Enjoy climbing Montenegro’s Kotor castle – during daylight hours!

The postcard-perfect town of Kotor in Montenegro is an ideal place to visit. While you are there and wandering the lovely cobblestone streets, you will be certain to notice the ruins of the St. John castle walls that stretch far above the old town. For a small fee, you can climb these walls and enjoy the dizzying, gorgeous views of the Boka kotorska (the Bay of Kotor) and the town far, far below.

Photo courtesy of Photomontenegro.me

Even from the intermediate stops, the view is worth it. You can see the town and the port from panoramic points at the beginning of your hike up the walls.

But if you have a good pair of shoes on and enough energy to see you through, you should continue the journey up the 1,350 steps (yes, you read that right) to get to the very top, where you are certain to catch your breath at the beauty laid out before you.

We were up on top, enjoying the views down to the bay at sunset. While it was wonderfully dramatic, the drama – unfortunately – continued on the hike down. The 15th century fortifications are crumbling in places and attempting the walk down under spotty  lighting at night with two young children was hardly our finest parenting moment.

We breathed a collective sigh of relief once we were safely back on Kotor’s main square. Here’s a view of the impossibly high castle walls we miraculously descended without injury.

So, by all means, pack a good pair of walking shoes so you can visit this Kotor attraction and get a fantastic workout climbing these spectacular castle walls. Just be sure to bring along extra bottles of water and attempt this hike during the day… that’s what I’ll be doing next time.

Montenegro is a wonderful holiday destination. For more itinerary ideas for this tiny, but interesting, country, see previous posts about Montenegro’s stunning coastlines , its rugged interior, the seaside town of Perast and ideas for a day trip to neighbouring Kosovo .