The tiny mountainous country of Montenegro is a rising star of the superyacht world, with its breathtaking scenery, rich history and luxurious marina facilities making it an ideal destination for a luxury yacht charter.
Often combined with a Croatian yacht charter, this beautiful wild country set on a 28km inlet of the Adriatic Sea offers plenty of sights and experiences for visiting yachts.
Lord Byron once said of Montenegro, ‘At the birth of our planet, the most beautiful encounter between the land and the sea must have happened at the coast of Montenegro.’
It is very easy to see why.
Limestone mountains plunge into crystal clear water and fragrant pine forests edge secret coves and pebbled beaches. River islands are home to luxury hotels, and secluded monasteries sit high in the quiet mountains. Medieval fortresses sit amongst villages of terracotta roofs and church spires, and a huge lake teems with pelicans and flamingos. Everywhere the high peaks and deep forests reflect in still waters, a mirror image of mountain and sky.
Montenegro has long been a luxury destination with 18th century Venetians building palaces upon its pretty coast, although it fell into relative obscurity during the Cold War. Only since independence in 2006 has there been a concerted effort to attract the luxury market with world-class marina facilities and glamorous hotel developments. And the superyachts and luxury brands have brought boutiques and spas and world-class restaurants in their wake. Today, staggering views of mountains and sea are the backdrop for the glamour of yachting in Montenegro.
There is a quiet sense of history here too, with the many waves of invaders that have crashed upon these spectacular shores. This remarkable land has been won by the Greeks, Illyrians, Romans, Turks, Saracens, Spanish, French, Austro-Hungarians and Venetians - and each conquering civilisation has left its mark.
Your yachting itinerary begins in Kotor, a medieval walled town which feels like a mini Dubrovnik. Explore the winding lanes and walk upon the walls of this UNESCO World Heritage City, which is beautifully preserved and full of architectural treasures.