Perast Boutique Apartment

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A pretty little apartment in Montenegro’s prettiest little Baroque bayside village (sleeps 2-4)
The tiny settlement of Perast balances between powerful mountains and cerulean sea in the sheltered Bay of Kotor. Often described as the prettiest village in Montenegro, this historic settlement boasts a disproportionate number of Baroque churches and palazzos along its single sea-side road, as well as 2 small islets just off the coast: Ostrvo Sveti Dorde (a private monastery) and Our Lady of the Rocks (a very visitable church and museum).

Climb into the recesses of the village and you’ll find peaceful church gardens, bougainvillea-dressed cottages, rickety little gates and, in the upper reaches, Perast Boutique Apartment. A simply decorated 1-bedroom haven with painted wooden chests and vintage ceramics, the original stone walls frame a stunning vista over church bells towards the tranquil bay. The homely kitchen invites lazy lunches out of the midday heat, while 2 minutes’ walk away, the fab waterfront restaurants are perfect for carefree romantic dinners.


  • A blissfully quiet village location, yet you’re within easy driving distance of Kotor's Old Town, and just a bit further from Sveti Stefan’s famous beaches and the mountainous national parks
  • Gorgeous views from the open-plan living and dining room
  • We loved the rustic-chic decor: enamel kitchenware and mismatched ceramics made it feel like a real home-from-home
  • Couples seeking a sense of seclusion and escapism will love it here (and it's great value, too!)
  • Perast is an easy drive from Dubrovnik airport (approx 1 hour) and the apartment has a parking space close by, so you don't have to leave your car at the entrance of the village (as is the norm)


  • Full cost of booking must be paid by bank transfer in advance of stay, there's a strict cancellation policy, a 5-night minimum stay, and a security deposit is required on arrival
  • A lot of steps need to be climbed or descended to reach the apartment; it’s tiring in the warmth of the sun and requires a torch at night (bring your own, just in case)
  • The paved garden is behind the apartment so it doesn’t get much sun and lacks views
  • Water is provided by an outdoor tank: water levels need to be monitored and it can be noisy at times
  • The double sofabed can be tricky to manoeuvre

Best time to go

We recommend visiting in spring or early autumn when temperatures are still warm enough for swimming, but it's easier to explore the country's stunning landscape (April-June, Sept-Oct). July and August are popular, but some may find it a little too hot and busy. As autumn progresses into winter, temperatures cool and most visitors are in the area for the outdoor activities rather than the sunshine. Rainstorms become more prevalent and many coastal businesses close, but the nearby Conte restaurant remains open through December and January. From January, visitors tend to be in northern Montenegro for the ski season, and February is very rainy.

Our top tips

Just along the coast, between Perast and Kotor, Stari Mlini nestles at the mouth of the Ljuta river. This 16th-century flour mill has been converted into one of the Bay's most romantic restaurants, with open-air tables, leafy surroundings, bay views and excellent seafood. Dishes don't come cheap, but it's a beautiful spot for a dreamy evening meal.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Apartment
  • 1 bedroom
  • Self-catering (walk to restaurants)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Laundry Service
  • Washing machine


Staying in an apartment allows for a wonderful sense of independence and privacy, and here that extends to the location, too. Sat beside sleepy stone steps that run the height of the village, you could easy walk past this home-from-home without even realising. Thankfully you’ll be led there by a representative and given a quick introduction to the fittings, then it’s all yours.

The airy living space steals the show, not least because of the idyllic views outside the shuttered windows. But inside it’s just as charming. Exposed stone walls hold a relaxed seating area, a cute little dining table for 2-4 and a breakfast bar that merges into the kitchen space. Natural wood cupboards and enamel utensils create a homely feel, and self-catering soon feels like second nature.

There’s just one cosy, quiet bedroom. It’s tucked away at the back of the apartment with a shuttered window looking onto the terrace. Botanical prints sit alongside some religious iconography and a geometric double duvet, while blankets wait in wooden boxes for the cooler months. There's also a sofabed in the living room, but it can be temperamental to use.

The light-blue tiled bathroom is spotlessly clean with a shower over the short bathtub. Keep an eye on the water level in the external tank: if it gets low the water pressure will be dramatically affected (a neighbour is on hand to refill it).

It’s natural for guests to spend most of their time outside, so gadgets have been kept simple: an iPod dock and an internet dongle, but no TV. Temperatures can sky-rocket in summer, so the air-conditioning and fan are welcome assets; out of season the nights can be chilly so electric heaters are also provided.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbeque
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Electric fan heater
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Internet dongle
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron
  • Oven
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine


You’re likely to be making breakfasts daily, as well as the odd snack, lunch or dinner. All are perfectly doable in the apartment’s well-equipped kitchen. Open shelves display various pots and pans, while enamel utensils and mugs hang from hooks over the worktop. There’s a full cooker and hob, and a fridge with freezer compartment, plus a kettle, a teapot, a decent set of knives and a wooden chopping board. You can dine indoors, or take the lightweight table and chairs out to the secluded paved garden.

I-escape guests get a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival, but you’ll have to buy everything else - including basics like tea, coffee, salt and olive oil. There are a couple of smaller shops in the village, but the nearest supermarket is in Kotor, where there's also a good daily farmers' market.

Beyond the apartment kitchen, a clutch of waterside restaurants provide ample temptation for lazy lunches and sunset suppers. Amongst them we spotted a cosy pizzeria and an over-water eatery, but we went for the Conte restaurant (by the main square) where we enjoyed a creamy Caesar salad, fresh seafood and a crisp glass of rose while gazing out over the bay. For more choice, Kotor’s Old Town is an easy 15-minute drive along the coast.

Features include:

  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Spend a day relaxing in the village: lounge on the small beach or jetties, swim in the Adriatic sea, and tour the handful of museums and churches that chronicle Perast’s rich history
  • Take a boat out to Our Lady of the Rocks. This man-made islet holds a tiny 17th-century church, and offers unrivalled views of Perast and its neighbour Ostrvo Sveti Dorde, a beautiful island monastery off limits to the general public
  • The walled Old Town of Kotor is the beating heart of this sheltered bay (15 minute drive or bus). Visit one of the myriad churches, climb St John’s Fort or come in the evening to soak up the buzzy atmosphere of the open-air cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Kotor Bay is so sheltered, it's the perfect place to try your hand at sea-kayaking. We saw plenty of groups happily paddling along the coast, as well as independently visiting Our Lady of the Rocks island
  • Join one of the boat tours from Kotor, or embark on a diving expedition; there are some stunning caves and ship wrecks to be discovered in the bay
  • Drive south of Budva to the famous Sveti Stefan island (1-hour journey time), an ancient fishing village turned 21st-century luxury resort. The island itself is closed to the public, but it’s a stunning site to behold from the surrounding beaches (use of which is expensive) and woodland. Nearby beaches in Budva and Lustica peninsula can be used free of charge
  • Explore beyond the coast; Lake Skadar, the largest freshwater lake in the Balkans, is an unmissable natural wonder where lily-pad-covered waters carve through the mountains. Visitor can take boat trips, windsurf (in certain areas), or hike the surrounding national park, where there's abundant birdlife (1 hour 30 minutes' drive)
  • Test your driving skills, and your nerve, on the twisting Kotor-Lovcen mountain road. There are 25 hairpin turns in total, each taking you that bit higher above the Bay of Kotor. At the top, you can explore the Lovcen National Park and Cetinje, the former capital of Montenegro

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Birdwatching
    • Boat trips
    • Cycling
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Horse-riding
    • Kayaking
    • Mountain biking
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Private guided tours
    • Sailing
    • Scuba diving
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife
    • Windsurfing
  • Kids

    All ages are welcome at the apartment, and the sleepy village of Perast makes a great, family-friendly base from which to explore the country.

    Best for:

    Babies (0-1 years)

    Family friendly accommodation:

    The apartment has a small baby cot and a sofabed, although the latter can be a little temperamental to open and close.

    Baby equipment:

    A baby cot is available on request.

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

    Kids Activities on site:

    A small selection of games and child-friendly books (e.g. Scrabble, playing cards, Harry Potter).

    Kids Activities nearby:

    • Swimming
    • Beaches
    • Kotor Old Town (pedestrianised)

    Families Should Know:

    • Families with toddlers and small children may find the many steps to the apartment hard work
    • Perast has a couple of basic corner shops for snacks and water, but don't count on them having specific baby products or brands
    • A doctor's phone number is provided in the apartment welcome information


    • Airport: 30 minutes (Tivat)
    • Supermarket (and pharmacy): 15 minutes (Kotor)
    • Hospital: 15 minutes (Kotor)
    Kid Friendly:

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