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We have watched the former Yugoslavian country of Montenegro morph into another ‘must visit’ destination.
Together from the sublime Aman Sveti Stefan near Budva, there's a few other fabulous places to stay in Montenegro. Such as the lovely little boutique waterside hotels Palazzo Radomiri and Forza Mare in Kotor Bay, and the opulent Regent Porto Montenegro surrounded by super-yachts a mega 'gin palaces'. We also have a superb selection of hand-picked gulets and other boats available for charter that can transport you afloat to view the stunning scenery of Montenegro.
Many of our boats now visit the Bay of Kotor, Budva, moor outside The Villa Milocer (the new Aman resort) or we can organise a quick inland visit to Lake Skadar. The towns of San Stefan, Budva and Ulcinj are also outstanding places to visit with lovely beaches.
Our boats are all moored in Croatia. A special license is required to sail from Croatia to Montenegro and not all Croatian flagged boats carry that license. We will, of course, advise on this and everything else required for an unforgettable holiday.
Montenegro is a much talked about new holiday destination and it's easy to understand why, but the coastline is very different to that of Croatia. It's significantly more rugged and vertical.
This means that if shelter is required for mooring, those little bays in the lee of the island you are used to off the Dalmatian coast are less numerous. Therefore, we recommend a ‘twin destination’ sailing holiday which allows enough time for you to visit Montenegro and the southern islands of Croatia, disembarking in Dubrovnik.
Cavtat and Kotor are a must to visit with good restaurants. Sailing south for a further 5 hours, the towns of San Stefan, Budva and Ulcinj are all outstanding places to visit with lovely beaches.
You embark your boat in Dubrovnik and set sail south immediately passing Cavtat, Herceg Novi, and Budva to arrive and spend the second night in Kotor (pictured above). On you return to Croatia, you will be stopping at Mljet, a beautiful island that has the famous and stunningly beautiful National Park and, Peljesac, one of the wine growing regions of Croatia. Sailing further north, you will visit Lastovo, recently proclaimed as a national park and Korcula, the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo.
For the more sporty and energetic, your boat can be arranged to cater for water skiing, jet skiing, dough-nutting, kayaking, snorkelling and windsurfing.
A special license is required to sail from Croatia to Montenegro and not all Croatian flagged boats carry that license. We will, of course, advise on this and everything else required for an unforgettable holiday.
Weather and when to go
The best months for exploring the coastline and islands of Croatia and Montenegro are from May to September with 10 to 12 hours of sunshine per day and temperatures in the mid to high 20’s, occasionally reaching into the 30’s in the very height of summer.
Fortunately, there's very low humidity, sitting at about 60%, so even in the scorching sun the heat is bearable, and you are also never far from the crystal waters of the Adriatic to dive into and cool off.
Aman Sveti Stefan and our recommended places to stay in the Bay of Kotor are all about 20 minutes from Tivat Airport by private car transfer. 1 hour from Podgorica Airport or 2 hours 30 minutes from Dubrovnik Airport.
Flying time from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik or Split is an easy 2 hours 40 minutes with daily flights from easyJet. easyJet also offers weekly flights from Manchester and Bristol.
British Airways flies to Dubrovnik daily too, from Gatwick.
montenegro, adriatic sea Cottage for 7 nights from £2,960
The tiny islet of Sveti Stefan is probably Montenegro's most iconic image. After years of careful renovation, it's now home to Aman Sveti Stefan offering unique, luxury accommodation amongst original stone buildings and the nearby exquisite 8 suite villa.view