What's the weather like in Kotor in November
Autumn in Kotor is generally grey and rainy, and November is by far the wettest month of the year.
The average temperature is 11°C, a substantial drop from the previous month of October. The nights are quite cool at a low average of 7°C, and the warmer days are expected to reach a high end around 17°C (63°F), and thus create a tableau of Montenegrin autumn. Humidity is quite high at 78%, and the dew point gets close to 17°C, making it sometimes uncomfortable in the absence of air conditioning. This is, after all, a bay area with a substantial amount of water present, thus humidity is bound to make its presence felt at least once a year.
The days are shorter, with up to just 4 hours of sunshine, and chances of clear skies lose in favour of thick clouds and rain.
Chances of rainy days tend to exceed the 60% average, and the rainfall volume expected hits 167mm over the course of 13 days throughout the month. With the aforementioned high humidity, November is basically the least popular month of the year. Despite all that, with the fresh air filtered by the mountains and their blanketing forests, the bay area is absolutely superb even in the last month of autumn, especially when the sunnier days come along.
Wind speed is low, at 54kmh on average, most of it northern and north-eastern from the continent, where winter begins to make its presence felt across Eastern Europe. The limestone giants do a good job of keeping the powerful winds away from the Bay of Kotor though, and the first two weeks of the month still experience the mild breeze from the western parts of the Adriatic Sea.
The water temperature drops to 18°C (65°F), a significant drop from previous months, and thus not offering good swimming conditions.
Kotor Hotels for November
The lovely Palma Apartments can be found less than 200 yards from the pebbled beach of Kotor Bay and about half a mile away from the Old Town. All of the units feature a traditional décor, with modern amenities which include a flat screen TV, air conditioning, private bathroom and fully equipped kitchen, as well as splendid views of the bay. Cafes, grocery stores and restaurants can all be found within walking distance from the venue, and there are also sports facilities about a mile away, including tennis courts and a football field.
Apartments Vojvoda offer excellent accommodation complete with classic furniture, air conditioning, flat screen TV, en-suite bathroom and modern kitchen with cooking facilities. Most of these units also feature balconies opening out to gorgeous views of the sea and the surrounding mountains. The aparthotel also boasts a charming and lush garden, which offers wooden benches and tables, barbecue facilities and some splendid Mediterranean trees. The owner of this venue also rents out a small boat which can be used for trips and fishing expeditions across the bay. If you're lucky, you can even catch one of the ground floor apartments, which offer furnished patios and views of the small sandy beach not 20 yards away.
Apartments Bella Vista can be found about a mile and a half away from Kotor's Old Town and offer direct access to a delightful little beach. The apartments are fully furnished and also feature air conditioning, comfortable lounge area with flat screen TV, dining area and modern kitchen, as well as a private bathroom and a charming little patio opening out to the beautiful bay of Kotor. Restaurants and supermarkets are less than 100 yards from the accommodation, and tennis, basketball and football courts can be found about half a mile up towards the historical centre of Kotor.
Kotor Beaches for November
As the Kotor Riviera is basically the deepest part of the much larger Boka Bay, you won't find those long and sandy beaches that are otherwise characteristic to this part of the Adriatic Coast. However, you will find plenty of narrow strips of pebble and rugged sand opening out to the deep blue and shallow waters of the bay. The weather in November doesn't offer good sunbathing or swimming conditions, but nothing should stop you from going out on long walks along the shore, in order to explore the natural beauties that Kotor has to offer.
Bars and Restaurants
The little sister town of Budva has many excellent places to try in terms of local cuisine. Konoba Stari Grad is definitely at the top of the list, specializing in Montenegrin and Mediterranean fish dishes and seafood specialities, cooked in accordance with the rigorous culinary traditions of the area. One absolutely unforgettable highlight of this menu is the octopus ragu, for which bookings must be made in advance in order to be able to enjoy it the cooking process takes hours, subject to a slow simmering process which brings out the best in both the octopus pulp and the condiments used to enhance its wonderful flavour. The wine list is also impressive, and the service is beyond excellent.
Restaurant Elias is another charming option in Kotor, serving a delicious variety of meat and fish specialities from the local cook books. Its food is served on a terrace covered in swirling vines, with wooden outdoor furniture and breath-taking views of the bay. The dining room's walls are stone, the floors are tiled and lead to an open fireplace, and what truly makes this place unforgettable is the dessert menu, which includes seasoned delights such as dried fruit in honey and pancakes drizzled in white wine sauce.
Things to do in Kotor in November
November is a good month to explore the old parts of Kotor, especially if you take an Ancient Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik. The professional guide will take you through some of the most beautiful parts of the country, from the splendid and idyllic Konvale Valley, all the way into Perast for a boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks, the marvellous little man-made islet resting in the middle of Kotor's Bay. You'll get to admire the fascinating murals inside the little church on the island, and then you'll be taken on an ample tour of the Old Town, with its many historical landmarks and ancient stone walls. The tour will then take you on a wonderful ferry ride across the bay, then bring you back into Dubrovnik.
If you find yourself eager to explore more of the beautiful spots that Kotor hides beneath its terracotta roofs and laurel tree crowns, you can also make your way down to the beautiful Church of Saint Nicholas, a simple but absolutely charming Orthodox structure dating back from 1909. The interior is adorned with simple religious sculptures, murals and wood panels, and the smell of beeswax and incense will fill your lungs, while the dome's stained glass artwork filters the light and gives the entire space a certain mystical air.