The port of Kotor is extremely small, so our ship anchored in the bay and we tendered to shore on the emergency life boats. We never tendered on our honeymoon cruise so this was a first. I sure hope tendering is the only time I'm on one!!
To be perfectly honest, there isn't a whole lot to do in Kotor once you're on land. I really could have just sat on the boat and enjoyed the scenery, but we went exploring anyway.
Kotor is surrounded by an ancient city wall, and the Fortress Sveti Ivan is at the very top of the mountain. You can actually climb all the way up, but we only went about a quarter of the way. You actually have to pay for the climb, so Bo was not pleased with the hike or the cost but we are glad we went. Afterward, we didn't feel like we missed anything by not going to the top. Sure, the view would have been awesome, but several other passengers on the cruise (who were in shape!) were in pain for a few days after that hike. I don't mind a little exercise on vacation, but still - it's vacation!
|if you look closely you can see the fortress at the top|
The slippery stone steps made the climb harder than it should have been. Had I known this ahead of time, I would have worn tennis shoes instead of my cute sandals.
|Port of Kotor|
|our ship in the bay, from the highest point we climbed|
The rest of the pathway looked even worse than the path that took us here. Did I mention we didn't regret stopping at this point??
Instead, we strolled through the old town and learned a little bit more about Kotor.
|Towers of the Cathedral of St. Tryphon|
|St. Nicholas Church|
|the flag of Montenegro|
After our mini-hike and tour of the city, we had pretty much seen everything there was to see - in about an hour. We tend to do the sights pretty quickly and don't really like excursions, so this made for a pretty short day. We found a really cool rooftop bar/restaurant and just relaxed until it was time to head back to the ship.
|local favorite - squid stuffed with octopus. amazing.|
We tendered back to the boat, and sat on the deck with a few drinks to take in the view until the sun set. We had a great time in Kotor but I'm not sure it's a place we'll need to see again in our lifetime. Check that one off the list!
|Bay of Kotor|
|Our Lady of Rocks Island and the Island of St. George|
|Bo and his martini flight|
|my beverage - the drink of the day, creamsicle margarita|