WHEN TO GO
Peak Season: May – September
Avg Air Temp: 25-30°C / 77-86°F
Avg Water Temp: 22°C / 72°F
Restaurant Meal: €14 – 18
Accommodation: €20 (bungalow camping) €30 (apartment / rural country house) €80 – 200 (hotel) p.p.p.n.
Just a short flight from anywhere in Europe, Ulcinj (pronounced: ‘Ooltseenie’), the southernmost town in Montenegro, is a new kiting hotspot in Europe featuring a 14 kilometre sandy beach and super steady side-onshore thermal winds that blow every day in the summer.
Nice bump 'n' jump conditions along the 14 kilometre beach! / PHOTO: Kiteloop Kiteboarding School
Visiting Ulcinj for the first time reminds many of Tarifa in the early days in terms of the long, sandy beach and the conditions. The huge Velika Plaza beach is set in a protected natural area surrounded by dunes and hidden by alluvial forests. The prevailing wind comes side-onshore from the right and conditions are perfect for beginners and freestylers South winds occasionally blow cross-onshore from the left and can be strong, kicking waves up to two metres high making the shore-break unsuitable for beginners. Occasional offshore north winds blow up to 20 or 30 knots. It flattens the water, but these conditions are for experienced riders only, and only when there’s rescue boat back-up.
Reminiscent of Tarifa in the early days / PHOTO: KiteWorldWide
The first 80 to 100 metres out are waist deep and the seabed is nice and soft, consisting of fine sand that’s free of rocks or reef. The tides don’t really have much impact in Montenegro, so you can start kiting whenever the wind kicks in (which is usually between noon and 2pm when the thermals pick up). A few kilometres downwind there is a river mouth with lovely flat water and super conditions for working on your tricks.
WIND, WEATHER AND WATER
This area enjoys 270 days of sunshine a year and from May to September the Albanian Alps to the south provide super steady thermal winds that will hit the coast side-shore in the early afternoon at 18 to 25 knots. Bring your eight to 12 metre kites in high season (June to mid-September) and your 12 metre and above in the off season (April to May and mid- September to October). Water temperatures average 22°C / 72°F in the summer, so wetsuits aren’t necessary. Before and after the main peak season a shorty or thin full suit comes in handy.
Daily thermals in the summer / PHOTO: KiteWorldWide
Plenty of accommodation options around Ulcinj, from resorts to camp sites.
KiteWorldWide offers two different accommodation options: Hotel Laguna, a modern 4 star hotel with spacious double rooms and apartments. They also have a new 16 bedroom guest house with private bathroom facilities, a lounge and barbecue area and friendly staff.
Kite Loop are the only centre on the beach to offer its own camp site right on the spot. Beside camping, they also offer different accommodation options, from hotels to private rooms just ten minutes walk from the spot.
SCHOOLSKITEWORLDWIDE have set up a joint venture with a local kite centre, employing international and local instructors trained in other KiteWorldWide centres to offer a high level of teaching for beginners, intermediates and experts. Max ratio is 2:1 and the school stocks a huge range of Best equipment for lessons or rentals. Open May to October.
Language spoken by instructors: English, German and some local languages.
+44 (0) 2036 085 777 / +49 (0) 40 20 93 45 090
KITELOOP are based on Grand beach near Ada Bojana and Ulcinj in Montenegro, offering intensive kitesurfing lessons on a daily basis between June and September. Professional 1:1 instruction, they train beginners to learn quickly and safely on North equipment which is also available to rent. Other services include: surf lessons, SUP lessons, downwind tours, long boarding lessons / tours and they also have a beach bar serving food.
Languages spoken: English, German, Spanish, Russian, Croatian, Serbian. Kite Loop is an IKO accredited school.
+382 69 629 864 / +381 64 1729 033
+44 (0) 20 36 085 777
Ulcinj itself is one of the oldest urban architectural complexes along the Adriatic Sea set on a hillside with an old fortified city, cobblestone streets and medieval buildings. There is a small tourist strip, so the city retains its authentic local atmosphere and the locals are very friendly. The main city beach gets very busy, but travel just outside the town and you’ll find quieter coves with crystal clear waters. In general, Montenegro is developing as an ‘Adventure Tourism’ destination with a number of companies offering white water rafting (along Europe’s deepest canyon), kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, scuba diving, sailing, hiking or paragliding.
Ulcinj town is about ten kilometres from the kite spot. Choose your accommodation close to the kite spot as traffic in high season can be a pain. There are bargain rental car options in both Podgorica and Tivat airports and it’s easy to find your way around. Roads are a Western European standard and the drive takes about 75 to 90 minutes from the airports. Ulcinj is a very relaxed beach town and crime is very low.
Euro (€) - £1 = €1.3 / US$1 = €0.8
FOOD AND DRINK
There are lots of small shops and medium size supermarkets as well as bakeries and a weekly food market in Ulcinj itself. Restaurants and beach bars offer good quality local and international food at very reasonable prices. Many of the restaurants have fantastic views of the river or the sea.
Friendly locals serving good, cheap food / PHOTO: KiteWorldWide
Podgorica (TGD) is the capital served by flights from most major airports with Montenegro Airlines, Austrian Airlines (via Vienna). Ryanair flies from London and Brussels. Tivat airport (TIV) can be reached by some charter airlines like Airberlin.
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