Kotor Palaces Walking Tour, Kotor (Self Guided)

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.
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Kotor Palaces Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Kotor Palaces Walking Tour
Guide Location: Montenegro » Kotor (See other walking tours in Kotor)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km
Author: emily
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Grubonja Palace

1) Grubonja Palace (must see)

This 17th Century palace is located on Trg od Drva, next to the entrance to the St Ivan Fortress. The building is best known for its built-in symbol of the old Kotor's pharmacy, which was founded in the 14th Century.
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Lombardic Palace

2) 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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Vrachien Palace

3) Vrachien Palace

The Vrachien Palace is a fantastic example of traditional Italian Baroque architecture. Built in the 18th Century, it first served as a home for the Vrachien family, an influential dynasty in Cattaro since medieval times. The palace is definitely worth a visit to see its remarkably well preserved interior.
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Pima Palace

4) Pima Palace (must see)

Situated on Flour Square, this beautiful 17th Century palace stands out with its long Baroque balustrade. The building itself represents a fine example of Renaissance-Baroque architecture. Renovated after the 1979 earthquake, today the building houses a popular bar.
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Buca Palace

5) 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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Bizanti Palace

6) 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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Beskuca Palace

7) Beskuca Palace (must see)

The Beskuca Palace dates from the mid-18th Century. Its famous portal is a masterpiece of floral Gothic architecture. It first belonged to the Beskucas, a noble family that gained their power through naval commerce. During the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the palace served as a courthouse. Nowadays, it's the property of city authorities.

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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
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

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.