Perast, Montenegro for A Quiet Getaway

Walden, Serbia

Perast is a little hidden gem on the Montenegrin coast, often overshadowed by the bustling, tourist-laden towns of Kotor, Budva and Herceg Novi. It has a pharmacy, about two or three shops and a total of 349 residents. During the summer season, from June to September, Perast has a strict ban on vehicles, so you can only get around on foot (or Segways, if that’s what you prefer) – not that this is an issue, as it only takes about 20 minutes to walk from one end of the village to the other.

Despite its peaceful, quaint appearance, there’s still interesting stuff to do here – like taking a boat ride to the lovely island of Our Lady of the Rocks to see local art, visiting the town’s museum to get acquainted with the naval history of the region, having a daytime cocktail in the Pirate Bar or simply taking a swim on a stony beach beneath the pine trees found at the very entrance to the town. And if you are itching for more entertainment, the next big town is only 15 minutes away by car. Possibly the most enjoyable thing to do in Perast is trying the local food. The little (and the only) road in town is packed with restaurants, serving delicious pasta and fresh, amazing seafood.

All in all, an ideal spot for people like myself who just like to laze around in the shade with a book, yet still get the local rustic atmosphere.

Insider Tip

Kinda strange for such a tiny place – Perast has its own bocce club.

Where I stayed / started

Town Square

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