Along the scenic, windy road around the Bay of Kotor sits a picture perfect little town located on the water’s edge. Perast is tiny, in fact, you could make it from end to end about 10 minutes if you’re walking slow. Nevertheless, it was my favorite stop along the bay and I highly recommend checking it out. Keep reading for photos, what to do in Perast Montenegró, and how to get here from Kotor.
What to do in Perast Montenegró
Did I mention that Perast is tiny? While there’s not tons to do, it’s a pretty place to grab a bite to eat, walk along the water’s edge or take a boat ride to the islands.
Our Lady of the Rocks
Perast is most well known for it’s 2 unique islets right off the coast.
Our Lady of the Rocks is a man-made island (created by sinking rocks and old ships to the bottom of the bay), while the island of St. George is naturally occurring. St. George contains a monastery and a cemetery, but it is off limits to tourists.
You can visit Our Lady of the Rocks by hiring a boat along the main road in Perast (there are a lot of vendors offering rides as it’s the most popular thing to do here). Boat rides should cost between €3 – €5 per person and the driver will come back to get you in 30-45 minutes.
On the island is the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks with a museum attached, and a small gift shop. Entrance to the church is €1 and you also have the option of hiring a local guide for a tour.
Length of Visit: 30-45 minutes
Walk Along the Bay
I loved Perast so much that we visited both days while in Kotor. My favorite thing to do was simply walk along the water’s edge. The architecture and the scenery is gorgeous and it;s beauty is highlighted during golden hour.
Tip: Heading to Perast in the afternoon after the tour busses leave will give you a much more private, relaxing experience.
The Museum of Perast is small and concise, including exhibits mainly donated by local families who are descendants of Perast’s nobility. Learn about the history of the town by viewing paintings, weapons, flags and medals from it’s past.
Length of Visit: 20-30 minutes
Climb the Bell Tower of St. Nikola Church
I’m so sad I didn’t know about this option while I was in Perast. For €1 you can see the church and climb the bell tower for the best view of the town and the Bay of Kotor.
Grab a Drink & Bite to Eat
What better view to enjoy while sipping a beer? There are handful of restaurants scattered along the bay where you can duck in and grab some food & drinks.
Skolji We ate dinner here on our first night in Montenegro. The service was on point and the food was great. Get a table on the patio to enjoy the view.
Caffe Pizzeria Djardin After two weeks in Croatia and Montenegro, we were craving something other than seafood. Our meal at Caffe Pizzeria Djardin wasn’t one that I’ll remember for the rest of my life but it was inexpensive, right on the water and it hit the spot.
How to get from Kotor to Perast Montenegró
If you’re coming from Kotor, you can pick up the blue line bus right outside Old Town’s walls at the end of the market. There is no bus stop but you’ll see the bus written on the road where it will stop. The ride takes 30 minutes and costs €1 each way (pay on the bus).
Kotor to Perast
Monday – Saturday Kotor to Perast: Busses leave 15 minutes past the hour.
Sunday Kotor to Perast: Busses leave 15 minutes past the hour on uneven hours.
Perast to Kotor
Monday – Saturday Perast to Kotor: Busses leave 30 minutes past the hour.
Sunday Perast to Kotor: Busses leave 30 minutes past the hour on even hours.
It’s extremely simple to reach Perast by car. Simply follow the main road along the coastline (northwest) until you reach it. Perast comes about 5 minutes after Orahovac. The journey takes 17 minutes.
Hire a water taxi in Kotor to take you to Perast, or take a 2.5 hour boat tour which includes a stop at Our Lady of the Rock.
Price: €15 per person