Driving from Kotor To Dubrovnik With Stops

Dubrovnik is one of the most popular day trips locations from Kotor, and definitely for a good reason. Not that it’s only easy to get there, but also for the famous old town and the city walls. A acenic raod trip will give you ample freedom on your day trip. A scenic drive of only 2 .5 hours of driving will bring you there from Kotor. Definitely a must to if you are in Kotor. 

1st Stop at Perast, Montenegro

On my way to Dubrovnik, I made an early morning stop at Perast a beautiful small old town on the Kotor Bay, only 10 miles (16 km) from Kotor. Many tourists prefer to staying here for its natural beauty. I saw a few great restaurants, hotels, guest houses, and medieval churches surrounding one main road along the Bay. There are two beautiful islets makes the area more attractive among the tourists. Our Lady of the Rock and the other one is Sveti Dorde (St. George) houses a Benedictine monastery.

Perast, Montenegro
Perast, Montenegro

Next Stop Herceg Novi, Montenegro

From Perast started heading to my next destination, Herceg Novi. Driving the scenic highway along the Kotor Bay was a great experience, on the way I passed a few beautiful little towns such as Risan, Lipci and Zelenika.

Made a quick stop in Herceg Novi a coastal town, which is located at the foot of Mount Orne and the entrance of the Bay of Kotor. It is a historic town and blends of the diverse and beautiful ancient building from the different ancestral origin. I wish I would have spent more time here as this place deserve an extended stay to explore all it has to offer.

Beautiful view of Herceg Novi, Montenegro
Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Border Crossing Debeli Brijeg, Montenegro

From Kotor to the Border Crossing on the Adriatic Highway that connects Croatia is only 33 miles (54 km) and should not take more than 1.5 hours. My story is different as I made multiple stops on the way, so took me way longer. It was May 31 early morning and took me less than 15 minutes at the border, definitely not as long as you hear stories about it taking hours. On the Croatian side of the border control is Karasovići about 3 miles ( 5 km) from Montenegro border control. From the Croatian side of the border to Dubrovnik is only 24 miles (38 km) and takes about an hour to get there by car.

Border Crossing Debeli Brijeg, Montenegro
Border Crossing Debeli Brijeg, Montenegro

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most popular day trips locations from Kotor, and definitely for a good reason. Not that it’s easy to get there, but also for the famous old town and the city walls. Its popularity skyrocketed since the airing of Game of Thrones series. The architecture inside the old town is fabulous you can see ‘King’s Landing,’ ‘Qarth’ and the gardens of the ‘Red Keep’ in realtime.

I had the opportunity to walk along the top of the city’s walls and narrow alleys to see some of the many architectural masterpieces. Not to mention clock tower, Franciscan Monastery, Dubrovnik Cathedral, Church of St. Blaise are among the many.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Hasan Mahmud

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