Montenegro / The New Kid
As a yacht charter destination, Montenegro on the Adriatic Sea burst onto the scene back in 2009 when the luxurious marina Porto Montenegro opened – and the global superyacht charter fleet followed year upon year.
Yacht Charter Montenegro: Nightlife, Beaches, and Superyachts
This relatively new superyacht charter cruising ground has been hailed the new Monaco due to this glitzy new super port with its plethora of glamorous restaurants, bars and nightspots, and it’s the unrivaled coastline of picture-perfect beaches, turquoise seas with the glitterati descending on its shores, superyacht in tow. Whatever the appeal, Montenegro is firmly on the global charter scene. Its noted location, right in the middle of the Med, also makes it a fantastic destination, with either the east or west Med never being too far. It is the perfect middle ground. Yacht charterers will enjoy a longer season too.
Bay of Kotor (Also Known as Boka)
On your yacht charter in Montenegro, take advantage of the fantastic diving, white water rafting and great spots to explore via kayak too. The famous Bay of Kotor, also known as Boka, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site encircled with mountains, and is the largest fjord in southern Europe. Be surrounded by domineering peaks and a rugged coastline peppered with pretty towns. Made up of four connected bays that reaches inland from the coast, the Bay of Kotor is up to 196 feet (60 meters) deep, allowing for yachts of a certain draft.
Kotor Old Town
A visit to Kotor Old Town – also a UNESCO World Heritage Site – will reveal 3 miles (5 kilometers) of dramatic city walls that are built into a steep hillside; this was to protect it from invaders. Inside these walls, is an historic medieval town with a maze of narrow, cobble-stoned streets that are lined with buildings made of honey-stone.
Town of Perast
Visit the town of Perast on your yacht charter in Montenegro; this small Italian-style area was once a shipbuilding arena, filled with wealthy merchants who lived in large palazzos with stunning water views. With around 19 churches, the town of Perast is a totally dedicated pedestrian-friendly area with no cars allowed, making its charm even more quaint. St. Nicholas Church in particular, is worth a visit; climb its high bell tower for majestic views of the bay and learn about its seafaring history at the museum. Enjoy a stroll along the waterfront while sipping the local wine, Vranac.
Islands of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks
From Perast out in the bay, lie the islands of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks – a manmade island that was created over 500 years ago. A story is told that each time a sailor had a successful journey, another rock was added as an offering as they passed by. Eventually, an island was created, with a church built at the top. There is an annual festival where some villagers continue to add rocks as part of the island’s tradition.
The largest town in the Bay of Kotor, Herceg Novi is an excellent spot for adventurous activities. On your yacht charter in Montenegro, you will likely want to experience all you can on and off the water. Surrounded by high-rise buildings, you can kayak across the bay, walk or mountain bike up the hills just behind the town. This used to be a top beach destination prior to the Yugoslav wars, but it’s now one of the lesser tourist spots – ideal for the superyacht set looking for some tranquility away from crowds.
Architecturally incredible in Montenegro are some churches and monasteries that are actually build into the mountainside. For a true, religious experience, visit the Moraca Monastery, one of the more well-known medieval structures in Montenegro. It still has a few monks on site, and entry guidelines are not as strict compared to some others, but it is still encouraged to cover your shoulders upon entry.
Moving south, a freshwater lake that cradles the border of Albania and Montenegro, Skadar Lake – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the heart and soul of the country, is home to a plethora of wildlife and includes over 260 species of birds. With dramatic surroundings of mountains and rugged shores, traditional fishing villages and monasteries, you will also want to visit its beaches and soak in the stunning surroundings.
Durmitor National Park
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durmitor National Park is home to brown bears, owls and eagles, wolves and wild cats. A dense forest of pine trees, some that are over 400 years old, and over 164 feet (50 meters) high, Durmitor is worth the trek. With majestic mountains and canyons, a must-see is Black Lake, the highlight of the entire park, surrounded by mountains offering spectacular scenery. Consisting of two lakes, one larger and one smaller, Black Lake goes as deep as 160 feet (49 meters). Surrounding the lake is a hiking trail that will take around an hour and a half to walk – so bring a camera, as this picturesque stroll will leave you wanting to remember it for a lifetime.
On your yacht charter in Montenegro, visit the former capital (until 1946), Cetinje, an historical and cultural marvel. Cetinje started flourishing in the early 20th century during the reign of King Nikola I; after WWII, the official capital was changed to Podgorica, but Cetinje kept its historical significance as a center of culture. Walk through its main street – Njegoseva Ulica – and take in a glimpse of history with its pastel-colored homes that juxtapose the Venetian style of the coast. Visit the Cetinje Monastery, which was built in 1701, and still stands as one of the most highly spiritual and cultural structures in the entire country. Explore the National Museum of Montenegro, which consists of 5 buildings, including the former royal palace. Take a hike to Eagle’s Rock, where the Mausoleum of the head of the Petrovic dynasty, Prince Bishop Danilo I, rests. From there, take in the incredible views of Old Cetinje and Mount Lovcen.
A popular tourist attraction close to Cetinje and one of the largest caves in the country, Lipa Cave was first accidentally discovered by a dog that fell through a hole – it managed to safely escape through a different opening, and now Lipa Cave is visited by many who flock to the region. Although it can be a bit crowded in high season, it’s worth a visit.
Not to be missed on your yacht charter in Montenegro is the Budva Riviera – a glamorous beach destination peppered with sand, pebbles and the beautiful backdrop of the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. The beaches here are lined with restaurants and outdoor seating, perfect for people watching and taking in the scenery. The medieval walled city of the Old Town of Budva dates back 2,500 years and is filled with shops, restaurants and a small museum worthy of a stop.
For diving enthusiasts, the Blue Grotto, located in the quaint Lustica Peninsula, is dubbed so for its glowing blue water that gets its colors from the light that reflects off the sandy bottom in a cave with a vaulted ceiling. Located between the bay of Zlatna Luka and the cape of Mokra Gora, the cave is one of the biggest and most photogenic caves in the series located along the coastline of the Bay of Kotor.