This seaside resort and the region are popular holiday destinations, not only for the tourist attractions but also for the pleasant climate. In this article, you can find out what to expect when you go sailing in Kotor. Plus, we will give you some helpful tips for organising a one-week sailing itinerary. Discover the picturesque port city and the region!This article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- Weather in Kotor: The best time for sailing
- Ports around Kotor
- Sail in Kotor! Kotor sailing itineraries
- 1-week Kotor sailing trip
- Kotor sailing: 7 days sailing tour (longer)
- Marine gas near Kotor, Boat gas station around Montenegro
The Bay of Kotor is characterised by pleasant, moderate weather with warm, dry summers and mild winters. The average annual temperature is 14.9°C. The hottest months are July and August, the coldest is January. The nearby mountains make it easier to endure even the hottest days. The average temperature in July is 23.7°C and 6.6°C in January. Maximum rainfall occurs in November. Thanks to the pleasant climate, it is recommended to visit Kotor from April to October. Check the sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Kotor.
Port of Kotor
The port of Kotor is also known as Luka Kotor or Cattaro. It can accommodate up to 30 boats, up to 30 metres in length. The maximum depth of the seabed is 8.5 metres. The protected port offers many high-quality services. It has drinking water, electricity, a laundry, a bar and a restaurant. You can refuel and do maintenance. Moreover, you can even get medical help if needed. Rent a boat Kotor.
Port of Tivat
The Porto Montenegro has helped Tivat to become a prosperous town since it is visited by the richest people in the world. It has 450 berths, and it can accommodate the largest luxury yachts. The complex includes residences, restaurants, boutiques, the five-star Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel and many other facilities. Rent a boat Tivat.
Port of Budva
This protected port is also known as Dukley Marina Budva. It has 300 berths, can accommodate boats up to 40 metres in length. The maximum depth is 4 metres, If you get hungry, there is a bar and the restaurant at the site of the port. The excellent services include a laundry, a refuelling station and maintenance. Rent a boat Budva.
Port of Bar
It is the largest and most important port in Montenegro, in the southern part of the country. The place is also known as Luka Bar. The port consists of several sections: the port for scheduled vessels, the port for private vessels, for commercial vessels and a military port. There are more than 600 berths for vessels up to 35 metres. The depth of the seabed is 8 metres. There is a restaurant on-site, WiFi and maintenance are available. Furthermore, a sailing school also operates in the port. Rent a boat Bar.
Our trip starts in Kotor, and after discovering the wonderful holiday resorts in Montenegro, we will return here.
Day 1. Kotor – Tivat (Porto Montenegro)
15,29 km (9,50 mi)First, we sail to the nearby Tivat, which is also on the east coast of the Bay of Kotor. It is one of the oldest towns in the area. With its pleasant, mild climate and lush Mediterranean greenery, it is a popular beach resort. The main attraction in the city is St. Anthony’s Church, built-in 1373. If you are hungry, the Porto Montenegro sailing and yacht port has some great restaurants. Read more about what to do in Tivat or Sailing in Tivat. Check our boats: Rent a boat in Tivat.
Day 2. Tivat (Porto Montenegro) – Bigova
29,40 km (18,27 mi)This small fishing village is in a protected bay, making the port exceptionally safe for boats. Bigova is especially recommended for water sports enthusiasts as well as those who are looking for a relaxing holiday. The main attractions are the Grabovac Fortress and the Church of St. Nicholas. There are many restaurants in the town where you can try chorba, the popular fish soup.
Day 3. Bigova – Budva
20,59 (12,80 mi)Budva is Montenegro’s largest seaside town with 17 beaches. It is extremely rich not only in natural beauties but also in historical monuments. The most important monument in the city is the Fortress of St. Mary, also known as the Citadel. Visit the restaurant on the first floor, which has a spacious terrace. A wonderful view awaits you here over the seashore and the St. Nicholas Island. The town becomes a cultural centre during summer, housing several theatre plays and events. Read more about what to do in Budva or Budva sailing. Check our boats: Rent a boat in Budva.
Day 4. Budva – Herceg Novi
35,62 km (22,13 mi)Our next destination is Herceg Novi, which has a 7-kilometres long beach promenade. The sandy beach called Igalo attracts tourist from May to October. The Bellavista Square in the Old Town is a popular meeting spot for locals. The main attraction in Herceg Novi is the Sea Fortress, built on a rocky cliff, which today functions as a summer theatre and disco. Once a prison, Kanli Kula has also been transformed into an open-air stage. Read more about what to do in Herceg Novi or Sailing in Herceg Novi. Check our boats: Rent a boat in Herceg Novi.
Day 5. Herceg Novi – Zelenika
3,66 km (2,27 mi)The quiet village can be an excellent alternative to some of the most popular resorts in the area. The most beautiful beach is Lalovina, which is famous for its crystal clear waters. The rocky coastline is surrounded by lush green vegetation. In this village, you can visit the oldest church in the area, the Holy Trinity Church. Spend the night in the port of Zelenika.
Day 6. Zelenika – Bijela
8,54 km (5,31 mi)This village lies on the northern coast of Bay of Kotor, at the Strait of Verige. The most famous landmark is the Bijela Adriatic Shipyard, Montenegro’s largest ship maintenance company. If you would like to eat something special, you should visit the oyster farm, located between Bijela and Kamenari where you can try this delicacy.
Day 7. Bijela – Perast – Kotor
15,17 km (9,43 mi)Perast is one of the most beautiful towns in the Bay of Kotor. Its main tourist attractions include the Maritime Museum and two small islands nearby. The natural island, called St. George Island hides an old cemetery and a Benedictine monastery. The latter can’t be visited, it is not open to visitors. The artificial Gospa od Škrpjela, or Our Lady of the Rocks has a Byzantine-style church.After dropping anchor and we still have some time, it is worth to take a look around Kotor. For nature lovers, the Lovćen National Park is a must-see. In addition to the rich flora and fauna, you will also find buildings of cultural and historical significance. For an exceptional gastronomic experience, choose Galion at the southern end of town. It is one of the best restaurants and offers breathtaking views over the Old Town and the port from its terrace.
Day 1. Kotor – Tivat (Porto Montenegro) 15,29 km (9,50 mi), Day 2. Tivat (Porto Montenegro) – Herceg Novi (Harbor) 13,76 km (8,55 mi), Day 3. Herceg Novi (Harbor) – Cavtat (Harbor) 44,80 km (27,84 mi), Day 4. Cavtat (Harbor) – Dubrovnik (ACI Marina) 23,13 km (14,38 mi), Day 5. Dubrovnik (ACI Marina) – Sudurad 18,48 km (11,48 mi), Day 6. Sudurad – Mamula-island – Molunat 65,81 km (40,89 mi), Day 7. Molunat – Perast – Kotor 29,49 km (18,33 mi).More Montenegro sailing tours.
- KOTOR: , Depth: 8,5 m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 42.426348, 18.767266,
- TIVAT – Porto Montenegro: , Depth: 12 m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 42.433897, 18.691430
- HERCEG NOVI – Portonovi Marina: , Depth: 20 m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 42.433903, 18.603754
- BUDVA – Dukley Marina: , Depth: 4 m, Working time: from May 1st through October 1st from 8-22, GPS Coordinates: 42.279906, 18.838321
- BAR – AD Marina: , Depth: 5 m, Working time: 7-20, GPS Coordinates: 42.098617, 19.088010
- DUBROVNIK, ACI Marina: , Depth: 4m, Working time: 8-20, GPS Coordinates: 42.670687, 18.127007
- DUBROVNIK, Orsan: , Depth: 3,7 – 4,9 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 42.660463, 18.079714
- SOBRA, MLJET: , Depth: 5m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 42.740951, 17.598208
- LASTOVO: , Depth: 2,5 – 4,5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 42.745218, 16.824718
- ACI Marina KORCULA: , Depth: 3,5m, GPS Coordinates: 42.956744, 17.138561
- VELA LUKA: , Depth: 3-4 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 42.959407, 16.714213
If you want to go sailing, Kotor is a great destination due to the pleasant weather. Visit other holiday resorts in Montenegro, and discover the nearby islands, which also have unforgettable attractions.