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Kotor is one of major tourist destinations in Montenegro. It has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It has numerous other sights, such as the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town (built in 1166), and ancient walls which stretch for 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) directly above the city. Sveti Đorđe and Gospa od Škrpijela islets off the coast of Perast are also among the more popular destinations in the vicinity of Kotor.

The old town is filled with bars, restaurants and cafes, and there are many nightclubs in Kotor. Summer events, such as Summer Carnival or Bokeljska Noć, are visited by thousands of tourists. These are the most visited happenings in Montenegro during the summer, with over 30,000 people enjoying themselves in Kotor during Summer Carnival. Kotor with Budva hosted the Federation of European Carnival Cities (FECC) World Carnival City Congress in May 2009

Kotor is not a premium destination for sunbathing, as there are no sandy beaches and the water is not of reasonable quality in this part of the Bay of Kotor. However, some of the beaches on the Budva Riviera are no more than half an hour's drive away.

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