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Kotor, Montenegro

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Montenegro: Kotor

In the fall, a mist settles into the hills surrounding the bay of Kotor, so thick you can hardly see the blood-orange trees in front of you. That hasn’t stopped the tide of wealthy Europeans: British expats are selling real estate, Russians are buying farmhouses in the hills, and the dark-haired, green-eyed people of the black mountains (how Montenegro gets its name) have opened restaurants to introduce visitors to the tastes of Montenegrin stewed meat. Beaches are not yet overrun, but this wild side of the Dalmatian Coast won’t stay undeveloped for long.

Population: 23,413

How to Get There: Kotor is 50 miles from Podgorica, the capital.

Where to Stay: Great Value Palazzo Radomiri (doubles from $195, including breakfast) was built from Croatian stone.

Where to Eat: Stari Mlini (dinner for two $116), on a mountain stream.

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