From 1420 to 1797 Kotor was part of Venice and its architectural influence can be seen on the city's architecture. Kotor is one of the best preserved ancient cities and fortresses in the Adriatic Sea. Its walls, built through centuries, are approximately 4.5 km long. At 260 m above sea level is the top of the walls, the San Giovanni fortress.
St Anne’s Church, the Romanesque church dates from the end of the XII century and has frescoes dating back from XV century. There are the other old churches as St. Luke, St. Tryphon, St. Nicholas, old town theater called Napoleon’s, the Maritime Museum and numerous palaces blending of different, especially Romanesque and Baroque styles.
The bay is surrounded by high mountains, and nearby are the beautiful beaches Jaz, Trsteno, Blue Horizons, Dražin vrt.
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Boka Bay, the only fiord on the Mediterranean, was added to the list of twenty-five the most beautiful bays in the world.
Several smaller broad bays are united, forming one of the finest natural harbors and natural phenomena. Super Yacht Marina, Porto Montenegro is located in Tivat. Other major towns in the Bay are Kotor, Herceg Novi, Risan and Perast. There are two islets near Perast, Lady of our Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela) and St George, which are among the most important cultural and historical monuments of the region.
For its unique beauty, and mixture of different cultures, Kotor entered the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kotor is settled more than two thousand years ago. It was founded during the Roman Empire when it was known as Acruvium, and was first mentioned in 168 BC. From the Middle Ages is known as Kotor or Cattaro.
Just steps outside Hotel Hippocampus' doorsteps, the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon is one two Roman Catholic cathedrals in Montenegro. Housing the seat of Bishop Monsignor llija Janjić, this historic cathedral is a must see for all Kotor visitors.
While exploring Old Town Kotor, you will come across Kampana Tower. Enjoy the historic structure that provides breathtaking sights of the mountains from the observation deck. The tower originates from the medieval period when the fortification of Kotor was a huge priority during a war fueled ear. The tower stands today as one of the most visited fortresses in Montenegro.
Many guests take the 2-hour trek to Montenegro's Lovćen Mountain. Rising from the borders of the Adriatic basin, the mountain closes the long twisting bays of Boka and neighbors the Old Town of Kotor. Enjoy the breathtaking views and fresh mountain air during your hike and enjoy a landscape panorama view like no other.
Off the bay of Kotor, sits one of two islets. Known as Our Lady of the Rocks, this artificial island was created by rocks being loaded on old sunken ships in the sea by foreign sailors. Guests visit the island for the Roman Catholic Church, it's museum and small shops. Many like to soak up the history of its creation and enjoy the breezy air of the Adriatic Sea.
The second Islets off the coast of Persat in the Bay of Kotor is Sveti Đorđe. Unlike "Our Lady of Rocks", Sveti Đorđe is a natural island. The island is famous for its strategic positions during the Siege of Cattaro in 1813 when the British and Sicilian Naval forces captured it from the French. Today it contains the Sain George Benedictine monastery.
For more info on popular things to do in Kotor, Montenegro please visit the official tourism site.