Montenegro is Croatia’s cheaper, lesser known, equally stunning sibling to the south. Book a yacht charter along Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline and you’ll be met by long stretches of golden beach, historic towns and dramatic mountainous backdrops. While Greece and Croatia draw the crowds, and for good reason, Montenegro remains a bit of a hidden gem.
Expect to go off the beaten path and find ancient fishing villages where taverns serve up the catch of the day. Meanwhile, some of Europe’s most incredible fjords make the backdrop to walled Byzantine-style monasteries and churches, and yacht charters will have you sailing turquoise water so clear you can see the seabed beneath your boat.
Here’s a quick itinerary if this is your first of many memorable yacht charters off the coast of this incredible Balkan nation.
Bustling Budva – Day 1
Budva is Montenegro’s tourist epicentre because it has a bit of everything for everyone.
Established 2,500 years ago, the walled historic centre is a wonderful place for families and couples to spend an afternoon sightseeing. Beaches and resorts make for a relaxing stay, while by night, young travellers can enjoy some of the biggest parties and best nightlife in the Balkans.
Head north to Herceg Novi – Day 2
To the north lies the Boka Kotorska bay, here, ancient villages showcase their Vanetian architecture. Now a pleasant coastal town with a beach front, Herceg Novi was once a fortified city that guarded the entrance to the bay. Moor your yacht on the pier and you’ll find yourself right below the ancient fortress.
Kotor is eye candy – Day 3
If you love Game of Thrones, Kotor is the kind of place that’ll make you feel like you stepped into one of the Seven Kingdoms. This ancient town’s buildings drop dramatically down the mountain. The view from atop a nearby hill lets you view the church tower against a backdrop of water and mountains, bring a tripod – you’ll want to be prepared to capture the golden light over the orange rooftops.
Don’t sweat it in Sveti Stefan – Day 4
This beautiful ancient town is the pride of Montenegro. Sofia Loren, Jackie Onassis and Omar Sherif all loved coming to St. Stephan, and even the Queen called the place one of her favourite holiday spots. Do a quick Google search and you’ll see that this stunning little seaside-town-turned-luxury-resort made it to Lonely Planet’s ‘Top 10 glamorous A-list destinations’.
Bareboat charter along Montenegro’s coast exactly because it’s less known than its northern counterpart. Montenegro shares the same beautiful beaches, architecture and fine food as Croatia, but none of the hype that drives prices up. Find hidden treasures and romantic spots that only a handful of people have ever seen. Montenegro’s rugged coastline make for the perfect long weekend’s sailing. Once you’ve sailed Montenegro, you will certainly be dreaming of your return.