City Orientation Walk, Kotor (Self Guided)

Perhaps one of the most picturesque coastal places in Montenegro, the old town of Kotor is a conglomerate of Venetian architecture, Adriatic sea and overhanging limestone cliffs. A warren of winding streets and squares, the medieval old town of Kotor houses several Romanesque churches, including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, the Maritime Museum, exploring the local seafaring history, and other remarkable sights. To see these and other notable attractions of Kotor, follow this orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Montenegro » Kotor (See other walking tours in Kotor)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: kane
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Square of Arms

1) Square of Arms (must see)

Trg od Oruzja (Square of Arms) is Kotor’s largest city square. It got its name during the Venetian period when arms were stored and repaired here. Some of Kotor’s most important buildings, such as the Napoleon Theatre and the Arsenal building are located here.
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The Napoleon's Theatre

2) The Napoleon's Theatre

The Napoleon's Theatre (Montenegrin: Napoleonovo pozorište Наполеоново позориште) was one of the first theatres constructed in the Balkans and functioned as such until the late nineteenth century. The building itself was built in the 17th century and was turned into a theatre in 1810. During the 20th century, it functioned as the Town Hall, and today it accommodates Hotel Cattaro's reception.
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Main Gate (Sea Gate)

3) Main Gate (Sea Gate) (must see)

Kotor's Main Gate is the largest and probably the most beautiful of the city's three gates. Dating from the 16th Century, this gate was erected during the time of Bernardo Renier. Its style combines Renaissance and Baroque elements.
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Clock Tower

4) Clock Tower (must see)

Located in the very heart of Kotor, the Clock Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks of the city. Situated opposite the Main Gate, the 16th Century tower combines elements of Baroque and Gothic architecture.
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Bizanti Palace

5) Bizanti Palace

Located on Trg od Oruzja, the Bizanti Palace was first erected in the 14th Century. After the devastating earthquake of 1667, the palace was significantly reconstructed. Today the edifice represents a fine example of Renaissance architecture with elements of Baroque style. The building still bears the initials and coat of arms of one of its previous owners – Nikola Bizanti.
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Buca Palace

6) Buca Palace

The Buca Palace is located on Trg od Brasna. It was built for the Buca family, one of the most influential families in the city, whose members included ambassadors and court officials. Much of its original Gothic style was lost after its reconstruction following the 1667 earthquake.
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Cathedral of Saint Tryphon

7) Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (must see)

This Roman Catholic cathedral is the largest building in Kotor, and considered by many to be one of the city’s most beautiful edifices. Consecrated in 1166, it was built in honor of the city’s patron saint Tryphon. Seriously damaged in the earthquake that ravaged the town in 1667, its reconstruction was completed in stages due to budget constraints. As a result, its two towers each have a different style. Older than many of Europe’s most famous churches and cathedrals, this cathedral houses many items of immense value. Inside you can see frescoes from the 14th Century, a stone ornament above the main altar depicting the life of St. Tryphon, and a relief of saints in gold and silver. Taken together, the feature of the church’s interior represent a unique collection of all the best works of local master craftsmen.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The Maritime Museum

8) The Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum of Montenegro in Kotor has grown out of the collection founded by the "Boka Marine" Fraternity, around the year 1880 and opened to public in 1900. It gradually enlarged and in 1938, it was re-arranged and opened to visitors on the first floor of the present Museum building. It was only after the end of World War II, in the period 1949-1952, that the whole building, Baroque palace of the noble Grgurina family from the beginning of the 18th century, was completely restored and adaptet to meet the needs of the Museum.

The disastrous earthquake of April 15,1979, caused halt in regular activities of the Museum, its building being considerably damaged. In the period from 1982 to 1984, conservation and restoration works were finished and after the five year period of renovation, the Museum continued its activities.
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Lombardic Palace

9) Lombardic Palace

The Lombardic Palace is another Kotor mansion that belonged to a wealthy family. Built in the 18th Century, this traditional three-story palace is located right next to the Church of Saint Luke. Visitors can get something to drink afterwards at the popular café nearby.
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Church of St. Luke

10) Church of St. Luke (must see)

The Church of St. Luke is one of the oldest churches in Kotor. It was constructed by Mauro Kacafrangi all the way back in 1195. Located on Piazza Greca, the church combines elements of Roman and Byzantine architecture. Miraculously, it was one of the few buildings that escaped damage in the two major earthquakes that have struck the city. It’s also a unique church because it features both a Catholic and an Orthodox altars.
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Church of St. Nicholas

11) Church of St. Nicholas (must see)

The Church of St. Nicholas was built around the turn of the 20th Century in an architectural style known as Pseudo-Byzantine. You will be impressed by its rich collection of icons gathered in a decorative display behind the altar.
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Church of St. Ozana (St. Maria of River)

12) Church of St. Ozana (St. Maria of River) (must see)

The Church of St. Ozana was built on the site of an ancient Christina Episcopal basilica in the early 13th Century. Its structure represents a fine example of Romanesque architecture. Visitors here will also get the chance to see the relics of St. Ozana, which are housed inside.
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Northern Gate

13) Northern Gate (must see)

The Nothern Gate was built to commemorate Kotor’s victory over famous Hajrudin Barbarosa, a famous Turkish admiral. The entranceway represents a fine example of Renaissance architecture.
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St. Ivan Fortress and City Walls

14) St. Ivan Fortress and City Walls (must see)

The St Ivan Fortress and city walls were gradually built up over the course of centuries. The fortifications you can see today have been well preserved, dating all the way back to the 16th Century.
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Southern Gate

15) Southern Gate

Historically, the city of Kotor could be entered via three different gates. This Southern Gate (also known as Gurdic Gate) had a mechanized three-way entrance that made it one of the most important access points in the city. The other two gates - the Northern and Main gates – were larger but had only one gateway.

Walking Tours in Kotor, Montenegro

Create Your Own Walk in Kotor

Create Your Own Walk in Kotor

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kotor is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kotor Churches Walking Tour

Kotor Churches Walking Tour

Although Kotor is a small city, it is home to a surprising number of beautiful churches. Many of these buildings are decorated with amazing frescoes dating from as far back as the 14th Century. Take this walking tour to see the most impressive places of worship in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Kotor Old City Walking Tour

Kotor Old City Walking Tour

Surrounded by fortress walls, the old city area of Kotor was the cultural and trade center of Kotor bay throughout the centuries. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Montenegro, with impressive medieval architecture and numerous cultural monuments. Take this walking tour to enjoy the best sights in the district.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Kotor Palaces Walking Tour

Kotor Palaces Walking Tour

This magnificent historic city is home to a number of wonderful palaces. Many of these beautifully ornamented mansions belonged to wealthy and influential families. Visitors can trace the history of each building by looking at the coats of arms of noble families and the paintings on the walls. Take this tour to see the best palaces in Kotor.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Kotor for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Kotor has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kotor, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.