Why choose a cruise to Bar?

Bar is a thriving, modern port city where you can get a taste of authentic Montenegro life. A couple of miles inland is the old city, Stari Bar, nestled into the foothills of Mount Rumija.

A Bar cruise is all about getting back into nature. You can relax on the nearby beaches or indulge in some adrenaline-packed watersports. We also recommend taking a trip to the picturesque Lake Skadar or hiking in the nearby mountains.

Bar Montenegro

A guide to Bar’s hotspots

Bar’s most popular attraction is Stari Bar, where craggy mountains tower above crumbling ruins – you’ll love exploring this open-air museum. Next to the ruins you’ll discover a quaint town of cobbled streets, local restaurants and shops.

Take full advantage of the warm weather with a trip to the beach. One of the most popular in the vicinity is nearby Sutomore Beach, a long strip of soft sand lapped by clear blue waters. The more unusual Red Beach is located 20 minutes’ drive away – it’s aptly named, too, boasting vibrant red sand.

Explore Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans, on a leisurely boat cruise. You’ll travel across glassy waters encircled by mountains, passing secluded lakeside villages and crumbling monasteries. Keep an eye out for wild bird species, especially the rare Dalmatian pelican.

On the other side of Lake Skadar, just over an hour’s drive away, is Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica. This bustling city is crammed full of boutiques, restaurants and attractions, including a contemporary art gallery housed in a former palace. It’s also near Montenegro’s largest winery, so make sure you stop for a tour and a tasting.

Skadar Lake Montenegro

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Bar

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The best time to visit Bar

With almost 300 days of sunshine a year, Bar is a great place to visit for a beach holiday. During July and August the temperature averages 25°C, so you’ll be able to enjoy long days of sunbathing, swimming and outdoor evening meals.

In winter time, Bar is warmer than England, with temperatures averaging around 10°C. Christmas in Montenegro is celebrated on 7 January, so you have the chance to enjoy it twice!

Bar Montenegro Aqueduct

Did you know?

  • In one of Bar’s olive groves you’ll find a 2,000-year-old tree, said to be the oldest olive tree in Europe
  • The local food in Bar has a Turkish influence you don’t find in the rest of Montenegro
  • On Lake Skadar you’ll find a tiny, rocky island called Grmožur, which used to house a prison fortress.