In Montenegro, the sea shines. And the wind howls of rebirth. Economic and cultural. Between rugged coastline that sweeps down to the crystal waters of the eastern fjords and bays that recall the most famous Norwegian cousins.
That is the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), which penetrates for about 30 km in the inland. The Montenegrin coast, for its timeless appeal, where architecture meets nature without distorting it, has inspired poets and writers such as Lord Byron, Bernard Shaw, Marguerite Yourcenar. All fascinated by the atmosphere of medieval old villages because there, step by step, you walk in history.
Its history is also marked by the ancient Romans that landed at the pier built in the town of Kotor and Risan, the oldest settlement on the coast, magnificent villas enriched with beautiful mosaics and exotic gardens. And there is no lack of the Baroque touch, thanks to the old Venetian fortress and the tower of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary from the seventeenth century. Then it left a space, in the village of Perast, for the oldest church of Sveti Nicola (Saint Nicholas) to be erected.
Montenegro, a land of sailors and fishermen. Islets became residential areas and popular tourist destinations, today more and more requested for their originality. Just ike St. Stephen (Sveti Stefan), built in ancient fortress on a rocky islet for the protectcion from pirates which then became attraction for queens, divas and supermodels. Some names? Elizabeth II, Sophia Loren and Claudia Schiffer.
Mixture of cultures and traditions, styles and architectures that time has kept since the merging with Serbia during the Balkan conflicts saved the Montenegrin beauty from the ugliness of the war. Since 2006, becoming independent Republic after the secession, the country adopted the euro unilaterally but are not yet part of the European Union. Curiosity? The Italian language is the second foreign language that is studied in schools from an early age.
Croatia sailing departing from Split, is completely different than a normal trip to the inland. Split and many ports nearby, are the ideal base for a holiday sailing in Croatia, to discover the central Dalmatia by boat.
On the territory there are figs, olive trees, palm trees, the bright blue of the sea but above all the mild and pleasant climate that remind everyone that here we are right in the Mediterranean. Split is famous for the Diocletian’s Palace, but few know that Split is a town famous because it houses many art galleries, shops for shopping and nightlife places which are between the most beautiful ones in Europe.
If you get off the vessel to the ground during your vacation in the city of Split, enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafes on “la Riva” the most famous promenade of Split, where in the evening you can also dine “al Fresco” outdoors, and do not forget also the “Marmontova”, a beautiful paved street that divides the old city from the new one.
Other islands to visit are Lastovo The island of Lastovo is far from the coast and for this still wild and untouched, and is surrounded by other 46 smaller islets. This is a true paradise for those who enjoy a bit of practice in sailing during their holiday by sailing in Croatia.
Another island to visit is Korkula, famous as the birthplace of Marco Polo with its capital of unusual architecture in a shape of a herringbone. This form allows the town to protect itself from cold wind called “Bura” and refresh itself with fresh mistral in summer.