Why choose a cruise to Kotor?

A Kotor cruise will leave you breathless. This stunning medieval town rises from the glassy waters of a deep fjord, and is encircled by majestic mountains. Just around the corner you’ll find the beautiful Bay of Kotor, with its craggy cliffs, sleepy villages and delightfully secluded beaches.

Kotor itself is a stunning, atmospheric city, surrounded by medieval walls. It’s a labyrinth of winding alleys, narrow stone steps, Venetian palaces and ornate churches, with a surprise around every corner. You’ll never want your Kotor cruise to end.

Islands off Kotor Montenegro

A guide to Kotor’s hotspots

Spend some time wandering around the bougainvillea-draped alleyways of the old town, exploring its many attractions. Marvel at the ornate buildings lining the large city squares, and the impressive blue-domed church of St Nicholas. We also recommend a visit to the old town’s quirky Cat Museum, which is crammed full of fascinating feline memorabilia.

For the best views in Kotor, take the Old Fort Trail (also known as the Kotor Ladder) which zig-zags up the mountain behind the town, following the direction of its walls. You’ll reach the Castle of San Giovanni, an atmospheric fortress that you can explore, climbing on the walls and ramparts as you enjoy panoramic views of mountains, bays and islets.

Take a boat trip around the Bay of Kotor and you’ll find yourself in a world unchanged for centuries. Pass unspoilt villages and crumbling monasteries as you traverse the glassy waters, and stop for a swim on one of the secluded sandy beaches.

If you can manage to tear yourself away from Kotor then take a trip to nearby Budva, the most popular tourist resort in Montenegro. It has an old town to rival Kotor’s, but it’s also well known for its beaches. The Budva Riviera is a strip of golden sand that stretches for 20 miles along the coastline, lapped by the deep blue waters of the Adriatic.

Kotor Medieval Town Montenegro

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Kotor

Marella Cruises

Norwegian Cruise Line

MSC Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The best time to visit Kotor

The most popular months for a Kotor cruise are during July and August, when temperatures average 25°C, often rising to the low 30s. The lakes, fjords and beaches will be particularly inviting at this time of year.

Why not consider taking a Kotor cruise for a Valentine’s treat? In February the weather ranges from 8°C-13°C, which means you won’t get too hot if you go hiking. What’s more, the streets come alive with the Kotor Carnival, a heady mixture of masked balls, parades and fireworks.

Budva Montenegro

Did you know?

  • In 2016, Lonely Planet named Kotor the world’s most beautiful city
  • Kotor is renowned for being the city of cats, with hundreds of felines sunning themselves in its alleys and squares.
  • Kotor is a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Montenegro is one of the world’s newest countries – it only gained independence in 2006.