A Few Days in Kotor, Montenegro

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September 18, 2013 11:04 am

When you arrive anywhere in Montenegro—a hostel, a home, some restaurants—the first thing you should expect to do is drink some homemade fruit brandy.

The 10:30am bus from Dubrovnik got us into Kotor about 1pm. Upon arrival at our hostel, Old Town Kotor Hostel, we were given a shot of the local fruit brandy—called rakia—which supposedly cures sicknesses. I had a cold and while it certainly drained my sinuses, I can’t say I’d feed it to any other sick person. Following the rakia was a Balkan coffee—so impossibly thick and with a taste that can only be described as a mix of chocolate and diesel fuel—which was the only way to chase something as strong as rakia.

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Architecture in Kotor's Old Town
Kotor's Old Town
Architecture in Kotor's Old Town

Walking around in Kotor's Old Town

Fishing in the Bay of Kotor, just outside Old Town

Fishing in the Bay of Kotor, just outside Old Town

Fishing in the Bay of Kotor, just outside Old Town
Architecture in Kotor's Old Town
Greeted by rakia and Lucifer, the Old Town Kotor kitten

Greeted by rakia and Lucifer, the Old Town Kotor kitten

Fish soup at Bastion in Kotor, Montenegro

Fish soup at Bastion

Prsut i sir stuffed squid at Bastion in Kotor, Montenegro

Prsut i sir stuffed squid at Bastion

As a visitor in southern Montenegro, it’s hard to escape prsut i sir, a Montenegrin specialty similar to prosciutto and cheese, made in the town of Njegusi. They even stuff it into squid, as we found at local seafood restaurant Bastion. The highlight was the thick fish soup, another southern Montenegrin specialty, with a consistency like chicken soup with rice.

Our hostel, Old Town Kotor, is hands down the best in town, with great recommendations, day trip offerings, and nightlife (“free alcohol is just how we are here”). In addition to Bastion’s seafood, they called Astoria’s chicken “the best in the Balkans.”

– Tara

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