The almost 300 km long coastline of the small country at the Adriatic Sea will amaze everyone who is a lover of sailing with a number of tiny romantic bays that are suitable for sailing. The Montenegrin coastline has sandy beaches about 70 km long, where you can relax free of the tourist masses or the noise of cities, sometimes as if you were part of a movie.
This story summarizes the following:
- Three types of climate and weather
- When should you leave?
- The largest ports in Montenegro
- Sail in Montenegro! Montenegro sailing holidays
- One-week Montenegro sailing itinerary
- Sailing in Montenegro: 7 days sailing tour from Budva
- 1 week-long sailing holiday in Montenegro
- Montenegro sailing trip from Kotor
- Boat gas stations around Montenegro
Three types of climate and weather
The Mediterranean zone is a narrow strip on the Adriatic coastline from Herceg-Novi to the Bojana River. In summer the average temperature is between 25.4 °C and 27.6°C. The summers are short and dry and the winters are short and mild. The hours of sunshine are around 2500. Ulcinj has to most extreme data with 2700 hours of sunshine per year. The temperature of the sea is 26-27°C. In July there are 11 sunny hours per day. The temperature of the sea is pleasant from May until the middle of August.
In the central part of Montenegro, the temperature in July is 26.4°C, in Podgorica, it is 25.4°C (Danilovgrad). The absolute maximum temperature is 40°C. Hot air flows to Podgorica from the valley of the Bojana River, Lake Skadar, and the Morača River which makes it the hottest city of the former Yugoslavia. The average temperature in January is around 5 °C and the minimum temperature is -10°C. Sudden weather changes are also expected. The middle areas are characterised by extreme temperatures.
A mountain range starts at the Piva River. The average height of the mountains is 1700 metres, and the peaks reach up to 2000 metres. The mountains have a subalpine climate with cold and snowy winters and mild summers. The weather can change suddenly. In winter the temperature can drop to -20°C or -30°C. While it rarely snows in the Skadar region, in Durmitor even 5 metres of snow can fall. Due to low evaporation snow can remain until May and in some places the whole year. Check the sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Montenegro
When should you leave?
The sailing season lasts in the whole Mediterranean region including Montenegro from April to October. The weather is quite pleasant in the spring and the environment is suitable for sailing, but the temperature of the sea is still rather cold. The summer main season is between July and September when both temperatures and seawater are warm enough and you can make use of the opportunities that the most beautiful beaches offer you.
In the spring and autumn, you can count on Yugo, a permanent medium-strength southeastern wind, while in the summer the permanent Adriatic northwestern wind mistral will make sure that your wings are tight. The latter one has a strength of 5-6 Bft and since it’s very reliable, it will provide you with enough wind after the morning standstill from noon until the night hours.
Sailing in Montenegro: The largest ports in Montenegro
Port of Kotor
The The Port of Kotor is also known as Luka Kotor or Cattaro Marina by Italiens. It is situated in the coastal town of the same name, on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro.
It offers its guests modern facilities in the heart of a medieval site with well-preserved fortifications and fascinating historical attractions. Kotor is well protected from the east by fortification walls up to 20 meters in height, from the west by the sea, from the North by the river Škurda and from the south by the underwater spring Gurdić. Information about sailing in Kotor, or yacht rental in Kotor
Port of Bar
The Port of Bar is Montenegro’s main seaport. It is located in Bar. The city is, therefore, an important commercial hub. The port can be divided into several parts: the harbour for regular yachting services, the private harbour, the commercial port, and the naval port. The harbour serves also as a country and customs border. Information about sailing in Bar, or rent a boat in Bar.
Port of Montenegro in Tivat
Berthing at Porto Montenegro offers marina guests and crew a full homeport solution in one of the world’s most spectacular cruising grounds. The marina’s 450 berths are complemented by an extensive range of services and amenities. Information about sailing in Tivat, or rent a boat in Tivat
Sail in Montenegro! Montenegro sailing holidays
One week Montenegro sailing itinerary
If you choose a pace of getting ahead that is slower than the one-week itinerary then it is worth visiting the towns discussed below, so that you have one of them for each day to visit the most exciting towns of Montenegro.
Day 1. Perast (Sunny port) – Kotor
8, 71 km (5, 41 mi)
Just a little further from Perast, your next stop should be Kotor, which is considered to be one of the ten most beautiful bays in the world and it is also under the protection of UNESCO. Kotor castle watches the whole landscape at 1, 000 meters-high peak as if it were a guard and offers a wonderful panorama of the whole of Kotor bay. It may give you an excellent opportunity for a long walk, from where you’ll leave with unforgettable experiences. Kotor is worth spending even two days because the old town has so many sights for visitors. There are many churches and museums including the Tenegi Museum to explore. Read more about what to do in Kotor or Kotor sailing. Check our boats: Kotor yacht charter
Day 2. Kotor – Tivat (Porto Montenegro)
15, 15 km (9, 42 mi)
Tivat is a holiday resort with palm trees at one of the entrances of Kotor bay Visit the luxury sailing and yacht port Porto Montenegro, which is very close and gets renewed nowadays too. It can host 250 sailing boats. You can find more than 130 luxury buildings and 20 luxury commercial units in Porto Montenegro, but also several restaurants, yacht clubs, many bars, and sports facilities. Read about what to do in Tivat, Tivat sailing, or yacht charter in Tivat
Day 3. Tivat (Porto Montenegro) – Herceg Novi
13, 76 km (8, 55 mi)
Our next destination is Herceg Novi, which has a 7-kilometres long beach promenade. The sandy beach called Igalo attracts tourists 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 about what to do in Herceg Novi, Herceg Novi sailing, or yacht charter in Herceg Novi
Day 4. Herceg Novi – Budva
36, 44 km (22, 64 mi)
The wonderful town of Budva and Budva Riviera is 23 nautical miles to the south of Kotor bay. The typical Montenegrin landscape shows a different face here because the mountains are a little lower and it is longer sandy beaches that play a key role here. Budva is one of the most fashionable tourist destinations in Montenegro during the summer months. No wonder, the beautiful old town of the peninsula and the azure blue seawater will enchant you all. After discovering the old town you can enjoy the summer heat on a sandy beach full of bars and restaurants, thus in real luxury. Read about what to do in Budva or Budva sailing, or yacht charter in Budva
Day 5. Budva – Sveti Stefan
5, 19 km (3, 22 mi)
The tiny island of Sveti Stefan is very close to the holiday resort Budva (only four nautical miles) and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Montenegro for sure You can find a real luxury hotel here, which can be seen on many postcards as one of the major sights of Montenegro. Unfortunately, you can’t visit the whole area as a visitor, but the island can be sailed around completely and you get a stunning view from here. The public beach of the island is at the end of the pier, from where you get a fantastic view of the special red-roofed buildings and the crooked streets. It is an amazing experience to walk between the beaches with white sand and the first-class luxury hotels.
Day 6. Sveti Stefan – Zlatna Luka-bay
30, 18 km (18, 75 mi)
If you would like to make this sailing trip especially memorable, visiting the nearby Blue Cave will be an unforgettable experience. The cave offers a spectacular sight, as the colour of the crystal clear water turns into a breathtaking shade of blue thanks to the light coming through the openings. Drop anchor here and spend a night in this quiet bay.
Day 7. Zlatna Luka-bay – Bijela – Perast
22, 91 km (14, 24 mi)
Bijela lies on the northern coast of the 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.
After we have returned our boat and we still have some time, we should take a look around Perast. Perast is a sleepy town located at the end of Kotor bay. However, there is a smaller island in the neighbourhood of Perast Gospa od Skrpjela, and the church Gospa od Skrpjela on it, which means “the Lady of Cliffs”. This is a really small island that is easy to sail around. The island is only a few nautical miles away from the old town of Kotor. Legend has it that this tiny and mystical island was established in a very interesting way. Every time, when old commercial yachts left the old town of Kotor, the seamen took a cliff with themselves. And when they got to see the castle wall on their return, they threw the rock into the water thus making a foundation for the church that is now standing on the island.
Sailing in Montenegro: 7 days sailing tour from Budva
Day 1. Budva – Bigova 20.59 (12.80 mi), Day 2. Bigova – Tivat (Porto Montenegro) 29.40 km (18.27 mi), Day 3. Tivat (Porto Montenegro) – Herceg Novi (Harbor) 13.76 km (8.55 mi), Day 4. Herceg Novi (Harbor) – Cavtat (Harbour) 44.80 km (27.84 mi), Day 5. Cavtat (Harbour) – Dubrovnik (Orsan) 19.93 km (13.39 mi), Day 6. Dubrovnik (Orsan) – Sudurad 15.26 km (9.48 mi), Day 7. Sudurad – St Nicholas Island – Budva 95.03 km (59.05 mi).
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1 week-long sailing holiday in Montenegro
Day 1. Tivat (Porto Montenegro) – Herceg Novi (Harbor) 13, 76 km (8, 55 mi), Day 2. Herceg Novi (Harbor) – Cavtat (Harbor) 44, 80 km (27, 84 mi), Day 3. Cavtat (Harbor) – Dubrovnik (Orsan) 19, 93 km (13, 39 mi), Day 4. Dubrovnik (Orsan) – Sudurad 15, 26 km (9, 48 mi), Day 5. Sudurad – Mljet Island (Sobra) 28, 29 km (17, 58 mi), Day 6. Mljet Island (Sobra) – Zlatna Luka 91, 44 km (56, 82 mi), Day 7. Zlatna Luka – Rose – Tivat 19, 05 km (11, 84 mi).
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Montenegro sailing trip from Kotor
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).
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Read more if you would like to sail from Dubrovnik to Montenegro or choose another Mediterranean sailboat cruise
Boat gas stations around Montenegro
- 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
Montenegro is a real paradise for sailors in a somewhat hidden part of the Adriatic Sea. You can reach all port towns along the coastline of Montenegro easily. Discover as many as you can and enjoy your unforgettable Montenegro holidays! Find more Montenegro sailing destinationsHELP ME TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT BOAT