Wanderlist Discover: Perast, Montenegro
Perast is a “blink and you’ll miss it” little seaside town in Montenegro, in Southeastern Europe, a few kilometers ahead of the town of Kotor, on the Adriatic Coast. The town is so small that you can walk from one end of town to another, in under 10 minutes. But what it so obviously lacks in size, Perast makes up in beauty, history and culture. Once a very wealthy city and home to many captains of great warships, Perast had a powerful marine industry. However, as the benefits of modern industrialization eluded the city, Perast whittled down to a museum-town thanks to numerous well preserved baroque-styled churches, grand palazzos and fortresses dating from the mid 1400s to late 1700s. Today, the town of Perast offers an unforgettable experience of peace and tranquility that is very rarely found in many places.
A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
- The Lady On The Rocks : The most important landmark of Perast is an island located just off the shores of Perast. In the 1400s, a couple of fishermen found a picture of the Virgin Mary, on a reef that was exposed above the water. Over the years, visitors to the reef dropped stones near the reef, where the picture was discovered, which eventually created a man-made island on the spot. In the mid 1600s, a church was built on the island, and today it is one of the most iconic spots to visit in the Bay of Kotor. For a small fee, most boatsmen from Perast will drop you off at the island, and come back to pick you up after a couple of hours
- Perast Town Museum : Get a glimpse of the town’s history by visiting the local museum. It exhibits many items donated by local families, whose ancestors were part of the nobility that lived in Perast long ago. You’ll find many paintings, weapons and flags from the past in this building.
- The Museum of Perast : Climb the bell tower of the nearby St. Nikola Church and feast your eyes on the best view of the Bay of Kotor. After you have enjoyed the view, you can make your way to the few restaurants in town, and enjoy the lovely hospitality of the locals over a pint and a pizza.
Best Time To Go:
Given the small size of Perast (and Montenegro as a whole), it is best advised to go to Perast after the summer months (June to August), when the town can feel very crowded. Also, to explore the town in peace, visit Perast post afternoon, once the tourist buses coming in from nearby towns have left back for their destinations.
Where in the world:
Perast sits pretty beside a long-winding road, running adjacent to the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. It’s about a 10 minute drive from the nearby town of Kotor.
Fun Fact: Perast has less than 350 inhabitants living in the town on a permanant basis. However, with over 240 sunny days in a year, Perast is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Adriatic coastline. It is rumoured that some Hollywood celebrities also own holiday homes here.
- Language : Serbian and English
- Currency : Euro
- How to Get Around : To get to Perast, you can take a public minibus from nearby towns of Kotor and Risan, which takes only 15 minutes. There are also several hop-on hop-off tourist buses which will take you to Perast. If you want to visit Perast from Kotor or Budva, you can also hire a boat to take you to the town.
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