By Ross in Travel on Wed 02 July 2014. Tags: Montenegro
The overnight bus left Ohrid around 2300. Shortly after departing, we crossed the border into Albania (Lake Ohrid is on the border, so you could actually swim to Albania, though I am not sure what would happen if you did that). We spent most of the wee hours of the morning in Albania, during which I got some fitful sleep, and crossed into Montenegro around sunrise.
Since I could not take a bus all the way to Croatia, I had to pick a city in Montenegro to stop at. I decided to avoid the beach resort of Budva and headed to Kotor, a historic port city located at the end of a bay which I have read is Europe's southernmost fjord.
The old city is a small, triangular shaped maze of narrow, stone-paved streets and irregularly shaped squares. Cars are nowhere to be found. It has a Venetian feel to it, which is unsurprising given than it was under the control of Venice for over 300 years.
Here is one of the gates in the city walls which surround the old city of Kotor.
This is a sampling of the narrow alleys of Kotor.
Here are some of the squares:
This is the seventeenth century clock tower which is just opposite the main gate of the old city.
The highlight of my visit to Kotor was the walk up the fortress walls, which wind up the hillside above the city.
There is a warning sign at the entrance, but it is unclear exactly what the risk is.
The church of Our Lady of Health is located about a third of the way up.
I got spectacular views of Kotor, and you can easily make out the triangular shape of the old city.
This is a panorama showing the mountains and the bay behind the old city.
Here is the Bay of Kotor. The first picture shows the position of the old city relative to the bay.
This is Trg Sv Luka (St. Luke's square), seen from above.
I finally reached the fortress at the top:
Where I saw another pomegranate tree.
As I hiked back down, I took this picture of colorful towels hung out to dry.
Here is another alleyway and a closeup of the lamp which hangs there.
I really like this small, vaulted tunnel.
Finally, this dragon lives in the moat outside the city.