Kotor Weather March Averages, Montenegro
What's the weather like in Kotor in March
Spring rolls into Kotor with its typical Mediterranean-style caprices, in a mixture of gentle sunshine and consistent rain.
The average temperature is steady at 10°C, not increasing slightly from February, and the nights are slightly warmer at 5°C. The higher end also reaches a more pleasant 16°C on average it may not seem like much, but it's a clear sign that Kotor is slowly unwinding and preparing for the glorious summer ahead.
The days are slightly longer, with up to 5 hours of sunshine per day. Chances of rain are still quite high at 60% on average, but humidity drops to 67%, making March a great month to spend in the Bay of Kotor, if the occasional rain doesn't put you off.
Precipitation levels reach about 113mm, spread over a cumulated 10 days throughout the month, and wind speeds increase to 72kmh. This roughly translates into a pleasant but windy and quite rainy beginning for the spring season on the Adriatic coast.
Most of the winds now begin to shift, most of them from the north and north west, but the mountains do a good job of taking the edge off and keeping any unexpected frost away from the Montenegrin Riviera of Kotor.
With everything now blooming under the sun, even the sea gains an extra degree, measuring up to 14°C (57°F) on average. The waters are still quite cold and not recommended for swimming, particularly when the afternoon coastal winds blow. The tides are high and choppy, with waves often crashing against the rocky shores.
A windbreaker is recommended if you're planning to spend your days out either hiking or walking along the shore, and an umbrella would come in handy as well, since in these parts of the bay the rain falls quite heavily during its short episodes.
Kotor Hotels in March
Situated in a quiet part of Kotor, Hotel Porto In features an a la carte restaurant specializing in international cuisine and comfortable double and superior suites. The rooms are all fully furnished, with a private bathroom and plush lounge area with flat screen TV. The Old Town is a 2-minute walk away and you'll find plenty of shops and cafes within walking distance from the hotel.
Apartments Vedrina can be found in the heart of Kotor and offer beautiful self-catering apartments. There's free Wi-Fi across the venue and access to a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The units are all fully furnished, with a comfortable lounge area with flat screen TV, en-suite bathroom and a well-equipped kitchen. The apartments also feature spacious balconies opening out to stunning views of the bay and the mountains surrounding it.
Apartments Windrose are a good way to treat yourself if you're planning a spring holiday in Kotor. Their units are beautifully furnished and feature a private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and a wonderful sofa lounge with a smart full HD flat screen TV for your enjoyment. Most of these lovely units also feature private terraces, which open up to breath-taking views of the bay. Guests will also have access to barbecue facilities on site, perfect for those sunny days towards the end of March.
Kotor Beaches for March
You won't find any sandy beaches in Kotor, but the bay area is beautiful nonetheless with its natural setting and pebbled stretches opening out to the deep blue sea. One excellent beach to visit this time of the year is Morinj Beach, a mixture of sand and pebbles that's about 1km long and only 15m wide. Its backdrop is stupendous, mixed between the canal and the marina of Kotor, and the beach itself is situated on one of the bay area's capes, just beneath the highway. There are springs of sweet water where the mills were repurposed as restaurants within walking distance from the beach. This is definitely one of the best spots to enjoy Kotor Bay's views from, its tranquillity and natural beauty unmatched.
Bars and Restaurants
Restaurant Galion sets a wonderful scene, in a classy and sumptuous venue offering superb views of the sea and vibrant marina, its busy harbour and the Old Town walls in the background, scattered down the mountain slopes. The menu is a divine selection of fish and seafood, often paired with some of Montenegro's best wines. The restaurant is part of the luxurious Hotel Vardar, and its exquisite cuisine and service make it one of Kotor's best places for the absolute fine dining experience.
Built within a hotel bearing the same name, Conte Restaurant opens out to breath-taking views of the Perast seafront in the neighbouring Bay of Boka. The location is stupendous, with the terrace sitting just above the dark blue sea, and the cuisine is phenomenal, centred mostly on fish and seafood specialities. The high quality of the carefully prepared dishes, as well as the fine selection of local and international wines make this delightful venue one of the best restaurants in the whole of Montenegro.
If you need to loosen up and shake a leg over some spirited drinks, Disco Secondo Porto would be a good option they play a variety of pop and commercial dance music that appeals to pretty much anyone, and the drinks prices are ridiculously low. Its additional charm lies in the fact that there's also Serbian music playing, which is often a good way to get in touch with the current local spirit and culture chances are you'll be feverishly dancing to it as well, as the atmosphere is always great when the Montenegrin go out at night!
Things to do in Kotor in March
Kotor has many splendid historical landmarks to visit and admire, and the Sea Gate is definitely one of them. The main town entrance was built back in 1555, back when Kotor was under Venetian occupation. You can see the winged lion of San Marco, the crest symbol of Venice, proudly displayed on the walls here and in several other key locations across town. The gate has seen plenty in its time, and it even has the date of Kotor's liberation from Nazi rule mentioned at the top, along with the communist star. A limestone relief of the Virgin Mary and Child, flanked by St. Tryphon and St. Bernard, dating back from the 15th century can be seen as one passes through this beautiful gate. In Weapons Square, you'll find a stone pyramid standing in front of the old clock tower dating back from 1602 it was once a pillory used for shaming those who did not abide by the town's laws.
While you're out and about in Kotor, exploring its nooks and crannies, do pay attention to the town walls. These fortifications advanced up to Saint John's Hill back in the 9th century, and ended in a loop by the 14th century. The people of Kotor continued to consolidate this magnificent stone structure all the way into the 19th century. With entry points near the North Gate and behind Trg Od Salate, you can even take the 1,350 steps up to a 260m altitude, from which you can take in the breath-taking view of the bay and the mountains. Take it easy, though, and pack plenty of water and snacks to keep you going, this route is not for just anyone to take.