We left at 8:30 for Montenegro, the pearl of the Adriatic.
Our first stop was Perast, an old town on the Bay of Kotor which lies beneath the hill of St. Ilija.
The remains of a Nelolithic culture 3500 BC have been discovered in the cave s of Spila above Perast.
Perast is a small town which used to be a border village of the Venetian Republic to the Turks, this small Baroque city was at its peak in the 17th and 18th century, it had a merchant fleet of 100 vessels at that time. Perast used to be a town of sailors and the inhabitants used to lead a luxurious life.
Rich in natural beauty as well as cultural and historical heritage, Perast has kept its original spirit and beauty, I find it more charming than some other must see places.
We went to Kotor after Perast for lunch and an afternoon stroll. Kotor has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Kotor is a coastal town, the old port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications which are about 5km long. The fortifications date back to the 9th century with the purpose to protect this medieval town. The fortifications are an integration of ramparts, towers, citadels, gates, bastions and forts built over the centuries by the Illyricum, Byzantium, Venetians and Austrians.
Kotor was an important artistic and commercial center in the middle ages. Many of its monuments were damaged by the 1979 earthquake and later being restored with the help of UNESCO.
St. Triphon’s Cathedral is probably the most impressive church in town which was built in the 12th century.
Kotor is a hidden gem in the Adriatic, not only its history, culture and tradition are being preserved within the narrow streets, squares, cathedrals and palaces. It is also considered to be the best preserved medieval urban entity in the Mediterranean.
The last part of our journey to Montenegro was a drive to Budva passing by the famous Sveti Stefan which is now the famous Aman hotel. Sveti Stefan used to be an adriatic playground for the rich and famous from the 1960’s to the 1980’s and is connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. This fortified village was built to defend against the Turks in the 15th century.
Budva is a coastal town well known for its sandy beaches, nightlife and casinos and these make it a desirable tourist destination .
Budva is a town of 3500 years old which makes it one of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic Sea coast.
We end this special day at Tivat where we took the ferry to the other side of the Bay of Kotor and headed back to our villa.