Our Sailing notes
History and art:
Montenegro has, in all times, been under the power of other nations. You can see that in its architecture: a bit of Turkish here, a lot of Venetian there… The country is predominantly Orthodox, which explains the large number of gorgeous monasteries. But it also has a Catholic minority, and a Muslim one in the south (Ulcinj). This is a good summary of the general diversity of Montenegro…
In the old town of Kotor as well as in all other major cities (Perast, Budva, Petrovac), you will most probably find more or less the same menus in all restaurants: pizza, pasta, seafood, meat, risottos. In smaller, home-like restaurants, you’ll have more chances to eat typical food: meat specialties (sarma, gulas, paprikas, pune paprike, pljeskavica, cevapi) as well as seafood (grilled of fried squids, in general excellent, bass, dorado, or even clams or shrimps “alla buzzara”, this delicious Dalmatian dressing). For starters restaurants generally offer local olives, cheese and ham (prsut). Fruits and vegetables from the market are homegrown and incredibly tasty compared to what we get back home! In the summer you’ll find, of course, tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, paprika, and for the fruits: strawberies and cherries until the end of June (note that “visnje” are sourer than “cesnje”), and then delicious peaches and apricots, in August fresh figs, and in September pomgranates…
As for the drinks, Montenegrin wines are not bad at all, especially the Plantaze Vranac which offers an excellent quality/price ratio. Vranac “Proc Corde” and Sasso Negro are higher in quality and in price but remain very affordable. Macedonian wines are also worth the try! The local beer is also good, it is called Niksicko Pivo. Besides this, supermarkets offer a large variety of fruit juices!
Close to Kotor, our favourite, Stari Mlini
Kotor: Galion (above the marina), Cezarica (in the old town)
Budva: Riblji restoran (in the old town, right after the north gates)
Bigovo: Dobrac (eco-concept, affordable, VIP clientele, accessible by boat only!)
Weather and navigation
The entire area has typical Mediterranean climate - warm and dry summers on one hand and mild and damp winters on the other. Swimming season therefore takes place from mid May until mid October. Kotor bay is of course always calm and sheltered, while in season conditions outside and towards Dubrovnik are generally good.
Harbours and marinas
Marina Kotor is located at the steep cliffs of the Gulf of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) and it is not a regular marina because it forms a part of the Kotor harbour. Despite this its position is excellent since it is situated close to the city centre (100 metres).
Anchoring can be tricky in Montenegro, especially in the fjord, where you are never sure of the depth wherever you are. Always double check your nautical maps before even approaching any shore.
Water and diesel
In all marinas you’ll have water and a gas station. However, note that in the summer in case of drought the water can be cut for a couple of hours in Kotor, generally from 11a.m. to 3p.m.
The coastal town Kotor is located on the spot where the sea has fought its way deep into the sheer Lovčen and Orijena massifs. Let’s just mention the carnival, the event dedicated to the St. Tripun, the city's patron, the camellia flower day, the maritime film festival, the children theatre festival, the fashion festival and, last but not least the famous "Fašinada" regatta that takes place each year on July, 21st and 22nd, starting from Perast to the brand-new marina Porto Montenegro, and back to finish in between the Islands.
Perast is a sleepy baroque place near Kotor. The most beautiful buildings of this small city were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. At that time seafaring was growing and captains built magnificent villas that even today capture you with their beauty. Perast is a quiet and peaceful place.
Herceg Novi is recognisable by the abundance of mimosa trees and its numerous flights of stairs. It is a 'city of the sun', thanks to the large number of sunny days all year round. The centre of Herceg Novi is Stari Grad, decorated by buildings dating back to the epochs of Sahat – Kula (1667) and Kanli – Kula (1483).
Budva is the metropolis of Montenegrin tourism thanks to the great number of beaches that make this a most desirable tourist destination. Apart from its natural beauty, its bay islands and beaches for example, Budva is rich in historic monuments.
The Budva coast is 21 km long with 17 beaches. It is among the most beautiful coasts in the world and its beauty will not leave you indifferent.
Petrovac is a little settlement near the town – hotel of Sveti Stefan. Its beaches Perazica Do, Lucice, Sveta Nedjelja and Buljarice are among the finest of the Riviera of Budva.
Sveti Stefan, a town – hotel, is located on an island connected to the mainland by a narrow strip that has two red colored sandy beaches. Originally built by traders and fishermen in the XV century, it became a town – hotel in 1960 thanks to our famous painters Lubarda and Milunovic, who recognized this old place as a potential tourist attraction.
This small fisherman’s village is adorable because it is typical, it is peaceful, and it is still preserved from mass tourism. Stop there before it’s too late!
Along the fjord you’ll see the villages of Prcanj and Stoliv, with their hundreds of stone houses, nicely renovated and giving the place an enchanting aspect. You can easily berth there, jump to a small restaurant with a “feet in the water” terrace, have some grilled fish, and go back to your boat… Isn’t it paradise?
If you need some action, you can even try the hiking path to Gornji Stoliv (“Upper Stoliv”, 40 minutes walk from the shore on) and discover this small, almost deserted village (only one family is still living there!) where people first settled to enjoy the day light longer than down on the shore…
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