A Beginners Guide to Sailing in Montenegro

  • By Luštica Bay
  • 08 Nov, 2016

The Adriatic coast boasts panoramic views, must-visit beaches and vineyards, unforgettable food and, of course, wine. Stretching from Venice to Corfu, it’s always an experience that you never want to end. What better way to luxuriate on this coastline than to sail it?

The intense, blue sea, framed by breath-taking mountains is the perfect backdrop for all activities in Montenegro. Sailing is just one of many opportunities in Montenegro for visitors to explore villages soaked in culture and history to fit around your jam-packed schedule. Herceg Novi, Budva and Kotor are just a few locations favoured by locals and tourists alike.

Founded in 1382, Herceg Novi is situated at the foot of Mount Orjen, near the entrance of the Bay of Kotor. As you enter, anglers will greet you out on the busy waters as they catch fish for the morning market. Further out, you can discover the magical coves of Zanjic and Mirista with clear crystal Adriatic waters. Known as ‘the City of the sun’, Herceg Novi is filled with tranquil streets and traditional squares bustling with coffee shops, restaurants, and other ramblings. Its beautiful historical sights, such as the Fortress Spanjola and Fortress Forte Mare, are also must-visits. What a perfect historical haven!
By far the most exciting thing about sailing in Montenegro is that you can visit two countries in one holiday. Croatia is just a hop, skip and a sail away from Montenegro along the coast – Dubrovnik being the most popular place to travel to. Those who visit Dubrovnik must take in the sights of the romantic Old Town and the Renaissance Sponza Palace. This magnificent World Heritage Site is a sight to behold, and the perfect addition to any Montenegro sailing expedition. Read our previous blog  here  for our top recommendations.

For sailing novices, there are a handful of courses in Montenegro ideal for anyone looking to gain some confidence. In the Bay of Kotor, beginners and experienced sailors can undertake courses with Simple Sail. There is an emphasis on safety and responsibility so you will come away with more than just practical skills. The RYA in Tivat also caters to everyone, whether learners want to go out on the water for a day or those looking to gain the skills to live aboard.

Above all, Montenegro is place of indulgence and beauty. The Adriatic Coast has so much to offer, and travelling over its stunning waters gives the opportunity to see it from a fresh and fun perspective.

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