Discover the history of one of Montenegro’s most beloved islands.
Named after the Illyrian tribe Pirusta, Perast began as a small fishing village with working shipyards as early as the 14 th century. After Kotor recognized Venetian rule in 1420, Perast began to develop a stronger commercial presence in Boka Bay, which was split between the Ottoman Empire and the Venetian Republic starting in the late 15 th century.
After withstanding an Ottoman attack in 1654, Perast was honored with the Venetian flag of St. Mark and entered its most prosperous period. The city enjoyed duty free trade with the Republic of Venice and flourished until the latter’s defeat at the hands of Napoleon in 1797. Like the rest of Boka Bay, Perast was then controlled by different European powers until finally becoming a part of Yugoslavia in 1944. Since 2006, Perast has been a part of independent Montenegro.
- Sunny days - 240
- Area - 88km2
- Average temperature - 19℃
- Population - 349