After an arduous two flights from Berlin via Frankfurt and then a two hour plus winding drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor, including a very archaic border crossing we arrived at our Hotel tired but in one piece. And woew was it worth it, with the most amazing bay and mountains all around.
Settling into the Hotel Casa del Mare Essence on the inner shores of the Kotor Bay at Dobrota we were very impressed with the amazing views over the bay and beyond to the Perast Mountains and the twisting bay entry. We dined on the jetty of the Konoba Barba and had a fabulous fish dinner and met a lovely NZ couple who were doing a big 3 month trip. The night ticked away at a balmy 25deg and the conversation flowed like the wine.
We explored the local area and then the Julie & David invited us to explore the old town with them as they had a car, so after lunch we piled into the little Peugeot for an afternoons adventure dodging the throng of tourist from the two big Cruise ships in town.
The old town of Kotor was still intact and not over done Tousitica YET so it was great to get around and take all the winding alleys, churches and fortress walls in.
Some of the Byzantine Frescos from the 8th century were being restored and were very similar to those in Venice.
The mountains dominate the skyline and the Fjord style of the bay makes for very drastic scenery.
The town was classic Mediterrainian but the oversized washing line was a tourist focal point that i think missed the point.
The Green doors of Kotor must mean something to the locals
The Old town walls are still very prominent which shows how critical both land and sea defences were. most of the current walls date back to the Ottoman invasions of the 15th to 17th centuries.
cannon and arrow options in the defences
Our new friends in Kotor Julie & David
The Hotel and the waterfront patio where we spent plenty of time at on our lazy day . Our stay in Kotor was short and sweet and then it was off to Korcula but first the drive back to Dubrovnik which was much more comfortable than the drive in. And the views were stunning as we wound our way along the edge of the bay.