It’s sailing time in Croatia and Dubrovnik marina in Komolac is like a beehive, it is full of enthusiastic sportsmen who are getting ready to sail from Dubrovnik to Hvar, or perhaps from Dubrovnik to Korcula. I always admired those zesty people, as a matter of fact I love Dubrovnik marina, my friend Kristian Vrbanic, yes that famous Dubrovnik Luxury Travel guru, is a regular. He is not a sailor so to speak but people love talking to him when they meet him up once they rented a boat from Dubrovnik to Elaphiti islands or when they rent a yacht for a luxury cruise from Dubrovnik to Hvar that would include visits to Elaphiti islands, Korcula, Hvar, Pakleni islands, Vis.
On this occasion I happen to be with Kristian when a group of enthusiastic sailing Americans who rented a catamaran from Adriatic Yacht Services, Dubrovnik Luxury Travel’s sister company, decided on the spur of the moment to go on a tour from Dubrovnik to Montenegro. There were six of them and before you knew it Darijan was in front of marina reception with luxury Mercedes van. So unexpectedly I ended up on a tour setting from Dubrovnik to Kotor.
It was rather a pleasant 45 minutes drive through Konavle wine region. Having passed through Montenegrin border, there was a gasp as Americans looked amazed. Somehow, everyone had this image of Montenegro as a distant kingdom of Monrovia. The first town that we passed by en route was Herceg Novi. It was founded by Stjepan Herceg, a Bosnian medieval king and for some reason in its stormy past it was ruled by Spanish kings, reminder of which is an imposing fortress Spagnola.The magic of Montenegro really commenced once we entered Boka Bay. This is where a 33 km drive started along the most beautiful fiord in the Mediterranean. Our American friends looked in amazement as we were passing through the contrast of mountains and sea.
A visit to Perast museum was a touching story of Boka Bay families merchant navy tradition whose father and sons were that famous that they even helped Russian tsar Peter the Great to establish its glorious fleet. One American lady from Hawaii was surprised to learn that the houses with the bricked windows were there with a purpose. If a father or son, sea captain did not return from their “voyage” as a sign of mourning their females would brick the windows as a sign of mourning. Dubrovnik Luxury Travel Kristian threw in a rent a boat ride to a nearby Lady of the Rocks islet, man made, where young married couple would pay a pilgrimage to the Lady of the Rocks, offering a gift in silver so that she looks after their marriage, a tradition which has survived up to this date.
Kotor in its own right is a cozy but much more unspoilt version of Dubrovnik with St Triphun’s cathedral occupying the centre piece of the main square. A visit to Kotor was meant to be the end of our journey but Dubrovnik Luxury Travel Kristian took us to show us St Stephen’s Amman resort. En route to St Stephen’s we passed Milocer and interestingly I glanced through the pine and cypress trees to spot two beaches divided by the villa. I was told that one of the Montenegrin kings loved his wife so much that he made her a beach where she could swim naked far away from the prying eyes of the general public. Things we do for love. Transfer from Kotor to Dubrovnik was indeed a sleepy experience as our impressed American friends were exhausted.