Kotor and Budva, Montenegro

I was signed up for an overnight trip from Croatia to Montenegro by Semester at Sea. The field program was scheduled to bring us through the town of Kotor one afternoon and then spend the next day in Budva. Semester at Sea sent me on this trip to capture beautiful imagery that will help sell the trip for future voyages. Kotor is a small coastal town of 13,000 people along the Adriatic Sea. It is a medieval town first mentioned in 186 BC during ancient Roman times. The town is surrounded by limestone walls that scale up the steep embankments that end at the sea's edge. It is a pretty town with limestone houses, terracotta roofs, and 4 churches within a few blocks of one another. After spending only a few hours here we had to hop on a bus and head to Budva. Budva is one of the oldest urban settlements along the Adriatic Sea, but most of its history has been swallowed up by casinos and the boardwalk. Upon arrival it seemed to be the Russian equivalent of Atlantic City. These casinos were also used in the 2006 James Bond movie Casino Royale, which strengthened Budva's gambling tourism. We spent the evening walking the boardwalk, eating gelato and watching the sunset on the pebble beach near our hotel. In the morning, Chelsea and I decided to hop on a bus at 6:30 am back to Kotor to walk the steep medieval walls that they are known for. This was well worth it! We were one of the first people on the wall that day and the cutting sun lit up the mountains surrounding the old town and port. We wandered along the walls and made it to the top in about 45 minutes. We spent some time at the end of the wall where there was a fortress. We wandered through all the little rooms and soaked in the sun as it slowly lit up the town below. The wall walk took us about 1.5 hrs. before we had to hustle down to catch our bus back to Budva and meet up with our tour group. Here are some of the photos that came from that trip.   

The Maritime Gate in the city walls of Kotor.

The Maritime Gate in the city walls of Kotor.

The tiled streets of Kotor were beautifully synced with the limestone buildings.

The tiled streets of Kotor were beautifully synced with the limestone buildings.

Local music rang through the streets. 

Local music rang through the streets. 

Local street vendor selling homemade bracelets out of string.

Local street vendor selling homemade bracelets out of string.

The boardwalk of Budva had everything from food to jet-ski rentals.

The boardwalk of Budva had everything from food to jet-ski rentals.

Many local people would fish off the docks using sardines as bait.

Many local people would fish off the docks using sardines as bait.

Some local kids skipping rocks into the Adriatic Sea during sunset in Budva.

Some local kids skipping rocks into the Adriatic Sea during sunset in Budva.

Purple flowers sprout out of the walls as we hike up the 1,350 steps to the top. 

Purple flowers sprout out of the walls as we hike up the 1,350 steps to the top. 

A view of the mountainous terrain outside of the wall. This terrain kept Kotor safe from land battles while the walls and water protected them from sea battles.

A view of the mountainous terrain outside of the wall. This terrain kept Kotor safe from land battles while the walls and water protected them from sea battles.

People like to challenge themselves by running up the 1,350 steps to the top of the Kotor walls. 

People like to challenge themselves by running up the 1,350 steps to the top of the Kotor walls. 

The walls were constructed from the rocky terrain. They range from 2-16 meters thick and are about 20 meters high. 

The walls were constructed from the rocky terrain. They range from 2-16 meters thick and are about 20 meters high. 

The medieval wall also had its own church built into it. Church of Our Lady Remedy dates back to the 15th century and many locals climb the stairs daily to visit.  

The medieval wall also had its own church built into it. Church of Our Lady Remedy dates back to the 15th century and many locals climb the stairs daily to visit.  

A small church just outside of the walls. 

A small church just outside of the walls. 

One of the towers that protect the town of Kotor.

One of the towers that protect the town of Kotor.