Montenegro is an ideal sailing spot in the Mediterranean. Montenegro has clean sandy beaches along 290 km of unspoilt coastline plus great wind and weather conditions for sailing. With around nine months of sunshine a year, it’s worth taking a look at the Yacht Charters on offer.
This country has the best yacht-friendly legislation in Europe. Fuel is duty-free, and VAT on marine services is reduced.
Porto Montenegro is a Port of Entry, with a customs and immigration office in the marina. Subsequently, visitors from West European countries can directly enter Montenegro with their Identity Card or Passport and do not require a visa.
Montenegro means “Black Mountain”. It is a sovereign state in southeast Europe and the capital city is Podgorica. The coastline is on the Adriatic sea to the southwest. There are shared borders with Croatia to the west and Kosovo to the east. Additionally, it borders Bosnia and Herzegovina to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast and Albania to the southeast.
Impressive Balkan mountains make up the rugged landscape. Some of the peaks are more than 8,000 ft high. Ice-erosion during the last glacial period formed the unusally sharp mountain ridges. Furthermore, the Tara Canyon in the Durmitor Mountains rivals America’s Grand Canyon for spectacular views.
The territory was home to Medieval Serbian principalities back in the 9th- century. Later, the region gained independence from the Byzantine Empire in 1042. Several European powers battled for ownership over the centuries. Eventually, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia began rule here, from 1918. The People’s Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia seceded in 1945.
Fast forward to 1992 when Serbia and Montenegro tried to establish the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia together. However, their federal status was opposed by other republics, and denied by the UN. Later, in 2003, the republic was renamed Serbia and Montenegro. Montenegro declared independence in 2006, after a referendum.
Montenegro is a member of the Council of Europe, the UN, NATO, and the World Trade Organization. Additionally, the state belongs to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Central European Free Trade Agreement.
If you sail around Montenegro, there are a few must-stop places along the way. Definitely, these include Herceg Novi, Kotor, Tivat, Porto Montenegro and the beautiful resort of Sveti Stefan.
Herceg Novi is a 14th-century city north of the Gulf of Kotor. It has a complicated European history. Throughout its history, Bosnians, Yugoslavians, Turks, Venetians, French, Austrians and Russians have ruled this city. An earthquake in 1979 shook the town, but many of the World Heritage listed buildings remain. The restored Citadel stands majestically above the old city from the top of the hill. The area has dense vegetation making the city look a bit like a medieval botanical garden. The water around the bay is generally crystal clear. The well-organised harbour has around 30 berths for yachts up to 25 metres.