Waking up in the Bay of Kotor was interesting. I looked out and saw that we were in a small body of water surrounded by high mountains. The town was just visible through the haze and the sun was just coming up making the sky peachy-pink.
Over the course of the day we would learn more about this beautiful Bay.
Our tour started with a walking tour of Kotor old town, a 5-minute walk from the port where our ship docked. The photo below was taken once we were inside the city gate. It was still quite early in the morning and many of the stores and restaurants were not yet open.
Pictured below is a section of the ancient city wall.
Kotor is in the country of Montenegro, meaning Black Hills. A well-preserved Adriatic town, the city walls built during a period when Venice was in control of the region. In fact, some of the buildings have Venetian-style architecture. Kotor was first settled in Roman Times. According to Wikipedia, the earliest known settlement was in 168 BC when it was part of the Roman Province of Dalmatia. With 3,000 inhabitants inside the old town walls, Kotor is a smaller city than Dubrovnik, another Adriatic port, and it has just enough commerce to keep a couple of restaurants and hotels in business.
In Kotor, our guide took us into the Cathedral of St Tryphon.
In the sacristy of the Cathedral hangs an embroidery — a 25-year-long labor of love made by a local parishioner who used her own hair in the embroidery. The threads of hair became increasingly gray as she aged.
Our visit to the Bay was enhanced by a boat tour around the Bay of Kotor from the town of Kotor to the island called Our Lady of the Rocks.
Man-made, “Our Lady of the Rocks” was formed when fishermen saw Mary in the reef and began a ritual of dropping a stone on the spot every time they sailed by.
For over 200 years local people sank old pirate ships around the island. Eventually the island we see today was created, and upon that island was built a little “Our Lady of the Rocks” Church.
Below is an image of the altar in the Our Lady of the Rocks Church.
From the island you can get a beautiful view of the Bay of Kotor and the hills rising all around.
We had lunch at a restaurant overlooking the water. In the image below the restaurant extends out over the water.
After a tour of the Bay by small boat, we headed back to our cruise ship.
Come back for our next port: Venice. One of the best ports. You don’t want to miss it!