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The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor is situated at the end of the E arm of Kotor Bay, the innermost bay of the Boka Kotorska (Gulf of Kotor) in the northern part of the coast of Montenegro. It lies some 15 miles by sea from the entrance to the Gulf. The town has a long and rich maritime tradition, trading along sea routes from the E Mediterranean all the way to the Baltic and beyond. Kotor is celebrated for its old town, which is almost perfectly preserved and is a listed UNESCO World heritage site. The bay is part of the deepest natural fjord in the Mediterranean Sea, and the scenery around it (including the steep mountains which descend almost to the waterfront) is spectacular. The harbour of Kotor caters for vessels of all sizes, from huge luxury liners to small day boats. The inner section of the harbour is operated as a marina, with mooring lines, water and electricity at all berths and can accommodate some 50-60 yachts of up to 50 metres (the latter alongside the outer section of the quay) in depths of 5.0 metres at the inner end to 10 metres or more at the outer.


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There are no dangers in the approach, although it is essential to keep a close watch for large cruise liners when passing through the narrow channel, the Prolaz Verige, that leads into the Bay of Kotor. On close approach, a large monument in a park around 100 metres NNE of the harbour is a good landmark. The yacht berths are in the inner part of the harbour and often will not be seen until you round a large cruise liner moored on the outer quay.


If you need clearance into or out of the country, berth at the Customs Dock, otherwise berth as directed by the marina attendant.

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Kotor harbour from town walls
Kotor yacht quay
Kotor yacht pontoon

Yachts are berthed stern or bows-to using mooring lines along the NE shore of the inner harbour, which is quayed for a length of half a mile. There is also a short pontoon dividing the 'big ship' part of the quay from the marina, and up to six yachts can also berth alongside here. Most positions are equipped with two mooring lines (which sometimes have long pick-up lines, since quite large yachts also use them, and therefore may cause problems for smaller yachts). There are further berths in depths of 5.0 metres right at the top of the harbour on a short pontoon, also stern or bows-to with laid mooring lines. Water and electricity are available at all berths.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

There is a yacht club just inside the walls of the old town (through a small opening in the walls 100 metres SE of the fresh fruit and vegetable market that adjoins the walls). The club has toilets and showers which are available for use by visiting yachtsmen.


There is a good anchorage in the W part of the bay, 300 metres W of the yacht quay which gives good shelter in all but very strong N winds. Anchor in depths of 6.0 – 8.0 metres. The holding is excellent in thick mud.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Only limited repairs possible.



Fuel, Water, & Electricity

At the fuel pontoon (in a narrow inlet just NE of the quay). Depths of only 2.5 metres alongside.
At all berths
At all berths

Tourism and Things to do Ashore


Kotor old town
Kotor maritime museum

The old town of Kotor is a delight to explore, with its maze of paved mediaeval streets and old stone buildings, many dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. The entire old town is free from traffic (but not from tour groups in summer). Worth visiting are St Tryphon's cathedral, the town's largest church, with its impressive columns and relics of St Tryphon behind an ornate wrought iron screen as well as a wonderful silver gilded altarpiece; St Nicholas' Orthodox church Saint Nicholas (rather austere and plain but still impressive in scale) and St Luke's Catholic church Saint Lukas (small and very old, with a wonderful painted iconostasis). The three gates of the town date from the 13th to the 16th centuries, the 13th century Gurdic Gate has a clear, bubbling spring just outside; the Sea Gate features a Venetian lion and a carving of Madonnna and Child with St Tryphon and the 16th century River Gate on the N side was constructed to commemorate the town's success in beating off a Turkish attack. Of especial interest to yachtsmen is the Maritime Museum Nautical Museum, well laid out in a former palace, with interesting displays of the distinguished maritime history of Kotor and its numerous wealthy sea captains. For the energetic, the walk up the 1350 steps ascending the town walls to the Venetian fortress of St John on the high bluff overlooking the town is rewarded with spectacular views over the Bay of Kotor and beyond.

Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Supermarket 200 metres W round the harbour from the yacht quay
  • A couple of small minimarkets in the old town
  • Fresh fruit and vegetable market under the old town walls opposite the yacht quay.


  • Numerous cafes, bars and restaurants in the old town (not all good value)
  • Konoba Scala Santa in Trg od Salata square (at the foot of one of the two entrances to the walls) is excellent and better value than the ones in the busier squares). Try the spaghetti marinara. – Athene of Lymington


From HotSpot Kotor and local cafes.


None found in 2014.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Several rental outlets in the town.

Garbage Disposal

Bins near the Gurdic Gate.


Transportation (local and/or international)

  • Buses to Podgorica, Budva, Dubrovnik and local destinations
  • Airport at Tivat (20 minutes)


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Montenegro.


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