Times readers' underrated destinations of the world
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Kotor, Montenegro( Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times )
Although I'd heard of Montenegro, I really didn't quite know where it was until I started planning a trip to the Baltic region of Eastern Europe. Kotor, a wonderfully preserved walled city at the end of the southernmost fiord in Europe, is just a two-hour ride from Dubrovnik, Croatia. The food and drink are very good, they use the euro, and there is a 1,350-step hike to the top of the fortress that gives one a commanding view of the fiord from above and is a must for any visitor. I teach travel photography and I've been to more than 35 countries on five continents, but Kotor is now my favorite place. I almost don't want to let the secret out.
Info: www.visit-montenegro.com/cities-kotor.htm or www.kotormontenegro.net
-- Ralph Velasco, Corona del Mar
Perast, on the edge of the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.