It seemed like I woke up in paradise that morning. You know that moment in which everything is just good and your whole being can just exist, without thinking. I believe that's what Boka Bay does to people.
I had a nice breakfast at the hotel when somebody said that first-morning coffee has to be enjoyed in a small place called Letrika, hidden in one of the romantic cobblestone streets of Kotor Old town.
Letrika is the only place in Kotor that serves this kind of coffee. It's ancient charcoal coffee brought by unknown sailors to the town. It was such a special thing to try, just before continuing with the day that it still makes my heart smile.
I am that kind of girl that somehow sees all different shades of water and imagines the precious stones in the shades of what I see. That's why I chose Kotor private tours as a way to explore the fjord and find some inspiration as a jewelry designer, and I saw so much beauty.
I have chosen Kotor private tour as I wanted that day to be slow and relaxed, to feel and experience Boka Bay deeply.
My tour on a custom-made cruise boat began and I got lost in the beauty of Kotor Bay immediately.
Just when I took my notebook, we had our first break for swimming. I was surprised how even on a hot day like that, crystal clear water was almost coldly refreshing.
Swimming surrounded by the breathtaking mountains of the Kotor Bay would have been the most beautiful moment of the day if my private sailor hadn't taken me to my favorite place in the whole wide world.
Now I know that when you wake up like I woke up that morning, a day will be filled with love.
We went around Mamula which is a small island with a fortress that used to be a prison in the past and then... Exploring the unreal is what I remember about our next destination, the mesmerizing Blue cave Kotor.
Do you remember what I told you about the shades? Well, here, I found myself living in my dream. Sunlight, refracted through the sea, is reflected in the interior of this natural cave, producing a magical blue color. A lot of shades of blue.
The Blue cave can be visited only by private boat tours or Kotor shore excursions and it's a spot in Montenegro trip which you should not miss.
I swam a lot in the cave, so after that, we had a lunch break in Porto Montenegro from where we came back to the embrace of beautiful Kotor.
After a whole day on the boat, I slept like a baby and since then I have been working on a collection inspired by the Blue cave in a magical Kotor Bay.
Boka bay as one of the most romantic destinations in Europe was the first place that popped up in my mind when my dear husband asked me to think about our honeymoon destinations. Little did I know that next to the beautiful Old Town of Kotor there will be a small baroque town, Perast, that we’ll be dipping from the boat into the crystal clear Mediterranean sea, and that this magical fjord hides treasure that makes this part of Montenegro even more romantic and beautiful.
Andrew and I were so lucky to spend a week in Boka Bay and to choose Kotor Private Boat Tour as a part of our stay because it was the way to see the place which we didn't know about when we were planning a trip, but it ended up being our favorite and most precious memory.
Kotor Private Boat Tour took us to the Blue Cave, which is the biggest, all-natural cave on the peninsula of Luštica.
It's a natural hall, with 9m high vault, gracefully and enchantingly demonstrating the power and beauty of Mother Earth. There are some places that make you forget where you came from and when our boat entered the Blue cave that's exactly what happened - I felt so safe and mesmerized by the beauty of the world in which we live.
There are two entrances into the cave and our boat went in through the bigger one, discovering another dimension of Montenegrin wild beauty.
During clear and sunny days, the openings of the cave allow the sun's rays to penetrate inside. They bounce off the surface of the sea and, due to reflection, create an indescribable azure blue color on the walls of the hall. The play of the shades inside the cave is followed by the sound made by an echo... making this experience multidimensionally beautiful.
Boat tours are the only way to reach the cave and there are Kotor shore excursions starting every day, but we recommend having a private tour from Kotor, as it is a truly unique experience which made our trip look like the one from the movies. Romantic ones, ones in which life is just so beautiful!
It is possible (and we do recommend) to swim in the cave, which will probably be the most magical swim of your life.
Kotor Boat Tours are taking you to some other stunning places as well, such as Perast town and its cute, small, scenic islands - St. George, which is a natural island, and Our Lady of the Rock that has a special, historic story that we were told by our amazing boat crew. Perast is another place which I would definitely choose as a top romantic destination, not only in Montenegro but globally.
Actually, when I think about it, Blue cave and Perast are my perfect combination. It just happened to be the choice for our romantic holiday, but these places will take your breath away, whoever you are and whatever you expect from your trip.
Our dear Kotor Private Tours crew, thank you for making it happen!
And there it was! Glowing under fresh morning rising sun, dividing light fading sky from ink blue water, emerging under cracked limestone mountain, thousands years old – Old Town of Kotor.
We have just spot the port, slowly approaching with our cruiser all the way to the castle that was dominating the landscape and kidnaping our eyes from anything else around.
Very soon we were at the dock, where among dozens of agog locals sweating in the August heat, waving in rush with names of their guests, was our tour guide, standing calm with easy-to-spot “Mr. Williams and 360 Monte Travel Agency” sign.
This time, luckily, we booked Kotor private tour, as few days earlier, in Dubrovnik, we joined packed bus of tourist, and concluded – it’s just not our thing.
She took us on the journey that gave Kotor very high ranking place in our travel memories.
Passing what looks from the outside like intimidating unconquerable dark walls with very high main Sea Gate, we entered a surprisingly bright and warm atmosphere with smiles on faces all around, including ourselves reflecting them. It felt like we’ve entered straight to a kind hug of the heart and soul of Kotor from frightening armor on the outside.
Stories of our tour guide were only dragging us into this medieval illusion even more, as she told us about many families like Bizanti, Beskuca, Pima - that lived here, while their rising palaces above us were depicturing wealth and reputation required for this “nobility list”.
Suddenly we were squeezed among other tourists in a tiny little street that lead to the next quite wide and spacious square dominated by marvelous in Venetian style - St. Tryphon Cathedral. One of main protectors of the town is buried here since 809 AD, when Venetians brought his holy body to Kotor while recovering from a storm, and as the legend has it, he made new storms every time they tried to get him out of the town, showing he doesn’t want to leave and staying in Kotor ever since.
Sent of freshly cooked fish and mussels, coming from numerous restaurants surrounding, was taking over our senses, but soon our minds went wondering off from food as we entered an actual palace from Grgurina family that is now Maritime Museum of Montenegro.
Great advantage of having a private tour is that you can stop at any item interesting to you and just stare, imagine and feel energy of the space, while the tour guide brings this forgotten parts of history to life.
Music from “Game of Thrones” theme at the St. Lukas square interrupted the story of how the oldest church dating from 1195. actually had two different altars at the same time, and everybody just started staring at the young violinist who was taking over all the tourists’ attention from their tour guides. Clinking coins falling into his hat made his face glowing and red at the same time, while he was trying to minimize his big smile.
You know those places where everything is new, and yet you feel like home?
Yes, those ones.
Our medieval bubble dispersed when we looked at the time! It was just enough to hug our dear host and say goodbye until next time, because there will be one for sure!
We cannot thank enough 360 Monte team for organizing this for us and setting us beyond interesting tour guide, and I would gratefully recommend to try this or other Kotor private tours that they organize, you won’t be disappointed.