Montenegro is a beautiful country situated in the Eastern Mediterranean on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, south of Croatia. It’s stunning landscape beckons as forested mountains give way to deep ravines and old world towns are nestled on hillsides. The modern Porto Montenegro accommodates visiting yachts of all sizes and competes with the world’s premier superyacht destinations. The country retains a sense of exclusivity and old world glamour combined with spectacular inland scenery, charming fishing villages and coastlines indented with mountains and coves. The non-EU tax benefits (0% VAT on charters, tax and duty-free fuel) make the perfect destination to begin an Adriatic yacht charter itinerary.
Quickly rising as premier yacht charter destination of the Eastern Mediterranean, Montenegro is a spectacular luxury yacht charter choice.
This is a fascinating country of interesting culture and traditions, magnificent architecture, ancient history, lovely weather and stunning natural beauty. A Montenegro yacht charter often incorporate Croatia as part of the itinerary due to their close proximity.
Montenegro has become the new super-yacht hotspot of the Mediterranean over the last few years. The rapidly growing infrastructure has made Porto Montenegro an advantageous charter base to explore the 4,000+ islands which line the coast from Greece to Croatia.
Porto Montenegro is a really attractive location to visit with the yacht or use the marina to embark/disembark. The airport is only 10 minutes away and the facilities are impeccable. Guests can arrive a day early or stay a day extra in the excellent Regent hotel within the marina, literally on the waterfront.
Vat Laws 2017:
1. VAT will from May 1st 2017 be charged at the rate of 13% on all charters that either start in Croatia or start in a third Non- EU country and then pass through Croatia. This means that 13% VAT will be settled on the entire charter contract if the charter starts in Croatia. For all charters starting in a third Non-EU country 13% VAT will be calculated on the number of days spent in Croatia.
2. All third country flagged (Non-EU) commercial registered yachts will need to obtain a charter license, even if their charter starts abroad (either in an EU or a third Non-EU country). As of this year, length limit will be suspended. This means that even those commercial registered vessels with a registered length of less than 40m will be able to carry out charter activities in Croatia and therefore will also be required to obtain a charter license.
Montenegro, meaning “Black Mountain”, has a coast on the Adriatic Sea and is bordered by Croatia, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Herzegovina. It was a part of Yugoslavia from 1918 until the country declared independence in 2006. The mountains include some of the most rugged terrain in Europe, averaging more than 2,000 metres in elevation. It has a picturesque coast 295km long, with 72km of beaches, and with many well-preserved ancient old towns. The Yugoslav wars that were fought in neighbouring countries during the 1990s crippled the tourist industry and damaged the image of the country for years. It was not until the 2000s that the tourism industry began to recover, and the country has since experienced a high rate of tourism growth. The Government has set the development of Montenegro as an elite tourist destination a top priority with the development of Porto Montenegro. Montenegro was listed in “10 Top Hot Spots of 2009” to visit by Yahoo Travel and also listed every year by prestigious tourism guides like Lonely Planet as a top touristic destination. Classified by the World Bank as an upper middle-income country, Montenegro is a member of the UN and a candidate for joining the European Union.
Capital and largest city : Podgorica
Official language : Montenegrin
Ethnic groups : 45% Montenegrins, 28% Serbs, 8% Bosnians, 4% Albanians
Area : 13,800 km2
Population : 620,000
Currency : Euro (€)
Calling code : +382
Time zone : CET (UTC+1) Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Montenegro Yacht Charter “Must Do”
Kotor is a beautiful UNESCO town, with a charming old town and a bustling harbour. Climb the 1,500 steps to the fortress overlooking the town which offers spectacular views. Only 10km from Kotor is Perast, another UNESCO town with a population of 500 people and no cars are allowed. Visit the two tiny islands St George and Our Lady of the Rock. The impressive Ostrog Monastery is in central Montenegro, about a three hour drive from Kotor. The Lovcen National Park is about a 40 minute drive from Cetinje and is dominated by the 1750m Mount Lovcen. Njegos Mausoleum is located on second highest peak, Jezerski. Climb the 461 steps to the top and you’re rewarded with spectacular views of most of Montenegro on a clear day. Cetinje was the former capital of Montenegro. View King Nikola’s former palace which is now a museum on the main square.
Health and Safety Advice
TGD Podgorica Airport (Golubovci Airport)
TIV Tivat Airport (closest to Porto Montenegro)
Sample Montenegro Yacht Charter Itineraries
Tivat has a nice average temperature in May, June, September and October. The warmest months are June, July and August. On average, the warmest month is August and the coolest month is January and the peak of the rainy season is in December. The best time to visit is between May and September. Montenegro’s climate broadly follows two distinct patterns: the coast has typically Mediterranean weather, with very warm summers with temperatures around 25-30°C and mild winters; while the interior has bitterly cold winters with occasionally heavy rainfall and much snow.