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Sailing to Montenegro? Where to go, what to do – Part One, Port of Bar and Marina Bar

28 July 2016
Port of Bar aerial view

Entering in Montenegro by sea

When you are entering in Montenegro by sea from south, the first place where you can be cleared is Bar.

According to the Montenegrin Law on Yachts, upon entering in Montenegrin Territorial Waters yacht should proceed with the shortest route to destination port which is open for international traffic in order to obtain arrival clearance, navigation permit called Vignette and Endorsement of Crew and Passenger list by Harbour Master’s Office or one of its branch. When entering in Montenegrin Territorial Waters and prior to arrival at the destination port, Master or Skipper of the yacht shall forward to Harbour Master’s Office or its branch offices all necessary documents for obtaining arrival clearance, vignette and endorsement of Crew and Passenger list by fax or e-mail, either directly or through the authorized Yacht Agent in Montenegro. If you appoint our agency as your Yacht Agent in Bar we can arrange everything for you, from berth reservation, all the paperwork connected with arrival and departure, formalities for obtaining Montenegrin Visa if necessary, standard maintenance, emergency repair or yacht cleaning service with more than reasonable prices or organize excursions, transport or Hotel or private villa accomodation reservation for your crew or passengers. We can also supply you with fresh provisions from unique local products to high-end imported brands. Basically, yours would be only to drive, and for all the rest, we are at your disposal on 24/7 bases. You name it, we do it.

If you are sailing to Montenegro for the first time, check out our previous post to get some useful information regarding navigation in Montenegrin Territorial Waters.

Port of Bar

Port of Bar lies on the south of Bay of Bar close to cape Volujica. Port of Bar is biggest commercial Port in Montenegro and doesn’t have commercial berths for yacht, but on the outer breakwater, few hundred meters from the Port entrance there is a Marine Fuel Station. Fuel delivery is made ex-pipe with a flow rate up to 900 liters/minute and the dock can accept even larger Mega Yachts. If you appoint UK Yacht Agency Montenegro as your Yacht Agent in Bar we can arrange for you delivery of Tax free fuel regardless of Yachts size and purpose. As we wrote in our previous post Tax Free fuel is available in Montenegro for both private and chartered yachts under the condition that yacht leaves Montenegrin Territorial Waters immediately upon bunkering completion. Price of Tax Free fuel is up to 45% cheaper than standard market price of fuel, and that makes Port of Bar very attractive refueling station for larger yachts. Anyway for yachts with less than 35 meters of length we would recommend yachts refueling to be made in Marina Bar which is more convenient for smaller yachts due to the less follow-up costs.

Marina Bar

yacht agent Ad marina bar

Marina Bar is situated in the Northeast part of Port of Bar. Marina Bar has 900 berths at sea for yachts up to 35 meters long and 250 berths on land. Depth is 6 meters on entrance, decreasing to 2 meters at end of the marina. Electricity and water supply, 24/7 security service, use of toilets and free WiFi zone is available. Inside marina there is service hangar which provides both yachts maintenance and yachts engine maintenance and repair. There are parking places for 300 vehicles and Marine Fuel Station close to the entrance in Marina, at the end of northern breakwater. As authorized Yacht Agent in Marina Bar our agency is capable to arrange you Tax free fuel bunkering at Marina Bar Marine Fuel Station with prices that represent cheapest fuel and diesel prices at Adriatic Region. Price of fuel and diesel in Montenegro is regulated by instructions of the Government of Montenegro and it changes every two weeks, so you can contact us to obtain the latest prices. Marina Bar is protected from wind by breakwaters from all sides except from east.

Marina Bar is situated close to the center of town, so everything is close to it from Harbour Master’s office, Police, Hotel, Health Center, Post office, Malls, Caffes and Restaurants, all in a range of 300 meters. Two closest international airports are Podgorica on 36 kilometers, and Tivat on 70 kilometers from Bar.

What to do, where to go when you are in Bar

Bar is the modern, dynamic tourist place that has a rich historical background. There are lots of historical places in the vicinity and most important is the Old Town of Bar situated on about five kilometers from Center of Town on the foothills of mountain Rumija, having monuments left from many different cultures that collided and mixed in this area for over the thousand years of towns existence. Close to the old town is also a natural wonder older than the town itself, over two thousand years old olive tree in Mirovica.

There are lots of nice beaches in the vicinity, but they are usually overcrowded during the high season, which lasts until the end of August, so i will recommend two of them which are more up to my taste.

First of all Velika Plaža ( Long Beach ) near Ulcinj, with its 12 kilometer length one of biggest sandy beaches in Europe.

Sunset in Velika Plaza Montenegro

Beach of that size can’t be so easily overcrowded so there are lots of space for beach sports, football, volleyball, etc. Velika plaža is a most popular Kitesurfing spot at the Adriatic. Velika plaža stretches all the way to river Bojana on Montenegrin Border with Albania and in the estuary of River bojana there is a small island called Ada Bojana with three kilometers long beach and several good fish restaurants.

Second one beach to visit is Kraljičina plaža ( Queen’s beach ), situated in a small bay just after the Čanj beach. This beautiful beach with crystal clear water and surrounded by untouched nature can be accessed only by sea.

If you are in Bar, and you have enough time, we recommend to visit Virpazar and a take boat tour on Skadar Lake. Skadar Lake is one of the five National Parks in Montenegro, with plenty to see, from Old Fortresses, Churches and Monasteries on its islands to 264 bird species.

Skadar Lake Grmozur Fortress

And when you are there don’t forget to taste local cuisine and some of the infamous local wines. If you love motorcycles, our Rent a Moto branch is offering the widest selection of motorcycles in Montenegro, with which you can take sightseeing tours around lake and enjoy its picturesque landscapes.

There are a few places on Earth that offer such high contrasts on such a small area as Montenegro does. This is just a small part of everything that should be seen, and it all depends on your preferences.

Feel free to contact us with any question about Montenegrin Ports or Marinas, Montenegro in general or about our services and we will be ready to assist you in the best possible manner in order to make your vacation as pleasant as it should be.



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