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Perast is a tiny, idyllic town located in the breathtaking Bay of Kotor, noted for its rich architecture and history.The town is dotted with beautiful baroque palaces, churches, and Venetian-style houses, many of which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries.Take a walk through the history and get ready to be immersed in a timeless beauty of the baroque architecture.
A Hidden Gem on the Bay of Kotor
Perast is a small town located on the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro.It has a rich history that dates back to the 12th century, when it was founded by sailors and merchants from the Republic of Venice. During the Middle Ages, Perast was a major center of trade and commerce in the Bay of Kotor and was known for its maritime prosperity. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Perast was a thriving maritime republic and was renowned for its seafaring tradition and its wealth of architectural and cultural heritage. Throughout its history, Perast has been influenced by various cultures, including the Ottoman Empire, the Republic of Venice, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, among others. These influences can be seen in the town’s architecture, language, and customs, and have helped to shape its unique cultural identity. Perast is also famous for its two islets in the bay, Our Lady of the Rocks and St. George, which are both pilgrimage sites and popular tourist destinations. The town’s many museums, churches, and monuments offer a glimpse into its past and provide a window into the town’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Grand, Elegant, Timeless
Smekja Palace is one of the many grand and historic buildings located in Perast that reflects the town’s rich cultural and architectural heritage. The palace was built by a wealthy Venetian family in the past and served as their residence. The Palace consists of two parts – the older one, built in 1764 that is located between the road along the sea and the old road, and a more recent part that was started in 1764, and completed in 1936, using as the model the already existing ground floor and first floor, in the same style and of the same material. The shape of the building is of simple style, but the doorframes and window sills partly indicate renaissance simplicity in its lines, while the shape of the upper sills with shell-shaped decorative motifs and general ornamental features of the building, including the stylizing of balustrades with renaissance rosettes also have a whiff of baroque.
The Jewel of the Adriatic
The Bay of Kotor, also known as Boka Bay, is a stunning inlet of the Adriatic Sea located in Montenegro. It is surrounded by towering cliffs and surrounded by historic towns and villages. The Bay of Kotor has a rich history, with evidence of human settlement in the area dating back thousands of years. During the Middle Ages, the bay was a major center of maritime trade and commerce, and was home to a number of small city-states, including Perast, Kotor, and Risan. These city-states played a significant role in shaping the region’s cultural and architectural heritage, and many of their historic buildings and monuments have been well-preserved over the centuries. These cultural influences are reflected in the region’s architecture, language, and customs, and have helped to shape its unique cultural identity. The bay is home to many charming villages, historic churches and monuments, and beautiful beaches, making it a wonderful destination for outdoor enthusiasts, cultural tourists, and history buffs. The Bay of Kotor has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most photographed and visited tourist destinations in Montenegro.
Arriving by plane?
Montenegro has two airports – Tivat and Podgorica. Tivat airport is just 20km away from Perast, it takes about 40mins ride to reach the hotel. Podgorica airport is 90km away from Perast, and usually it takes about 1h20minutes ride to reach the town. The hotel offers private transfers to and from both airports. Furthermore, an airport that is in the nearby proximity is in Dubrovnik, Croatia, with just 60km distance.
Arriving by car?
Park comfortably on the hotel’s parking on the east entrance and embark on an idyllic ride through the town with our electric vehicle to get to our beautiful property located in the centre of the town. As a part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage, the town is closed for all types of vehicles from June to October.
Travelling with a public transport?
Local buses connect Perast with Kotor daily. Bus stops at both entrances to the town, and in the nearby proximity of the hotel – at 5 minutes walking distance. It takes 15-20mins ride to reach the town. For further information on bus schedules and pricing, kindly contact front desk attendants.
The hotel’s parking is located at the entrance to the town from the east side, marked as parking number 1 on the maps. For our guest’s comfort we have provided electric vehicles to bring the guests to the hotel and help preserve the environment and the city’s tradition. Parking is easily accessible and works on a first come first served basis.
We would love to hear from you
The hotel offers private transfers to and from the airport as well as throughout Montenegro. Should you wish to book a transfer or send an enquiry, kindly contact our concierge at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Perast is centrally located town in the coast of Montenegro.There are wide range of activities to offer. We highly recommend booking excursions to one of our national parks, to discover the history and culture and cuisine of Montenegro. Furthermore, the boat tour around the bay will take your breath away. There are many routes for a hike which offer the view of an amazing contrasts between the mountains and the sea.
The hotel’s parking is located at the entrance to the town, marked as parking number 1 on the map. The parking serves on a first come first serve basis, and has limited access.