Discover one of the most alluring coastlines in the Mediterranean when you charter a yacht in Montenegro. Take in the rugged beauty of the southern coast of Dalmatia as you sail in between the dramatic mountains and ancient villages that border Kotor Bay and venture further to find some of southern Europe’s finest beaches.
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Montenegro is beautiful year-round, but the weather is most pleasant for a sailing holiday from June throughout the end of September. Expect summer temperatures in the mid to high 30s when you can also cool off while taking a dip in the Adriatic Sea.
Most travellers do not need a visa to visit Montenegro, however, it is not part of European Union, so a passport is necessary. Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro, and its airport provides the closest access to the sea. There are several bus routes daily that bring you to the coast of Budva and the villages around Kotor Bay from the airport. Alternatively, you can hire a car or take a taxi. Although Montenegrin is the official language, most people in the tourism industry speak English. Despite Montenegro not being a European country, the currency is the Euro. The main Montenegro marina is Porto Montenegro in Tivat, but the Bay of Kotor is also a popular hub.
Set sail to Kotor during your Montenegro sailing holiday, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful fortress towns on the European continent. Sheltered by the mountainous Kotor Bay, Old Kotor is a maze of cobbled streets and medieval homes inside the city walls. Hiking the stone steps to the top of the mountain overlooking the bay offers incredible views. Budva is a busier town, ideal for taking advantage of a fun-filled waterfront lined with cafés, restaurants, and bars.
The coastal walking route at Sveti Stefan near Budva is exceptional. Enjoy a stroll through beautiful gardens and small beaches. Sveti Stefan is famed for its lovely pink sand beaches that offer incredible views of the sun setting over the Adriatic. To experience a bit of luxury, head to King’s and Queen’s Beach, the latter of which is only accessible to guests of the island’s hotel.
The crystal-clear waters around Montenegro make for some excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities, especially at Queen's Beach. More experienced divers can check out wrecks like Suleiman's Ship or caves like Mikovica or Saletova. Further south is Velika plaza (the Big or Great Beach) in Ulcinj, offering the longest stretch of fine sand. Ulcinj has often been described as “heaven on earth”- all the reason more to set sail to Ulcinj while on your sailing holiday in Montenegro.
For more exploration on land, hire a car to take you to some of the hiking trails at Lov´cen National Park. This is a mountainous area with some of the most breathtaking views you will find in the Balkans.
A sailing holiday in Montenegro is an excellent way to cover much of the southern Dalmatian coast, and since there are only a handful of marinas in the entire country, your choices for overnight stops are made easy.
Porto Montenegro in Tivat is the main marina, and from there it's easy to reach Dukley Marina in Budva's chic Old Town. Be sure to visit Herceg Novi, especially for its beautiful waters around the Zanjic and Mirista coves. Then there's the 92-kilometre sailing stretch through Kotor Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site flanked by mountain peaks and scenic villages.
A sailing holiday in Montenegro is an excellent way to cover a lot of the Dalmatian coast.
Other than the main marinas at Tivat and Budva, there are several marinas and anchoring options in Kotor Bay. Sailboats can berth along the north east side of the harbour or along a short pontoon that divides the marina from where the larger ships dock. All marinas are located near the town hubs, so enjoy the ease of exploring Montenegro on foot before coming home to your comfy cabin and taking off on the next adventure.
You might also be interested in sailing to Dubrovnik from Montenegro. Less than 30 nautical miles from the border of Montenegro, Dubrovnik is one of the world's most famous destinations. Explore the World Heritage designated town and all of its treasures behind its medieval walls before stopping in some of the gorgeous beaches that neighbour Dubrovnik.
As with all Mediterranean countries, Montenegro offers some of the best weather and sailing conditions. Average temperatures from June to September are between 25-30 degrees Celsius, while water temperature averages at 22 degrees Celsius. Light to moderate winds prevail during sailing season. The main wind in the summer months is a north-westerly, known as a mistral, which can reach up to 15 knots during the afternoon hours. Sometimes the bora, a strong north-easterly wind, may arrive in September. Make sure to check the latest forecasts before embarking on your sailing holiday in Montenegro.
Montenegro offers some of the best weather and sailing conditions.
Overall, Montenegro is an extremely pleasant place to sail. It is best to leave your sailing trip at around 10:00 am and set off at an early evening. You’ll find a number of mooring spots along the coast. There is a small tidal range of two feet. Do take care by watching out for ferries in the Strait Verige. If you'd rather let someone else handle the sailing, hire a skipper from Zizoo together with your sailing holiday.
Zizoo can get you started on your very own maritime adventure in Montenegro.