Perast, Montenegro

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Perast is perched on the bay of Kotor in Montenegro, a stunning country that suddenly seems to be creeping onto more British travel itineraries. My own included – I’ve been to Croatia a number of times over the years, but a recent trip in June was the first time I’ve ventured further south along the Adriatic.

Stopping off in this little town was a definite highlight of the trip. It stands proud on the bay like a faint watermark of the Venetian empire – long since diminished in influence, but certainly not in looks.

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Azure waters lap against tiny stone jetties. Ageing vehicles rot away charmingly in the sun. But it seems the glory days may not be over; new investment is rolling in, ensuring the town’s future as the bay’s prettiest spot. We stood on tip toes to peek into a sea-front mansion, currently being restored to an HD-ready finish the original builders could never have imagined. Some lucky soul will soon have what’s surely one of Europe’s most stunning holiday homes.

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