The stunning beauty of Kotor Bay in Perast, Montenegro

the stunning beauty of Kotor Bay in Perast, Montenegro

Perast is a small town about 30 minutes away from Kotor. There isn’t much to the place and honestly not a heck of a lot to do there - except maybe look out at some of the most incredible scenery you’ve seen in your life.  I guess Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were as impressed as us because they bought a summer home here a few years ago.

The town has a population of approximately 400. It has a few churches, a bell tower that can be climbed, and a museum that by all accounts is worth seeing. But the most popular activities are 1) taking a boat ride out to the small man made island of Our Lady of the Rock and 2) having a drink or meal at one of the restaurants along the water and enjoying the views.

Below: Views of the two man-made islands of Abbey of St. George (left) and Our Lady of the Rock (right).

the islands of Perast, Bay of Kotor

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It took about 10 minutes by boat to reach the island of Our Lady of the Rock. While the church is small and not the most interesting we’ve ever seen, the boat ride was totally worth it for the views and the magical feeling of being out on the water.

boat at Our Lady of the Rocks, Perast

Below: the island was created by sinking old ships and re-enforcing the base with deposits of stones. The original church was built in the 15th century. The current church was constructed after the great earthquake of 1667.

Our Lady of the Rocks, Perast, Montenegro (2)

inside Our Lady of the Rocks, Perast

Our Lady of the Rocks, Perast

Kotor Bay, Perast, Montenegro

roof of Our Lady of the Rocks, Perast

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Below: heading back to Perast. You can see a few restaurants along the waterfront.

views of Perast

harbor views of Perast, Montenegro

 

We spent a couple of hours in Perast before heading back to Kotor. It’s not a town the requires a lot of time but it really should be seen while in the area just for it’s magical setting.

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views of Perast, Montenegro

Practical Information

- We took a bus from the bus station in Kotor. Blue Line buses leave every 30 minutes and take about half an hour to get to Perast. Tell the bus driver where you are going. He will drop you off on the hill overlooking the town (where I took the photo above). Note: When you cross the road to the town side you will see a car road going down into town right there. Don’t go down. It’s a private road with a dead end and an irate lady told us to get lost. Instead walk a little further along the road in the direction the bus was going. You’ll see another little road that ends about 20 feet down. Go down this road – there are stone steps that lead to where the bell tower is. The town should invest in proper signage.
- When going back to Kotor:  You can go back up to the main road to get the bus, OR take a bus that actually goes through town (i.e. along the road at the harbor). A lot easier than climbing the hill, the only thing is that this bus only seems to pass every hour.
- There is no ATM in Perast, so bring some cash for bus, boat ride, etc.  Restaurants take credit cards however.

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Related:  Photo Essay. Why Kotor, Montenegro, totally blew us away.

 
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  1. Great photos! Wow! it looks absolutely beautiful. I can see why Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones bought a summer house there. I’m just dying to eat at one of those restaurants on the waterfront!

    -Elizabeth
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    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Thanks Elizabeth! Who would have thought – Montenegro? But really is one of the most beautiful areas we’ve seen…

  2. Beautiful place,really wonderful Picture
    Thanks for sharing with us keep up it
    Have a nice week ahead.
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  3. I really enjoy reading your posts about places I have never been to and the wonderful photography.

    I do hope you keep it up!

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Thank you John for one of the nicest comments ever. Don’t worry, I wrote for many years when I had an audience of zero and will continue doing so :) But it’s always nice knowing there’s people looking at it on the other end and actually enjoying it.

  4. stunning beauty of Kotor Bay in Perast enjoyed a lot

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