We took a day trip by bus to Montenegro, which is less than an hour away from Dubrovnik.
After a brief stop at the Montenegro border for passport control we were on our way. We had great views of the picturesque Montenegro coast.
Town of Perast
Driving through Boka Kotorska Bay, our first stop was the quaint town of Perast. A boat was waiting to whisk us to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks, where we got a better view of the town.
Our Lady of the Rocks
The story goes that the Island of Our Lady of the Rocks was created by rocks and sinking ships. It is believed that local seamen found the icon of Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea. Upon return from a successful voyage, they placed a rock in the bay, overtime creating the islet. This custom is still alive today. Every year they hold a festival in July and the locals take their boats and throw rocks in the sea.
Old City of Kotor
Back on the bus we head to the old city of Kotor. We were met by a local guide outside the walls. He provided interesting facts and showed us the sites of the city before allowing us free time to roam on our own before returning to the bus. Once inside the walls, it was very busy, full of tourists with plenty of shops and restaurants.
St Tryphon Cathedral
Serbian Orthodox St Lucas Church was built in 1195.
The alley ways were very narrow and picturesque.
St Nikola Church
Hiking to the church on the hill above Kotor Montenegro
During our free time we decided to hike to the church that is up on the hill. We made our way through the passage way below to reach the entrance of the stairs and pay our fee before we can begin our climb.
We only had enough time to reach the first church, about 500 steps, but what a view. It was worth it.
It took about twenty minutes to reach the church.
And then it was back down.
Taking the ferry
It started to rain when we headed back to the bus. This time we went back by ferry. There was a line but things moved quickly.