The first is Perast, a tiny town nestled in the stunning Bay of Kotor.
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.
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.
You can tell it’s a small town when the houses are simply numbered. “What is your address?” “House 4 in Perast, Montenegro!”
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!
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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…
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!
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.
From the top of the fortress, you can see the entire city.
You can also take in stunning views of the water, and the unique rock landscape along the shore.
I spent the next hour sitting on its stone walls, watching the sun set.
It was one of the most soothingly beautiful moments of the entire trip.