So this is the last post from our trip to Croatia & Montenegro back in October (I kind of took an unitentional blogging break and never got round to posting this). It was such a great trip and I’m dying to go back and explore more of both countries as they were both so beautiful!
So after exploring Perast and taking a boat over to Our Lady of the Rocks, we took a drive over to Kotor. I’d seen the views over the bay from the Old Walls pretty much everywhere online before we visited, so my only wish while we were there was to hike to the top to see it for myself.
We parked up in the shopping centre car park (we were amazed by how cheap this was – I think we got a discount for going to the grocery shop there too? We saw the car infront hand over their receipt with the carpark ticket to the guy in the booth, so we did the same and I think it came to under €5 for a good 3/4 hours parking) and then took a little walk over to the Old City.
We picked up a map from the tourist information centre just outside the front of Kotor Old City by the port and saw that the easiest route was starting at the left hand side of the city by the river. There’s two entrances, but this one seems to be the main one.
It was a little hard to find – you kind of just go up a street that looks like a dead end with houses and people’s washing hanging (4th photo in this post), turn a corner and there’s a woman sitting under an umberella taking admission fees. We paid a couple of euros each and started the ascent. I don’t think we were prepared by just how hard it was!
The walls are literally crumbling rocks with not so sturdy rock stairs on one side and a rock path on the other, though to be fair they were built around the 12th Century. We found it easier to walk up the path and down the stairs, which was what pretty much everyone else was doing too. I was amazed by how far up the mountain the walls actually go – they’re over 4km in length around the whole city going 1200m high to the Castle of San Giovanni at the top.
Sadly, we didn’t quite make it to the top. We got there quite late in the day, and the light was starting to go but we made it just over 3/4 of the way up in about an hour or so – I’d recommend about 3 hours to do the whole thing. I was so gutted that we were so close to the top and didn’t make it, though the views the whole way up were just absolutely stunning over the Bay of Kotor.
I’d love to go back again and see more of the country. Budva looks amazing, and so do the mountain regions. It’s definitely a road trip country! Have you been to Montenegro before?
Jasmin CharlotteDecember 13, 2016 at 10:02 am
Ahh your photos are so gorgeous! I looooooved Montenegro, it is such a beautiful country, climbing that wall was so tough!
AprilDecember 15, 2016 at 6:40 am
Thanks, Jasmine! I was so sad that we only spent the day there! There’s so much more that I want to see there. What parts did you visit?
LucyDecember 13, 2016 at 12:54 pm
Wow that looks like a steep climb!! I can’t imagine the views could have been THAT much more beautiful from the very top, I think it was a good idea to stop where you did 🙂 xxx
Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy
AprilDecember 15, 2016 at 6:41 am
That’s what I told myself – it’s just the same views just a little higher so I didn’t really miss out on too much haha!
LauraDecember 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm
Wow, these pictures are so gorgeous! The views must have been even more breathtaking in real life. I’d love to visit Montenegro one day 🙂 x
Laura // Middle of Adventure
AprilDecember 15, 2016 at 6:42 am
Thanks, Laura! Seriously, the views were incredible! One of my favourites from our trip. I really hope you get to visit one day, as it was so lovely!
Melanie FontaineDecember 14, 2016 at 9:58 am
This hike is definitely on my bucket list! I’ve wanted to visit Montenegro for a while already (almost more than I want to visit Croatia!) because the landscape there just looks so amazing. Hope you’re doing well! 🙂
AprilDecember 15, 2016 at 6:44 am
The landscape is definitely stunning there! I hope you get to visit one day (and pull in a stop to Croatia too haha).
darinaDecember 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm
Beautiful photos, I love the cobblestone streets and these views! Awesome!
AprilDecember 15, 2016 at 6:45 am
The views were amazing! I couldn’t get over being there in real life after seeing so many photos online.
Gemma EvansDecember 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm
Love the mishmash of buildings and cobbled streets, I bet it’s lovely and cool in the Summer. Amazing views!
LeeLeeJanuary 2, 2017 at 11:19 pm
Wow, stunning views. Thanks for sharing this.
Zoe HoweJanuary 3, 2017 at 1:31 pm
wow, I really want to go here. It’s not too touristy either is it? Definitely want to go before it becomes a tourist hot spot and less magical.
AprilJanuary 3, 2017 at 10:34 pm
Please do! Montenegro is absolutely stunning – I wish we’d have gotten a little longer to explore more of it, but all the more reason to go back!