Your vessel and home for the week is a smartly-painted Turkish gulet (pronounced ‘goo-let
’). These traditional wooden boats are most at home skimming around the Turkish coast but have become common sights across southern Europe – that being said, you may get a few admiring glances as you breeze past.
With their twin masts, shiny varnish and spacious interiors, gulets are very comfortable sailing boats. They’re small enough to run rings around big cruise ships and far more responsible
, too. You can anchor close to the beaches and be delivered to shore by tender. Exploring the towns is easy, as most of them are right on the seafront. Trip off the quay and let your eyes adjust as you peek inside gloomy Italianate churches, get a little lost in the winding backstreets, and secure a table al fresco at your dinner spot of choice.
Gulet cruising in Montenegro takes you to some of the country’s most attractive seaside cities and towns, including popular Budva and Kotor. You’ll love the Bay of Kotor. This flooded estuary wanders ponderously inland to the towns of Kotor, Tivat and Perast. Get out the paddleboards to explore the lake-like stillness of its quieter bays. You might see fish flashing under the shark-like shadow of your board.
Montenegro has an under-celebrated interior. Just because you’re on a boat, there’s no excuse to miss a national park – the country has five. Your cruise organises an inland excursion to see the pine-clad slopes of Lovcen National Park.