This weeks ‘View from the top’ comes to you from the gorgeous town of Kotor in Montenegro. I visited back in August 2013 during a trip around Eastern Europe. I really loved Montenegro as I found it much less touristy than other parts of that region. One of the beautiful old towns we visited was Kotor and one of the main attractions of the town is the sweeping walls that are dotted along the rocky background of the town.
The walk is no easy feat, you must walk up 1200 steps and in sweltering European summer temperatures if you visit like me! But once you get to the top like most tough walks the view is always worth it!
I started my walk at the North Gate as the entrance was right by my hotel, I paid the small fee of €3 which was taken by someone tucked under a huge umbrella sheltering from the warm midday sun. A word of advice: do take water with you as there is none of the way up and you will need it!
The path all the way up is made up of cobble stone blocks that aren’t exactly steady so it’s not only a tough up hill walk it’s a little on the wobbly side too! On the way up there is a small church to stop have a look around and take a breather which was a welcome break before heading to the very top.
Once at the top you get fantastic panoramic views over Kotor town and the and the whole of the Bay of Kotor. The actual fortress is currently in ruin but it is still an impressive sight once at the top and it makes you think how on earth they built it all those years ago! I breathed a sigh of relief that I had finally made it and began to enjoy the view. Thankfully there was a nice breeze all the way up there (it was only 200m but felt way higher) and after a quick look in the old fortress it was time to tackle the steps on the way back down.
Kotor is a busy port and you can spend a lot of time watching the boats come and go, the port is also a cruise ships dream and there are plenty of them coming in each day to explore the lovely Kotor town.
Next week’s ‘View from the top’ comes to you from Porto Bridge