Santa Barbara's Sister City
Kotor, Montenegro

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July 2012 Santa Barbara's Mayor Helene Schneider and women's delegation visit Kotor.

2012 Mayor Ćatović and Mayor Schneider in Kotor.

2009 Sister City Chairman, 
George Lilly, meets with 
Mayor Marija Ćatović.

2016
Mayor Helene Schneider meets Kotor's Mayor Aleksandar Stjepčević.

A Tale of Two Sister Cities
Santa Barbara, California and Kotor, Montenegro

Santa Barbara Delegation (left to right):  George Lilly, Denise Lilly, Alec Wilczynski, Ichak Adizes, Goran Milić and Linda Mathews.

(left to right): Goran Milić - founder of the Goran Milić Culinary Academy, Boro Kašćelan - Director of the Resource Center, Deanne Scott - Santa Barbara delegation member, Mayor Helene Schneider, Mayor Alexsandar Stjepčević, and delegation members Barbara Neary, Denise Lilly and George Lilly.

Women's Delegation (left to right):  Linda Mathews, Victoria Furst Hines, Vickie Williams, 
Judi Weisbart, Mayor Helene Schneider and Kathy Janega-Dykes

2016 Santa Barbara 
delegation meets with Mayor 
Aleksandar Stjepčević.

February 2010 Kotor's Mayor Marija Ćatović and delegation visit Santa Barbara.

"Promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation - one individual, one community at a time"​


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. 


August 2016  Santa Barbara's Mayor Helene Schneider and delegation visit Kotor.

Kotor Delegation (left to right):  Mayor Marija Ćatović, Kotor Prime Minister Nikola Konjević,
Nada Sbutega, Andriela Ćetković, Marija Ivanović, Ljiliana Jovović, and Snežana Macić Stanaćev.

February 2009 Santa Barbara Delegation makes first visit to Kotor, Montenegro.

2010 Mayor Ćatović and 
Nikola Konjević tour 
Santa Barbara.