Guys, this time we made it! Me and Giacomo spent one week on board of a marvellous gulet all along Montenegro’s coast, ALL INCLUSIVE.
It’s not that we’ve become the new Ferragnez yet, so #nuovigiornitakesMontenegro it’s not going to be the top trending hashtag of the year, but one thing is for sure: we’ve never been on an holiday as beautiful as this before!
Diving into the deepest blue water, spending nights watching the stars lying cozily on the sofas at the bow and falling asleep lulled by the soft waves of the sea. All in great company and with a fantastic crew.
We sailed with the Sadri Usta I (www.dmyachting.com): a 30 metres long gulet which made us dream thanks to the sound of the waves and the sails blown by a warm breeze.
Everyday a “good morning” was given to us by the skipper asking us which type of eggs we wanted for breakfast and, you know, we were totally sold at that point. It’s not just that, but all the meals were absolutely amazing: from fish to meat everything was made with extreme care. They served us appetizers, main courses and desserts every day. So 10/10 to the chef!
Our sunbathing was interrupted only by two daily stops that we made into different spots of montenegrin bays. We’ve never missed the chance to dive into those teal waters and swimming all over also to reach the beaches by Kayak, by SUP or with the snorkeling gear. All this stuff was kindly made available by the gulet crew.
By the way, Giacomo fought his personal battle with the SUP all week long. Day after day, fall after fall, finally he made it and rode the board holding fiercely the paddle and causing a standing ovation by everyone on board 🙂 !
Montenegro has a lot to offer. Its beautiful Starigrads (old towns) are a guarantee. Narrow, cobblestone streets and romantic views on the sea, are the strength points of these cities; here, all subsequent rulers have left a strong mark on the culture, in the arts and architecture. So it’s easy to find fascinating mosques and churches one next to the other.
Let me tell you also that all these cities have something in common: they’re framed by beautiful montenegrin mountains rising straight up just behind them.
The best example of this is Kotor and it was a stunning surprise for us. Hidden inside its fortress walls, we couldn’t imagine to discover such a marvellous historical city (now we know why it’s a UNESCO world heritage site). It was also fun to see that the real owners of the place were cats. They were everywhere!
Instead Budva can be divided in three parts: the Starigrad which is a maze of alleys, the “modern and fancy” side of the city, full of luxury restaurants and tall buildings, and last one full of clubs, in the style of Bangkok or Zakynthos, where you can find any kind of entertainment.
Just outside the Starigrad of the city of Bar we spent a beautiful evening dining in a family-run restaurant called “Kaldrama” where we eat a delicious mix of serbo-croatian food.
Talking about heights, if you’re curious enough to go inside the old town, Herceg Novi will make you sweat with its 1000 steps, but it’s needless to say that the view is more than worthwhile.
Skies painted in all the shades of pink, mountains and seas turning colors seamlessly. Every detail made sunsets in Montenegro unforgettable and we will carry them always in our hearts!
Especially the last one, when the captain took us to Orahovac bay for the final evening of our trip. Sunset has never been so romantic: chitchat, few glasses of wine and we ended up once again looking at the stars, dreaming to make another holiday like this.
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We would like to thank all the members of the crew of the Sadri Usta I (captain Hüseyin, Candep, Marco and the Chef) and all our fellow travelers (from Trieste, Genova and France) whom made our holiday even more delightful. Another special thanks goes also to Khady for my beautiful braids! 🙂