Described as a small Venice, Perast dazzles on the turquoise Adriatic Sea in the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. Perast is situated at the bottom of the St. Elijah Hill and facing two small islets in the Adriatic Sea. Remains as early as the Neolithic Age have been found around Perast, making it the earliest inhabited area in Boka Kotorska.The extraordinarily rich cultural heritage of this small town shines through a number of historic sites built in white stone. Splendid baroque palaces reflect the golden age of the town from the 17th to 18th Century. There are 19 palaces in Perast, most of them built in the baroque style. One of the oldest preserved palaces is the Brajkovic Martinovic Palace. Built in early 17th Century, the palace has the only completely preserved salon in Perast, a first floor decorated in the style of Napoleon II, including original furniture.
There are as many as 17 churches in Perast, including the 17th Century Church of St. Nicholas with its rich interior and treasury. There are several Orthodox structures including the 18th Century Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Virgin built in Byzantine style.
Due to its important strategic location, Perast had several defense points, most importantly the fortress of St. Cross, settled on a hill above the town. There was also a network of individual defense towers strategically positioned around the town. Today, only one tower remains.
The Balkan Peninsula still remains a secret to many travelers, yet its myriad of stunning locations; historic towns, mysterious forts and local traditions call for more attention. This tour showcases some of the most beautiful part of the Balkans with highlights of four countries, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania.Find out more