Kotor Bay was on my destination wish list since I saw @cupofherbaltea on Instagram. For some reason, I don’t think about it often.
But I realize I can make my dream come true easily and immediately by buying an aeroplane ticket. That would be fun, but I needed almost two years to realize this dream! Sometimes the only thing stopping you is yourself. :)
We don’t have a direct flight from Dnipro to Podgorica (nearest airport to Kotor). It takes one day to get there (via Vienna), and I can say it’s a nice reason to drop in on the cozy Viennese streets.
As I travel in the very low season, all tickets costs around €200 (round-trip via Vienna).
From Podgorica, you are better off taking a taxi to your destination. As Montenegro doesn’t really have a taxi app, you can book the taxi by using a WhatsApp number or asking the hotel staff.
• Get cash. Taxi drivers accept cash only.
• Buy a local SIM card. I have a Ukrainian SIM and British SIM, roaming with either one is pretty expensive here.
• Download an offline Google translator because local people know Russian better than English, although knowledge of either is poor.
Also, you can rent a car, but honestly, it is not how I like to travel. I don’t feel like I'm a sufficiently skilled enough driver to drive on the narrow mountain roads here. :))
Where to stay
The heard-shaped silk velvet jewelry tray from Vœu du Cœur
I can say without a doubt that I found the very best location. The view from my balcony was breathtaking. The apartment was surrounded by stunning medieval villas protected by UNESCO.
I have high expectations for places where I stay. It was hard to find somewhere suitable, but I did, and now I can share it with you.
my 50 shades of beige
My apartment is in Vacanza hotel with a sea view from the third floor. I love the minimalist design. It is a pretty apartment with a kitchen and a nice bath. Everything is clean and fresh. I believe it was built at the start of 2019.
It takes three minutes to get to the sea.
There is a lovely restaurant called Stari Mlini (which translates to Old Mills). It's open from 12 pm to midnight. Here you can have an amazing brunch or a late dinner..
I was truly overwhelmed by the taste of food there!
Within 10 minutes of walking by the seaside, you'll find a lovely shop with cheese, fish, and wine called Cogmar Shop.
What to do
It is about 10 minutes to Kotor by taxi. I was pretty happy to stay in Ljuta. My view here was better, and Ljuta is more deluxe. I haven't found any shops like Cogmar in Kotor.
I had a stroll around Kotor old town, but because it was the end of January, everything was closed.
If you are an introvert, you will love how peaceful it is there in January. It's as if you have the whole place to yourself.
In January there are no tourists, no tours, no activities, but...there is gorgeous warm weather. What else do you need?
If you want to see the city from the water, no problem! You can take a boat trip.
Here is my picture from when I visited Perast.
Perfect time for a recharge, study, and a digital detox.
To sum up:
- January is good time to visit Kotor Bay.
- You can find the very best view in the apartment where I stayed in Ljuta.
- Cash, local SIM, offline translator needed!
- There is no good coffee, but there is a great view!
• Good for solo travel, digital detox, work.
I will definitely come back, solo or with my boyfriend!
Here is mine — Vacanza
Beautiful ones near:
Modern & Chic apt
Taxi driver (just text in Viber/WhatsApp):
+382 69 710549
+382 69 272 556
All photos in this post were taken by me only. Yes, my portraits too! iPhone timer is the way to go!