Have you heard of this Balkan country before? It is not an EU country, but it is in Europe and it offers some amazing fjord and sea swimming locations.
Montenegro lies on the Adriatic coast nestled between Croatia to the north and Albania to the south. This unique country with natural unspoiled beauty and multifaceted cultural heritage only recently gained full independence as a modern nation state in 2006 after the struggles during the breakup of Yugoslavia.
6-Day Swimming Vacation
Like-minded swimming souls from Japan, Brazil, UK, Germany, Australia, and the U.S. ventured to Tivat, Montenegro for a six-day swim vacation of a lifetime in September 2019. None of us have been to this country before, but we all have one thing in common, we love open water swimming! And that’s why we all booked this fully organized swimming trip!
Swim guides and food
There would be no way for us to navigate the Montenegro waters by ourselves, so our guides are the key element! Our very capable swim guide was Borut Strel. He is the son and support person for the greatest ultra marathon swimmer in the world (Martin Strel). Borut led a comprehensive safety escort (3 boats, 2 swimming guides, and 1 local boat pilot) while his mother provided nourishing home-cooked meals for lunch on the boat, even accommodating gluten-free and vegetarian dietary requests. Borut also provided under-water videotaping and stroke analysis for all swimmers.
Beautiful Swimming Locations
Our group swam about 4 to 5 km daily, broken into morning and afternoon swim sessions. Group was spread across different speed levels and everyone enjoyed the pace. We traversed the Bay of Kotor, a Unesco World Heritage site which is a stunningly beautiful fjord with crystal-clear, calm, balmy Adriatic salty water.
We also swam in the turquoise blue waters of the Adriatic sea around Mamula Island and into blue caves and WWII-abandoned submarine tunnels. Between swims, we explored historical towns with white, stone fishing villages and climbed high above the Bay of Kotor to the Old Church Prcanj for an expansive panoramic view of the best natural swimming pool in the world! Therefore, if you looking for an active and memorable vacation, this is one trip to consider!
Historic Submarine Tunnel Swimming (former Yugoslavia)
Our base was at Hotel Palma (4* star) located in the small seaside town of Tivat. It is only about 15 minute car ride from the historical, Venetian style town of Kotor. The area is UNESCO protected for its natural, cultural and historical heritage.
Many European flights are available to either Dubrovnik, Croatia or Podgorica, Tivat, Montenegro. You will need to get a transfer from the airport, but that was easy to organize via Strel’s contacts in Montenegro.
Are you in for Montenegro swimming?
Do it, as you will not regret it and it will last in your memories forever.