"The Past of Perast" Top 5 Page for this destination Perast by karenincalifornia

Perast Travel Guide: 103 reviews and 247 photos

On the shores of Boka Kotorska

Perast, Montenegro is one of the little coastal towns along the long route around the Bay of Kotor. "Quaint", "charming" and "sleepy" are all perfectly suitable adjectives for this town consisting mostly of centuries-old stone buildings with red tile roofs, some of which are falling into disrepair.

The natural setting is breathtaking. The town was built into the steep flanks of the mountains which drop directly into the sea. Perast is a museum town with a rich history. Fortunately, the town received preservation funding during the second half of the 20th century, so many of the monuments to its past have been restored and preserved.

A visit to Perast is well worth the side trip off the road that circles around the Bay. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours in this delightful town that personifies the strength and independence of the Montenegrin people.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting and totally unexpected history for such a small town
  • Cons:No cons if you love quiet. If you are looking for a lot of activity and a party atmosphere, go to Budva or Kotor.
  • In a nutshell:Relatively well preserved museum town in an amazingly beautiful setting
  • Last visit to Perast: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Dec 15, 2004
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    I did not stay enough in Perast and should stay longer another time. Thanks for sharing your photos and knowledge about this superb little city! Top of the belfrey is outstanding!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2007 at 9:31 AM

    It's hard to take a bad photo in Montenegro, it's all so breathtaking! Wish we had spent more than a day there, time to make a return trip I think.

  • 1courage's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2007 at 1:47 AM

    I wasn`t really familiar with these parts of the ex-Yugoslavia, but I think that a future visit is to be considered. Cool page and a priceless main pic>;-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2005 at 10:11 AM

    What an endearing location. Your descriptions are wonderful. "smuggled" car made me smile. Articulate, interesting, and informative. Like the historic information as well.

  • Aurorae's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2005 at 3:03 AM

    Wow! Another impressive page! Perast is one of my most favourite towns ever, I go there every year...

  • peterdhduncan's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2005 at 5:25 AM

    We have booked a week at the Boka Bay Bed & Beakfast in Perast for next August/September, and your pages are whetting our appetite!

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2005 at 9:01 AM

    Wonderful pictures and tips.... looks like your son was tired after the 55m walk to the top!

  • belgianchocolate's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2004 at 1:47 AM

    History in words and pictures. You sure did a nice job on this less know city. frank.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2004 at 10:28 AM

    What a pretty town - and to think it is really not far from the masses encamped in Dubrovnik. If you want to see driving customs more to what your once noted - try Buenos Aires! They take the art of driving to another level;-\

  • 850prc's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2004 at 5:34 PM

    I gotta love a page that references both the Roman Empire and Gilligan's Island. I saw a statue of Diocletian once. He looked like Mr. Howell. Great page, ST. : )

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