MONTENEGRO, HIDDEN GEM OF THE BALKAN
Where or what is Montenegro? You are forgiven for not knowing because to many people this country rarely pops up in the news here.
Located between Croatia and Albania, it is a mountainous country that is rapidly becoming a favorite destination for yachties.
It was one of the last countries to gain its independence from the remnants of the old Yugoslavia.
Podgorice, the capital, is located well inland but to us, sailors, the attractions are of course along the Adriatic coastline and the Bay of Kotor, a huge fjord-like harbor with the medieval city of Kotor at its end.
As there are no too many charter companies (yet) in Montenegro, we prefer to sail there from Dubrovnik. It takes us a good day to get there after we have cleared out of Croatia in Cavtat. From there on, we are in transit until we enter the bay of Kotor and clear through customs in Zelenika, near Herceg-Novi.
Once cleared through customs, you can go back out into the Adriatic and visit the popular sites such as Budva, St. Stephan’s Island, the Blue Cave and the peaceful anchorage of Bigova. Back in the Bay of Kotor, don’t miss the old city of Herceg-Novi and its fortress. If you want to see how the 0.01%ers live, go to the Porto Montenegro Marina in Tikat. Even though we only sail yachts of between 40’ and 54’, we are welcome to dock there and spend the night at a surprisingly affordable cost. Nonetheless, the size of the yachts owned by the rich and famous will leave you speechless.
One of the most fascinating sites are the small islands of Perast. The Byzantine style Catholic church of Our Lady of The Rocks is just stunning. It is worth a visit.
Our final destination is, of course, the city of Kotor, the city of the cats. Cats everywhere and stores selling cat memorabilia. There is even a cat museum. Not to be missed is the hike up the mountain to the old fortress from where you have an unbelievable panorama not only of the bay but, overlooking the mountains, all the way to the Adriatic.
Contact us for more details, dates and pricing for an unforgettable adventure in one of the oldest countries of Eastern Europe.