Montenegro lies on the Adriatic Sea and boasts over 180 miles of beautiful coastline, with 45 miles of beaches and numerous well-preserved historic towns and villages. The region offers great weather conditions for sailing and more than 250 days under the sun a year with typical Mediterranean wind conditions.
With so many places to visit in Montenegro, now is the perfect time to book your sailing vacation there. After all, it’s not going to stay a hidden gem for long! Take a look at our five reasons why you should visit Montenegro and see if you can resist not dropping everything there and then, to head over to this beautiful Balkan country.
1 Great sailing conditions
Our first reason why you should visit Montenegro?The fantastic sailing conditions. As the winds are moderate and the swimming temperatures are warm for most of the year, sailors of all levels can enjoy a pleasant boating experience.
The summer sailing season comes to life in May and lasts through mid-October, though the best time to be there is during the high season of June, July, August. Some of the best places to visit in Montenegro are along the coast, where you will find secluded anchorages, moorings in beautiful bays and large marinas with a large array of amenities. There are miles of unspoiled coastline to explore, with fewer crowds than in neighboring Croatia.
2 Local culture, food and historic sites
At our base in Kotor, there is so much to see, with the winding cobblestone streets of the old city and the looming mountains of Lov?en National Park. Kotor’s rich and diversified heritage is a result of the roles the city played in numerous empires, which is apparent within the walls of the old town.
Kotor is one of the most memorable stopovers in the Adriatic sea, which should be reason enough to visit Montenegro.
The natural and culture-historical region of Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage site, but that’s not the only World Heritage site the country has to offer – head to Durmitor National Park, which has the deepest gorges in Europe.
Get to know the locals in some of the more secluded stops, and visit historic monuments and island forts. In a Montenegro food market, you will find locally produced, organic and handmade goods. Families have been producing olive oil, cheese, fruits, vegetables and other traditional foods, the same way for generations. Fresh fish is available straight from the fishermen in smaller coastal towns, so be sure to take some back to your boat.
Many of the larger coastal towns offer restaurants serving local food and wine, as well as international cuisine including Japanese, Mediterranean and Italian. In many of the marina villages such as Tivat, relaxation and spa options are close at hand, as is shopping and dining. With so many things to do, it’s hard to pinpoint the best places to visit in Montenegro, as there are hidden gems wherever you go.
The two international airports in Podgorica and Tivat, with regular and seasonal direct flights to major regional and European cities make traveling to Montenegro easy.
Our fleet is located in the town of Kotor at the marina, which is located close to Tivat airport. It is a great jumping off point for seeing the rest of the coastline. Kotor harbor is also conveniently located close to town and has all the amenities, restaurants, stores and nightlife visitors need.
4 Stunning landscapes, wildlife, and day-trip adventures
There are plenty of day trips on land to be had once you reach a destination for the night. One of the best places to visit in Montenegro is right in Kotor: the Castle of San Giovanni and Castle St. John.
There are National Parks within reach of the coast, and always a beautiful view to be taken in from hiking nearby. Budva is considered the tourism center of Montenegro with numerous beaches and its city theater.
Diving enthusiasts should not miss the two nearby small islands Katic and Sveta Nedjelja, for spectacular underwater wildlife. Montenegro has over 40,000 registered marine fish species
The mountainous interior of the country is home to stunning natural landscapes, glacial lakes, river canyons and wildlife reserves.
5 Unique experiences
While sailing to Herceg Novi, known for the clearest water in the Adriatic Sea, check out the Blue Cave. Small boats can enter the cave and tourists can have a swim under natural blue luminescence hidden in the rocks. The town of Herceg Novi, has miles of white pebble beaches and beautiful gardens and is one of the best places to visit in Montenegro.
Montenegro offers unique coastal landscapes bordered by rising mountains and lush forests with freshwater lakes. The scenery is postcard-perfect and should not be missed.
Are you convinced you need to visit Montenegro now?! We offer bareboat charters and you can also hire a skipper. If you have any questions or would like to find out more information, get in touch. Alternatively, for more vacation inspiration, head on over to our blog.