Montenegro – A Little Piece of the Adriatic Charm
Though not nearly as large as other countries around the Adriatic like Croatia
, yacht charter Montenegro
makes up for the smaller size with breathtaking sceneries like the ones in the secluded yet stunning Bay of Kotor.
Not many people are aware of the touristic potential of Montenegro which can be a blessing for many tourists that want to seek refuge from the summer crowds and a curse to the locals who are trying to increase their income from tourism. But the fact of the matter is that this once war-torn land is today blossoming into one of the last undiscovered corners of the Mediterranean
Montenegro lays between Croatia, Serbia and Albania, bordering the Adriatic Sea and priding itself with some of the cleanest waters and beaches in this part of the world, which you would have to see to believe.
Among the most prolific regions in the country for yacht charter is the Bay of Kotor, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since it’s Europe’s largest southerly fjord. This also means that it’s a very prolific region for sailing and yachting activities thanks to the deep waters of the fjord.
Getting into yacht charter Montenegro is not that difficult, especially from neighboring countries. Your first option should always be by plane since it’s the fastest and most comfortable and spares you long travel times. There are several major airports which have good links to seaside resorts, airports like Podgorica International and Tivat International.
Driving into Montenegro is not always an option since the local infrastructure is still undergoing modernization operations but trains are a popular choice for those from neighboring countries because of short travel times and relatively cheap prices.
By water, there are a number of seaside resorts such as Bar and Budva which are linked to Italian cities on the other side of the Adriatic like Bari and Ancona, proof of long lasting relationships between the two countries from the time of the Venetian empire.
Historically speaking, Montenegro was known for a significant portion of its history as a great holiday destination but it was during the early 90s war that it lost most of its appeal. Now that the war is long gone, people are beginning to reconsider this country as a possible travel destination and thus restore some of its touristic pedigree.
Entry procedures have been simplified for citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Europe who may enter in Montenegro and stay for up to 3 months with just a valid passport. At the same time, citizens from Russia or from former soviet bloc countries need a visa to enter the country.
For yacht charter tourists, additional paperwork is required, especially concerning the skippers. If you enter Montenegro by water in a private vessel, you must report to the harbor master in the port of entry (Bar, Budva, Kotor, Risan or Zelenika in this case) and present the ship’s registration documents, a valid skipper license (or a certificate of competence), a crew list and a list of the equipment onboard as well as clearance from the last port of call.
Alternatively, if you’re already in territorial waters, you can expect patrol craft that might intercept you for regular inspections. In order to have a smooth encounter with the law, be sure to always monitor channel 16 VHF and when contacted give out required information such as name of the ship, flag, international call sign, last port of call and your destination. Rest assured that yacht charter boats are not subject to such routine controls.
Yacht charter skippers
are required to have a sailing permit if they want to charter a yacht. This is issued upon entry many find it to be quite expensive, especially since the tax was significantly increased back in 2008. This permit can be issued for 1 week, 1-3-6 months and up to a year. The prices vary depending on the duration but not if you’re in a charter boar or your personal boat.