The Picturesque Montenegrin Village of Perast

The small village of Perast boasts 350 inhabitants, is situated a few kilometers from the city of Kotor in Kotor Bay, and at 80 kilometers’ distance from the renowned Dubrovnik. Before I visited the settlement I had no idea of its existence and had never heard of it. But once I was there, I could never forget it.

Perast from the highway with 20x zoom

As seen from the highway with 20x zoom

 

It is so beautiful and so picturesque, it actually stayed with me long after I left and served as one of the highlights of my first trip in 2014. In fact, I liked it so much, I happily returned a month ago to walk among its stone houses equipped with colorful Venetian blinds, situated among green, rocky hills.

stone houses among green hills in Perastt

stone houses among green hills in Perast

Perast is still a fishing village, so you will see many boats floating around, adding to the charm of the landscape. If you’re lucky you’ll get to see a few locals “in action”, fishing in the beautiful surroundings at sundown, or catch a small sailboat strolling around, carrying tourists.

small boats in Perast

small boats

sailboat in Perast, Montenegro

sailboat in Perast, Montenegro

collection of boats in Perast

collection of boats in Perast

colorful boat in Perast

colorful boat in Perast

fisherman in action at sundown

fisherman in action at sundown

fishing boats at dusk in Perast

fishing boats at dusk in Perast

local souvenir in Perast

local souvenir in Perast

After I finished shooting nearly every boat with the scenic background, I started walking around town. Perast itself is pretty small, it shouldn’t take you more than an hour to walk through it. As you do, you can admire the St. Nicholas, St. Mark and St. Anthony churches, appreciate the local architecture and let your eyes enjoy the mix of colorful blinds with the white-gray houses. The place is very similar to many Croatian villages and towns, except for the lush green background, which Croatia usually lacks.

St. Anthony's Church Perast

St. Anthony’s Church Perast

restaurant on water in Perast

restaurant on water in Perast

walking around Perast

walking around Perast

Perast stone houses surrounded by lush green hills

Perast stone houses surrounded by lush green hills

details of Perast

details of Perast

Saint Nicholas Church, Perast

Saint Nicholas Church, Perast

Perast below the clouds

Perast below the clouds

admiring the details of Perast

admiring the details of Perast

Besides the churches, there are two small islands you can reach from Perast by water taxi, St. George & Our Lady of the Rocks. I will talk about them in the next post, so stay tuned!

How do you like Perast? Would you like to visit this charming little fishing village?

If you’ve fallen in love with this beautiful place as much as I have, also check out the Islands of PerastSveti Stefan, the forbidden paradise and Petrovac, a less-crowded alternative to Budva.

Picturesque Perast

9 Responses to “The Picturesque Montenegrin Village of Perast

  • I’ve read about Perast before, it’s a must for my trip to Montenegro, I am dying to visit! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous by the way 😀

  • I’m always happy when someone enjoys my home country, particularly the area I grew up in. Have you visited the other surrounding towns in Bay of Kotor?

    • Thank you for your comment Jelena! You have an amazing home country, I love it so much I’ve visited twice in the past year! I’ve seen Kotor, Budva, Ulcinj, Sveti Stefan, Petrovac, Skadar Lake and Durmitor National park. In love with them all! I’ll hopefully have more posts online this week of your amazing country 🙂

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