Bay of Kotor: Insider’s guide to the Gem of Montenegro

Majestic white cliffs over a bay with boats & a sign: 'Bay of Kotor: the gem of 🇲🇪 '
Majestic white cliffs over a bay with boats & a sign: 'Bay of Kotor: the gem of 🇲🇪 '

Bay of Kotor, (Boka Kotorska or Kotor Bay) is one of of the most picturesque bays in the Mediterranean region. It is surrounded by imposing mountains and rugged cliffs, creating an epic view.

This stunning natural inlet is located in southwestern Montenegro, along the Adriatic Sea, near the border with Croatia. Bay of Kotor stretches from Herceg Novi to Kotor, with many small cute towns and villages along the way.

Kotor Bay is one of the main reasons people visit Montenegro. 

Updated January 2024

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Bay of Kotor map

3D map of Bay of Kotor & its smaller bays, towns & villages, including: Kotor, Tivat, Herceg Novi
3D map of Bay of Kotor & its smaller bays, towns & villages, including: Kotor, Tivat, Herceg Novi

Look at this map of Bay of Kotor. It's very helpful to visualize all the parts of Bay of Kotor better. Kotor bay forms a shape that looks like a butterfly with two parts connected by a channel. It is divided into four primary bays linked by narrow channels.

The bay starts at the Adriatic coast, with Bay of Risan to the northwest and Bay of Kotor to the southeast forming its internal bays. Tivat Bay is located at the outermost part of the bay. There is something worth exploring at each primary bay.

How narrow are the channels of Bay of Kotor?

The Verige Strait, which is merely 340 meters (1115 feet) wide, has the narrowest section.

Insider’s tip. Don't let the websites referring to 'Boka Kotorska Bay' or ‘Boka Bay’ confuse you. They are wrong. "Boka" means "bay" in Montenegrin. So, saying 'Bay Katorska Bay' or ‘Bay Bay” doesn't make much sense. Just call it either Bay of Kotor or Boka Kotorska , and you will get better search results when planning your trip!

Video summary of this Guide to visiting Bay of Kotor

Watch the video summary of this Insider's Guide to Kotor Bay