With winter fast approaching, superyachts are now looking for a new port to call home during the winter months. Here at Superyacht Content, we voted on where we would want to spend our winter in the Mediterranean as Superyacht Crew. And here is why Porto Montenegro won:
Porto Montenegro Marina is one of the best marinas in the Med. Superyacht Captains often choose this marina as their homeport because of its bespoke services, high-end facilities, and central Mediterranean location. Porto Montenegro topped our list this year because of its up-to-date facilities, a lively events programme, and great connections. We’re going to take you through everything you need to know before you arrive for your winter season.
Winter in Montenegro
The Montenegrin coast is a lovely place to be at any time of the year. Winter is mild, with average temperatures in January around 7/8 °C (45/46 °F). Chilly winds often bring down the average temperature, meaning you will probably not want to visit the beach without jeans and a jacket. This does, however, help keep the crowds down, making Montenegro a lovely area to explore during the winter months.
With a long summer season, limited space and lack of routine, yacht crew most look forward to good fitness facilities to let off some steam away from the yacht. So, of course, we checked this out, and here’s what Porto Montenegro offers:
- Indoor and Outdoor Gym
- Personal Trainers – Offering one-on-one or group sessions
- Daily Classes – including HIIT, Pilates, Yoga, Circuit Training
- Swimming Pool – Access to the pool, free sunbeds and free access to a smaller pool near the sports bar
- A Tennis Club and Squash Courts – With plenty of courts to hire
- Weekly football and basketball sessions
- Sailing – Offering Social sailing sessions every Thursday and Saturday from noon until 3 pm.
- Rowing – morning rowing sessions around Boka Bay every Wednesday and Saturday
- Archery – Lessons and help from a certified archery coach for individuals and groups.
On top of all this, they also have a stunning day spa offering bespoke massages and access to relaxing spa facilities.
What to do?
All crew from yachts staying in the Marina are eligible for a free Crew Club Membership which entitles you to:
- Discounts across the Porto Montenegro Village
- Discounts in fashion boutiques, restaurants and bars
- Entry to all crew events
- Access to the Warsash Superyacht Academy Porto Montenegro Programme
The Marina is in the village, filled with excellent restaurants, lively bars, boutique shops and a beach club, meaning there is plenty to do right on your doorstep.
On top of this, there is an RYA Training Centre onsite, and Porto Montenegro has partnered with the Warsash Superyacht Academy. Warsash has launched a series of courses in Montenegro so yacht crew can work on their skills during the quieter months.
Winters in Tivat mean getaways to the north, skiing, snowboarding and fresh powder slopes. Each year, the Marina has a ski chalet available throughout the winter, giving yacht crew the ability to have some time away, immersed in nature.
Facilities here include:
- A garden with BBQ
- Free WiFi and private parking
- Private rooms with showers
- TV with satellite channels
- Some rooms even have a mountain view
Marina Montenegro has created a fantastic events calendar to keep your social life at its peak over the winter months. From pizza & bowling to wine tasting and Hawaiian party nights. They even offer Ski weekends and Spa Getaways. Every week they host a movie night and Saturday Sessions in the Clubhouse, meaning there is something for everyone.
On top of all of this year, they are hosting the Porto Montenegro Superyacht Winter Games marina director Tony Browne commented:
“We are very excited to be organising this incredible event for the third year in a row. The previous winter and summer events showed healthy competition from hundreds of crew and we have already received inquiries for this year’s edition. With social distancing challenges in mind, we needed to re-invent our Winter Games, which has produced what we believe to be the most interesting format to date”
While we do love the coast, mixing things up never hurts! Tivat Airport is a 5-minute drive away from the marina, and it takes less than 45 minutes to reach Belgrade, the regional epicentre of parties, shopping and hospitality. There are several daily flights between Tivat and Belgrade; making weekend plans has never been easier.
Porto Montenegro is up to a three-hour flight from major European cities, and there are three airports nearby: airport Tivat (7 km), airport Dubrovnik (46 km) and Podgorica airport (90 km), meaning rotational crew can get to and from the vessel easily.
For The Yacht
Although the downtime perks are important, we know you still have to work during the winter months. Porto Montenegro offers personalised packages to suit the work needs of captains and crew. Their benefits include:
- A naturally protected port, offering maximum safety and protection
- Tax-free fuel
- Access to a full-service marina
- Complimentary black and grey water disposal
- Onsite helipad
- Chandlery and provisioning
- Experienced yacht agents
For a sneak peek before you arrive, see what other crew say on YouTube.
Book Your Spot:
Porto Montenegro is currently offering special winter berthing rates where you can enjoy two months of these fantastic facilities FREE. For more information on this, get in touch with them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website here.
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