A yacht charter in Montenegro should without a doubt be on your bucket list if you haven’t decided where to sail next. This small country is located on the Adriatic Sea’s southeast coast and is bordered by Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania. Because of its strategic location close to Croatia, Italy and Greece and its raw natural beauty, Montenegro was part of Yugoslavia until 2006, but is now an independent country and also an up-and-coming boating destination.
Start and finish conveniently in Dubrovnik with this eight-day tour of Montenegro. Watch the dramatic scenery and impressive Balkan landscapes as you move south along the Dalmatian coast, check out an ancient fishing village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and some of the area’s most beautiful beaches to swim, snorkel or just relax.
If you’re looking to explore the Adriatic beyond Croatia, Montenegro’s mountainous 300 km rugged coastline is becoming popular. The nation boasts Perast and Kotor’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, an incredible Venetian fortress with a steep walk and spectacular bay-wide view. When sailing in Montenegro, explore the 14th century-old town of Herceg Novi or the pebble beach of Dobrec, which can only be reached by boat. At Budva, enjoy a party atmosphere at Ploce beach or go swimming at Mogren beach early in the morning to avoid the crowds. Jump for diving to Katič Island, discover Mamula Castle, or find refuge in the uninhabited Stari Ulcinj.
Sailing in Montenegro is the ideal way to enjoy the dramatic scenery, and Lord Byron once described Montenegro as’ the most beautiful land-sea encounter.’ The tourism industry has grown considerably since gaining independence in 2006, and Montenegro is increasingly becoming a popular holiday destination. The Porto Montenegro near Tivat, recently built, has over 600 berths and is one of the world’s most luxurious marinas.
A good starting point charters is the Bay of Kotor or Boka Kotorska. The bay has a landscape-like fjord and ancient villages are situated against the forest backdrop and snow-capped mountains. Particularly interesting and well preserved are the towns of Kotor and Perast. The marinas in the gulf are Marina Kotor and Porto Montenegro in Tivat. Traveling down the Adriatic coast are all lovely stops: Bigova, Budva, Petrovak, Bar and Ulcinj. In sheltered bays, Bigova and Petrovak are small villages. There are marinas and very picturesque old towns in Budva and Bar. Ulcinj is the southernmost coastal town, where it is suspected that the Spanish writer Cervantes has been held captive for several years by pirates. The character Dulcinea in Don Quixote has been suggested to be named after Ulcinj, which used to be called’ Cita di Dolcinio.’ There are plenty of safe beaches and idyllic anchorages all along the coast. Inland, Montenegro is home to several national parks containing beautiful mountain ranges, deep canyons of streams, lakes and ancient forests. Many of these areas remained largely untouched, resulting in high levels of biodiversity.