Peaceful Perast

Located a few kilometres northwest of Kotor is Perast, a quaint little Old Town that overlooks the Verige Strait- the narrowest part of Kotor Bay- and the islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks.

This tiny town offers simple sight seeing away from the Kotor crowds. Set along one sea-front street, this picture perfect province provides a wealth of history that can be enjoyed right from the comfort of your sun bed. Small and secluded, Perast encourages you to lap up its culture with carefree contentment- glass of wine in one hand, camera in the other!

We spent most of the day at Pirate Beach Bar, which offers fantastic views of the two islands. You can hire a double sun lounger for €10 and have your drinks delivered right to your bed if you find you're feeling too lazy to walk to the bar! It's a bit of party place (their motto is "Drinking rum before 10am makes you a pirate, not an alcoholic") so if you're looking for a bit of peace and quiet, pick the sunbeds furthest away from the beach, close to the collection of boats that commute back and forward to the islands. We saw one swimmer and couple of kayakers, but by boat was by far the most popular method of transport to the floating church, priced at around €5 per person. Our Lady of the Rocks is particularly interesting as it is the only artificial island in the Adriatic Sea, built by two sailors in 1492. The Roman Catholic Church has a €1 entry fee and is best visited in the morning, before the cruise congregations flood the island's 3,030 square metres. (NB. Thankfully, most of these cruises only visit the island, so even when the church is crowded, Perast remains peaceful!) Unfortunately, the island of St. George- and it's monastery- are not open to the public, so your best option is to observe it from the shore from the serenity of your sunbed. Pieces of the past quietly contribute to Perast’s culturohistorical character, as if a living, breathing museum. Soak up the ambience of this remarkable little place, whilst simultaneously sun bathing and sipping on a cool cider- something I call tranquil tourism!

For food I would 100% recommend dining at Konoba Skolji, a family-run restaurant situated in the centre of Perast alongside the waterfront. Skolji offers a rich menu of Mediterranean cuisine and local speciality meat and seafood, which is grilled right in front of your eyes in the enormous stone barbecue. I ordered the grilled squid, which was by far the best I have ever tasted (I am still dreaming about it now!) Prices range between €8- €20 for a main course and the service is excellent. This wasn’t just a favourite of Perast but my best meal in Montenegro!

Where I went:

-Pirate Bar:

Address: Marina Perast, Perast, Kotor (just past the car park on the western side).

-Konoba Skolji:

Address: Port, Perast, Kotor

Perast, Kotor Bay- useful information:

-Getting here: We drove, which took about 15 minutes from Kotor Bay. However, you do have the option of taking a bus. Blue Line buses leave every 30 minutes and take about 30 minutes to get to Perast. Tickets are €1.

-Parking: There is parking at each end of the town, we paid €5 for the day.

-Money: There are no ATMS in Perast, so make sure you bring enough cash for boat rides/bus etc.. However, most restaurants will accept cards.

Phone: +382 69 419 745 (Parties of 6+ should book in advance to make sure they can be accommodated for.)

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