The city of Kotor, Montenegro, is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean.

Steep cliffs surround the Bay of Kotor, inviting its nickname "Europe's most southern fjord," and the city is still surrounded by its ancient walls.

Kotor rates a full day to walk its narrow streets, investigate the shops and see the historic sites. History buffs will enjoy the Maritime Museum located in the Grgurina Palace. If you're feeling fit, you can walk on Kotor's fortress walls that eventually wind their way up to St. Ivan's Castle. It's a steep climb, but worth it for the views of the bay. Don't miss the St. Tryphon Cathedral in the old town, built in the 12th century.

Kotor has an interesting motto above the town's entrance: "What belongs to others we don't want, what is ours we will never surrender."

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