmajevic, Badovica  and  Smekia.

The  most  prominent  cultural  monuments  are:

– The  Church  of  St. George’s  (Crkva Svetog Đorđa, Црква Светог Ђорђа)
– The  Parsons  Church
– The  Lady  of  The Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela, Госпа од Шкрпјела)
– The  Church  of  St.George’s is founded  in  the  period  from  15th -17th century. It  has a rich  church  treasure.

The  Parsons  Church, whose  building  started  in  the  year  1740,  by  the  project  of  the  Venetian architect Gisele  Beati. Only the belfry  and  apse  were  built  whereas  the  shape  of  the  church  as  a  whole  is  known  thanks  to  well-preserved  wooden  schemes.

The St. George’s church erased up  in  the  islet  in  front  of  Perast. It  belonged  to  the  Benedictine  moister  built  in  the  12th century.

The  Lady  of  The Rocks, the  baroque  church  built  in  the  year 1630, in  the  artificial islet  in  front  of  Perast, in  which  there  was  the  small  chapel  in  1452. It  owns  a  rich museum with a collection of paintings of the famous  Italian  artist. The  church  has  been  decorated  with  68  paintings  by  Tripo  Kokolja  a  painter  from  Perast the  most  famous  name  of  our  baroque  painting  art  from  the  end  of  the  17th century.