After visiting Durmitor National Park, Tara river bridge and some challenging off-road driving we arrived to our final destination in Montenegro – Adriatic coast.
Bay of Kotor
Town Kotor is located along one of the most beautiful bays of Montenegro. The old town of Kotor is built during Middle Ages, between 12th and 14th centuries and listed as UNESCO World Natural and Historical Heritage Site since 1979 (to be more precise, UNESCO lists whole complex – Bay of Kotor, City of Kotor and surrounding territory).
In the Middle Ages Kotor was natural harbour on the Adriatic coast but this place was inhabited already about two thousand years ago. Our accommodation was located in Dobrota village, about 3.5 kilometres from Kotor however in reality it is sometimes even not possible to determine when one town ends on the coast and another one begins. Dobrota looks straight on to Mt. Vrmas and the seaside promenade of the town runs for several kilometres along the shore.
Numerous little stone jetties are splendid more than anywhere else. We booked our accommodation in Dobrota in advance, it was located in large private house. The main advantage of accommodation was that it was in quiet area with a large terrace and shady garden, about 20 metres from the coast.
The rest of our time in Montenegro we spent either walking around the town and enjoying the sun or visiting another towns and beaches of Adriatic sea. City walls of Kotor are very interesting (they are about 5 kilometres long, high up to 20 metres and up to 10 metres wide).
Very interesting site of Kotor area is an artificial island Gospa of Skrpjela (Lady of the Rock). According to stories seamen from Kotor and Perast created island bringing with their sailing vessels large stones.
There is a church on this island. Another very special is island of Sveti Stefan. In reality this is a town-hotel located on an island. It is connected to the mainland with narrow strip. Town was built in 15th century, it became town-hotel in 1960. Many famous persons have visited Svety Stefan. To visit island there is entrance fee but near entrance there are beautiful sandy beaches (one full day we spent there).
Our longest trip was to Skadar Lake. The Skadar Lake (Skadarsko Jezero) is the largest lake on Balkan Peninsula, it is situated on the far Southeast of Montenegro. Shore of the lake is full of bays, peninsulas and riffs, however it is most popular because of bird watching – there have been more that 280 bird species registered so far at the Skadar Lake, which is more than a half of the European ornithological fauna.