The Mediterranean is a popular yachting destination owing to transparent blue water, lovely coastal villages, and delightful Mediterranean climate. Outstanding regional cuisine, accompanied by great local wines only enhances the experience. With popularity rising to its height in the summer season, competition for the best marina berths, secluded mooring spots, and quiet beaches runs large. There is, however, a place with all of the beauty and a bit less of the buzz in the stunning coastline of Montenegro.
Tucked in between Croatia’s intricate coast to the north, and the Albanian coast to the south, Montenegro has quietly become the fashionable escape for many an exclusive yachting adventure. The glorious Bay of Kotor’s 28 miles of fjord, the longest of all in southern Europe, leads to waters once sailed by ancient Illyrians, conquered by Romans, and peacefully existing today after a long, challenging history. Neolithic remains, Medieval villages, a modern superyacht marina, and busy beachside nightlife are rapidly earning Montenegro a status badge, but there is still much unspoiled territory to explore, with fewer crowds to invade the view. While you could spend two weeks simply cruising about the Bay of Kotor, there are several interesting destinations along Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline.
Our suggestion for seven delicious days departs from Porto Montenegro, reaching for a loop to the south, returning to Kotor. We are certain this itinerary will provide both a fabulous journey as well as unique talking points upon your return home, gathering envious glances as you retrace your route.
Day 1: Settle into your splendid yacht in the lovely new superyacht facilities at Porto Montenegro. Cruise the Bay of Kotor, arriving at Kotor city and it’s old town ramparts and architecture. This excellent natural harbor is home to many scenic, fortified villages set into the cliffs of the Balkan range, where magnificent mountains plunge dramatically into the bay.
Day 2: Admire the Bay of Kotor’s stunning waters, with pretty bays and cliffside villages clinging to rock on your way to the city of Kotor. Step off the yacht to explore old town Kotor’s churches, cathedrals, monuments, and authentic architecture. Refreshed, but allowed to gracefully show their age, the buildings of Kotor tell their story well. Great mountain backdrops provide stunning panoramas, and for those with the stamina to climb the steep 1,350 steps to the peak at the fortress of St. John, the view delivers vast rewards. The massive peaks provide a glorious view of the red tile roofs and whitewashed walls of the city against the blue waters of the bay.
Day 3: Cruise back through the Bay of Kotor to Perast, past two pretty islands, St. George and Lady of the Rocks, each with its own beautiful chapel reflected in the smooth, clear waters of the bay. With the hill of St. Elijah as a backdrop, this lovely town shows its Medieval roots in art and architecture, as well as its romantic side. Beautiful cruising here around the islands makes for a leisurely day on the water, navigating back to the entrance to the Bay of Kotor at Herceg Novi. Dive the Blue Grotto caves, explore the 1,000 year old trees and ancient stone houses, and Arza Castle.
Day 4: Cruising south along the coast to Budva, where beaches, monuments, shops, galleries, and the City Theatre welcome tourists and entertain locals. The Budvanska Riviera invites idyllic beach days in this ancient town with Illyrian relics dating back to the 5th century BC. Also stroll the open-air markets for souvenirs. Known for its summer nightlife, Jaz Beach holds concerts with international rock stars, and the clubs stay open late to accommodate those on holiday. The lovely island of Sveti Stefan deserves a look, home to a beautiful upscale resort.
Day 5: Cruise north back to Rose at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. Tender in to Dobrec Beach, accessible only by water from the bay, for a charming visit to an old fashioned fishing community with an eye for capturing a small, select clientele. Unspoiled and off the beaten track, Dobrec offers a relaxed visit with exceptional views.
Day 6: Cruise the coast back to Tivot and Porto Montenegro, exploring islands, coastline, fishing, and diving.
Day 7: Disembark.
Customized itineraries scheduling an additional week or two may include destinations along the coasts of Croatia, Albania, and Greece, or passage across the sea to Italy. The Montenegrin introduction to Mediterranean cruising is as close to perfection as any, with enough traffic and buzz to make it interesting, yet plenty of largely unexplored, quiet villages and majestic scenery. The exceptional facilities at Porto Montenegro are especially welcome for neophytes, while accommodating experience sailors with ease.
Renting a yacht in the Adriatic Sea is a remarkable adventure not only along magnificent shores of many countries, but also a journey to the lands, which used to be once part of the Roman Empire, still keeping carefully its unique heritage. Yachting in the Adriatic Sea will introduce you to the variety of the views, cultures, local traditions and cuisine.
Renting a yacht in Adriatic Sea will take you to the amazing landscapes, towns and marinas of Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, and along the Eastern coast of Italy.
ADRIATIC YACHT CHARTER DESTINATIONS
Yachting in the Adriatic offers not only a variety of rental boats including sailing vessels and motor yachts, but also many opportunities price-wise due to the difference between the yacht charter markets and tax regulations of the various countries in this area . By chartering either a luxury yacht, or a charming classic boat, a voluminous catamaran or a performance sailboat, one gets a unique opportunity to visit such picturesque locations as Dubrovnik, Budva, Split, Zadar, Sibenik, Venice , Pescari,Bari, and many others.
By renting a yacht in the Adriatic Sea and exploring its fantastic landscapes, fjords, beaches, islands, ancient towns and fortresses, one can get a unique experience of historical sites-seeing, fresh sea food and local wines tasting and enjoying of astonishing views provided by the natural variety of the region. One of the points to begin with can be the coastline of Montenegro with its magnificent Kotor harbour- great for bathing and visiting a XVII century church on a tiny island along with a medieval town, surrounded by a several kilometre long old wall; the charming Sveti Stefan island, beloved by the celebrities, and the old fortress of Budva, offering comfortable beaches, old times ambience and succulent seafood. The combination of seashores and mountains provide a very special beauty to this land.
Having won the Superyacht Marina of the Year in 2016 and located in Tivat, Marina Porto Montenegro and it’s marina Village, has become the Adriatic’s hub for Superyachts, and one of the leading luxury yacht homeports in the Mediterranean. Please feel free to enquire with YACHTS INVEST Yacht Management Program for passage and long term moorings, as well as berths for sale in this splendid marina.
Sailing further north on your Adriatic yacht charter, you will reach the mysterious land of Croatia, which keeps old traditions of several epochs, different cultures and rare natural beauty matching any taste. YACHTS INVEST can help you with choosing the best stopovers in this area, as there might be too much to see for just one trip. You can begin with Dalmatia and its famous centre of Dubrovnik; well-known for its soft sandy beaches and rich history, covering the times of the Venetian and Dubrovnik republics, French and Austrian Empires and the times of the socialist Yugoslavia. It could also be the island of Mljet with Odyssey’s cave, Bay of Ston with its fresh oysters, Island of Bisevo with its Blue Cave, Lastovo, a town of chimneys and Hvar, with its ancient walls - all located in the same area.
While Renting a yacht in the Adriatic Sea don’t miss stopping by Split and walking by the steps of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, seeing the first town of the Croatian kings of Sibenik and bathe under the waterfalls of the river Krka. The northern part of the coastline welcomes yacht charterers with the town of Zadar almost 30 centuries old, offering not only deep feeling of history, but also a unique Sea Organ; Krk Island, a beloved resort of the ancient Romans, known for its healing mud baths, active monastery and unique oaks, which were used for building Venice; the entertaining Rijeka with its bars and discotheques, and Pula, rich with well preserved ancient Roman coliseum and Triumph Arch.
Stop by at the biggest port of Slovenia, Koper, which was founded by the ancient Greeks and enjoy Venetian gothic of Pretorian Palace and other palaces of the famous families of those times. Taste some special local food, which will pleasantly surprise you.
The eastern coast of Italy is another exciting journey by itself. Venice is well known to be the unique pearl of architecture, history and style of life. Starting with the Grand Channel and the Palace of the Doge, feel the charm of this city by wandering along its narrow streets and taking a little tour on one it’s famous gondolas, enjoying a glass of Champaign and gondolier’s singing. Spend some time shopping and get a colorful carnival mask and something made of Murano glass. Sliding down to the south on your Adriatic yacht charter, you can enjoy many ancient and picturesque ports including Rimini, Ancona, Pescara, and especially Bari. There is evidence that this area has been inhabited for more than five thousand years, thus remembering many famous historical events and persons. The city is also famous for the orthodox St. Nicolas chapel, where the relics of the latter are kept, old Roman-style cathedral of San Sabino and XIIIth century Castello Svevo.
All this variety of views, new impressions and tastes along with a relaxing vacation on the water and astonishing beaches can be yours while renting a yacht in the Adriatic Sea.
1. Perast – a unique town, guarded by UNESCO and by the affection of all those who have spent time there. It is thought to be the oldest human settlement in the Bay of Kotor – the remains of a Neolithic culture (3500 BC) and archaeological finds are evidence that the site where the town stands has been settled since Illyrian, Roman and early Christian times, right up to the present day. Perast is best depicted by its numerous important buildings – fortresses, churches, residences and museums testify to the turbulent history of this region, and to the rule here of Napoleon, the French, the Austrians and other conquering nations. Two small islands, called Our Lady of Škrpelj and Saint George’s, face Perast in the bay, lending the town a special charm and authenticity.
2. Mirišta and Plava Špilja – the former, an island close to Herceg Novi, on which the 14th-century Presentation of the Most Holy Mother of God monastery is situated (some even say it dates from the 11th century), the latter the “Blue Cave”, a unique natural feature on the Luštica peninsula. Two exceptional tourist attractions of this town which are well worth visiting. The entrance to the Blue Cave is guarded by cliffs reaching up to 40 metres above sea level. The deep blue emanating from the waters in the cave leaves visitors speechless.
3. Porto Montenegro Tivat – the most luxurious marina in the Adriatic. It has been built to receive mega yachts but also smaller sailing boats. This modern tourist complex was built to the highest architectural and engineering standards, whilst retaining Mediterranean charm and warmth. The marina is designed to provide fun and relaxation, with everything you could ever need all in one place, from numerous international restaurants, cafes, organic food shops, clothes shops offering top international fashions, pools, galleries and museums – everything you need for a quality holiday. The combination of quality service and the magical setting will afford you an experience that rivals any of the elite European tourist centres.
4. Sveti Stefan – the islet and the town sitting atop it. Once a fishing village situated on a rock just off the shore, connected to it by a narrow isthmus, in the seventies and eighties Sveti Stefan (Saint Stefan) became a famous resort for the world’s rich and famous. Famous actors, artists, kings and princes from all over the world have come to holiday in this magical seaside village, including, notably, Sophia Loren, who has been a frequent guest.
5. Biogradska Gora National Park –
Between the rivers Lim and Tara, in the middle of the Bjelasica mountain range, is the Biogradska Gora National Park, and within it, one of the last three European old-growth forests.This area has been protected since 1878, when it was encompassed by the so-called King’s Reserve – a gift to the then-king, Nikola. In the very heart of the forest, at 1094m above sea-level, is the Biogradsko Jezero lake. Its unique turquoise colour comes from the dense forest reflected in its waters. The woods are home to 86 tree species, many of them protected (incidentally, the Biogradska Gora National Park harbors 20% of all species endemic to the Balkan Peninsula). Nature-lovers can enjoy walksamong spruce, firs, beech, elm, oak and linden, while bird-watchers will want to look out for eagles and kites in flight. Large mammals include deer, chamois, bears and wolves. No less than 80 species of butterfly can be seen here too – 40% of all the species present in Montenegro.
Sailing enthusiasts from across the globe opt for the azure Adriatic as their preferred spot to set sail due to its desirable winds, charming ports of call, and where a sailor can surely find a secluded bay to lay anchor for a private dip. Sailing brings you the closest to the elements as you can get, without compromising on the luxuries. Before releasing your mooring in the safe marina, get familiar with the many Adriatic winds so you are prepared out on the spectacular waters.
This is probably the most famous of the winds, and certainly the coldest and powerful. When this high-pressure wind comes tumbling down towards the sea from the mountains, it gains momentum, often reaching gusts of 80 knots. Bura is an air cleanser so those with allergies will appreciate the work it does; housewives are fans too, as the clear skies and cold wind-provide speedy drying of laundry. Bura blows a cold wind under sunny skies often lasting for several days but the last Buras of the winter season should blow in March, and it is believed that if three days of Bura occur in this month, the summer will be warm, without interruption. When Bura sails, you don’t!
When the northern Tramuntana wind blows, it is usually an indicator that extreme weather conditions will follow, most commonly Bura. The Tramuntana itself usually lasts for a day and can be quite unpredictable and shifty, generating large waves…so beware on the waters.
Levanat is a moderate traditional wind that, in wintertime, occurs when Jugo (Sirocco) turns to Bura and in summertime, it is a breeze in the morning that turns into the favorable Maestral. Levanat is most prone to blow for a couple of days in a row from February to March bringing clouds and rainfall. Levanat brings good sailing conditions although it is not so popular as it is usually a very cold wind.
Jugo a.k.a. Sirocco
The Jugo is a low pressure, warm wind, not as strong as the Bura, that blows onto the Adriatic the African Sahara. It causes high and choppy waves, with showers in between; quite depressing really, especially as it can last for more than two weeks!…. Actually, Jugo is usually to blame for bad moods and bad behavior in Croatia. If someone notices you are having a bad day, they’ll as “Južina?” referring to the wind. All you need to do is nod and you are forgiven for your sins that day. The Jugo wind is blamed for everything from low work productivity, headaches, mental breakdowns, and a broken leg. Previously, in the old Republic of Dubrovnik in southern Croatia, no laws were passed on a day of Jugo, and criminals who had murdered would be pardoned if they had committed their crime on a day of Jugo.
The powerful Lebić usually brings high-tide, abundant rain, and wild waves and is known to destroy many south facing beaches and coastlines. Lebić sometimes comes after Jugo or after the passing of a cyclone and tends to last a few hours only.
The Punenat is a rare and unfriendly wind, more popular in the northern Adriatic, and you can forsee it coming is it takes form in very unusual phases. Firstly, the sea and wind with be almost at a stand-still, then clouds form from the west, followed by gusts, and then once again there is the “quiet before the storm” before Punenat pays a visit with high waves and extremely dangerous conditions, particularly in longitudinal channels. A powerful Punenat tends to creates havoc on west facing beaches and promenades.
Maestral is the favorite summer wind for all leisurely sailors meandering down the Adriatic. This refreshing breezy wind kicks off around noon (allowing you to sleep in before starting your daily sailing adventures) and backs off before sunset, just in time to berth at a quay prepare for dinnertime. Maestral blows during the summertime and can at times reach up to 30 knots.
Burin is another favorite during the summer months; a thermal wind that usually blows during the evenings and night hours. Burin blows in the almost the same direction as the infamous Bura but at a much more pleasant force.