It is a paradox that a tiny town with only 400 inhabitants has become one of the main holiday destinations, not just in Montenegro, but also in the whole Adriatic. However, the reality is that it is not surprisingly at all, if you take into account the numerous natural and cultural attractions in Perast complemented with the excellent Balkan food available at any local restaurant. Just 12 km northwest from the popular tourist destination of Kotor, the charming town of Perast should definitely be included in the itinerary for your Montenegro holidays. What is more, Iberostar can offer you a couple of the best Montenegro hotels in the area, allowing you to explore the region while staying there at the height of comfort.
With more than 240 sunny days a year and an inviting coastline, dotted with cute villages perched on hills, the seaside area of Montenegro has served as an inspiration for many artists and poets. There are even those who compare it with the idyllic Cinque Terre area of the province of La Spezia in Italy.
The Bay of Kotor, where Perast is found, is a perfect destination for those who dream of a relaxing beach holiday. Often called Europe’s most southernmost fjord, it has everything necessary for perfect holidays in Montenegro.
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Without a doubt, the small town of Perast, located beneath the hill of St. Ilija (873m), is one of the greatest attractions in the Bay of Kotor and an outstanding spot on the Montenegro map in general. Walking along its streets you will notice many samples of Venetian architecture, passed on from the era when the area was part of the Republic of Venice. This priceless inheritance includes 16 Baroque palaces, 17 Catholic churches, several orthodox buildings of great historical and artistic value and 9 defence towers. One of these architectural masterpieces, Bujovic Palace, dating back to the 18th century, is nowadays home to the Perast Museum.
It is no wonder that this pearl of the Mediterranean is considered the part of Montenegro with the best-preserved baroque architecture.
Taking into account the magnetism of Perast, it is understandable that in the past the Venetian aristocracy frequently visited the town for centuries, as the Bay of Kotor was a perfect place for them to perfect their navigation skills.
Perast itself is a must-see location, but there are also two beautiful islands in front of this peaceful town in Montenegro. One of them, Sveti Dorde (St. George), stands out for the Saint George Benedictine monastery, dating back to the 12th century including a cemetery where graves of the former nobility of Perast can be found.
The other island is Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks), an island with an area of 3,030 m². This island is probably one of the most unusual places in Montenegro as it is artificial and was built by old ships depositing stones around a small crag. The name of the island derived from the word skrpjel – an old word for rock. Nowadays, to commemorate its origins, Gospa od Škrpjela celebrates an event called fašinada, every year on the 22nd of July. During the celebration, local residents throw rocks into the sea, widening the surface of the island.
The most important attraction on the island however, is the Sanctuary of Our Lady on The Rock. Although founded in 1452 (it is said that two sailors saw an image of the Virgin Mary on a rock emerging from the water), the current baroque style building dates back to 1632, and was extended in 1722. Inside, the sanctuary is decorated with 68 oil paintings by Tripo Kokolja, a local artist of that time. It can also boast of an icon dating back to the 15th century and more than 2,500 panels in gold and silver tones.
Therefore, it is no wonder that UNESCO declared the natural, cultural and historical region of Kotor a World Heritage Site in 1979.
In addition, since the distances are so short, tourists visiting this part of Montenegro are always welcome to take a trip to the neighbouring town of Kotor or to Dubrovnik, one of the main tourist destinations in Croatia. Dubrovnik will impress you with its incredible fortified architecture; the old town of this city on the Dalmatian coast was declared a World Heritage Site in 1979 and again in 1994. And why not visit Sveti Stefan, one of the best beaches in Montenegro which is located not too far from there.
So, you must visit Perast, one of the pearls of Montenegro that has something to offer everyone.
However, Perast not only offers numerous cultural attractions for your holidays in Montenegro. The quiet beaches nearby are perfect for those who plan to travel to Montenegro with children, those wanting to spend a perfect romantic holiday or simply those looking to have fun with friends. Not overcrowded with tourists, these beaches are among the best in Montenegro and are the ideal place to set all your problems aside and relax.
Should you prefer, why not rent a boat and explore the coast? Be impressed by magic of the Bay of Kotor and the wild mountain landscapes surrounding the bay.
Fancy a family hiking holiday? Then this small town in Montenegro is also the right destination. Near Perast there are magnificent hiking routes that, although not well marked, provide a unique opportunity to enjoy nature and outdoor activities.
So, the answer to the question “where to go in Montenegro?” should be very easy! Especially considering that Iberostar Hotels & Resorts in Montenegro provide the best accommodation allowing you to enjoy the countless attractions of the area. Comfortable, modern hotels with all the facilities guaranteeing you a relaxing time to explore the Montenegrin coast. In addition, our hotels offer you an opportunity to try typical Balkan foods, helping you to understand local lifestyle and customs even better.
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