Perast is called the most romantic town in Montenegro, because it somewhat resembles Venice. He is full of melancholy memories of the days when he was rich and powerful.

Perast on map


Perast, Montenegro

Despite having only one main street, this tiny town boasts 16 churches (though only 3 are open to the public) and 17 palaces. While some of them are mysterious ruins overgrown with bougainvillea and wild grapes, others are surrounded by a whirlwind of reconstruction.

Who will be interested in the Perast

St. George's Island in Perast

Perast (the stress in the names of the cities of Montenegro is put on the first syllable) is a small quiet town where you can retire from the lively seaside resorts of Montenegro and enjoy a couple of hours of leisurely walking through the streets. A sunset dinner at the waterfront restaurant will be a pleasant and beautiful memory.

This city is primarily of interest to lovers of antiquity, architecture and pilgrims. There are a lot of sightseeing tours around the city, the surrounding area and the nearest islands.

It is worth visiting the churches and temples of Perast:

St. Anthony's Church

St. Mark's Church

Church of Our Lady of Carmel

The Church of John the Baptist

Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary

Chapel of St. John the Evangelist

Church of the Holy Cross

What to do in Perast

Architectural sights of Perast

There are many beautiful historical sights here, and one of them is sure to be found at literally every step. There are also many oyster farms in the vicinity, where you can enjoy fresh seafood overlooking the Bay of Kotor.

An interesting fact is that on July 22, the city hosts the Fasinada (Fašinada), an ancient folk festival of Boka Kotor, celebrated in honor of the Virgin on the Reef (Gospe od škrpjela). The folk tradition is more than 500 years old. Local men sail boats around the island, sing songs and throw stones into the water, thus strengthening the island. Also during the Fascinade, a regatta is held — a competition between sailing yachts from all over the bay. The winner is awarded the Fascinade Cup, and his name is immortalized on a bronze plaque that is attached to the lighthouse.

What to see in Perast

Church of Our Lady of the Rocks, Perast

The Church of Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela) is the main attraction of Perast, located on a man—made island made of sunken ships and stones. The church, towering over the bay, can be recognized by the blue dome. Its second name is the Church of the Virgin on the reef.

St. George Island (Sveti Đorđe) is a natural island on which the Benedictine Monastery is located. This island is inaccessible to tourists, nevertheless, magnificent views of it can be captured from the island of Our Lady on the Rocks.

Vranovo Brdo is a 743 m high mountain near Perast, the path to which begins east of the city center. About halfway there is an abandoned church, and at the top there is a fortress. From here it is worth admiring the magnificent views of the surrounding expanses.

There are a lot of other attractions in Perast: Perast embankment, St. Nicholas Church, Perast Maritime Museum, Verige Strait, oyster farms and much more.

Beach holidays

Perast Embankment

The city beach of Perast (Perast Plaža) is a coastline with several sections of concrete platforms equipped for vacationers. Soak up the warm sun and plunge into the water from the numerous small stone and concrete piers that protrude into the sea.

There are no sandy beaches in Perast, but there are rocky beaches both in the north and in the south. The water in the bay is clean, but the descent is almost everywhere not comfortable because of algae and sharp stones.

It is worth mentioning the beach in Risan, which is located on the western outskirts of the city. At the beginning of the season, sand is brought there, but closer to August it is washed out, and the beach becomes pebbly again. Sun beds and umbrellas on the beach are paid.

Restaurants and cafes of Perast

Jardine Restaurant, Perast

There are many restaurants, cafes, taverns, pizzerias and other establishments in Perast. The views from the restaurants on the waterfront are worth reserving a table there in advance.

This is the most romantic city in Montenegro, which is sure to leave an unforgettable impression.

How to get

By car

There is a bypass road along the Bay of Kotor, from which there are two exits to Perast, the road through the city itself is through, but you can only stop at special parking lots at the entrance to the city.

By bus

Perast can be reached by bus and car from Kotor (about half an hour drive). In the old town of Kotor, the bus stops at the market (there is no real bus stop, look for people waiting at the lampposts). The bus stop in Perast can be found in front of the main church.

By sea

From Kotor and Budva, you can sail to Perast by boat. Many of the water sightseeing routes take place here. Almost the entire embankment of Perast is equipped with berths, so the mooring places may be different.

Where to stay in Perast

Miniature Perast has a limited number of hotels or apartments for rent, but in the vicinity of Perast you can always find decent accommodation for the most discerning taste.


April 25, 2024

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