A hidden gem bursting with Adriatic beaches and mountainous landscape
Nestled between rugged peaks and deep river canyons, the orange hued roof tops of Montenegro’s old towns and fishing villages contrast vibrantly with the glisteningly clear waters of the Adriatic. Once a playground for the Hollywood elite, its beguiling coastline embodies an old world glamour that encases an interior patchwork of spectacular scenery.
Steeped in legend and mystery and previously occupied by Venetians who gave it its name, Montenegro has seen resurgence in popularity for luxury yacht charters in recent years. Although one of Europe’s smallest countries, what it lacks in size in certainly makes up for in fascinating history, magnificent architecture and breath-taking natural beauty.
Founded more 2,500 years ago, Budva has recently been restored to its former glory. Its cross-section of medieval streets brims with traditional folkloric tradition whilst its labyrinthine alleys and piazzas are alive with the buzz of Mediterranean life. Set just off the coast in the heart of the Budvanska Riviera is the exclusive island of Sveti Stefan. Dating back to the 15th century the medieval fishing village is now a luxurious UNESCO-protected island considered to be the ‘Monaco of the Adriatic’.
Explore the Gothic cathedrals and Byzantine architecture of Kotor, encased within the city walls that climb quite implausibly up the mountainside. Its spectacular 30km bay stretches for 30km and is considered one of the most beautiful along the Adriatic coast and is set to become a world-class superyacht playground.
Adventurous travellers can head to the mountains in the north where bears and wolves still roam in the wild amongst a haven of forests and lakes. Boasting three national parks, with the largest Durmitor at the heart in the mountain town of Zabljac, it is a fantastic winter ski centre with hiking trails around its glacial lakes. North of Zabljac is the Tara Canyon, Europe’s deepest, an awe-inspiring sight from the Durdevica Tara Bridge.
Many luxury yacht charters combine a Montenegro itinerary with Croatia and possibly Venice. The warm, dry Mediterranean summers beckon visitors to the enticing coastlines and inland cities where cafés spill out onto the pavements at an unhurried pace of life, offering the makings of a truly unforgettable summer cruising vacation.
For more details on private Montenegro yachting vacations in the Adriatic Sea, take a look at all Montenegro Luxury Yacht Charters which are available to rent in this magical region.
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