Montenegro’s defining coastal feature is a vast inlet shaped like an angel’s wings and enclosed by the flanks of mountains. It would resemble a Norwegian fjord except for the Mediterranean vegetation and terracotta-tiled fishing villages that dot the shore. It’s a stunning scene and one which is top of the list for most visitors to Montenegro.
Also known as the Bay of Kotor, scenic Boka Bay boasts some of the best places to visit in Montenegro. It might be hard to tear yourself away from gazing at the incredible panorama, but you should make time to sightsee around the bay. Don’t miss historic Kotor town with its charming medieval heart, car-free Perast, and the island-church of Our Lady of the Rocks.
Top three things to do in Boka Bay
Explore Kotor Old Town
Protected by five kilometres of Venetian city walls, the pretty, stone-built town of Kotor seems largely unchanged since its medieval heyday. Climb the steps of the city walls up to the fortress for a fabulous view over the bay and mountains, visit the maritime museum or simply soak up the scenery at a café.
Wander the car-free streets of Perast
Italianate Perast enjoys a sunny, south-facing location opposite the narrow entrance to Boka Bay. Serving up faded grandeur, seafront eateries and a pair of beaches, this little village makes a great stop on a tour of the bay. For fabulous views, climb the bell tower of St Nicholas’s church.
Take a boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks
As if the fairytale backdrop of Boka Bay wasn’t pretty enough, twin islands adorned with churches make it even more picturesque. Mariners once saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary in this spot so to mark each safe return from a voyage they added another rock until an island formed. A guided visit to the church and museum reveals all.