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Our Lady of Health, Špiljari

#21 of 146 in Things to do in Kotor Region
Must see · Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Hike up to Our Lady of Health, a Roman Catholic church overlooking Kotor Bay. Nestled on the slopes of a mountain, the church can only be reached via a 15-minute uphill trek, part of a longer trail. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes -- although short, the hike can be strenuous. When you reach the 16th-century church, you'll be rewarded with expansive views of the bay and the old town. Find out how to plan Špiljari trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • This was definitely one of the most incredible place where we took some astonishing pictures last week! Once you get to the church, you feel like mission accomplished! The church stands tall on the...  more »
  • This spot is fairly easy to reach, there is a toll to go up. There are stairs for most parts but a few rocky bits so make sure you have the right shoes. It is super hot in summer, bring water.  more »
  • The oldest building in Montenegro, it’s located on St John Mountain and can be seen from the bay. There’s a long line to begin the hike, but once started you walk up stone stairs, 1350 to be exact. Or, you can walk beside the stairs on rocks. It’s not difficult, but it would be hard for a small child, handicapped, or elderly. It took about two hours including the line, so don’t be misled by places online stating much less time. Once to the church you can continue up the mountain to St John’s Fortress. We took in the beautiful view and walked inside the church before heading back down as we had to get back on our cruise ship in time. There was a lady selling souvenirs just outside the doors to the church, which took not only a good bit of the limited space there and made it difficult for people to maneuver in and out of the church, but cheapened the environment of this amazing church and likened the entrance to a store. Not a huge deal, but not five stars because of that. Still worth the hike to see the church and an incredible view of the bay!
  • Definitely a once and a lifetime experience! The cost to go up is 8 Euros a person and cash only so be prepared. The hike is difficult at some points but the views are stunning. I would definitely recommend taking a break and buying a water at the church to continue going on to the fortress on top. I’d also like to point out that the water gets cheaper the further up you go, so if possible wait to buy it. Overall, the experience was great, although hard, but it’s something that I’ll always remember from my trip to Kotor!
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