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Orahovac, Montenegro

Orahovac, Montenegro

Orahovac is a small village seat deep inside the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), a bit isolated and blessed with fresh spring water, just 10 kilometers from Kotor.
If only the sea did not penetrate so deep inland, the village Orahovac would be as far away from the coast as Cetinje or Rijeka Crnojevića (look up Skadar Lake, Montenegro). Fortunately, Orahovac is right by the sea.
Half a kilometer along the road from Perast to Kotor is the river Ljuta, short stream flowing into the sea after only a hundred meters. During the rainy season and even after a short rain in the summer this stream turns into a forceful river showing a magnificent display of whitewater fury. 
Orahovac is one of few places on the coast that has its own drinking water. Today the spring Ercegovina is the water purveyor for Perast and all neighboring villages. 
These days, this is just a sleepy tourist village away from the typical summer bazaar but close enough for day tours to the centers of Montenegro tourism. 
However, the picture of this tourist village was something completely different in the 19th century. Fascinating is the fact that Orahovac had over 30 sailing merchant ships in its possession, imagine all of them parked at the villages harbor same place today yachts and tourist boats are parked. No wonder this small village has such beautiful stone palaces, legacy of sea captains. So are the oak trees planted in the baroque time, about 300 years ago!
From the village there is an ascending road leading to the church Sv. Djordje, built in the middle ages on top of an older church. The frescoes preserved in its oldest part are from the 15th and 16th century. Many will stop here and enjoy the spectacular view opening all the way to Kotor. Continuing the climb up hill about 45 minutes is an Austrian military fortification, built on the borderline between Austrian territory (Bay of Kotor) and free Montenegro territory, half way across the hill tops to Perast.  This fort is worth seeing because it is by architecture different from dozens of other across the golf. The fort is not closed by a stone roof, like the one on top of the hill Vrmac above Kotor. Inside the fort walls is a miniature village with houses, squares and a church. Quite exiting and challenging for those who like hiking and light climbing. 
On the way towards Perast, standing bay the main road is the tower Bajova kula. It is a modest building but with a very important historic story. The tower bares the name after its builder Bajo Pivljanin from the village Runice in Piva, Montenegro. Bajo was a brave outlaw fighting against the Turks. He gathered around a group of men who waged a silent guerrilla war attaching caravans from his base in the Bay of Kotor (his tower). His small army helped defend Perast, Kotor and other towns in Dalmatia and Herzegovina from Ottoman attacks. Bajo was also first in line when in 1685 pasha from Shkoder raised his army against Montenegro and the Highlanders. Fighting on the Montenegro side, he met his end at the battle Vrteljka near Cetinje. Today the small gravel beach underneath the tower know as Bojova kula is popular among the locals mainly because of the thick shade from the bay life trees hiding it from the main road and the crystal clean water. Fisherman also like this spot; is it because of the geography of this place or because of a private farm for growing mussels not far from the tower, fishing here is worth ones while. 
About a kilometer towards Perast is Dražin Vrt, a hamlet of Orahovac. The aesthetic of this place is outstanding, not more than a dozen of stone villas decorated by gardens opening out to the sea with their very own piers and jetties. However, this is not the reason this hamlet is marked on the map of the Montenegro coast. It together with Orahovac is a chapter in the nautical history having 13 captains out of only 50 inhabitance! The most famous among them was the family Vukasović.
Although many will agree, driving from Perast to Kotor is reserved for historic and cultural tours it can also be a swimming adventure. Along the road, edge towards the sea there are several openings for parking. Hidden by wild pomegranate bushes are very narrow and steep paths to the sea, perfect for quick fresh dips and underwater fishing. Those who like to swim nude, this a rare place were one can do so.