Discover Winter in Porto Montenegro

By Christina Tsangaris

As the world’s first platinum-status marina, Porto Montenegro is the perfect destination to escape to this winter. With its idyllic Adriatic location in the UNESCO protected Bay of Kotor, proximity to three international airports, 450 marina berths, pristine mountains for skiing and year-round sunshine, it appeals to residents, boat owners, charterers and guests alike during the out of season months.

Porto Montenegro welcomes and caters to the needs of the yachting community, offering a host of berthing benefits throughout the winter. The award-winning marina gives access to some of the best cruising grounds in the Mediterranean, such as the Croatian archipelago and Greece, with average high temperatures of 21° in October – which only drop to an average of 13° in December – and over 280 days of sunshine each year, it is the ideal place to enjoy Europe’s most impressive natural areas of beauty all year round. Within a three hours’ drive from Boka Bay is Tara Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world, as well as Lake Skadar, on the border of Montenegro and Albania, which is the largest lake in Southern Europe and a pristine wilderness, often overlooked by the tourist trail. What’s more, the mountains of Kolasin and Zabljak reach over 2,000 metres, providing the ideal setting for skiing away from Europe’s more crowded resorts.

Closer to home, it’s possible to set sail to the best beach clubs in Montenegro from the village, such as the world- famous Nikki Beach. The historic destinations of Kotor – a UNESCO protected town, famed for its labyrinthine streets and historic churches – and the picturesque Our Lady of the Rocks, a Roman Catholic Church set on an islet off the coast of Perast, are perhaps Montenegro’s most famous landmarks, but there are many other hidden gems to set sail to for the day from Porto Montenegro. For example, the small fishing village of Rose is set at the entrance to Boka Bay and was a former port for Venetian galleys, Turkish and Austro-Hungarian ships and the barges of Queen Teuta of Illyria. Three impressive submarine tunnels – relics of the Yugoslavian army – can be reached by boat from Rose, and abandoned Yugoslavian navy ships can still be seen along the way. Blue Cave is another of the most popular locations on the Bay of Kotor: located on Luštica Peninsula, close to the beaches of Žanjice and Mirišta, the Blue Cave takes its name from the luminous turquoise colours that reflect around its sunlit walls.

Within Porto Montenegro itself, there are many restaurants and international shops to explore. A new venue, the Onyx Bar & Garden by Beluga, has recently launched at the Regent Porto Montenegro – a five-star hotel with over 120 luxury suites and apartments. Open to hotel guests and visitors alike, the Onyx Bar overlooks the hotel’s elegantly landscaped gardens and features a menu of Beluga vodkas and vodka-based cocktails. For foodies, Forza Porto brings authentic Boka delicacies with a modern and sophisticated twist, whilst its sister restaurants Marea on the village Town Quay and Panorama at the PMYC Pool, combine traditional Mediterranean cuisine with a blend of Northern
  Montenegrin-inspired culinary specialties, meat dishes and specially curated wines. Shopping highlights include a flagship Dior and a Five Star Fashion Boutique, which houses luxury brands including Ralph Lauren, La Martina and Gant are among the ten new retail outlets recently added to the village.
Yacht owners can enjoy a suite of special discounts on tailor-made Premium and Platinum berthing packages*, meanwhile the village appeals to yachting professionals as a base to remain on shore during the winter months, due to the benefits of joining the Porto Montenegro Crew Club which offers a range of winter sports activities and parties for members. Winters in Montenegro mean getaways to the north, where people can enjoy skiing, snowboarding and the freshly powdered Montenegrin slopes. Crew Club members are even given the opportunity to enjoy weekends at Porto Montenegro’s ski chalet in Kolasin, where they can relax in the mountains and have some time off their boats. The Crew Club hosts the Superyacht Winter Games every February, where for two weekends, members can tour from the north to the south of Montenegro testing their sporting and teambuilding skills in the picturesque outdoor terrain.

At the heart of Porto Montenegro’s sailing scene is the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club (PMYC) where members can enjoy a member’s lounge and five-star hospitality, with an onsite restaurant and bar, nightclub, sailing and rowing facilities, gym and tennis courts, as well as a 64m PMYC pool, which has been listed by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the world’s most iconic pools, boasting unparalleled views over Boka Bay – just one of the many aspects of life at Porto Montenegro that make is a world-class destination all year round.

By Christina Tsangaris