Situated on the idyllic Adriatic coastline, Montenegro has reopened its doors to international travel. Whilst it is currently on the UK’s ‘Amber List’ there are no requirements to self-isolate upon arrival, and the demand for travel is expected to resume following the recent announcement that double-vaccinated Brits will not be required to quarantine upon return from 19th July 2021.
Located on the UNESCO protected Bay of Kotor with its world-class facilities, including a picturesque marina village, five-star Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel and premium residences, as well as an international fashion and dining scene, Porto Montenegro is proving to be the ideal Mediterranean destination this summer and – according to the National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro – there are currently almost 62,000 tourists in Montenegro*.
With over 280 days of sunshine and 295km of beautiful coastline, the Adriatic hotspot is attracting significant pent-up demand after a year of limited travel and is nine times more popular than last year during the same period, and 70% more popular than in 2019.
Renowned as the top marina in the Mediterranean and one of the best in the world, Porto Montenegro has recently expanded its retail offering with the launch of more than 10 new international stores. Highlights include a flagship Dior, which was marked by the unveiling of the stunning Dioriveria capsule collection, Five Star Fashion Boutique which houses luxury brands including Ralph Lauren, La Martina and Gant, and a range of new restaurants, as well as gourmet super Voli, Montenegro’s most loved luxury grocery store. For foodies, Forza Porto brings authentic Boka delicacies with a modern and sophisticated twist, whilst its sister restaurants Marea on the village Town Quay and Panorama at the PMYC Pool, combine traditional Mediterranean cuisine with a blend of Northern Montenegrin-inspired culinary specialties, meat dishes and specially curated wines. For more casual dining, visitors can head to Navale, the local family-run waterfront café located on Porto’s prestigious promenade after which the venue is named.
Furthermore, Open Studio / Art In The Port has also recently opened, which offers a new cultural hangout for art lovers. So too does Stories – a new concept store supporting homegrown and handmade Montenegrin products, including art, jewellery, homeware and skincare, while also offering weekly workshops.
David Margason, Managing Director of Porto Montenegro comments: “With Montenegro reopening its borders again to international travel, Porto Montenegro is inviting visitors to discover new experiences and a life less ordinary. The future looks remarkable here at Porto Montenegro with so many exciting new openings across retail, cuisine and culture, as well as a diverse calendar of summer events calendar, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. Porto Montenegro even caters to the growing workation trend with fully serviced workspaces overlooking the marina, including the Ozana Business Club with nine contemporary offices for rent and The Arsenal Business Club, which is our new, affordable office hub with 14 offices, ideal for entrepreneurs looking for a base for their business operations.”
Visitors will be able to experience the lifestyle destination’s summer events programme, covering music, fashion, art and cuisine. From the Summer Sculpture Exhibition, with artwork curated by BelAir Fine Art in partnership with Europe’s leading contemporary Gayo Gallery, running until mid-September, to the Made in New York Jazz Festival, in cooperation with Rabbit Records, which will showcase international talent and take place on 3rd September 2021.
For fashion aficionados, the International Fashion Festival will be returning on 23rd and 24th July 2021 with its Green Edition and will celebrate sustainability, biodegradable materials and green practices. Designers from the festival this year will have the opportunity to present their creations at the new Jetty 2 location that features a stunning waterfront backdrop and breathtaking sunsets. Among the participating fashion designers will be Ronald Van Der Kemp, who is renowned for pioneering the first sustainable couture label.
As the world’s first Platinum-status marina, Porto Montenegro has achieved the TYHA Platinum Marina Award and became the first marina to be awarded the 5 Gold Anchor Platinum accreditation. It offers state-of-the-art facilities and is the perfect cruising destination for the season, with flexible berthing packages and the added benefit of tax-free fuel.
What’s more, Porto Montenegro offers the perfect base for setting sail to the best beach clubs in the country, from Ribarsko Selo restaurant, a beach destination where fishermen bring in fresh catches of the day, to the world-famous Nikki Beach, which is a recent stylish addition to the Bay of Tivat. For culture vultures, there is the medieval, fortified town of Kotor with its limestone cliffs and winding streets, or the Roman Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Rocks, set on an islet off the coast of Perast.
With Porto Montenegro continuing to grow, and the highly anticipated arrival of new urban neighbourhood Boka Place, due to complete in 2023, and the introduction of the revolutionary SIRO, an immersive lifestyle experience from Kerzner International (Atlantis Resorts and Residences and One&Only Resorts), Porto Montenegro truly is the destination offering something for everyone to discover.