Bathed by the Adriatic Sea, with rugged mountains, medieval villages, and a strip of golden sand, you will find the newly formed (2006) country of Montenegro. Sail around the Bay of Kotor dotted with coastal churches and fortified towns, or visit Budva a glamorous crystalline playground for mega yachts with a lively nightlife. Montenegro is small, but this gorgeous nation is full of natural and man-made wonders.
Montenegro is one of the Balkan countries located along the coastline of the Adriatic sea. It’s filled with rugged mountains, medieval villages and narrow white sand, blue water beaches. Its main bay, The Bay of Kotor, resembles a fjord, dotted with coastal churches and fortified towns. Montenegro is also home to Durmitor National Park, where you will find wildlife such as bears and wolves and huge glacial lakes, and Lake Skadar, the largest lake in Southern Europe and home to one of the largest bird reserves in Europe.
As you begin to explore Montenegro, board your yacht at the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club and cruise towards Kotor, through this stunning blue water bay surrounded by lush, adriatic green vegetation. As you sail you will come by Our Lady of the Rocks, also known as Montenegro’s Catholic “floating church”, resting in the middle of the bay sitting on a 500 year old artificially created island, only accessed by boat.
Dock at Montenegro’s Old Town Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a living and breathing museum with its worn out churches and Venetian-inspired architecture - the residences of wealthy locals dotting the shores. Kotor’s beauty lies in its ancient relics and millenia-old churches with paintings by Bellini and Veronese. Tender ashore to tour this gem with all it has to offer: explore the Old Town, savour its local squid-ink risotto, seafood bouillabaisse and monkfish dishes, at the waterfront Galion restaurant and taste the local Vranac Montenegrin wine.
As you cruise out of the Bay of Kotor, spend the day at Perast, a charming stone town city with two picturesque island churches. Once at the bay’s mouth you will come by Herceg Novi, Montenegro’s fortified city. Admire, from the water, its enchanting churches and centuries-aged fortresses. Here you may choose to drop anchor and snorkel on the quiet pebble beach with crystal clear waters or to simply lounge in the sun.
Cruising southwards towards Budva, explore Montenegro’s Blaue Grotte, famous for the shimmering blue reflected throughout the cave. Tender into the cave and snorkel around to explore this natural wonder.
As you reach Budva, Montenegro’s playground for mega yachts, step ashore to explore its charming Old Town and its fortified island sitting over crystalline waters. By day, enjoy yourself on its beaches; Jaz Beach that hosts Sea Dance Festival in summer and on Mogren Beach you will find the iconic “Dancer of Budva” and is a great place to watch the sunset as the light over the Adriatic casts beautiful pink and purple glow on the water and Old Town behind it. By night make your way to one of Montenegro’s famous clubs such as Hill Top, one of the most beautiful nightclubs in the Balkans.
Another of Montenegro’s gems is the 5-star luxury resort islet of Sveti Stefan, and its peninsula, with its irregularly shaped whitewashed stone villas laying over a turquoise sea, lined with a pink-sand beach. Its beauty has attracted A-list visitors from all over the world including celebrities and jetsetters. Spend the day in one of its picture perfect beaches, Miločer Beach, with its pink sands, turquoise sea and pine and olive tree backdrop. By night, dine at the world famous Nobu restaurant.
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- The Globe Sailor
- Dream Yacht Charter
- Montenegro Yacht Charter
Yachting in Montenegro will prove to be an experience not to be missed and will make for lifelong memories for you and your guests. Enjoy this stunning part of the world as it was meant to be seen - by the water.
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