Though Kotor is a well-known port of call, what seems like a practically compulsory docking for every Mediterranean cruise, it’s the mountains that make Montenegro. In both Italian (Monte Negro) and Montenegrin itself (Crna Gora), the country’s name translates to English as ‘Black Mountain’ and the country’s Adriatic coastline is a wonderful expanse of rocky climbs, sheer drops, beautiful vantage points and sleepy fishing villages.

We spent a week driving around Montenegro’s coastline but two of those days were spent around Kotor itself and we can’t recommend it enough – though we also do recommend having a car and exploring more than Kotor if you can.

We’d never been to the Balkans before and there were seven of us in total (us and all of Patrick’s family) so it was a leap into the unknown and we are so glad we got to visit. Here’s how we suggest you spend 48 hours in Kotor, Montenegro.

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