Kotor travel guide
Montenegro is located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea and this fabulous country is attractive in many respects.
Montenegro tourists should consider the local resorts for several reasons: relatively low prices, visa-free for European countries and rich architecture. A trip to Montenegro will leave a lot of positive emotions and memories. Among the many resorts, the most interesting is the city of Kotor.
A brief history of the city
Kotor was formed by the Roman Empire as a port. The official year of foundation is 168 BC. In that era city was called the Decaderon. Independence was obtained only in 1371 and from this point was considered the largest handicraft, trading city. Since the mid-14th century an alliance with Venice was concluded due to the threat of the Ottoman invasion. This left an indelible mark on the architecture of the coastal resort. Ancient buildings and streets passed from era to era until 1979. It was then that a strong earthquake occurred that razed almost half of all historical monuments to the earth. Since then Kotor has come under UNESCO control and is considered part of the heritage of mankind. Kotor particularly did not participate in the civil war of Yugoslavi and at the end became part of present-day Montenegro.
The cultural life of Kotor
The city is interesting not only for its rich history, but also for cultural events. The following events are held annually:
Kotor Art Festival
First time it was organized in 2007 and with each opening it gathers more and more participants from more than thirty countries of the world. The festival program is diverse: festivals of children's theater, music orchestras, chamber singers, artists and architects / sculptors. During the event, more than 50 sites operate in the old city and lasts almost the entire month. The festival begins in early July. The grand opening and closing takes place on the main square of Kotor: St. Tripun's Square.
International summer carnival
It begins on July 31 and lasts only three days. During this time, many people participate in a colorful procession, and tourists enjoy the holiday atmosphere. Concerts, various competitions are held. The carnival opens in the Square of Arms, and the final procession makes its way from the coast to this square.
Art lovers will definitely appreciate the diversity of culture and creativity. Having visited these holidays of life, it is difficult to remain indifferent.
Sights of Kotor
The resort with its size leaves an impression of a village rather than a city. This circumstance is only in the hands of the tourist. For a first impression, you should go to the embankment of the Bay of Kotor. MThete are many yachts and liners against the backdrop of a mountainous sea landscape. Such a sight will constitute a correct understanding of life and the passage of time in these places. A visit to the old city is the reason why tourists visit Kotor. A variety of castles, cathedrals and ordinary houses. The entrance itself looks like an ancient fortress. Among all historical monuments it is worth highlighting the following:
Northern river gate. A small boat trip along an ancient building. It sounds very romantic and alluring. Domes of cathedrals rise from behind the walls, and mountains surround the whole city. The northern part of the fortress was erected to protect against the Turkish invaders and seems truly impregnable.
Many palaces and cathedrals, houses of noble families of the past, made in the Venetian style. Connoisseurs of architecture and history will have a rich tourist program.
A visit to the resort town of Kotor will appeal to tourists with a variety of preferences. Rocky beaches, architectural monuments of the old city, streets with ubiquitous outdoor cafes. Fans of outdoor activities will be interested in climbing the mountains and paragiding above old City. In this place on the bay there is something for everyone.