Perast is an old town in the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. It is situated a few kilometers northwest of Kotor and is noted for its proximity to the islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks. Perast lies beneath the hill of St. Ilija (873 m), on a cape that separates the two bays, Risan and Kotor, and overlooks the Verige strait, the narrowest part of the bay. It is a town with rich history. Thanks to the development of the maritime trade it flourished in the 17th and 18th centuries. Numerous buildings dating back to this period have been preserved, and some of them rank among the most important monuments of Baroque architecture on the Montenegrin coast, and all of those palaces, churches, the Museum of the Town of Perast, legends and customs bear witness to its history.

Near Perast there are two islets: one is called Sveti Juraj or Sveti Đorđi (St. George) and the other Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks), and each has a picturesque chapel. Gospa od Škrpjela is particularly interesting given that it is the only artificially-built island in the Adriatic, with an area of 3,030 m² — it was built upon a rock (Škrpjel) after two Venetian sailors from Perast found a picture of the Virgin Mary on it in 1452. Perast doesn’t have sandy beaches, but you can sunbathe there on the numerous small stone and concrete docks jutting out into the sea. Due its small size and almost non existing car traffic makes it a great place to wander around and enjoy the architecture, monuments and surroundings.

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