Perast: A Guide to the Costal Town in Montenegro
Perast, as an absolute highlight of the Bay of Kotor, is also one of the most beautiful Baroque towns in Montenegro. As a former sailor center it still shines with marvelous buildings, pretty churches and a romantic waterfront. Nevertheless, the main attractions of Perast, and also the most famous postcard motif of Kotor Bay, are the 2 offshore church islands, which can be visited on a boat trip.
In this travel guide we give you all the useful info & tips about an unforgettable trip to Perast. In addition, we show you the most beautiful things to see, more about the famous Perast islands and the best accommodations at this charming coastal town.
Best things to do in Perast
A stroll through Perast will give you the opportunity to discover a lot of marvelous places and attractions. Here, we have summarized the best activities and things to do in Perast.
Explore the old town of Perast
Perast has a long history, which is dating back to the 13th century. As the center for boaters, captains and sailors, the small town grew steadily and gained wealth at the 16th century. During a walk through the old town you can still admire many splendid villas and marvelous buildings, which have already been well restored.
Inside the old town along the narrow streets you will find around 16 different churches. Probably the most famous church in Perast and one of the main attractions is the Church of St Nicholas. With a 55-meter-high bell tower, it is the highest building in all of the Bay of Kotor.
Tip: From the church tower you have a great view over the old town, the glittering sea and the church islands.
Especially impressive is the picturesque waterfront, where you can stroll along and soak in the magnificent atmosphere. On a tour through the old town a visit to the Bujovic Palace should not be missed. This architectural masterpiece is located directly at the sea promenade and it is the only palace in town, that can be visited from inside. The exhibitions show portraits of the city’s glorious captains and old maps of Kotor.
Boat trip to the church islands
Without a doubt, the most beautiful attraction of Perast are the two small islets of St. George Island (Sveti Đorđe) and Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela). Only the Gospa od Škrpjela can be visited on a boat trip. Boats leave regularly (every 15 minutes) directly from the waterfront of Perast. The boat trip currently costs 5, – Euro per person.
The Island of St. George (Sveti Đorđe)
On the islet of St. George is the cemetery of Perast and a Benedictine monastery from the 12th century. Unfortunately this island can`t be visited. The taxi boat will only pass this beautiful islet but you will still get some great photo opportunities.
Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela)
The Our Lady of the Rocks Island is a popular pilgrimage place in Montenegro and can also be visited by tourists. It is probably the most famous attraction of Perast and a must see if you are in Kotor Bay. On the small island you can visit the beautiful chapel with its relics of the Virgin Mary and the fantastic paintings. There is also a small museum that is quite interesting. The entrance to the church costs 1.50 Euros.
Tip: Every July 22, many boats go to this island. With the throwing of stones into the adjacent water locals celebrate this special date.
Restaurants in Perast
Along the waterfront are some really lovely restaurants and cafes. Perfect for a short break and a refreshment. With some nice food you can enjoy a great sea view and an unbelievable ambience. Especially recommended is the food at Conte Nautilus and at the Bocalibre.
Swimming in Perast
Also swimming is possible in Perast. Although the beach of Perast is not one of the most beautiful beaches in Montenegro, you will still find a nice place to jump into the water. The beach is located in the north of the village and the small beach section is easily accessible via a staircase.
A really great view over the old town and far over to the church islands can be found at the viewpoint directly on the coastal road. A short stop is worth it, because the view from the street is unbelievably beautiful.
Tours to Perast
The small coastal town is a popular destination in Montenegro and a really favored tour stop. Perast is located in the middle of the Bay of Kotor, only 12 kilometers from Kotor Old Town, 30 kilometers from Herceg Novi and 80 kilometers from Dubrovnik. Therefore, many tours and daytrips to Perast are offered from Kotor or Dubrovnik. Here are the best trips to this wonderful coastal town:
Best Accommodations and Hotels
In Perast are some really amazing accommodations, perfect if you want to stay overnight while traveling through Montenegro. Here are our top hotel tips and recommendations:
- Budget option: Cheap and clean double rooms can be found at the M&M apartment. The location is perfect!
- Apartment: The Apartments Admiral is another great place to stay. The view from the roof terrace is simply stunning: the sea, the two islands, the church tower and the mountains in the background!
- Boutique Hotel: The Monte Bay Retreat is a gorgeous boutique hotel in Perast and one of the best accommodations in the area. Here you can enjoy a wonderful infinity pool with a beautiful view and spend a few relaxing days!
Conclusion: Perast is a real highlight of every Montenegro trip. It impresses with many beautiful attractions, magnificent buildings and the picturesque church islands in the deep blue sea. Whether on a trip or as part of a round trip, a visit to this coastal town is definitely worth it!
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