By picking new places while planing getaways, we always increase our risk to be disappointed by the new destination. What if people are not nice? What if food ain’t great (not to say awful!)? What if the place is not as nice as pictured?
What I certainly love about being a traveler vs being a tourist is that I don’t care about those what ifs and I haven’t had to regret any of my choices yet. TOUCH WOOD (What? We all need a superstitious episode once in a while).
I definitely have to thank my wanderlust for the choices I have made so far, as it has allowed me to discover fantastic (and less fantastic but still fantastic, if this makes sense) places, to taste interesting (interesting good and interesting super weird) food and to meet strange (sometimes weirder than I would like to, to be fair, but it is part of the game I guess) people, locals and travelers.
My wanderlust took me to a beautiful place and I am very much delighted this week to take you to Kotor, a lovely coastal town on the Adriatic sea.
- It was built between 12th and 14th
- It’s filled with medieval and Venetian architecture
- Its old town is fortified with walls that are up to 15 meters wide and 20 meters high
- It is located in the Kotor bay and an hour’s drive with of Dubrovnik
Kotor’s random and funny facts:
- It is one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic
- People call it the bay southern-most fjord but it is actually a ria, a submerged river canyon
- Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- You can read “what belongs to others we don’t want, what is ours we will never surrender” when you enter the old town
- Funny enough, Lonely Planet recently named Kotor first on the “top cities to visit in 2016” list
If you have only 24 hours in Kotor, have fun:
- Hiking up to the St John fortress ruin where you can enjoy a peaceful sunset (remember to pack enough water. It is steep and over here when it is hot and sunny, well it is hot and sunny)
- Wandering through the Old Town, checking its churches and its St Tryphon cathedral
- Enjoying some seafood and a cold beer on the Old Town’s main square known as the Piazza of the Arms
- Walking along the Kotor’s ancient walls
- Taking pictures of its clock tower and its narrow streets