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Tiny Perast is a peaceful bay-front village of semi-abandoned baroque stone villas set in gardens filled with fig trees and oleander. It was built by wealthy local sea captains during the 17th and 18th centuries, at a time when it was prosperous enough to have some 100 merchant ships navigating the oceans. In fact, Perast's naval skills were so respected that in the early 18th century,
the Russian czar, Peter the Great, sent his young officers to study at the Perast Maritime Academy.
In the bay in front of Perast lie its main attractions: Sveti Djordje (St. George) and Gospa od Skrpjela (Our Lady of the Rock), a pair of tiny, charming islets, each topped with a church. As Perast has no beach to speak of, it isn't as set up for commercial tourism as its more beach-centric neighbors along the coast. But what it lacks in resort facilities, it amply makes up for with charming small hotels and apartments in tastefully refurbished, elegant old stone villas.
Backed by imposing mountains, tiny Kotor lies hidden from the open sea, tucked into the deepest channel of the Bokor Kotorska (Kotor Bay), which...