The 4.5 km long Kotor city walls surround the old town of Kotor, from the sea level up to 250m high to the fortress of San Giovanni (St John). Their thickness changes from 2m to 16m, height of some parts are 20m. Some parts of the Kotor city walls were built during the Byzantines but the current walls mostly date back to 17th and 18th century, the time of Venetians.
Kotor city walls can be divided in four parts; lower part starting from Northern town gate along the river Skurda to Citadella bastion and along the seafront to the Southern gate, Gurdic Gate; the southern part from Gurdic Gate up to south to San Giovanni fortress; San Giovanni fortress on top of St John hill and the northern part of the ramparts from San Giovanni down to the Northern Gate.
To access the lower part of Kotor city walls, there are the entrances near the southern and northern gates and another access from the street between Kotor Old Town hall and Venetian arsenal. To access the San Giovanni fortress there are two entrances, one is near St Mary’s Church and the other is from Square of Salad. The southern part has an access from Gurdic Gate up to San Giovanni fortress.
Kotor City Walls Opening Hours
From May to September Kotor City Walls are open between 8:00am to 8:00pm. Actually they are walls with no doors therefore we can say it’s literally open 24 hours a day but officially opens from 8 in the morning to 8 in the evening. Visiting the Kotor City Walls before 8am or after 8pm is free but we wouldn’t recommend to visit the city walls in the dark. Between 8am and 8pm it is 3Euros to visit.
Trekking and Hiking the Ladder of Kotor and the Kotor City walls are one of the top things to do when you are in Kotor. The hiking will first take you to the Church of Our Lady of Remedy and then to St John’s Fortress. When you reach the top, even in the middle of the route, you’ll get to see the stunning view of the Kotor Old Town, Port of Kotor and the Adriatic Sea.
Best time to climb up the Kotor city walls is in April, May, September and October but remember that within these months rain might be expected and the stones may get slippery.