Natural beauty and diversity help Montenegro lay claim to the Med's next "it" charter destination.
Nestled in the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor on the Adriatic coast a short distance from Croatia, amid a stunning backdrop of mountainous landscape, Porto Montenegro is rapidly becoming the “it” charter destination, with one of the fastest-growing tourism economies in the world. Still a relatively undiscovered gem where Eastern Europe meets west, Montenegro’s 183-mile coastline is beautiful unto itself, with countless uninhabited islands, secret coves and charming harbors alongside unique historical sites, and makes an idyllic launch pad for the Dalmatian Coast, Italy and Greece. The Illyrian tribe originally settled the region before it became part of the Roman Empire in 168 B.C. Since that time, it has seen the influence of the French, Ottomans, Austro-Hungarians and Venetians.
In partnership with Regent Hotels & Resorts and Mercedes-Benz, the superyacht marina at Porto Montenegro has 450 berths available for yachts from 40 feet to 590 feet (12 meters to 180 meters), state-of-the-art facilities and duty-free fuel. Berths are available for short- or long-term lease. Porto Montenegro’s marina village offers luxury amenities including a spa. Adjacent to the marina and inspired by the Italian Riviera, the Regent Pool Club Residences—the latest addition to Porto Montenegro’s residential collection—provide five-star hospitality and unobstructed sea and mountain views.
IF YOU GO
The Bay of Kotor, with stunning, steep mountains that pour straight into the sea, is a veritable fjord and the deepest natural bay in the Mediterranean. The history of Kotor traces back to an ancient time even prior to Homer. This walled city is built like a maze. While meandering through the streets, keep your bearings by spotting the imposing 12th century Cathedral of St. Tryphon. Several fine examples of medieval architecture can be found throughout the town, which also harbors a rich maritime museum.
The happenstance adventurer will find plenty to do, with rewarding hikes around town or perhaps up 2,293-foot Krstac mountain. Of course, there’s always the option of river rafting the Tara River Canyon or paragliding off the nearby cliffs. Among thousands of islands along the Adriatic coast, two charming islands near Kotor are Gospa od Skrpjela (“Our Lady of the Rocks”) and Sveti Djordje (“St. George”)—both well worth exploring.
The closest airport to Porto Montenegro is Tivat Airport, approximately 5 miles from Kotor. Scheduled commercial flights arrive daily from London, Paris, Rome, Copenhagen, Belgrade and elsewhere. Private charter flights may also be arranged through ElJet. ellejet.com
IF YOU CHARTER
Charter yachts benefit from 0 percent VAT and are readily available with itineraries throughout the area basing out of Porto Montenegro. Here are just a few options you might explore for the Med charter season. For more information, contact the central agency listed below, or any charter broker.