8. Kotor: Bay of Kotor and Blue Cave Speedboat Tour
Meet in Park Slobode, a 5-minute walk from Kotor's Old Town. Board the speedboat and enjoy a 55-minute panoramic ride along the coast. Admire the view of the various small villages along the coast where you can see charming palaces, houses, churches, and the beautiful contrast between the sea and mountains. You will probably discover the reason why UNESCO has included this bay in one of the twenty five most beautiful in the world. Boka Kotorska is one of the deepest and longest bays on the Adriatic Sea and is often referred to as the southernmost fjord of Europe. On the early beginning of this tour, take a look on Kotor Old Town and see the spectacular scenes of the ancient city and the high walls around it that continue up to Saint Giovani's hill in total length of 4.5 kilometers. The wall’s thickness somewhere is up to fifteen meters with height up to twenty meters. Going further, on your left side we will pass next to Muo, Prčanj, Stoliv, on the right side Dobrota, Perast, and further through Verige - narrowest part of the bay, about 300m wide. Verige divides the interior from the outer gulfs. On the left side of the Verige is the church Church of Our Lady of Angels. Further you will enjoy the views of the town of Lepetani and the beautiful Luštica peninsula. Arrive at the famous Blue Cave and enjoy about 20 minutes of swimming in the turquoise-blue waters. The Blue Cave is a magical place of unusual natural beauty. It is a large cave, with an area of about 300 square meters. The height of the arches is twenty-five meters, and the depth is three to four meters. The Blue Cave has two entrances. It is named after the unusually blue color of the water, which is reflected on the walls of the cave due to the refraction of light, so they also seem "blue". Because of the lights, an effect was obtained, as if water were shining from the depths. On the return leg of the excursion, make a short stop to see an old submarine tunnel. Cut into the steep banks of the Luštica there are three tunnels built during Yugoslavia. The tunnels were used to hide and repair submarines and ships. The length of the tunnel is up to fifty meters, width 7 meters. The average depth of the tunnel is about eight meters, and the depth around the exit from the tunnel increases to thirty meters. Then, stop for visit church and museum at the artificial island of Our Lady of the Rocks with an interesting legend about the emergence. In 1452, two Perast's fishermen saw the icon of the Our Lady with Christ on the rock. They took the icon to Perast and told a strange event. The citizens of Perast decided to build an island and a chapel dedicated to the Our Lady of the Rocks . They widened the plate by throwing stones and plunging old ships damaged in the battles. Every year, starting from 1452, to the present, citizens of Perast, with their boats in the traditional procession, Fašinada, carries stones and throws it around the island, which is a tourist attraction.