Budva

  • The town of Budva is an exceptional site on the Adriatic coast and one of the oldest towns around the Mediterranean Sea. The ramparts date back to the 15th century. The old town is made up of small squares and narrow lanes. Greek and Roman necropoleis were uncovered not far from the town centre, concealing gold and silver jewels, clay jars and ceramics. Saint Ivan's church (7th century), Santa Maria ...
    © Vladyslav Starozhylov / 123RF
  • The town of Budva is an exceptional site on the Adriatic coast and one of the oldest towns in the Mediterranean.
    © Vladyslav Starozhylov / 123RF
  • It is pleasant to wander around the narrow streets before relaxing on a terrace and listening to some music.
    © Vladyslav Starozhylov / 123RF
  • Don't miss the little mermaid of Budva, close to the Avala Resort and Villas Hotel, which tourists rush to photograph.
    © Vladyslav Starozhylov / 123RF
  • The walls surrounding the town date back to the 15th century. The old town is made up of small squares and narrow alleyways.
    © Vladyslav Starozhylov / 123RF
  • The ramparts and towers protecting the old town provide the backdrop of the Budva-Grad drama festival.
    © Vladyslav Starozhylov / 123RF
  • Ideally located at the entrance to the citadel, it offers a beautiful setting.
    © Vladyslav Starozhylov / 123RF
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Montenegro

The town of Budva is an exceptional site on the Adriatic coast and one of the oldest towns around the Mediterranean Sea. The ramparts date back to the 15th century. The old town is made up of small squares and narrow lanes. Greek and Roman necropoleis were uncovered not far from the town centre, concealing gold and silver jewels, clay jars and ceramics. Saint Ivan's church (7th century), Santa Maria de Punta's benedictine monastery and the church of the Holy Trinity are also worth a visit. The ramparts and towers protecting the old town serve as decor for Budva-Grad drama festival.

Budva: what to do?

Budva, Montenegro's most well known seaside resort, attracts 70% of the country's foreign tourists and has been dubbed the Monte Carlo of the Adriatic. It has a marina, where several yachts worthy of Cannes are moored alongside small fishing boats, as well as a charming citadel surrounded by ramparts, and a series of sandy pebble beaches, the most famous of which is Becici, just a few minutes away from Budva. Here you'll find a dozen or so luxury hotels grouped together along the beachfront, which are high-end but don't really blend in with the local architecture. Budva is also a trendy party resort. If you love poker, blackjack and Russian roulette, visit the Casino Royale located on the tenth floor at the top of the Hotel Splendid, which affords panoramic views of the sea from its large windows. This 600m˛ space attracts gamblers from all over Europe. The most wealthy arrive by helicopter on the roof! The Splendid's helipad is thus considered as the third airport in Montenegro! At Becici Beach, there is a water sports club where you can hire a pedalo or go jet skiing, water skiing, banana boating or parasailing. The separate bathing area is marked out by buoys. The seafront promenade runs alongside the beach for 2 miles.

The Budva Citadel, the Budva Marina and the little mermaid of Budva, which tourists rush to photograph. The luxury island resort of Sveti Stefan, the star of the Adriatic Coast. This ancient fortified fishing village dating back to the 15th century was built on a rocky island connected to the coast by a narrow isthmus of sand. In 1960, under the impetus of Tito, the island was transformed into a luxury hotel, a symbol of the country and a top holiday destination for royalty, political figures, and members of the fashion and film worlds. 50 years later, the island has been given a new lease of life with the opening of the Aman Sveti Stefan hotel, owned by one of the most luxurious hotel groups in the world.

  • The charming fortified citadel of Budva.
  • The lively nightlife.
  • The beautiful, sandy Becici Beach.
  • The beautiful panoramic views of the sea and Sveti Stefan.
  • The water park, the only one in Monténégro.
  • Hotel Splendid's casino, which is famous throughout Europe.
  • Several massive buildings tarnish the coastline.
  • The view is spoiled by a huge building site.

Reminders

Remember to take a thick towel with you for the shingle beaches.

To avoid

The beach in Budva is delightful, with turquoise water and deckchairs, but unfortunately, it is not the most private or peaceful location on the coast; you will have to share it with a few hundred other tourists who come to make the most of the sea. If you are looking for a beautiful sandy beach, head to Becici Beach instead. It is a little further away, but is the most renowned beach in the area. It's nothing extraordinary, but while most of the other beaches are shingle, this one is covered in sand. You can also opt for Mogren 2 Beach, which is private and free to access. This 350-metre long beach is protected by a wooded hill with pine and oak trees and is accessed via a narrow path.

Budva: what to eat?

Cold cuts: to be enjoyed in moderation! The local beer, Nik, is excellent and cheap. Montenegro also produces very good wines, especially Vranac, a delicious red. 'Kajmak' (ewe's milk cheese) mousse is traditionally served on 'proja' (small buns made from cornflour, similar to Turkish bread) as an aperitif, and is washed down with a glass of Rakija (a local spirit).

Budva: what to buy?

Apart from the replica icons you can buy in the monasteries, and the traditional costumes and jewellery, there are not many souvenirs to buy in Budva. However, if you like Turkish coffee, it's a good place to buy finely ground coffee.

Budva Reviewedhotels
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    Splendid Conference and Spa Resort
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    This is a nice hotel if you like large and rather impersonal ...

  • 8.25 /10
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    Avala Resort and Villas
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    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The modern and luxurious Avala Resort stands just at the foot ...

  • 7.95 /10
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    The Queen Of Montenegro
    Budva - Montenegro
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Now here is a 4 star hotel worthy of its rating! With so few ...

  • 7.55 /10
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    Iberostar Bellevue
    Budva - Montenegro
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