Kotor, Montenegro was established as Santa Barbara's Sister City in the Fall of 2009. The town of Kotor is located on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical monuments, Kotor is located on a natural harbor within the Bay of Kotor. Like Santa Barbara, Kotor offers various year around activities including sailing, diving, fishing, hiking, water polo and festivals encompassing everything from theatre to musical arts. We have had a number of meaningful exchanges between Santa Barbara and Kotor over the past few years.
Santa Barbara - Kotor Exchanges - Highlights of 2014!
The Santa Barbara Aquatics Water Polo Team, under the direction of Coach Ryan McMillen, traveled to Kotor to train with the local Montenegro teams. While in Kotor the team met and trained with Coach Mirko Vičević (below) former Olympic champion and gold medal winner for the former country of Yugoslavia. March 2014
Santa Barbara - Kotor Sister City Committee member, Sissy Taran, (below), traveled to Kotor to meet with Kotor's Mayor Ćatović and water polo coach, Mirko Vičević. Ms. Taran presented the mayor and coach with a "thank you" gift from the Santa Barbara water polo team for the hospitality extended to them during their visit.
Santa Barbara - Kotor Sister City Celebrates FIVE Years!
March 2014: Dinner was held at the Music Academy of the West in celebration of the five year anniversary of the Santa Barbara - Kotor Sister City relationship. Goran Milić, owner of Divino restaurant, and culinary academy graduate and chef, Melinda Silver, prepared the dinner for the evening. Guest speakers included Santa Barbara Mayor, Helene Schneider, and Tiffany DeVries, Dean of Students for the Music Academy.
June 2014: Divino restaurant, in Los Angeles, was the venue for a dinner in celebration of the Goran Milić Culinary Academy in Kotor, Montenegro. The evening was attended by several guests from Montenegro, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Special guests included Goran Milić's mother, Vera, who traveled from Montenegro. Dinner was prepared by Chef Melinda Silver and Goran Milić Culinary Academy student, Semsa Musić, from Kotor, Montenegro.