The most picturesque cities of the Adriatic coast in one route, from Kotor to Ulcinj.
Day 1: Budva - Bar (16 NM)
Budva is a wonderful place to start your trip over Montenegro. On the first day, you’ll have an opportunity to see the best-known sights of the city, but arrival at the marina will be the main event. Be sure to discuss the route with the manager and check the weather forecast.
Day 2: Bar - Ulcunj - Bar (33 NM)
The Valdanos Bay and beach are an unusual, and in their own way charming stop when you travel over the Montenegrin coast. This area has become a natural preserve since 1968 thanks to the olive grove. Most trees here are older than 300 years and some of them are older than 800 years. They flank the bay on all sides filling the air with an incomparable aroma. The Valdanos Bay is protected by high mountains, making local waters quiet and attractive for yachtsmen and divers. The latter will especially like diving to the ruins of ancient settlements. Enjoy!
Day 3: Bar - Bigova (26 NM)
There are various resorts on the Montenegrin coast, from fashionable hotels to quiet fishermen’s villages. Many travelers seek that quietness, far from bustling cities, and they find it in places like Bigovo – a modest, down-to-earth village, fairly unremarkable from the architectural and historical standpoint. Such resorts have their advantages: one can socialize with local residents here, try authentic cuisine and seafood at affordable prices, experience genuine culture, and enjoy the serene sea.
Day 4: Bigova - Tivat (18 NM)
Welcome to mystical Plava Špilja. The Blue Cave, or Plava Špilja in Montenegrin, is located on Luštica peninsular, reachable only from the side of the sea. The name of the cave speaks for itself-- the seawater and refracted sunlight bathe the whole interior in glimmering light and dark blues. The cave area is approximately 300 sq. m, and the entrance is fairly big for boats and motor boats – up to 4 meters high and 15 meters wide. When going to Plava Špilja, try to steer clear of cruise ships nearby that may be following the same route with you, otherwise you’ll have to enjoy the cave sights with a crowd. Such magic is best experienced in small groups.
Day 5: Tivat - Kotor (10 NM)
Kotor is located in the secluded part of the Boka Kotorska Bay, between the shoreline and the Lovćen mountain range. It’s much more interesting to arrive here by sea than by land as the bay itself has long been recognized as one of the most beautiful places in all of Europe, competing only with the Norwegian fjords. There are hundreds of yachts gracefully crossing the bay, and passengers enjoy wonderful landscapes all the way to Kotor. There are also reasons to go ashore, for example, the historical center of Kotor listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the City Gates, the Prince’s Palace, the Clock Tower, the Grgurina Palace, the Cathedral of St Tryphon – all that connected by the enchanting maze of narrow city streets. Don’t be afraid to lose your way in Kotor – a little wandering can lead to discovering architecture fraught with invariable charm and magic. Nourish your senses further in any of the local restaurants, ordering authentic Montenegrin dishes or seafood.
Day 6: Kotor - Herceg Novi (14 NM)
Herceg Novi was once known as Castelnuovo – meaning “new castle” in Italian. Today it’s known by several other beautiful names like, “The botanical gardens of Montenegro” or “the city of steps and stairways. The city is located at the entrance to the Boka Kotorska Bay, by the foot of the Orjen mountain range. Travelers come here to walk along the streets of the Old Town, see the Spanish Fort and the Orthodox Monastery of Savina, as well as visit the Mediterranean health and visitor center at the Institute Igalo. Mineral springs, therapeutic mud, clean air and various physiotherapeutic treatments are a Montenegrin recipe for rejuvenation. Besides treatments and sights, there are wonderful opportunities for diving in Herceg Novi – you can explore shipwrecks not far from the shore! And as if you needed another reason to visit, Herceg Novi even hosts a Mimosa Festival in the winter, attracting numerous tourists. What more could you want?
Day 7: Herceg Novi - Budva (20 NM)
Your voyage is coming to an end. Prepare the yacht for transferring back over to the charter company, assess the equipment’s operation, and resupply water and fuel. After handing the vessel over successfully, take leisurely walk through Budva and don’t forget to pick up souvenirs for your friends.