The Port of Adria, located on the western border of Bar in Montenegro, is a multipurpose port with separate harbors for container ships, general cargo vessels and cruise ships, featuring a pier length of 1,440 m. Strategically located on the Adriatic, near major cruise destinations such as Dubrovnik and Kotor, the Port of Adria stands out as a new destination for cruises. The surrounding area also has a major tourism appeal. Modern Bar was built almost entirely after World War II in a contemporary architectural style featuring wide boulevards. On top of its natural and historic appeal and pleasant climate, the Port of Adria is one of the few Non-EU ports in the Adriatic region.
Bar boasts many attractive attributes which will breathe new life into Adriatic cruise itineraries. Since GPH management took over, Port of Adria has allocated one of its piers to cruise ship traffic. A cruise terminal building is planned to increase the appeal of the port for cruise passengers.
With its two quays at 290 m and 200 m, the port can accommodate cruise liners over 300 m as well. Cruises have been calling in at Bar since 2016.
Bar offers varied shore excursions, and is close to main tourist attractions such as Ulcinj, Lake Skadar, the River of Crnojević, Ostrog Monastery, Budva and Sveti Stefan. Kotor is around one hour’s drive away.
Global Ports Holding acquired the operating rights of Port of Adria through privatization in 2013. GPH owns a majority stake in Port of Adria. The acquisition not only marked GPH’s first overseas acquisition investment, but was also the first ever Turkish acquisition of a controlling stake in an overseas port operation.
Located by the water, it has become an important port city for Montenegro. The coast is the playground of Montenegro, with beach resorts in the towns and cities along its shores. Tourism is its primary industry. There are also the remnants of history, mementos of centuries of civilization and lands conquered by many different civilizations here in Bar. The old town, Stari Bar, is about an hour’s walk up in the mountains and is currently being restored to its former glory. This magical spot dates back to the 10th century and lies about 4 km away from the new city of Bar. The monasteries and fortresses on Lake Skadar are simply stunning, and just 45 minutes away from the shores of the Adriatic. Their walls are filled with the history of its inhabitants, from famous dukes and priests to the Ottoman soldiers who built some of them. Cruising the lake is an opportunity to fully experience a great beauty of this region. Sandy and secluded beaches, clear waters, rich culture, and tradition, warm-hearted and hospitable people present a harmony of diversity completing the tourist offer of the town on the foot of mountain Rumija.