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Day trip to Kotor, Montenegro

Second port of call was the breath taking Kotor, Montenegro

Morning view from the ship
On last years cruise we made an unexpected stop in Kotor where I chose to do an excursion, which would take me up into the mountains (read about it here). This year I opted for the self guided tour of the old town instead. The distance from the ship to the town was mere meters away, or 5 palm trees if you're my mum, so not far to travel which is perfect. As I left the ship that morning to go on my early explore and I was greeted by several people wanted to sell me taxi journeys to see the surrounding areas, some were more persistent than others! I fought my way through, politely declining as I went, and soon made it to the city. The plan was to come back and go on the hop on, hop off bus tours to explore some of the towns further down the coast.

View from the ship as we arrived

Steps on the way up
Last year at the end of the excursion we had a walking tour of the city. Unfortunately it was late afternoon by the time we had arrived, so it was jam packed and after a while I just wanted to get out of there. This time I collected a free map from the information window, just outside the walls, and off I went slowly. As I passed through the gates my feet were on auto pilot taking me the same route as last time. I came across a cross roads which was when I decided to take control of my legs again and turn right instead of left! Just a couple of meters later I came across some stone steps, with a sign saying Fortress. This caught my eye and off I went up the steps to see what I could find. I encountered a guy sat there under his umbrella, with a till, waiting to take a small sum of €3 to allowed me to pass. I also got given a map to shows me the routes I could take along the city walls.

Steps on the way up

Path on the lower level of the city walls

Up I went, and in flip flops too...I know not sensible! The steps started off in an alright condition and then slowly started to become loose stones and it just got worse the high I went. I stop a few times along the way to take in the views over the city and down the fjord. It was amazing some of the homes hidden on the way up, I kept wondering to myself what it would be like to live up here. I continued up and across the lower level of the walls, taking in the sights of the city from above. The sea of terracotta roofs was remarkable. I chose to not continue up higher and instead head back down to the city and explore some of the streets, before heading back for the hop on hop off bus tour. I loved the little side streets, the high walls and narrow paths. You were able to find hidden gems down each one.

View from the lower level of the city walls

View from the lower level of the city walls

I arrived back at the ship to collect my mum and grab the bus tour but to my shock it appeared that we had missed it and was informed that it was stopped for the day. With our plans up in the air for the afternoon we headed back towards the city to see if we could find something else. As we walked along the dock my mum spotted a boat trip being advertised, so we went to investigate. There were two options, a three hour trip (well worth it if you had a full day) or an hour and half trip, due to the time constrainte we went on the shorter one but had to wait an hour and half for the next trip. This set off my anxiety and I spent the next hour and half, grumpy faced, worrying about all sorts like what if we missed the ship, what if something happened, I didn't have a contact number on me for the ship, how would we get to the next port etc... So you know how silly it was to worry, we had until five to be back on the ship, and we were going to be back on the dock about three, which is right in front of the ship!

View from the entrance of the city

On the island "Our Lady of the Rocks"

On the island "Our Lady of the Rocks"

The boat ride we picked took us up to the Pusica, Perast and then a hop over to see the two island just off the main land. One of them is called Sveti Dorde Island, it has a monastery and is a natural island. Where as the other one called "Our Lady of the Rocks", has a church and is artificial. It is created by a bulwark of rocks and by sinking old seized ships loaded with rocks. We were able to get off on this one and explore for a bit.

From the boat on our return - see she is still here!

Speeding back down the bay of Kotor, surrounded by the mountains was just magical. It was very much one of those time that you needed to be present with your current surroundings and not off thinking about something else, or having your head down looking at your phone or camera. I always feel at peace when near the water and this scenery is breath taking.

Once back on dry land all that was left for us to do was to wander back to the ship and grab some food. The boat trip was a perfect way to end the day and I am glad we didn't back out. Thanks mum!

Sailing away from the beautiful Kotor

Until next time Kotor, I will be back!

Read about the first port on the cruise Valletta, Malta 


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