Montenegro might not be your typical vacation location but it is getting more and more popular recently. Montenegro is a small Balkan country with rugged mountains, medieval villages and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. Personally, I believe Croatia still has nicer, cleaner towns and coastline but Montenegro might be a cheaper option with opportunities to explore nearby Albania.
Almost at the border to Albania lies Ulcinj. Ulcinj, Montenegro is seen as one of the new kitesurf hot-spots in Europe and offers a 14km long sandy beach and good thermal wind.
I have been there in August and was very unlucky with the wind. Also, the beach was very dirty and crowded as it was still main season. The southern end of the 14 km beach is a very popular and crowded kitesurf location and not suited for beginners. The water is not shallow here and drops quickly, which makes kitesurfing hard to learn for beginners.
Research your location and see what’s the best time to go there. When choosing a kite surfing school, go with a trusted school with licensed instructors and communicate your course goals and expectations. I believe the beaches at the Nord and East Sea are great for beginners as they are spacious and the water is very shallow.
What You Need to Kitesurf
Money – Time – Space
As a beginner you will invest in a course and rent the school’s equipment but if you are more into it, buying your own kite, harness, board, bags etc. sets you back easily with $1000 for a used kit. Kitesurfing looks easier than it is and takes quite some time to master. Oftentimes you need to be patient when the wind is to weak or sometimes too strong for beginners. For beginners it’s crucial to find the right spot, which is spacious, has shallow water and on-shore wind. A lot of popular kite spots are crowded and not suited for beginners.
Other things to see in Montenegro
- Skadar Lake belongs to a National Park and is the biggest Balkan lake. It offers great hiking with 360° views, boat trips and great fish dishes
- Sveti Stefan is a picturesque town-hotel and former fishermen town on the small peninsula near Budva
- The Bay of Kotor resembles a fjord and provides a lot of small towns and forts around