The aim of Porto Montenegro is to become the premier nautical facility in the Mediterranean.
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Tourism in Montenegro is expanding rapidly and investors and global tourist organisations are eyeing the tiny Balkan state with interest. New developments are under construction, one of the most ambitious being Porto Montenegro
, a five star luxury complex on the Bay of Kotor.
The aim of Porto Montenegro is to become the premier nautical facility in the Mediterranean. The development’s management has already achieved a massive coup by successfully negotiating the relocation of the Golden Fleet from its berth in the South of France to the complex. The Golden Fleet, three luxury charter yachts and a seaplane, is one of the world’s most exclusive and prestigious in Europe.
As yachting becomes more popular and the size of yachts increases, the demand for berths is starting to outstrip supply. Located, as it is, in the middle of the Dalmatian coast, with the traditional cruising grounds of Greece, France and Italy nearby, Porto Montenegro is set to become the most exciting cruising facility to emerge in the Mediterranean.
Many nautical facilities suffer from a lack of repair and maintenance facilities and unfriendly tax policies. The former Yugoslav naval facility will use its existing infrastructure to provide onshore provisions and services to match the standards found on the most luxurious of super-yachts. The marina will feature 630 berths and a dry dock and repair facilities. Montenegro’s sailing-friendly legislation permits multiple changes to crew and passenger manifests throughout the year and the ability to pick up and drop off charters. Other benefits include tax and duty free fuel and onsite customs clearance directly from the moorings.
The deep-water harbour has, for centuries, been a boundary between east and west. Valued since the days of the Roman Empire, Porto Montenegro lies within the UNESCO World Heritage Bay of Kotor, Europe’s most southerly fjord and one of the largest natural harbours in the Mediterranean. The 100 kilometres of unspoilt coastline and secluded bays run inland from the open waters of the Adriatic coast, while sheer mountains rise from the seashore protecting the line of charming medieval towns and villages nestled in their shadows. Few holiday destinations in the world can supply such a stunning backdrop as the lush mountains of Montenegro’s hinterland.
Porto Montenegro is open all year round and offers a range of indoor and outdoor activities, both locally and in the countryside beyond. The complex will also include luxury waterfront residences and holiday accommodation designed by a global multi-award winning architectural firm. Sensitive to the pristine beauty of the area, the architects have drawn on traditional Mediterranean influences and combined them with contemporary living to create magnificent modern properties with unparalleled views.
The centre of the village has boutiques and retail units selling a mixture of luxury international brands and local crafts. A number of shops will offer a spectrum of retail opportunities, from high quality, but still affordable items, to exclusive designer boutiques, all clustered around the exquisitely landscaped Palace Square.
The impressive marina development has restaurants and cafes, as well as delicatessens and supermarkets for onshore provisioning, while a casino and golf course are already in the planning stages. Nearby Kotor
offer a livelier form of entertainment for visitors looking to dance the night away in the nightclubs and bars.
The Yacht Club organises events throughout the year, including barbecues and regattas, as well as movie evenings, Wi-Fi and international TV in its comfortable bar and lounge. For visitors who wish to spend time indoors, while remaining active, the Crew Club offers fitness classes such as pilates and yoga, squash and tennis courts, billiards, table tennis, a bowling alley and clubs, cafes and bars.
In the summer months visitors can enjoy wakeboarding, kite surfing and scuba diving in its clean, clear waters or head to the mountains for trekking, mountain biking or white-water rafting on Europe’s deepest river canyon, the Tara. During the winter, these same mountains offer days on the ski slopes at two nearby winter sports resorts.Montenegro is rapidly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. As the country’s tourism industry continues to expand and ever more international travellers begin to discover this tiny Balkan state, the government is putting in place strict development controls to ensure the protection of the diverse and beautiful countryside. Being a region of such outstanding natural beauty, it is essential that these restrictions are robust enough to withstand the pressure that major property developers are likely to exert over the coming years.