Flash back a few months ago and we were in Kotor, Montenegro, a stunning Eastern-European city only a few hours by bus from Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The title of this blog post is an another article I wrote for wanderingeducators.com on the 5 best history related things to do in Kotor. From an intense fortress hike, to a legendary church in the middle of the bay, Kotor is a must-visit for history lovers and adventure seekers. You can click here to read the full article :).
I loved Kotor both because it is gorgeous, and because pushing through crowds of summer-time Dubrovnik tourists got old very quick. It was so much quieter here. Kotor’s old town may be small, but the stone walls of its streets, and the bright orange tile roofs that cover every house carry all the romance and ambiance you could ask for. Even more amazing were the blue Adriatic waters, the mountains, the interesting history, and the dangerously delicious meat-filled pastries in every bakery to fall in love with.
These 5 Historical Activities are why you need to visit Kotor, Montenegro
1)Hike the Ancient Castle Fortress
When you arrive in Kotor, the first thing you’ll see are the massive stone walls of St. John’s fortress, which, while they ascend the mountain, seem to touch the clouds. The walls carry all the aesthetic of a centuries-old fortress, with crumbling rocks laced with green, overgrown nooks to explore, a historical church, and even the occasional goat. The hike itself starts from the very back of Old Town Kotor, and takes a good 30 minutes to an hour to reach the top. It’s a very steep and somewhat challenging climb for sure, but definitely worth it. The reward for trekking is a dazzling view of the city of Kotor and its immense blue mountains rising out of the bay that form the only fjord in the region.
The history of the fortress goes way back, as the mountain has been fortified since Illyrian times. Later, it was expanded under Venetian and Albanian rule. During the 16th and 17th century, the Ottomans successfully laid siege to the fortress and occupied the area twice. Finally, the fortress was a part of both world wars. It was controlled by the Austrians in WWI and the Axis powers in WWII, until it was liberated in 1944.
Want to read the rest? Click here. Thanks for reading and happy travels! -Izzy