The Adriatic coast which Montenegro effectively overlooks is made up of an astounding 72 beaches and numerous ancient towns and villages which are well-preserved and like magical time portholes. This startling coastline has become one of the latest tourist discoveries in latest years and is putting Montenegro on the map, and on more people’s bucket lists. The superb coastline provides an awesome backdrop for those who want to try out some water sports or other new and exciting activities.
With peaky mountains that evoke those of Switzerland, Montenegro is not just the ideal destination for those who love the sea but also those who enjoy hiking, strolls and taking long walks. The mountains in Montenegro are easily manageable and accessible for a day trip, situated about 2 hours away from the coastline by bus. There are various mountain ranges which are waiting for you to explore, namely: Durmitor National Park, Prokletije, Golija and Lovćen. This will be a great way to keep active during your sailboat charter in Montenegro and to explore nature from a different perspective.
The towns Cetinje and Podgorica are the most renowned for museums and art galleries. The national museum of Montenegro is found in Podgorica and here you can learn about a preserved cultural heritage. Each of these towns is also home to unique national theatres. There are plenty of religious buildings which house sacred art and the architecture of these buildings is always spectacular and inspiring. Some of the museums and galleries have a small fee to enter but many are also free, and these are great too.
Even if you aren’t interested in either science or geography, the Mouths of Kotor are still worth seeing because they are quite simply stunning. Sweeping cliffs, gushes of water and charming villages studded along the coast, this site will blow your mind and you could easily spend a morning or an afternoon bathing in the vast waters or walking along the trails. This is the perfect time to go for a dip in the ocean. Kotor is renowned for its azure blue and clear waters and you will feel like you’re swimming in paradise. With such beautiful surroundings, there’s no reason not to! There is always the option to try out water rafting or kayaking if you want to try a different activity during your sailboat charter in Montenegro. You can always dry off under the sun on your decking later.
In Kotor city itself, you will be able to visit some of the ancient Roman historical sites and unearth some archaeological gems. You can choose to amble round the larger and older city, learning more about the history and traditions, or opt for a gentle stroll around the smaller, coastal villages. We would recommend walking up Saint Jean Fortress which will take around 1 hour to climb. The view of the old town with the backdrop of the sea and mountains makes it totally worth it! Temperatures rocket in Montenegro during the summer months so make sure to stay hydrated if you are thinking seriously about physical activity. Take some water with you for your climb. There are also many valuable religious buildings to visit, e.g. Saint Tryphon Cathedral where you can see the relics of Saint Tryphon. While there is a small fee to enter here, the Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint Nicolas is free, and this is also a fascinating cathedral to visit.
A sailboat charter in Montenegro is flexible and easy; with a kitchenette, plenty of storage and fridge room and modern equipment, cooking onboard is stress-free and simple. However, eating out in Kotor is equally easy and very affordable so you should not bypass the opportunity to sample some local cuisine. Eating out will also enable you to meet some locals and chat to them at food markets or in restaurants.
There are five main languages spoken in Montenegro, including Italian and Serbian, and the Euro is the currency used. All major credit and debit cards are accepted on the islands and there are also banks located in various places all over the island if you want to withdraw cash. Some smaller bars and services may only take cash payments so it’s good to be prepared. There are several airports which you can fly into, but the two biggest airports are Podgorica and Tivat airports. Tivat is especially well-positioned for you to head to the coast and get started with your charter.
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