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Holiday accommodation: Self-catering rental apartment Mimosa on the shore of Kotor Bay in Montenegro |
Kotor Bay, Kotor and Montenegro
Kotor Bay or Boka Kotorska as it is also known, is the deepest fjord in Southern Europe and one of the most beautiful bays in the world. It is arguably also the most beautiful part of the Dalmatian Coast with its deep blue waters (astronauts reported the Adriatic to be the deepest blue ever seen) flanked by dramatic and spectacular mountains. The bay stretches 15 nautical miles or 28 kilometres, its edges dotted by numerous villages such as Dobrota, Prjanc and Perast which lie under the imposing mountain ranges. Muo, where Mimosa lies is the closest village to Kotor and looks over the water to Kotor city which is a mere 700 metre walk. Mimosa is next to the local police station and 50 metres away from a small supermarket. Parking is generally not a problem directly outside Mimosa. See this link for a 360 degree visual of
Kotor City, Cattaro or Stari Grad (old city) as it is also known, is a unique urban entity on the Mediterranean. Situated in the bay of Boka Kotorska with its mountain backdrop, it is one of the best living examples of the history of the region. Kotor City is considered one of the finest preserved medieval cities in the world and was listed as a world natural and cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 1979, and is on the list of endangered world cultural heritage sites. The fortification wall which surrounds Kotor is 4.5 km long, 20 m high and 15 m wide, and is preserved as one of the world?s historic items. Lit every night Mimosa enjoys spectacular view from its terrace at night. Now replete with restaurants, (Internet) cafes and ATMs Kotor City offers all the comforts of a modern city.
Rich with cultural and historic landmarks, Kotor city has 10 churches and 7 monasteries within its walls and examples of, amongst others, Roman-Gothic and Roman-Byzantine styles.
For a short history of Kotor with pictures see this website on Kotor.
October 2009: Is this Europe's most beautiful town?The Sydney Morning Herald article on Kotor.
2006 Washington Post article on Kotor.
Montenegro gained its independence from Serbia in June 2006 and, although not currently a member of the European Union, is in negotiation with the EU and has unilaterally adopted the Euro as its currency. Its capital is Podgorica, which is one of the art and cultural centers of Montenegro, the other being Cetinje, the historical capital of Montenegro.
Montenegro is the first and only internationally recognised ecological state in the world. Originally inhabitated by Celts, Montenegro has a population of only about 700,000. With 80% of its territory hilly or mountainous, it has Europe?s deepest canyon in the Tara River Canyon. Its highest peak is Bobotov Kuk on Durmotor Mountain at 2,522 metres. You can reach Montenegro by plane into Podgorica, Tivat and Berane. The climate in the lower regions is very Mediterranean with warm dry summers and mild winters.
The famous 19th century romantic poet, Lord Byron said of Montenegro, 'At the birth of our planet, the most beautiful encounter between the land and the sea must have happened at the coast of Montenegro. When the pearls of nature were sown, handfuls of them were cast on this soil.' Montenegro was a favourite retreat for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and is hailed as the pearl of the Adriatic.
Articles on Montenegro:
2011 NUreizen artikel over Montenegro in Nederlands.
2008 TourismROI news has ranked Montenegro as one of the world?s top three destinations.
2008 ETN: Global Travel Industry News.
2007 The Guardian.
2006 Travel and Leisure.
World Travel in Dutch.
2005 Los Angeles Times.
2005 Cruise diary
Note that the country code in Montenegro changed in October 2007 from + 381 to + 382.
Kotor city and Kotor wall
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