Montenegro is home to some of the oldest urban settlements on the Adriatic coastline, and a visit here offers the chance to explore battles, historic occupations and ancient civilizations, of the past. A place of specific interest in Montenegro is an old, unheard of town known as Perast, situated in the Bay of Kotor, one of the most attractive towns in the Kotor Bay. The town is a few kilometres northwest of Kotor and is renowned for its proximity to the spectacular islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks.
Within Our Lady of the Rocks sits the chapel, that was expanded to the present church in 1632, it was called Chiesa della Madonna dello Scarpello, translated in English to ‘Our Lady of the Rocks’. Inside the church, you will find 68 paintings ordered by the nobility of the Perast and painted by the region’s greatest baroque artists, Tripo Kokolja. The most prized possession in the chapel is the original icon, installed over the main altar. Legend has it, that it became a tradition for sailors to drop stones in the water around the chapel before a voyage, to contribute to the strength of its foundations, and to ask the Virgin Mother to bring them home safely.
If you are travelling to Perast by boat, the tradition of dropping stones at the site remains alive to this day and forms one of Europe’s oldest sailing regattas: the Fasinada. At sunset on 22 July, local boats are decorated with garlands and sail out into the Bay to drop a stone around the island.
Perast is an unknown treasure and with 240 days of the sunshine and warm weather, you can enjoy all that the beautiful Bay of Kotor has to offer, it’s towering peaks and rocky coastline, with ample of attractive waterside towns, just to name a few.
There’s no wonder, that Perast is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor is embodied in the quality architecture in its fortified cities, settlements, palaces, monastic ensembles and their harmonious integration to the cultivated terraced landscape on the slopes of the high rocky hills.
But besides the ample of history, Perast also boasts a coastline surrounded by mountains and picturesque stunning views, that can be admired from the Perast Pirate bar, where the two small island in Kotor Bay is visible from every angle.
Perast is one of the luxury yacthing destinations in Montenegro, that offers an unforgettable experience like no other. You can escape Montenegro’s busier seaside resorts like Kotor and Budva, when visiting Perast, as the town has a population of less than 400, meaning that you can enjoy your visit, in tranquillity and experience an array of museums and churches, at your own leisure.
In the past, the Bay of Kotor has previously been a beacon of inspiration for artists and poets and now the region is becoming internationally recognised as one of Montenegro’s principal attractions and cultural treasures. So why not experience it for yourself?