It is said that the Bay of Kotor is one of the most breathtaking bays in the world. Majestic mountains preside over clear blue waters and sandy beaches. Yacht Charter moorings are available very close to town enabling you to enjoy the city as well as the sea. Let us help you plan a memorable Yacht Charter from Kotor, in Montenegro.
The Gulf of Kotor
This charming coastal town sits in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor, in Montenegro. Kotor was an essential Mediterranean port in the middle ages. It provides an excellent example of medieval architecture. The Venetians once ruled here and understood its significance due to the location in the Gulf. They built many notable monuments and protected the town with a strong city wall.
Because the city is so well-preserved, it is listed as a World Heritage Site. The Maritime Museum is well worth a visit both for its architecture as much as its contents. The last census in 2015 listed a population of 13,510.
The Bay of Kotor is one of the most visited parts of the Adriatic. Known as the southern-most fjord in Europe, but really it is a submerged river canyon or “ria”. The overhanging limestone cliffs of Lovcen and Orjen form an impressive landscape, framing the bay.
An extended quay serves as a Kotor’s harbour, where visiting yachts can berth. The view from the harbour of majestic mountains overlooking the city is quite memorable. In August each year, Kotor hosts “Boka’s Night”, a big open-air party with music and dancing in the streets. Locals decorate their boats and fireworks light up the harbour.
Around 168 BC Romans settled in the bay and named the town “Ascrivium”, part of the Roman province of Dalmatia.
The city began its long history of fortification when Emperor Justinian built a fortress above Ascrivium in 535. He had previously expelled Ostrogoths from the city. Later, Saracens plundered Ascrivium in 840. More fortifications were created with every takeover. Furthermore, Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos ordered the extension of the protective edifices in the 10th-century. It was an influential Dalmatian city-state for the Illyrians, and the Dalmatian language dominated the region. The Byzantines called the city Dekatera – which is probably how the name “Kotor” evolved.
During WWI, the Austro-Hungarian Navy based their fleet here. The harbour filled with battleships and cruisers because of the war. The bay was the site of fierce battles between Montenegrin Slavs and Austria-Hungary. After 1918, the city became part of Yugoslavia. Italy annexed the area in 1941, not long after the start of WWII.
Many years later Montenegro finally became independent, in 2006.