Kotor Bay is a very unique place in many ways, and one of them is its swimming areas.
Although its water is definitely a salty sea water, it looks a lot like a lake. There is very little beach area in general and the pebbles there are pretty sharp, probably because there has not been too much erosion (waves).
In addition to that, during the winter there are massive quantities of rainfall in the Bay and on the surrounding hills. The cold, fresh water mixes with the sea water and because of it the bay water can be sometimes colder then the open sea.
Also, various sea weeds can flourish in such an environment..
But I don’t mean to scare you. I just want to prepare you. If you leave your prejudice of what a “sea shore” should look like, your experience of the “different” can be a really amazing one.
This is what a typical swimming area looks like.
Yes, it is too small to even put your towel on. Plus, you have the cars passing right next to the swimming area.
But this is how people do it here. They sunbathe on the dock (called “ponta”) and then jump in or use this pebble area to go in the water.
In the summer, you will see that most of the docks are occupied.
Here are some more pictures.
Of course, this does not have to be your swimming experience if you do not like it. This is why Montenegro is great. There are many other options close by.
First, let’s take a look at some of the larger swimming areas in the Bay and how you can find them.