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UNIQUE BOKA KOTORSKA
Portonovi sits at one of the very best spots on picturesque and protected Boka Kotorska, or Boka Bay. This is where the mountains meet the sea in one of the most dramatic ways on the globe. It is also the perfect place from which to discover the stunning 300 kilometer coastline of Montenegro and its 117 beaches.
Ideally positioned at the entrance, the deep-water Marina Portonovi offers yachts of all sizes the quickest access to the open Adriatic as well as to the Montenegrin coast, with the islands off the Dalmatian coast just a day’s sail away, making it an ideal home port.
Often referred to as the southernmost fjord in Europe, Boka Bay is a submerged river canyon that penetrates the mainland for kilometers. A wreath of steeply rising mountains embraces and protects the bay from the open sea and cold winter breezes.
Considered as one of the world’s most beautiful inlets, Boka Bay is star-shaped and composed of four arms or zones – Herceg Novi, Risan, Kotor and Tivat. Its calm waters harbor seven isles, including the famous Lady of the Rocks and Saint George.
Along its shores is an oasis of Mediterranean vegetation: orange, citrus, pomegranate, laurel, agave, palm, eucalyptus, cypress and mimosa trees thrive here.
Myriad natural stone jetties and picturesque baroque towns – true chefs d’oeuvre of history, art and beauty – jut into the bay, symbolizing a strong naval legacy.
Neighboring Portonovi is Herceg Novi. Built along a steep incline, the town was established in 1382 as a fortress, developing into a pulsing marine hub. Its ancient citadels and ramparts still enhance its shoreline today.
Abound with lush exotic vegetation and myriad flowers, with windows facing toward the sun and the sea, Herceg Novi is one of the warmest towns on the Adriatic. Captains and sailors brought many of its botanical treasures along from their long voyages.
Herceg Novi today remains a port of call for curious spirits, such as writers and artists. It is widely known for its range of cultural, literary, theatre, music, cinema and sporting events, including ‘Mimosa Festival’ – the annual celebration of the first spring flower – , carnival and Montenegro Film Festival.
In the summer, the town’s kilometer long waterfront, lined with eclectic cafes and lively restaurants, is the perfect place to enjoy balmy evening strolls.
In the east, where the town has merged with the little town of Meljine, one can find Savina monastery. The neighboring private estate is known for fine wines, grappa’s and organic produce.