3 reasons to charter a yacht in Montenegro
Inspired by the Balkans and the West, as well as Mediterranean and Grecian flavours, Montenegrin food is colourful and flavoursome. For a small country, Montenegro packs big flavours onto a plate and delivers on mouth-watering dishes. Along the coast, ‘Buzara’ is a favourite: shrimps, shellfish and prawns cooked in a red or white sauce made from onions, wine, herbs and spices. Black Risotto is another classic dish and gets its name from the cuttlefish ink which turns the rice black. By contrast, the north of Montenegro serves more hearty and heavy dishes e.g. Kacamak which is a cream cheese mixed with potato and cornmeal.
Montenegro is a holiday which will suit the active among you. With mountains to hike, nature trails to walk, seas to swim in and lakes to kayak in, it will certainly keep you busy. By Durmitor, there is even a ski resort which you could make the most of during the winter months. While holidays are for relaxing, it’s good to keep active and a yacht charter in Montenegro allows you to do this.
The Mediterranean climate strikes again; beaming sunshine and cloudless skies characterise this fantastic destination. Bearing this in mind, the months May-September are the best times to charter a yacht in Montenegro. Summer means sunshine everywhere, with average temperatures soaring to a mighty 32-33 degrees. The temperature drops a little along the coastlines because of a welcome, cooling sea breeze. However, remember to always apply sun cream, to regularly re-apply it throughout the day and to wear a sun hat, especially during the particularly hot periods from 12pm-3pm.
The three things a nature lover should not miss…
Boka Kotorska – the Mouths of Kotor
The Mouths of Kotor is a bay found on the western coast of Montenegro and was listed among the top 25 most beautiful bays in the world, back in 2000. A road trails around the edge of the water and you can admire the beauty of the bay from this angle. This is also the deepest bay in the whole of the Mediterranean and is framed by cliffs and the majestic mountains of Lovcen and Orjen. The hidden and protected nature of the bay is what makes it the largest natural port in the shores of the Adriatic and one of the best natural ports in all of Europe. Kotor is also a minitature village which sits upon the mountains with windy streets and classical churches and a visit here will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time.
The mountains and villages which border the lake provide a splendid backdrop to its vast and its extensive waters. People come here to fish as well as to explore, hike and swim. Virpazar is a tiny village situated overlooking the lake, linked to other major towns by train as well as by bus. However, with a yacht charter in Montenegro, you can easily access this treasure town. This town is also the perfect starting point for many of the hikes and walks around the area. Pop into the local tourist office to enquire and learn more about the possible routes available to you.
With one of the deepest gorges in Europe, dense forests and clear lakes, this national park should not be missed. It is made up of enormous forest trails, five canyons, numerous grottos and more than 50 different mountain summits. There are also more than 18 different glacier lakes in the park. Situated in the north of Montenegro, this vast and protected terrain of land stretches out for miles and offers the possibility of hikes, walks and fantastic views. Besides its beauty and fascinating geology, Durmitor also has an impressive biological diversity with more than 1,600 plant species and 130 species of birds.
How to get to your yacht charter in Montenegro
Montenegro is well-connected to most European and non-European countries and you can find heap flights to the local airports. If it works out cheaper and easier, you could also consider flying to Croatia and transferring to Montenegro. Once you have arrived, boat rental is undoubtedly the best mode of transport for this dream destination. If you are on land and want to make some quick commutes between various destinations, then cheap and regular train and bus services can easily facilitate this. There are great links between major towns and villages.
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