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42°29.21′N, 18°41.82′E Chart icon.png
Perast from W

Perast is a historic town in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, situated just opposite the N end of the Prolaz Verige, the narrow passage connecting the Bay of Kotor with the Bay of Tivat to the S. The town has a long and distinguished history, having nurtured a strong naval tradition during the period of Venetian hegemony. Numerous local sea captains became wealthy from plying their trade across the Mediterranean and further afield, and much of their wealth was expended in the construction of impressive stone palaces, of which 17 survive along the waterfront and on the hills above the town. Half a mile off the waterfront are the two islands of Gospa od Skrpjela and Sveti Djordje, the former housing an important church and the latter a partly ruined monastery. The town's quay is constantly busy with tripper boats running regular trips out to Gospa od Skrpjela and there is only room for one or two yachts at a time. Shelter is only moderate, the quay being completely open to winds from every direction except N, so Perast should only be visited in settled weather.


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  • Gospa od Skrpjela
  • Sveti Djordje


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The approach is free from hazards, although there are shallows just N of Gospa od Skrpjela, marked with a beacon, and therefore it should be given a wide berth if approaching from that direction. There are depths of 4.0 metres in the gap between the two islands, so one can pass between them for a close up view on the approach. The town quay is immediately S of the conspicuous church tower, to the right of the 'barber's pole' port marker.


Perast is not a port of entry.


Perast town quay

Yachts moored on Perast quay

There is a length of 20 metres of quay immediately to the E of the 'barber's pole' lit port marker on the quay, which is the only section where yachts are tolerated. If you try to park any further W you are likely to be chased off by the tripper boat operators, who guard their space jealously. This means that effectively there is really only space for one average sized yacht or two smaller ones at best. Of course, it is possible to raft up with consent (see photo). Depths along the quay are 3.5 – 4.5 metres. The bollards (just two of them) are widely spaced, so an anchor moor is impracticable. Shelter in this position is adequate in settled weather, although there is some slop with the afternoon S/SW seabreeze and regular wash from the tripper boats. It is not a place to be, however, in unsettled weather, especially if it involves fresh to strong winds from NE through S round to NW. There are no facilities on the quay but also no charge for berthing.

Otok Gospa od Skrpjela

Yacht moored on quay at O. Gospa


at the island at busy periods is strongly discouraged by the tripper boat operators. However, it is tolerated first thing in the morning (0900) before the tripper boats start flocking in. Only the short quay at the SW end of the island has adequate depths for a yacht (3.0 – 3.5 metres) and it is possible to tie up here for half an hour or so to visit the church and small museum.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



It is not possible to anchor off.

Donji Morinj

Donji Morinj/wiki/Perast#Donji_Morinj
Anchorage icon Donji Morinj [[Perast#Donji Morinj|Donji Morinj]] 42°29.4′N, 18°39.3′E
The nearest suitable anchorage is at Donji Morinj (but not with any northerly winds).

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores


Fuel, Water, & Electricity


Things to do Ashore


Museum on Perast waterfront
View from Perast museum balcony
O. Gospa
The miraculous icon, O. Gospa
The hair embroidery, O. Gospa

The waterfont of Perast is most attractive, lined with a number of imposing stone-built residences of former wealthy sea captains, one of which, the Bujovic Palace, now houses the Perast Museum. The museum has an eclectic collection of relics of the local seafaring families and a magnificent view from its waterfront balcony. For most tourists, however, the highlight of a visit to Perast is a trip out to the island of Gospa od Skrpjela, where a miraculous icon was discovered in the 15th century and subsequently a church erected to house it. The church contains paintings and hundreds of silver votive plaques donated by local families and others, plus the icon itself above the altar. The museum attached to the church (admission €1) contains a number of paintings on nautical themes and other items donated by grateful patrons. One interesting curio is a beautiful embroidery created over 35 years by a sea captain's wife, using gold and silver threads, exotic silks and even her own hair.

Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Minimarket one street back from the harbour and 100 metres E.


  • Numerous eateries along the waterfront.
  • Armonia Restoran (100 metres W of quay) is popular with locals.


Free wifi from municipality.



Motorbike & Car Rentals


Garbage Disposal

Bins near the harbour.



Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums (see link for requirements).



See Montenegro.


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