I had just one goal that day… to make it to Perast.
My internet research the night before confirmed my hunch that I could simply hop on a local bus.
I was feeling confident.
I walked the 5 minutes from my Airbnb in Dobrota south along the bay to the small indoor shopping mall just north of old town Kotor to find the bus stop. Not knowing when the bus would arrive, I waited patiently with locals in the warmth of the morning sun. It was going to be another warm and humid day.
1 Euro got me to Perast, a small former fishing village, now a minor Catholic pilgrimage destination.
Just off the mainland near the village of Perast, in the Bay of Kotor, lies the tiny man-made island which supports the Our Lady of the Rocks Church.
This is what everyone comes to see… and, I guess if your Catholic, say a few Hail Mary’s.
Known locally as Gospa od Skrpjela, the church dates to the 15th century. A local fisherman attributed healing his lame leg to an icon of Mary which appeared to him in the bay.
4 euros gets you a round trip short ferry ride out to the island and back on any number of small boats. Visit the church as well as the small museum at your leisure then catch the return ferry when you are ready.
The museum contains religious artifacts, paintings with a sea-fairing theme and Roman architectural pieces dating back to the 1st century.
Having spent a week in the country and visiting no fewer than five towns, Perast being one, I was enthralled with Montenegro 🇲🇪
… and I can’t wait to get back!
Have you been to this tiny, naturally beautiful, Balkan country?
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