If you're looking for a mix of culture and beach where you're not going to bump into everyone from back home, Kotor is a pretty good pick. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and less crowded than its European neighbours, this historic coastal town is full of Romanesque churches, restored frescoes and Venetian fortifications. Shaped like a triangle, the pedestrian-only streets were originally built like a maze to protect citizens. Today, this leads to visitors getting lost while exploring the many little shops, bars and restaurants - don't fight it, turn off Google maps and enjoy getting utterly disorientated. Friendly locals will be more than happy to help you find your way back, as well as advise where to find the freshest oysters and sample locally produced wine.
When to go
Who to take with you
Kotor isn't a party town, so take someone who wants to chill out.
After you've explored Kotor's cobbled old town, don't miss out on a trip to the Lady of the Rocks. According to legend, this artificial islet was created over centuries by local seamen who added rock after rock when returning from successful voyages. To enjoy views over the bay, climb up to Kotor's castle of San Giovanni. The hike is particularly worth it during sunset, as the scenery is pretty special.
An essential you need to bring with you?
The best way to explore Kotor is on foot, so pack trainers or comfortable sandals. Pair with a flowing midi-dress so you're covered up but cool when visiting the religious sites.
Most likely to bump into…
A travel blogger capturing the perfect sunset on top of the fortress.
How to get there
Tivat airport is 9KM away with buses running regularly throughout the day.