I arrived in Kotor one late evening after a quite an adventurous 4 hour taxi ride from Tirana (Albania).
The taxi dropped us outside one of the gates into the Old Town. Someone from the hostel was waiting for us for the reason I soon learned. He guided us across the moat surrounding the Old Town, and through a maze of endless zig-zagging narrow alleys. There was no way we could’ve found the hostel on our own.
The misty rain made the polished cobblestones beneath our feet slippery and gave an eerie halo around the yellow street lights. Even though I knew the city gets crowded during the day when the cruise ships dock, at night the city belongs to residents, overnighters like us. And many, many street cats.
Some cities take me some time to warm up to. But I knew right then and there that I was going to like Kotor.
Up high on the hill overlooking the town is the remains of San Giovanni (St. John) fort.
From our hostel room, we had a great view of the town’s meandering old walls looking not unlike a small version of the Great Wall of China. I couldn’t wait to climb it.
The Old Town Wall of Kotor
The next morning, we made our way to the top. It was early enough that we beat the crowds from the two cruise ships that arrived shortly after we began the hike.
There are 1350 steps to the top, but who’s counting when there’s such great view along the way?
Feeling adventurous while in Kotor? Check out the abandoned and eerie Fort Vrmac, in a forest overlooking the town of Kotor and its bay. Easily do-able in an adventurous half a day.
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