On our second day in Dubrovnik, we took a day trip out to Kotor, a coastal town in Montenegro. Kotor is well-known for its Old Town, a well-preserved urbanisation with many medieval and historical monuments built between the 12th and 14th centuries, and also the magnificent fortifications which surround Kotor.
Getting to Kotor from Dubrovnik
We originally wanted to purchase return bus tickets which would have cost €29 per return ticket. The first bus leaves Dubrovnik at 7 in the morning while the last bus leaves Kotor at 6.50 p.m. in the evening. This website can be used to check for timings and rates. However, we found out later that it’s much cheaper to rent a car at €62 and split among the 4 of us (we also spent some euros to top up the fuel before returning the car). Renting a car is also more convenient for us as we did not have to be restricted by the bus timings. If you are also planning to rent a car, do make sure the rental company includes the “Green Card“, which is a form of insurance as it will be checked at the borders.
The drive to Kotor is supposed to take around 2 hours (for bus it’s also about the same duration), but as the traffic was quite heavy that day, it took us about 3 hours to reach Kotor. Remember to bring your passport because you are going to cross a border!
Tuđe Nećemo, Svoje Ne Damo
What belongs to others we don’t want, what is ours we will never surrender.
– Josip Broz Tito (quote is found on top of the Sea Gate)
After parking our car (parking rates range from €0.70 to €1.50 per hour, apparently there are some free parking lots but we didn’t seek them out), we walked through one of the three entrances, Sea Gate, to enter Kotor’s Old Town. Constructed in 1555, the Sea Gate was constructed while under Venetian rule (1420 to 1797). It was around 11 a.m. when we reached the Old Town, so we decided to refuel ourselves first before climbing the Fortifications of Kotor.