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Route 3: Montenegro. Boka Kotorska in 7 days

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Bigova is about 11 sea miles away from Budva. In case of good weather conditions it will take less than 2 hours to get there. Because of that, you should put to the sea before 3:30 P.M. and do not forget to take a weather forecast from a manager of the SimpleSail base.

After seeing your yacht and buying necessary goods you can enjoy Budva and walk along amazing beaches nearby the marina. Moreover, do not forget to visit a viewing platform to take some photos of an island SvetiStefan, which is one of the symbols of Montenegro.

Bigova is a small village in the Traste Bay, which has recently become a popular resort. Normally, you will be given a reliable mooring buoy, but if you are lucky, you will be moored at the pier. To get on the land use your inflatable boat.

You can also order an outboard engine for tender when you book a yacht on SimpleSail.

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Today you are going to have a 3-hours voyage. There is a grotto Splava Spilja in about 5 miles from Bigova. Refraction of the sunlight in the purest water surface creates unique lighting effects, painting the walls of the grotto and the sea in fantastic shades of blue.

You can come to an anchor near it for a couple of hours, it will be enough to swim and look over the cave.

On the way to the Tivat you will enter the Boka Kotorska, the largest bay in the Adriatic Sea.

An area around the bay has been populated since ancient times. There are lots of old Orthodox and Catholic churches and some of them now are meccas.

Keep your way to the PortoMontenegro. It is one of the best premium marinas in the Mediterranean. When you will come there, you will think that you are in the Monte-Carlo rather than in Montenegro. Use VHF on CH16 for communication with port staff.

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Now we are traveling in the suburbs of Tivat. Total time to go there and back will take less than 1 hour. After leaving Porto Montenegro set your course for the southwest and after 1,5 miles keep left to the southeast.

Now you can admire an islet Otok with a nunnery and a church of the Holy Mother of God, which were built in the XV century. The major shrine there is an ancient statue "Blazene gospe od Milosti", which is believed to be miraculous.

Then you should sail in the direction to the bay, which is called Uvala Krtole. On the left side there is the biggest island in Boka Kotorska - Sveti Marko. It has been abandoned since 80-s and it is famous for its picturesque landscapes and brilliantly clean water. Perhaps, here is an ideal place to come to an anchor.

The majority of SimpleSail's yachts have a convenient access to the sea, which is provided by an automatically convertible platform for swimming. You can use a mask and flippers for snorkeling. Have a nice vacation!

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Today you will have a plenty of free time, as voyage to the Kotor will take only 1-1,5 hours. You can walk around the marina and visit Lido complex, which is next to the Porto Montenegro Yachts Club.

Lido, or Puro Beach, is a large open pool with a wonderful view to the bay. It is one of the 16 best pools worldwide. In addition, there is a restaurant Rooftop with an exclusive cuisine and a nightclub Scaramanga. All in all, everything is made in order to give you a full rest.

On the way to the to Kotor be careful when you will cross the Lepetane-Kamerani ferry line. Kotor is the major touristic Mecca of the Montenegrin coast. This city gave its name to the deepest bay of Adriatica.

There are Southern, Northern and Main gates, which lead to the city. They are called "nautical" because of their location in front of a harbor. We definitely recommend you to walk in the authentic streets of the old town and get on the top of the vallum.

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Keep your way to the town Perast, one of the most unforgettable places in Boka Kotorska. There you will find a brilliant example of Baroque architecture in the Adriatic Sea. During five centuries citizens of Perast, which was a part of the Republic of Venice, were defending from attacks of Turks, who had already conquered almost a half of the Kotor Bay up to the Risan. At the peak of its power (middle of the XVIII century) there were 4 shipyards and a port could accommodate up to a thousand ships.

Opposite the town Perast there are two unique beautiful islands.

First one is a beautiful man-made island Gospa Od Skrpjla. The biggest building on this island is the church of Our Lady of the Rock. The second island is Sveti Djordje with a closed Abbey. Unfortunately, you won't be able to moor there by your keel yacht, but photos and videos which you will take during this route will definitely become hits of your home media library for a long time.

The town is located in 5 miles from Kotor. One-way crossing will take about an hour. You can come to an anchor and swim near Morinj

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On the way to the Herceg-Novi pay attention to the coastal town Prcanj. It is famous for the largest Catholic Church in the bay. There are some private piers, which are suitable for mooring and lots of fascinating restaurants with Adriatic cuisine.

Herceg-Novi is located in the western part of the Bay of Kotor. First of all, it is a town of fortresses, which have made it famous and they still attract lots of tourists every year.

An old part of Herceg-Novi is marvellous. It is located on a fairly steep slope, which goes down to the sea. Fascinating walks through the small stairs, which lead to different squares and castles of the town, may take you some time.

After three-hours sail you can visit some of the small restaurants on the embankment and try fresh local food: seafood, grill and even some dishes of an international cuisine.

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It takes just 32 miles to get to the Dubrovnik from Herceg-Novi, however our way leads to the Budva. It will take approximately 3,5 hours, if weather conditions are good enough.

It is a perfect time to feel again a great pleasure from the sea smell, fresh breeze, speed and sense of freedom, which we receive from yachting.

When you will be close to the end of the bay, you will see a Fort Mamula. This fortress was built in the middle of XIX century and it has saved its formidable look until nowadays.

While entering the Riviera of Budva you will see the largest island in the Montenegro. It is called Sveti Nikola since the XVI century and it is famous with its sandy beaches.

Well, the last step of the journey is mooring in the marina Duckley in Budva. Seven-day sailing route is completely over. We hope that you enjoyed your voyage, received positive emotions and got some unforgettable experience.

Thank you for choosing our company. Hope to see you again!

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