Boka Kotorska bay is among the loveliest in the world. It consists of four connected straits. It is all surrounded by steep cliffs that mirror in blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Perast, Risan, Gospa od Skrpjela and Kotor are places that have not be missed.
Trip goes first to Kotor, town of tradesmen and famous seamen. Old town of Kotor is the best preserved medieval urbane inhabitance typical for towns built in 12th and 14th century. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage made Kotor at list of UNESCO “World Natural and Cultural Heritage”. All over the town there are buildings with narrow streets and squares. At one of them there is cathedral of St. Tripun. Monument of Roman culture and one of the recognizable symbols of the town.
From Kotor you fast reach Perast, marvelous coastal little town whose architecture bring us back to the times by gone. Perast is surely one of the strangest also for its history one of the loveliest places of Boka Kotorska. Today it is also called the most silent town of Boka. Its narrow streets and numerous, mostly, left behind Renaissance and Baroque palaces witness of wealth of Boka Kotorska bay once, on days when here was lead luxurious life of its inhabitants. Perast was once town of seamen and known outside of Montenegro. There are even today seen famous stone houses and captains palaces.
Island Gospa od Skrpjela is in close vicinity. Even you are in Perast hire a boat and off to the island. Island Gospa od Skrpjela is one of two lovely islands in Boka Kotorska bay that are in sea near Perast in Kotor municipality. Other island that also one should visit is island St. Djordje. That island is also called “Island of dead captains” for according a legend one French soldier, shooting with a gun toward Perast, hit house of his loved one and killed her. That legend was the reason for masterpiece “Island of the dead” by Swiss painter Beklin. Island Gospa od Skrpjela was created as artificial island that according stories was created by seamen from Perast and Kotor bringing with their sailing vessels large stones. There is also a church at the island. According legend fishermen of Perast after one shipwreck found at a sea stone icon of Holy Mary with Christ and according custom vowed to build a church at the island. They did so in 1630. As the island must be cared for seamen continued to bring stones and tradition continues even today.
We leave Perast and islands behind and next destination is little town of Risan – the oldest town of Boka. It is from 3rd century BC. It was craftsmen, seamen and tradesmen center of Illyrian state. By arrival of Romans in Risan were built palaces of the best Greek marble, decorated with glorious cultures and mosaic that are kept up to date and represent cultural richness of immense value. Among large number of mosaics stands mosaic of God Hypnos the only mosaic figure of dream god in the world.