Perast: The natural isalnd and St George Benedictine Monastery

Perast, Montenegro: A day trip from Kotor

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The Bay of Kotor, commonly called Boka Bay, is the largest bay on the Adriatic Sea and Europe’s southernmost fjord. The dramatic mountains plunge into the deep, tranquil waters of the bay. From the Adriatic Sea, a channel opens into an expansive inlet and on the north side is a narrow passage – only 340 meters across – called the Verige Straight that leads into an equally large body of water and directly to Perast.

Perast, Montenegro: Bay of Kotor Map

The city of Kotor is hidden in the furthest southern alcove of the bay, providing the town with natural protection from weather and invaders (for a time in history, a much coveted position). Many other small, historic towns dot the coast along the bay and a road conveniently connects the 66 miles of shoreline. A visit to the seaside town of Perast, a town north of Kotor and located directly across from the Verige Straight, was highly recommended by our Airbnb host.Perast: This way into town

Utilizing the local public bus (€1), it took a half hour to get from Kotor to Perast, where we were dropped off on the main square that fronts the water. So different from the walled city of Kotor, Perast has an air of a posh waterfront town, yet the feel of a fishing village.

Perast, Montenegro

A clutter of uniform stone buildings are stacked on the foothill of Mount St. Elijah with sea view cafes spilling out onto piers where small fishing boats float on crystal clear water. The church in the center of Perast has a soaring bell tower that stands out against the backdrop of snowcapped mountains, but seems slightly too tall for the town’s size.

Perast's church bell tower

Two islands sit just off shore: one is natural with tall evergreens surrounding a monastery (and prohibited to visitors) and the other is man-made with a Catholic Church and an intriguing legend.

Perast: Two Islands off shore

It is said that in 1452 an icon of the Virgin Mary was found by two fisherman on a reef that was barely exposed above water. Over the centuries, people visited that reef and dropped stones into the water where the icon had appeared. The popularity of this ritual grew to the point that entire ships were loaded with rocks and sunk into the sea on the very spot. All of those stones, rocks and ships created an island.

Perast: Lady of Our Rock Catholic Church

Perast: View from Lady of Our Rock Catholic Church

Perast: The natural isalnd and St George Benedictine Monastery

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Our Lady of the Rocks church was constructed in 1632 and is centered on the reef where the icon was seen. We paid €5 each for a local man to shuttle us out to the island in his boat. The church was closed, but the ride out to the island was worth it for the views alone.

Perast: Boat ride to the off shore islands

Even with a lack of ‘sights’ to see and mostly everything closed, we lingered in Perast until the late afternoon. As we were visiting in the off season, there were no other tourists around and even the locals seemed rather quiet, almost as if we had the entire place to ourselves. We slowly strolled along the shore from one end of town to the other watching fisherman tend to their boats.

Perast: Fishing boats

We settled in at a sea side table at the only open café on the shore and while locals sipped their coffee, we braved the potent, homemade grappa. Filled with awe, we admired our natural surroundings, feeling as if we had been let in on a secret that few others knew.

Perast: Looking out over the bay

We want to know: Have you been to Perast, Montenegro? What were your impressions of the small town? Tell us in the comments!

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30 thoughts on “Perast, Montenegro: A day trip from Kotor

  1. We were in Kotor and Perast this Spring. I felt the same way you did, as if we were discovering a secret jewel in the world few people know about. It is an incredibly beautiful sight of which I have seen little to compare it to. Perast is still pretty tourist free in the Spring so it felt like we were just hanging out with the locals. Amazing!

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  3. Martin plumb

    Were were just there in May we had coffee and cake at the cafe on the waters edge admiring the amazing views.

  4. Jon Dunn

    From Kotor, I took day trips by local bus to Herceg Novi, Budva and Perast. I loved all three – but Perast was the best. Such a quaint waterfront, with tables and chairs on the water’s edge, views to die for and rammed with former Venetian palaces. I was there in September, so a lot more was open, bars, cafes etc.
    Just totally idyllic! <3
    After Kotor, I headed south to stay in Bar, mainly to see Stari Bar and lake Skadar – but that's another story for another day 😉

  5. Oregon Follower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Are you sure your’re not at Disneyland? Everything is SO perfect and clear!! Too beautiful to be real!!

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