Montenegro is emerging as a popular yacht charter destination with scenic beauty, culture and charm that can rival many of the Mediterranean’s finest resorts.
From Porto Montenegro and the Bay of Kotor towns set between rugged peaks, quiet coves and deep canyons to lively coastal resorts with great beaches, there are plenty of locations to see and things to do if you opt to rent a boat in Montenegro.
Clients on board private luxury yachts in the Adriatic often combine their Montenegro yacht charters with a yacht charter to Croatia, due to its proximity.
Why Charter a Yacht in Montenegro
Montenegro is an under-the-radar yacht charter destination yet it offers a lot for those who want to hire a luxury yacht for a week or longer. The climate in Montenegro is favorable for cruising with around 250 days of sunshine a year, the geography ranges from stunning mountains to clear inland lakes and the coastline stretches for 295 kilometres with 72 kilometres of beaches.
Visitors to Montenegro can fly to Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital city, or to Tivat which is the gateway to the Kotor peninsula. Alternatively, flight options are available to Dubrovnik in Croatia and you can transfer to some ports in Montenegro within 30-minutes drive.
You’ll find that the country has the diversity of luxury marina Porto Montenegro to the authenticity of red-tiled fishing towns without the higher prices and crowds found in the Western Mediterranean.
One of the biggest advantages to renting a yacht in Montenegro is the yacht-friendly legislation compared to booking a yacht charter in the French Riviera, Spain, Italy or neighbouring Croatia. Montenegro has flexible cruising regulations such as the ability for foreign vessels to remain in Montenegrin waters with no restriction on time, and VAT benefits for charterers.
Typically, a yacht charter price will be presented as € per week + Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) + VAT. The APA is used to purchase provisions for your yacht rental and is around 30% of the charter fee; it is used to cover expenses such as food, beverages, fuel and port fees. If you charter a yacht in Montenegro you pay no VAT on your charter fee – effectively this includes tax and duty-free fuel – which is a great benefit when choosing a yacht charter destination.
Top Destinations to Visit on Yacht Charter in Montenegro
If you want to discover Montenegro you can charter all types of motor yachts and boats from luxury crewed motor yachts to catamarans and sailing yachts. There really is no better way to explore this beautiful country.
The weather in Montenegro is ideal for days cruising the picturesque coastline – the months of May, June and September offer warm temperatures of around 24 degrees Celsius with fewer crowds. Temperatures average 28-29 degrees Celsius during the summer months of July and August when towns and ports are busiest.
212 Yachts can suggest a yacht charter itinerary that takes in the best of this ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’ so enjoy reading some of our top places to visit in Montenegro below.
Full service marina Porto Montenegro is located in the beautiful UNESCO-listed Bay of Kotor, known locally as Boka, and is a welcome addition to ports in the Adriatic. The marina has restaurants, shopping, a museum, sports club for marina guests, hotel and there are heliports located close to the port. Purobeach is a super spot for a sundowner with friends or family. Porto Montenegro can accommodate 450 yachts including a 250-metre berth for mega yachts that want to come and discover the joys of Montenegro as a charter destination.
For those wanting to rent a boat in Kotor, it is becoming a destination for the yachting elite with a picturesque medieval town surrounded by spectacular scenery of the mountains and the sea.
Yacht charter guests can wander the cobblestoned streets and see the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon or climb the ramparts to visit the St John Castle for panoramic views over Kotor and the Bay of Kotor. Afterwards, stay ashore to dine at waterside restaurant Galion as the town’s old fortifications are illuminated at night – the seafood is recommended, especially the fried octopus.
Located northwest of Kotor, Perast is a small town with an entirely different feel to Kotor. The town is filled with baroque palaces, churches and white stone buildings. The Church of St Nikola has nice views of the town and you can see two picturesque chapels on islands; Our Lady of the Rocks and St George. Take advantage of a trip ashore from your Montenegro yacht charter to relax with a drink or an ice cream at the waterside restaurant at Hotel Contes.
Half way between Kotor and Herceg Novi, yacht charter clients can find one of Montenegro’s best restaurants in the quaint seaside town of Morinj. Set in an old water mill, Konoba Catovica Mlini is worth a visit for the extensive menu and pretty setting.
Herceg Novi is a coastal town located at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. Known as the ‘City of Stairs’, you reach the Old Town above the marina by taking many sets of stairs. Don’t miss stopping for Montenegrin coffee in one of the town squares, climbing up to Kanli Kula for wide sweeping views over the coast or strolling the promenade from Igalo to Meljine.
For something different, take your private yacht to the Blue Cave on the Lustica Peninsula or make your way to Igalo, famous for its sea mud and mineral water therapies.
A popular part of Montenegro to visit when you hire a yacht is the Budva Riviera with many pebble and sandy beaches, lively nightlife and ancient walled towns. The combination of mild climate, plenty of activities and turquoise sea makes the Budva Riviera ideal for a quiet family sailing vacation or an exciting yacht charter with friends.
Charter a yacht and head to the ancient town of Budva, with Ottoman and Venetian history. The Old Town of Budva (Stari Grad Budva) has plenty of things to do – explore the car-free narrow alleyways, walk the city walls, admire the medieval churches such as St Ivan and St Marys of Punta or enjoy the views from the Citadel.
Budva is a hotspot with the jetset who visit to both relax and party! Before venturing out on the town to discover the famous Budva nightlife, book a meal at a local restaurant such as Demizana or Porat. Montenegrin cuisine has been influenced from Italian, Turkish, Hungarian and Croatian dishes and you’re sure to find something delicious.
Stop for a drink at one of the open air bars on the promenade or wait until late before venturing to Top Hill, an Ibiza-style super club that welcomes top DJ’s each year.
For a leisurely day following a night sampling Budva’s nightlife, cruise on your luxury yacht to the nearby island of Sveti Nikola for swimming in the clear water or head east from Budva to sunbathe at one of the southern Adriatic’s best beaches, Bečići. There are numerous bars and restaurants along the promenade for charter guests to discover.
For authentic Montenegrin hospitality, try dining ashore at restaurant Konoba Langust in Pržno. Decorated with fishing nets and wooden tables, this rustic beachside eatery has some of the best seafood dishes on the Budva Riviera.
A few kilometres from Pržno is Sveti Stefan, a small islet dating back to the 15th-century that has been restored and is now an exclusive Aman hotel resort that has hosted many famous stars. You can’t actually venture into the island’s village unless you stay there as a hotel guest (it is also popular for weddings and honeymoons) or dine at the luxury restaurant, so for yacht charter guests preferring to stay onboard you can still enjoy views of the island’s terracotta tiled buildings.
From Pržno to Sveti Stefan you can see Queen’s Beach and Miločer Beach which is overlooked by Villa Miločer, once the summer residence of Queen Marija Karađorđević, the Serbian monarch who ruled the first Yugoslavia. Luckily visitors and resort guests alike can enjoy the two pebble beaches on either side of the isthmus to Sveti Stefan; the beach on the southern side of the isthmus is public, the other side is part of the Aman resort.
Petrovac is a laid back beach resort compared to Budva and ideal for family yacht charters in Montenegro with good beaches and lots of dining options.
Situated about 45 minutes inland from Budva, Cetinje is a must-visit for a shore excursion when on yacht charter in Montenegro. It is a gateway town to the Lovćen National Park and Njegoš Mausoleum, built on summit of a mountain with spectacular views across the countryside.
Bar is divided into the Old Bar and the New Bar and is a major seaport town. The coastal town has a large modern marina with beaches fringed by palm trees, while Old Bar is 4 kilometres from the coast with ruins to explore. Bar has lots of interesting monuments, an Ottoman aqueduct, King Nikola’s Palace that functions as a museum and proximity to National Park Skadar Lake. The Lake Skadar region is also home to numerous wineries of the Crmnica, where you can sample the Montenegrin vranac wines.
Originally a pirate town, Ulcinj has a unique appeal with a mix of cultures and architecture. Now a thriving coastal resort, the beaches are diverse and offer pleasant escapes on the coastline. Visit the Ulcinj Museum in the Old Town or spend a day making use of your private yacht’s water toys at Valdanos Beach, Long Beach or the island of Ada Bojana.
For yacht charter clients looking for adventure ashore in Montenegro, head to the central regions and north of the country. Protected pine forests, lakes, wild rivers, wildlife and alpine flora make for an intrepid experience. Don’t miss the diverse habitats of the Biogradska Gora National Park, hiking in the Durmitor National Park with Crno Jezero (Black Lake) or trying rafting in the Tara River Canyon.
Montenegro and Croatia yacht charters
If you’re seeking an Adriatic boating holiday, Montenegro is a great place to begin a luxury yacht charter that extends north to Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast. The Dalmatian Coast allows for island hopping and visiting picturesque towns with plentiful marinas and stunning anchorages.
Popular destinations for a yacht charter in Croatia are the historic cities of Dubrovnik, Split and Šibenik or set sail for Hvar, the Kornati Islands off the coast of Zadar or Cape Kamenjak on the Istrian peninsula in northern Croatia.
212 Yachts is readily available to answer your questions and assist you to book your dream yacht charter in the Adriatic. Please take a look at a selection of our Montenegro and Croatia yacht charter fleet here or contact us today to discuss other luxury yacht options for charter in Montenegro or Croatia.