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Lovcen National Park to Kotor

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  • Bay of Kotor
    / Bay of Kotor
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  • / Descending winding path
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  • / A forest way
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  • / 300 feet above the bay
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Starting in the heart of Lovcen National Park, you will slowly descend through forests before reaching the long zig-zag path that takes you into Kotor passing the Castle of San Giovanni. 


Strecke 14,8 km
5:00 h
150 hm
1.415 hm
1.368 hm
3 hm

Head towards the Adriatic Coast through loamy forests and down steep paths, continuing on the old trade route which once connected Cetinje with Kotor, now known as the “Ladder of Kotor”.

Take in amazing views towards the Bay of Kotor as you zig-zag down towards Kotor. Continue on the trail past the Chapel of St Ivan, an old Catholic church, and the fortress of Castle of San Giovanni, enjoying changing views of the bay as the vista changes with your progress. Finally, you will reach the thick fortified walls of the Old Town via a series of steep paths and stone bridges.

The fortified town of Kotor is a deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site with its Venetian palaces, Roman Catholic cathedrals, Byzantine church, and romantic cobbled streets, the town is steeped in history and is beautifully preserved. 

On today's walk, one section in particular involves a steep descent, with sheer drops and loose terrain. This section is not suitable for people with vertigo, or if the weather is particularly bad (section of the path between 7 and 8 km on the trail). If you would prefer to avoid this section, you can follow an alternative route, which instead requires 1km of walking on a quiet country road: 


There are two descents into Kotor, one that takes in the ancient fort but has many steps (1350 to be precise!!) and can be tough after a long day of trekking. The other is a more gentle slope that passes by the fort and offers excellent views, go down this route instead and then explore the fort more extensively when you have the energy to appreciate it.
Höchster Punkt
1.368 m
Tiefster Punkt
3 m


There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible. Where it isn’t, walk on the right-hand side of the road in the direction of oncoming traffic.

Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously when needed. 

Parts of the route follow clifftops, so take care to walk a reasonable distance from the edge - particularly in low visibility.

Although most of the snakes are not poisonous, and many of them are very timid, you will see them. Take care by stopping moving when you see them and keeping a safe distance as it leaves the path to allow you to cross.

There can be quick but fierce thunderstorms, make sure you check the weather before you go out and make sure you know the correct behaviour if you are caught in a storm:

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Food and Drink

There are a couple of sweet domestic/household eateries on the way don the zig-zag path into Kotor. Here you can get a sandwich made by the residents, a beer and homemade drinks and cake. This is not an official cafe, it is someone's house, look out for the hand-painted signs on the garden gates for a unique lunch experience. Other than this, the route is not well equipped for food and water so be sure to bring supplies from Lovcen. 

Points of Interest

View over Kotor Bay

At 9.2 km, the path emerges from the trees and the vista opens up. This is the best view you will have all week, encompassing the whole of Kotor Bay and the fortifications below as well as the Escher like zig zag path. Stop here for a drink, a snack and a few photographs.


Castle of San Giovanni

San Giovanni, also called St. John’s Castle, is perched 1200m high on the hill of St. John. The fortifications date back as far as 532 when Byzantine Emperor Justinian I had the fort built. Since it’s creation, the fort has under seen plenty of changes and battles under Venetian, Russian, and French rule. It’s been bombed by British Naval armies, occupied during World War II, and even survived three separate earthquakes.



Located along one of the world’s most beautiful bays is Kotor, a city of traders and famous sailors, with many stories to tell.

The Old City of Kotor is a well-preserved urbanization typical of the Middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th century. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor land on the UNESCO’s World Natural and Historical Heritage Site list.

Through the entire city, the buildings are intersected by narrow streets and squares. Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (Sveti Tripun) is at the centre of one of these squares, and it’s a monument of Roman culture and one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.




Ivanova Korita Hotel (1.271 m)
42.379563, 18.832395
42°22'46.4"N 18°49'56.6"E
34T 321550 4694195


Kotor city gates


0.00 km - Start with your back to the Ivanova Korita Hotel, TURN LEFT and proceed down the road

0.20 km - TURN RIGHT down a descending track off the main road, the way is now marked with red and white paint on the rocks for the duration of the day

0.50 km - BEAR RIGHT to stay on the track ignoring the left-hand turn

0.60 km - TURN LEFT off the track, crossing the small stream (it may be dry depending on the weather and the season) and joining a small, narrow grassy path through the meadow, continue on this path for 1 km

1.60 km - Rather than turning right to continue on the loop walk of the day before, continue STRAIGHT ON passing behind the village and joining a road briefly

2.00 km - TURN LEFT off the road, taking the lower path below the cliffs. There has been a small landslip so the path has disappeared, BEAR RIGHT to skirt around the rock slide and then rejoin the path in the next field as you BEAR LEFT

2.60 km - BEAR RIGHT descending at the end of the field, enter the woods on a faint path that becomes clearer until you leave the woods and see a circular stone structure, BEAR RIGHT around this structure and join a path

3.00 km - You will reach a road, pass over the road and continue STRAIGHT ON

5.70 km - You will reach another road, the road has been built over the start of the trail, cross the road and BEAR RIGHT for 30 metres, then BEAR LEFT to rejoin the path as it descends through the woods

6.70 km - You join a small road, TURN LEFT and follow to the T Junction then BEAR LEFT again

7.10 km - TURN RIGHT off the road onto a small descending track, it is steep and gravelly with loose stones. take care

7.70 km - Cross the stone bridge and continue on the path

8.60 km - BEAR LEFT as the path forks, clearly waymarked, the path leaves the trees and begins a descent down to sea level joining a zigzag descending path

12.40 km - STRAIGHT ON past the cottage following way markers, alternatively you can turn left here and follow the path through the fort (both options will take you into Kotor, see authors advice)

14.70 km - The trail ends, TURN LEFT on the road and then TURN LEFT over the bridge at the bakery. You have finished your days walk.




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42.379563, 18.832395
42°22'46.4"N 18°49'56.6"E
34T 321550 4694195
Anreise mit der Bahn, dem Auto, zu Fuß oder mit dem Rad


The ground can be uneven, so be sure to wear sturdy walking boots with suitable ankle support.

There are a number of stream crossings where walking poles will make these crossing easier and safer. They also come in handy when crossing uneven ground or making steep descents. 

Grundausrüstung für Wanderungen

  • Feste, bequeme und wasserdichte Bergschuhe oder Zustiegsschuhe
  • Kleidung im Mehrschicht-Prinzip mit Feuchtigkeitstransport
  • Wandersocken
  • Rucksack (mit Regenhülle)
  • Sonnen-, Regen- und Windschutz (Hut, Sonnencreme, wasser- und winddichte Jacke und Hose)
  • Sonnenbrille
  • Teleskopstöcke
  • Ausreichend Proviant und Trinkwasser
  • Erste-Hilfe-Set mit Blasenpflaster
  • Blasenpflaster
  • Biwaksack/Survival Bag
  • Rettungsdecke
  • Stirnlampe
  • Taschenmesser
  • Signalpfeife
  • Mobiltelefon
  • Bargeld
  • Navigationsgerät/Karte und Kompass
  • Notfallkontaktdaten
  • Personalausweis
  • Die Listen für die „Grundausrüstung“ und die „technische Ausrüstung“ werden auf der Grundlage der gewählten Aktivität erstellt. Sie erheben keinen Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit und dienen lediglich als Vorschläge, was du einpacken solltest.
  • Zu deiner Sicherheit solltest du alle Anweisungen zur ordnungsgemäßen Verwendung und Wartung deines Geräts sorgfältig lesen.
  • Bitte vergewissere dich, dass deine Ausrüstung den örtlichen Gesetzen entspricht und keine verbotenen Gegenstände enthält.

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martine dupuis
08.10.2019 · Community
What a challenging hike! I would not do it if it rained, i wish i add my hiking boots instead of my hiking shoes. If you have vertigo, this hike is not for you (mostly between km 7-8) the rest is fine. After the switchbacks, you may not be able to take the stairs of the forteresse, there is a security guy at the ladder. He did let us in, we had to pay the entrance fee, 8€ each.
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Tom King
03.10.2019 · Community
The hike out of the Lovcen valley isn’t well marked so we took the road for part of the way. There is a good cafe to stop for lunch on the main road before you make the main descent into Kotor. I’d also recommend taking a detour here around Derinski vrh and to the Pestingrad viewpoint. This adds a couple of hours to the hike but the view from Pestingrad is insane! The route into Kotor is quite tiring as there are an incredible amount of switchbacks.
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Pestingrad (detour)
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14,8 km
5:00 h
150 hm
1.415 hm
Höchster Punkt
1.368 hm
Tiefster Punkt
3 hm
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