From its illustrious Venetian past to its modern-day status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Perast has long captured the heart and soul of Montenegro’s iconic Adriatic coast.
Perast is one of the most beautiful and unique cities on the Montenegrin coast, home to only 350 residents and spanning less than a kilometer from end to end. Located 12 km from the city of Kotor, the city stands at the foot of St. Ilija Hill and faces the Verige Strait, the narrowest passage through Boka Bay. Though small in stature, Perast is home to more than 16 churches and 17 well-preserved palaces. Perast’s ideal location keeps the city bathed in sun all day while protecting it from northern winds. Two beautiful islands are visible from Perast’s shoreline: Sveti Djordje (St. George) and Gospa od Škrpjela (Lady of the Rocks).
Perfectly situated in the heart of Boka Bay, Perast and Nauta Hotel are easily reachable by airplane, car or public transport. Among nearby airports are Tivat, Podgorica, and Dubrovnik, with Tivat being only 22km from the hotel. Nauta Hotel is happy to help arrange airport pickups and drop-offs, please contact us for more information. Additionally, in order to preserve the intimacy and its protected status, the town of Perast is closed for cars. However, Nauta hotel staff will make sure your arrival is perfectly smooth by arranging a pick-up at Perast gates.
Named after the Illyrian tribe Pirusta, Perast began as a small fishing village with working shipyards as early as the 14 th century. After Kotor recognized Venetian rule in 1420, Perast began to develop a stronger commercial presence in Boka Bay, which was split between the Ottoman Empire and the Venetian Republic starting in the late 15 th century.
After withstanding an Ottoman attack in 1654, Perast was honored with the Venetian flag of St. Mark and entered its most prosperous period. The city enjoyed duty free trade with the Republic of Venice and flourished until the latter’s defeat at the hands of Napoleon in 1797. Like the rest of Boka Bay, Perast was then controlled by different European powers until finally becoming a part of Yugoslavia in 1944. Since 2006, Perast has been a part of independent Montenegro.