Porto Montenegro is located on the shores of the small town of Tivat, in the famous Bay of Kotor (or locally, “Boka Kotorska”). This is the largest and most Southern fjord of Europe, and therefore the marina is particularly well sheltered by the Lustica and Prevlaka peninsulas, acting as natural harbour walls. From the marina, you can cruise on a flat calm sea in almost any weather to Perast and its picturesque islands (Otok Gospa and Otok Sv Djorje), to Kotor or to Herceg Novi, all located in this unique bay.
Montenegro is a fast developing destination. The country separated from the Yugoslavian Federation (or Serbia) on 3rd June 2006. Since then, the Montenegran government has always actively encouraged tourism and various forms of foreign direct investment. The conception of Porto Montenegro and the project to redevelop this harbour were planned jointly with the local authorities and a group of high net worth investors, led by the legendary Canadian entrepreneur, Peter Munk. Their vision was that with an ever growing worldwide yacht and superyacht fleet there was an increasing need for modern marinas with state of the art facilities. In addition, they identified a need from yacht owners to discover new cruising destinations, in contrast to other well established locations which are nowadays often saturated at various peak times of the year. After only a few years of existence this marina has become a very popular superyacht haven as well as an ideal home-port in the southern Adriatic Sea.
The marina is originally a naval base established in 1889 by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, given the bay’s natural shelter, its very deep waters and its strategic location for controlling the ships entering the Adriatic. With the fall of the empire, the facility was put to use by the Yugoslavian navy and then gradually neglected until Montenegro’s independence. As a tribute to its glorious past as a naval base, the developers chose to keep the huge rail-mounted boom crane that was left on the largest pier (Jetty 1) from the harbour’s early life, restored it, and made it into one of the first landmarks of Porto Montenegro.
Of course, the marina as we know it today has little in common with the old spartan facility before its rehabilitation. Depollution works were undergone and part of the quays reconstructed. In addition, a “village” of luxury residences, boutiques, restaurants and a five-star hotel were built. The developers spared no expense in bringing the best marina and property development teams in the world for this project. Every detail in its construction has been carefully thought through, from the choice of the marble for the quay’s benches and the stainless steel of the berth-modules, to the choice of palm trees that travelled half across the planet to this location. This huge marina complex is still partly under construction and will ultimately turn Tivat and Porto Montenegro into one of the most vibrant and leading superyacht hubs in the Mediterranean.
The Bay of Kotor is a great starting point to cruise and explore the Adriatic Sea. Since its opening, Porto Montenegro has become one of the main ports of call for yachts in the region. It is often used as a point of embarkation or disembarkation for yacht charters along Montenegro, Croatia and the Dalmatian coast. Dubrovnik is 35 Nautical Miles to the North and Hvar is located 90 Nautical Miles further along the coastline.
Porto Montenegro is ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certified marina.