The Bay of Kotor – Montenegro, Europe
The Bay of Kotor (Serbo-Croatian: Boka Kotorska, Cyrillic script:Бока Которска, in south-western Montenegro is a winding bay onthe Adriatic Sea. The bay, sometimes called Europe’s southernmost fjord,is in fact a submerged river canyon of the disintegrated Bokelj Riverwhich used to run from the high mountain plateaus of Mount Orjen. It is an important tourist attraction inMontenegro. The Verige strait represent the narrowest section of the bay and islocated between Cape St. Nedjelja and Cape Opatovo; it separates the inner bayeast of the strait from the remainder and belongs to the Natural andCulturo-Historical Region of Kotor, A World Heritage Site. Montenegro isplanning to build a bridge that would span the strait, the so called Verige bridge. The bay has been inhabited since antiquity andhas some well preserved medieval towns. The picturesque towns of Kotor, Risan,Tivat, Perast, Prčanj, Herceg Novi and Budva along with their natural surroundings,are major tourist attractions. The religious heritage of the land around thebay — its numerous Orthodox and Catholic Christianchurches and monasteries — makes it one of the major pilgrimage sites of theregion. The region of the Bay of Kotor wasoccupied by the Italian Army in April 1941, and was included in the Italian Governatorato di Dalmazia untilSeptember 1943. Since 1945, it has been part of the Republic of Montenegro. TheBay of Kotor lies within the Mediterranean subtropical belt. While summers are hot and sunny, autumn,winter and spring are rainy seasons. It is the climate type of theMediterranean but modifications exist in the vast region.