Montenegro is an exciting new destination for unforgettable yacht charters and the perfect choice for your next sailing adventure. Meandering coastline, sparkling seas, and almost-constant sunshine – this dazzling stretch of the Adriatic Sea punches well above its weight for a country half the size of Belgium!
A seven-day Montenegro yacht charter starting from Tivat, near Kotor, will give you the perfect taste of all the country has to offer. You’ll spend your days exploring the ancient streets of Herceg Novi, swimming in the azure seas of Kotor Bay, sampling the freshest seafood at Bigova, and marvelling at the fairytale beauty of Sveti Stefan. What could be better?
While Croatia’s coastline may no longer be as undiscovered as it once was, Montenegro is still considered a hidden gem. Less touristy (and, dare we say, more stunning?) then its northerly neighbour, its popularity as a ‘must-try’ sailing holiday destination has been rising steadily over the past two or three years. So now is the perfect time to discover the magic of Montenegro for yourself with a Montenegrin sailing holiday.
Your seven-day sailing itinerary for Montenegro offers the perfect amount of time to take in the highlights of this Balkan beauty, while still enjoying a relaxing sailing holiday.
Request a quote today for a bareboat or skippered yacht charter in Montenegro with The Big Sail. We'll recommend the best yacht(s) for your group size and budget, and tailor-make a unique itinerary (with your guidance), for the perfect sailing holiday.SAMPLE ITINERARY
ARRIVAL & CHECK-IN, TIVAT (PORTO MONTENEGRO)
You’ll start your Montenegro sailing adventure in the impressive Porto Montenegro. Transformed from a navy shipyard into a world-class superyacht marina, it offers the ideal base for your first night. Spend some time getting settled into your yacht ready for a week on board, then it’s just a short walk to explore the array of cafés and waterfront restaurants on offer. As the sun sets, enjoy an authentic local meal or few drinks and raise a toast (“Živjeli”, pronounced ‘zheev yay lee’) to your first evening and the memorable week ahead.
Your first day sailing introduces you to the wonder of the Adriatic Coast. As you head towards Herceg Novi you might want to visit the Blue Cave, with its famous naturally luminescent blue waters, or simply soak in the beauty of the UNESCO protected Bay of Kotor as it glides past. Then moor your yacht on the pier under the medieval fortress to enjoy Herceg Novi, the medieval fortified city guarding the entrance to the Boka Kotorska Bay. The old town has some pretty winding stone streets to explore. Each turn reveals flowered courtyards lined with pomegranate and kiwi trees and, best of all in the intense Montenegrin heat, dozens of ice cream stands.
Montenegro’s most popular summer playground, Budva is nicknamed ‘the Montenegrin Miami’ for its long beaches, vibrant tourist scene, and lively party atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean it’s all style over substance. Budva’s old town is one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Sea, with history and culture that dates back some 2,500 years. This means you can spend your morning in the Stari Grad (old town) visiting churches, medieval palaces and the Citadel; rest on one of the kilometres-long, pebble-sandy beaches in the afternoon; and party until the early hours in Budva’s world-class bars. The perfect combination, we think.
PETROVAC, SVETI STEFAN, THEN RETURN TO BUDVA
It’s well worth the short sail south to Petrovac for lunch. This small village is renowned for its beautiful beaches and historic monuments. Along the promenade you’ll be spoilt for choice with an abundance of excellent seafood restaurants. Of course, no yacht charter to in Montenegro would be complete without taking in Sveti Stefan – one of the region’s most famous sites. The islet is covered with 15th Century stone buildings (and looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale). Although now a 5 Star Resort so access is limited, you’ll find the best views are to be had from the two pink pebble beaches either side. Diving enthusiasts should be sure not to miss nearby Katic and Sveta Nedjelja, for a chance to marvel at some of Montenegro’s 40,000 registered fish species. Return to overnight at Budva, to enjoy one of the legendary sunsets.
From Budva you’ll sail north to Bigova, a beautiful fishing village located on the peninsula of Lustica. Here the bay is sheltered from the open sea and makes for a relaxing spot to anchor for the day. Bigova’s clear calm waters offer an ideal afternoon swimming, snorkelling, or diving. There are limited facilities ashore, but a couple of restaurants, which provide the freshest fish from local fishermen, and two shops. Enjoy a meal in the village or bring the seafood back to savour on deck; the choice is yours. Either way, a magical secluded evening under the stars awaits.
The imposing presence of Mount Lovćen, medieval architecture, narrow streets, and relaxed Mediterranean ambiance make Kotor one of the most memorable stopovers on your Montenegro yacht charter. Take a stroll around its winding alleyways and pick up a cone of wild strawberry ice cream or lounge over coffee in one of the town’s piazzas in the morning. Then take on the one thousand three hundred fifty-five steps to the San Giovanni Fortress and the best view in Kotor. Cameras at the ready, this will be one of the most breathtaking moments on your charter!
You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into Venice as you arrive at Perast. This tiny stone town was once the seafaring capital of the Venetian Republic and its cobbled streets sing with memories of its former glory. Despite having only one main street, Perast boasts an impressive sixteen churches and seventeen formerly grand palazzi. While some are now no more than enigmatic ruins sprouting bougainvillea and wild fig trees, others are caught up in the whirlwind of renovation that has recently hit the town.
After another packed day, it’s sail back to Tivat for your final night onboard. Porto Montenegro has a wealth of options for your last evening. Whether you want to go all out with high-end Mediterranean and seafood dishes overlooking the marina, or spend a low-key evening tucked into a local taverna, there’s something here to suit every taste and we’d be happy to let you know our favourite spots.
DEPARTURE & CHECK-OUT, TIVAT (PORTO MONTENEGRO)
Check-out is at 9am Saturday morning. If you have some spare hours before your flight, we’d recommend making the most of your time by taking one final visit to Kotor. From there you can depart Montenegro from Tivat airport or begin your next adventure.
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