Monday, 7 November 2016
Montenegro - part 4
The last day of our holiday - visit to the Old Town of Kotor, in the Bay of Kotor.
Surrounded by fortifications, Kotor is one the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site.
It is probably one of the most visited towns in Montenegro and I imagine on most itineraries of Mediterranean cruises.
On the day we visited, one of the large cruise ships was in, just a very short distance from the gates of the old town.
Montenegro is being re - discovered as a tourist destination; it was very popular in 1980s, but tourism suffered for many years following Yugoslav war in 1990s.
The Montenegro government is set to make tourism a priority and a major contributor to the country's economy.
We visited neighbouring Croatia several times, but did not know quite what to expect in Montenegro.
All I can say is that we enjoyed our holiday very much and it was great to have the opportunity to see at least a part of this fascinated country.
The people of Montenegro are very friendly and we felt safe where ever we went.
Our coach driver was a wizard coming down the mountains, negotiating hairpin bends on 19th century roads (as our guide called them). It just got little "interesting" when we met a coach going in the opposite direction. But these guys know what they are doing.
I have come across this YouTube video, yes, that's the road!
Yes, some of the roads are very old, but new roads and tunnels are planned.
New hotels and holiday apartments are popping up everywhere, so may be now is a good time to visit, before it becomes too commercialised.
October is very much the end of the holiday season for Montenegro; despite the temperatures around 25C, the locals are wearing winter boots and jackets, where I was still wearing my cropped trousers and sandals. It is all relative :-)
And because of the time of year, we did not encounter any crowds in any of the places we visited.
It obviously looks all different in the summer.
Montenegro = Crna Gora = Black Mountain
I hope you enjoyed our trip.
And now - back to sewing!