14 reasons to charter Montenegro

Spend a different summer journey in East Med

The Eastern part of the Mediterranean offers a thousand treasures for all yacht charter lovers. An entire life time could not be enough to explore all of them. From the buzzy coasts of the Turkish Riviera to the ancient heritage of Greece, through to the treasures of Croatia, wonders are everywhere and, most of the time, the weather is suiting very well to your journey. But the best among all these sunny destinations, one tat opened its doors late to the yacht charter industry and it’s certainly the one which deserves a lot of focus on it: Montenegro.

Land of Kings, spectacular area with the impressive Bay of Kotor and her high mountains diving into the sea, the country became in few years THE place to go and quickly developed an important tourism activites. Luxury marinas like Porto Montenegro are the ideal spot to start and end all your cruises, a central point where all destinations are quickly reachable, along the Adriatic but also inlands with some interesting hikes offering the most impressive points of view on the Balkans that you could see! Montenegro is also a very interesting charter destination for the tax advantages she is offering: 0% charged for all charters spent in Montenegro and Croatia when you embark from Montenegro, tax-free fuel, no restriction to pick-up and drop-off and ability to make multiple changes to guest manifests.

As the weather heats up now is the time for exploring all Montenegro has to offer! We combined a selection of 14 major points of interests to discover Montenegro like the locals, and we covered the needs of all the family: for those appreciating quiet journeys at sea, those who like visiting and learning more about the rich history of the country, and those for who sports is a must-do during their holidays, we summarized Montenegro in the best way!

Our selection of A-list places

PILGRIMAGE TO THE OSTROG MONASTERY
Emerging from a rockface above the Zeta valley, the 17th Century Ostrog Monastery is a must-see for those with a taste for history, local tradition, and spectacular views. Located 900 metres above sea level, it’s thought to be a site of miracles, containing the relics of St Basil of Ostrog. On a clear day, a visit to Ostrog is like detox for the mind. Head there early in the morning to enjoy the impressive sights of the mountain peaks in the morning haze.

RED ROCK ZIPLINE IN DURMITOR NATIONAL PARK
Want to zipline across the second deepest canyon in the world? From 1 May each year, Red Rock opens their line over the Tara Canyon. Overlook the dramatic backdrop of the UNESCO protected Durmitor National Park at a gliding speed of up to 50kmph. You won’t be able to miss the adjacent Đurđevića Bridge, which stands tall and proud in all its might, as a symbol of ex-Yugoslav contemporary architecture.

DISCOVER MONTENEGRO HELI TOURS
Soak up the magnificent views of the Adriatic coastline to one side and mountain peaks on the other. Take in Sveti Marko Island and the marina from the air before continuing on to Our Lady of the Rocks island and the UNESCO protected Old Town of Kotor.

AL FRESCO DINING BY THE STARA MASLINA
Located near Bar’s Old Town, the Stara Maslina, literally translated to mean ‘Old Olive’, is reminiscent of Montenegro’s quintessentially Mediterranean culture. Prepare a picnic of light snacks and mezze, washed down with fresh fruit and local wine, under the shade of one of the oldest olive trees in the world. Whilst you are there, take a stroll across to Antivari, the old town, at sunset, to appreciate the Ottoman ruins painted orange, as the sun descends into dusk.

WINE TASTING AND VINEYARD TOURS
Dotted along the southern coast are some of Montenegro’s most picturesque vineyards. For a perfect spring time activity, try a vineyard tour. Enjoy a day sampling local wines and Meditteranean-style tapas of olives and cured meats at Savina Winery, located at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor.

BOAT TOURS ON SKADAR LAKE
The largest freshwater lake on the Balkan peninsula and home to an abundance of fauna and flora, Skadar is a paradise for the nature enthusiast. Catch sight of blankets of wild crouses, violet in colour, which blossom here at this time of year. An idyllic spring pastime, drift along the water in a rustic paddle boat, and enjoy the wildlife, the lilypad-lined waters, and the horizon of Montenegrin peaks. Perfect for a romantic afternoons. You can stop off in one of Skadar’s many hamlets and sample the local delicacy of local delicacy of grilled freshwater trout.

CLIMB KOTOR’S CASTLE OF SAN GIOVANNI
Get your walking shoes at the ready… Around half way up the ascent of 1,355 steps you’ll find the Church of Our Lady of Remedy, where you can take a break, hydrate, and soak up the already impressive views. The view from the top is a picture-perfect panorama of the butterfly-shaped Bay of Kotor.

EXPLORE THE ALLEYS OF BUDVA’S OLD TOWN
Lose yourself in the labyrynth that is Budva’s Stari Grad (Old Town). First stop – coffee. You’ll be spoilt for choice, with countless little cafés tucked away in the town’s medieval alleyways. Here, you’ll find an array of boutiques. At the top you have the 15th Century Citadel with a view onto the perfect blue waters of the Adriatic.

PORTO MONTENEGRO AND REGENT ON A RAINY DAY
When a storm hits the coast, there is little scope for long distance adventures so why not stay on shore instead? The Naval Heritage Museum at Porto Montenegro hosts a collection of historical artefacts, from the diaries of Princess Ksenija of Montenegro to the P821 Hero Old Yugoslav Submarine which although small, you can take a tour of the submarine, learn about the veterans and their experiences at sea, and escape the rain at the same time. Follow up your morning of culture with a five-star spa afternoon at Regent; there is a wide range of massages and beauty treatments on offer as well as an indoor pool, hammam, sauna and gym facilits, more than enough to keep you and the family busy.

PERAST AND LADY OF THE ROCK MUSEUM
Perast is one of the most beautiful little places in Boka Bay, located just a few kilometres from Kotor. It looks like a piece of Venice that has floated down the Adriatic. This tiny town boasts 16 churches and 17 formerly grand palazzos. Perast’s most famous landmarks are actually right in the middle of the waters – two picturesque islands with quite the story behind them.

KITESURFING AT ADA BOJANA, ULCINJ
During your summer stay summer you can enjoy the theremic wind which starts around early midday and blows until the sunset; providing perfect conditions for kitesurfing. For every style there is a perfect place; shallow water for practise and learning tricks. The best spot for ambitioned or professionel kiters is located a bit further south. Here you`ll find a rivers delta with shallow water conditions, sandy underground and no rocks or other barriers. This spot simply provides perfect conditions to improve your skills. Ada Bojana coast features many excellent restaurants – fresh fish mediterran style prepared during daytime. In the evenings you have the choice between the most beautiful restaurants or a relaxed, luxury barbecue on the beach beneath the stars. Ulcinj is on of the oldest of the towns at the eastern adriatian costline. This charming town provides a unique, cosy atmosphere. This is the most southern town of Montenegro. Ulcinj is shaped by its history: the beautiful old town mirros reminiscences of the Osmanian empire with ancient mosques and colourful markets being found here.

RAFTING AT TARA CANYON, SECOND DEEPEST CANYON IN THE WORLD
The best views are from the water, and rafting along the river is one of the country’s most popular activities for visitors. If you’d rather admire the canyon from afar, head to the top of Mt Ćurevac (1625m) – although even this view is restricted by the canyon walls. Slicing through the mountains at the northern edge of the national park, the Tara River forms one of the world’s deepest canyons (1300m; the Grand Canyon plummets a mere 200m deeper).

HIKE UP TO NJEGOS MAUSOLEUM ON LOVCEN
When you arrive in the center of the Lovćen national park, the magnificent summit of which the Montenegrin’s consider their Mount Olympus. It is here on the summit of Jezerski that the Mausoleum of Petar 2 Petrovic Njegos, a symbol to his people and a message to all corners : the heart of Montenegro is undefeated. Adjacent to Cetinje is Lovćen national park, normally approached by car, but accessible on foot. Covering 6.400 ha, the national park is dominated by Mount Lovćen and the Njegos Mausoleum, descending to the marshes of Skadarsko Jezero. Mount Lovćen has twin peaks, Stirnovik at 1.749 meter and Jezerski at 1.657 meter. The road from Kotor on the Boka Kotorska to Lovćen mountain is made up of a series of serpentine’s, each curve disclosing a yet more sensational vista below.

EXPLORE THE BLUE CAVE IN THE BOKA BAY
You will experience a scenic boat ride past the villages and countryside of Montenegro’s coastline to reach Blue Cave, located just outside fo the bay. You will visit this natural hall with 9 meter high vault and have an option to jump for a swim in its crystal-clear waters that are transparent down to the cave’s 13m deep seafloor. You will next make a stop at either Zanjice or Dobrec beach where you can enjoy 1hour of free time to swim and soak in the surroundings.

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