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Fiona F
Dubai, United Arab Emirates8 contributions
Magical Montenegro - 3 days & 3 nights in Porto Montenegro
Apr 2021
So…what did I know about Montenegro before my visit? What I did know is that Montenegro is one of the up and coming Balkan states, formerly part of Yugoslavia, next door to Croatia and Serbia, and across the Adriatic from the east coast of Italy. What I didn’t know is that Porto Montenegro is the playground for the world’s super wealthy. Porto, as the term suggests, means port…and what a port it is, housing the largest super-yachts I’ve ever seen (and that’s pretty impressive considering I live in Dubai) registered to billionaires, oligarchs and rich entrepreneurs.

Home, holiday or either?
While it no doubt has its fair share of wealthy peak-season visitors, Porto Montenegro still has the feel of a year round residence for many people, a vibe you felt when browsing the shops, cafes and restaurants. It has a strong sense of community living, albeit refined and elegant, and catering to most tastes with high end boutiques, bars and eateries. Most importantly it’s a safe and very clean destination and an ideal location for a second home, holiday home or investment. Or if you fancy a full time relocation there could definitely be worse places!

We went in the low season (the ‘summer’ season generally starts by early May) and it felt busy but not too packed, whereas during the summer it’s apparently jam-packed with holiday-makers and yachties, so I expect would have a very different ambiance.

If you’re considering Porto Montenegro as a holiday destination or a stopover on your way back to Europe here are some of my insights and tips for the journey and your stay.

Getting there is super simple…
Being based in Dubai, we flew Fly Dubai from Dubai to Belgrade then Air Serbia from Belgrade to Tivat. Flight time was around 5.30 hours to Belgrade, then 1 hour to Tivat on Air Serbia. There’s a really tight connecting flight to Tivat which you can make if you only travel with cabin baggage, but we didn’t want to risk missing the connection so decided to stomach the 4-hour wait in Belgrade Airport for the next flight. It’s not the best airport to be stuck in as there isn’t a lot to do and even less open during Covid restrictions. But it was definitely worth the wait when we arrived in Montenegro.

We were picked up at the airport and driven 10 minutes to Porto Montenegro. While we had a driver, we were told that anyone arriving at the airport, should call a taxi rather than use one of the taxi drivers outside the airport. There is a company called Red Taxis Tivat - http://www.redtaxikotor.com/page4.html - who will come and collect you and will use a meter, so you know you won’t be ripped off!

It’s also interesting to note that Montenegro is only 1.5 hour drive away from Dubrovnik in Croatia, if you want to extend your visit and experience any of the other beautiful surrounding countries.

Pack for every weather!
They were just about to start the summer season, so I packed for every eventuality - cold and warm weather . Fortunately, we had beautiful sunshine and 20 degrees during the days we were there. Dress code is polished but pretty casual – dress up or dress down, you won’t look out of place. I packed maxi dresses, shorts, sneakers, sandals and a little cover-up for the evening as it gets a bit cold at night in April.

Staying in Porto Montenegro
Regent Porto Montenegro - https://www.regenthotels.com/regent-portomontenegro - is widely considered one of the best hotels in Montenegro and it isn’t surprising. Five-star service from start to finish. We were given a beautiful sea-facing room with a balcony overlooking the super yachts in the marina.

It has everything you would expect from a premium 5-star property – spa, gym, pools, fabulous F&B - located right in the heart of Porto Montenegro. While the Regent is most definitely 5-star, the fantastic staff provide a relaxed, friendly personal service, which I found to be not at all stuffy or formal.

Budget allowing, and if you’re keen to stay in a hotel rather than an apartment, I would definitely recommend the Regent. It really is the essence of the development, but I would also recommend looking at the surrounding premium apartment properties, which are the residences for many Montenegrins and expats from all over the world (U.S., UK, Russia, Germany were just a few nationalities I spotted). Many of these apartments are available to let during your stay so well worth checking out as they are beautiful and spacious.

If this is outside of your budget there are a few smaller, boutique properties in and around Porto Montenegro but I didn’t check any of these out so can’t really give any advice. Also, worth checking out Airbnb offerings.

Restaurant recommendations
Luckily, I had a craving for fresh seafood when I arrived, and the restaurants didn’t disappoint with so many fresh fish options on the menus. We enjoyed fabulous food and wine throughout our trip, and I got a real taste for some of the regional wines too. Here are some of my highlights of the restaurants we visited:

Gallardo Steak House - https://gallardomontenegro.com/
Superb steaks and seafood in a cozy, brasserie-style restaurant in Porto Montenegro. I ordered the sea bass and roasted vegetables and my dining partners ordered tiger prawns and steaks which were cooked to perfection. Everything about the service was impeccable. Pre-booking is recommended as this restaurant is extremely popular!

Ma Cherie - https://ma-cherie.me/
For a light lunch at the Marina, this cute waterfront café deserves a mention. Aside from the pancakes, pastries and delicious coffee (they even did my decaf latte with coconut milk!), they have freshly made salads and sandwiches, perfect for an informal lunch at Porto. I chose Smoked Tuna salad which was delicious, filling and an ideal stopgap, keeping it light before dinner.

Verige 65 - https://verige65.com/
This is a definite must-visit restaurant for anyone looking to dine with a view. A short car journey and ferry ride from Porto Montenegro, it really is somewhere special with a breathtaking view of the bay, day and night. The international menu covers all bases whether you want meat, fish, vegetarian or pasta. I opted for the roast duck with Dijon mustard mash which was beautifully cooked and perfectly presented. My dining partners chose lamb and sushi. Dessert was cheesecake which was too good not to share with my dining partner. Year-round pre-booking is also a must as the restaurant was fully booked and very busy.

Ribarsko Selo - http://ribarskoselo.com
This family owned restaurant is around 45 mins drive from PM and the perfect location for a lazy Sunday brunch. If you like great service, fresh seafood and views of the Adriatic, it has to be one of the best in Montenegro. Popular with the locals and weekend tourists in the know, there is no menu as the chef decides when the best option is for the day. We selected a large, freshly caught red snapper to share between the 4 of us and left the rest to the chef to work his magic. Even the wines are curated by the owners to ensure the perfect pairing with your fish. Three courses later – starting with ceviche, followed by fish broth and then grilled snapper with spinach – you can easily make lunch last 4 hours! I am told it also turns into a really buzzing beach club in the summer and you can get to it by boat from Tivat if you would rather arrive in style!

Crush Wine Bar - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g12873170-d15072880-Reviews-Crush_Wine_Bar-Tivat_Tivat_Municipality.html
Back at Porto Montenegro, this cool wine bar has seating right on the Marina and is the place to people watch, as well as having an impressive wine list. The clientele is a mix of yacht skippers, tourists and locals alike, and after the second visit, we felt like we belonged! I was particularly impressed when I spotted Whispering Angel and Minuty on the rose menu; my two favourites! A big shout out to the service there too. Waiting staff were excellent.

Al Posto Giusto - https://portomontenegro.com/restaurants-cafes/al-posto-giusto/
Or APG as the locals refer to it. Owned by the same restaurateur who operates Ribarsko Selo, this local pizzeria is super popular and has a delicious list of pizza and pasta on the menu. Located in Porto Montenegro, APG has more casual vibe, with louder music and a younger crowd. I chose pasta with chicken and zucchini, and my dining partners went for pizza and chicken salad, both of which looked yummy.

A bit of culture
Kotor Old Town - We were treated to a boat trip and tour of Kotor by our guide, Sasha who kept things light, fun and super interesting. Sasha (IG: @linautiq) was born and raised in Montenegro and offers tours for small groups. We visited Kotor Old Town which is a walled venetian town dating back to the 10th century that could be off the set of a movie. Lots of wonderful Venetian architecture to soak up while you stroll around the narrow walkways.

Our Lady of the Rocks - On our way back, we moored the boat at the Lady of the Rock which is a little church/museum on an island in the middle of the bay and steeped in maritime history. I can’t even begin to tell you all the snippets Sasha told us, but what I will say is, even if you’re not a museum kind of person, it’s well worth a visit. It’s also the most romantic destination for weddings and proposals…. apparently 

Our travelling experience
As of 13th May 2021:
By the time you read this, the restrictions will no doubt have been updated so make sure you check ALL of this before you travel! Our journey started and ended in Dubai.

We began with a PCR test 48 hours before we were due to arrive in Tivat.

On the outgoing journey, these are the touch points you will have to show your printed test result:
- Check in at Dubai Airport
- Departure gate in Dubai
- Passport control upon arrival in Belgrade Airport
- Check in with Air Serbia at Belgrade Airport
- Arrival in Tivat Airport (Passport control)

We then did a PCR in Porto Montenegro (roughly 50Euros each), 48 hours before we were due to leave and the results came through in around 10 hours. It’s a purpose built testing clinic, very slick and quick turnaround.

On the return journey, these are the touch points you will have to show your printed test result:
- Check in at Tivat Airport
- Passport control at Tivat Airport
- Arrival at Belgrade Airport (Passport control)
- Check in with Fly Dubai at Belgrade Airport
- Arrival in Dubai (Passport control)

Montenegro Top 5!
During our stay in stunning Porto Montenegro, we were so blessed to have Brennan and Michèle as our guides, taking us for dinner in all the right spots and giving us the true Montenegro experience. With a wedding planning business, organizing destination weddings in Montenegro, Michèle has so much knowledge of the country and I asked her to list her top 5 places to eat if you’re planning a trip this year.

1. Villa Geba at Sveti Stefan - https://slh.com/hotels/villa-geba – A 5 star boutique hotel with breathtaking views over Sveti Stefan is a must-visit, with the most amazing fine dining restaurant. Even if the hotel stay is out of your budget, you can do a stunning coastal walk along the sea then have lunch in the restaurant afterwards.

2. Savina Winery – https://castelsavina.me/ - This boutique style winery overlooks Herceg Novi and offers a unique wine tasting experience in a very magical setting.

3. Bocasa Restaurant & Beach Club – @bocasabeach - This cool, funky beach club is a mini-Ibiza style location with reasonably priced drinks and renowned pizzas. Close to the small ferry terminal, it’s super easy to get to, and has a great, chilled vibe.

4. Forza Mare Restaurant – http://forzahotels.com/ - Located in a small 5 star, boutique hotel on the bay between Perast and Kotor, this restaurant has a stunning terrace on the water, fantastic fresh food, and views to die for. Sit on the deck all afternoon with a bottle of wine and just take in the views.

5. Catovica Mlini restaurant – http://www.catovica-mlini.com/en/ - Situated in the grounds of an old water mill, this restaurant is very famous in Montenegro and offers delicious food and impeccable service in an idyllic setting. A must-visit if you’re looking for a memorable dining experience.

Michèle Forster is founder and creative director of Magical Montenegro, a professional wedding management service, providing couples with the opportunity to create unique, special and memorable weddings in the stunning setting of Montenegro. www.magicalmontenegro.com

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Written May 13, 2021
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Ulyana
Moscow, Russia367 contributions
Nice promenade
Oct 2020 • Couples
Relaxing and chilling. Good place for walking: sea, yachts, small cafes and restaurants on the embankment. There you can touch very relaxed atmosphere. There also apartments, hotels and some shops. If you are interested in yacht culture you may enjoy variety of them: small, big and also the biggest sail yacht are docked there.
Written November 30, 2020
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Sal Schmidt
Republic of North Macedonia2,413 contributions
Favourite place in Montenegro
Nov 2020
Tivat is a coastal town in southwest Montenegro, located in the Bay of Kotor, and is dominated by the stunning Porto Montenegro, a new marina, full of superyachts, shopping, and restaurants also has its own airport just 10 minutes drive.

You could easily spend a week here exploring, dining and relaxing by the beach.

Great community, friendly people, and you are spoilt for choice to dine.

This place just ticks all the boxes, has a development plan, which is the complete opposite of Budva.
Written November 28, 2020
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Rodrigo P
Maastricht, The Netherlands351 contributions
Great place to eat or dink something
Sep 2019
Fantastic place to spend the afternoon and watch the boats at the marina. Lots of restaurants to chose from and they are not as expensive as one might think.
Written June 17, 2020
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highimpactuk
Welwyn Garden City, UK988 contributions
Beautiful, clear waters
Nov 2019
This is a great port. It is modern, clean and has stunning views - especially at sunset. There is a lovely boardwalk - with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants all around the port area. Always a great walk around here any time of day.
Written November 10, 2019
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Manuel K
Reykjavik, Iceland1 contribution
Fantastic
Oct 2019
Nice area. Clean and modern. Stunning view. It is a good place for walking. Very clear, beatiful and luxury. High level of restaurants, expensive boutiges and nice supermarket Bonela.
Written October 21, 2019
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Antonia S
Split, Croatia7 contributions
In love
Sep 2019 • Friends
Like little Monaco.. I definitely felt in love with this place.. worth a visit!! Bit pricey if you compare it to the rest of Montenegro, but definitely worth of it!
Written October 19, 2019
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ThePsSouthCoast
SouthCoast150 contributions
Beautiful place
Nov 2018
Port is fairly new and full of very fancy designer shops and restaurants. Not what you expect in Montenegro somehow, but definitely worth a look even if only for a drink or two.
Written October 15, 2019
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Lady Satti
United Kingdom273 contributions
Beautiful
Aug 2019 • Family
Great time with family as this is my mother’s birth place . Taking my children to all the historic places was amazing .. the Porte is amazingly beautiful with boats that are stunningly amazing .. the picture is a replica of the one in history said to be at the bottom of the sea .. great place for families.

Stunningly beautiful
Written October 11, 2019
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ZBH88
Stoke-on-Trent, UK1,197 contributions
Stunning and upmarket
Oct 2019 • Family
We visited here on the way back from kotor to our hotel. We didn't expect much but the place is very upmarket, clean and a popular hangout in the evenings. It's lovely to watch all the superyachts in the bay. There are many reasonable prices restaurants along the port and a car park just off the front at 50 cents for an hour although it gets full quickly in the day.
Written October 7, 2019
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