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Perast & Petrovac, Montenegro

While Budva and Kotor are the highlights of any Montenegro trip, there are a couple of other cities worth visiting if you have time.

The first is Perast, a tiny town nestled in the stunning Bay of Kotor.

Perast Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Perast Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Perast Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Perast is so small that it only has one main street which visitors are not allowed to drive on. Instead, you must park your car on either side of the town and walk in.

Perast Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Despite being a quaint village, Perast is filled with churches and grand palazzos. It has a strong Venetian feel to it, but with its own unique Montenegrin charm.

Perast Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Perast Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

You can tell it’s a small town when the houses are simply numbered. “What is your address?” “House 4 in Perast, Montenegro!”

Perast Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones love Perast too, so much so that they bought a house here. Probably not House 4, I’m guessing!

Perast Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

From Perast you can easily reach two of the Bay of Kotor’s tiny islands by boat. Sveti Dorde rises from a natural reef, and houses a Benedictine monastery. The other, Gospa od Škrpjela, was artificially created around a rock where someone saw the image of Mary, and now hosts a church.

Perast Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

In addition to Perast, Petrovac is another beautiful city in Montenegro. It’s located along the Adriatic Sea, and ancient Romans liked it so much that they built their summer villas along the bay.

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

I liked it too. I spent the day alternating between laying in the sun working on my tan, and sitting in the shade cooling off with a drink. I know, rough day right?!

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

As pretty as the beach is, it’s composed of tiny red pebbles and small stones instead of fine sand. So you may want to layer two towels when you’re lying on it to make it more comfortable.

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

After a day in the sun, I wandered along the esplanade, which is lined with restaurants, bars and shops. It’s worth noting that shop owners in Montenegro consider it polite to walk around the store with you, in case you have any questions. So don’t be alarmed when you feel like they’re watching your every move. It’s not because they think you look suspicious! I hope…

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

You can also find ice cream along the esplanade for only €0.60. With prices that low, it’s temping to grab some every time you walk by!

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

After exploring the town a bit, I headed to the 16th-century Venetian fortress at the end of the beach, near where local men were fishing for the night’s dinner.

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

From the top of the fortress, you can see the entire city.

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

You can also take in stunning views of the water, and the unique rock landscape along the shore.

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

I spent the next hour sitting on its stone walls, watching the sun set.

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

Petrovac Montenegro Wanderlust in the City

It was one of the most soothingly beautiful moments of the entire trip.

~A

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