BUDVA

Montenegro

Budva is a significant tourist destination on the eastern Adriatic, and by far the most popular destination in Montenegro.

Info Budva

introduction

Budva is a coastal tourist resort in Montenegro. It is often called "Montenegrin Miami", because it is the most crowded and most popular tourist resort in Montenegro, with beaches and vibrant nightlife.

Budva is on the central part of Montenegrin coast, called "Budvanska Rivijera". It has developed around a small peninsula, on which the old town is situated. It is by far most visited destination in Montenegro, attracting mostly domestic, Russian, Serbian and other Eastern European tourists with an old town, bars and nightclubs, and beaches mostly consisting of small rocks. It is base for mass tourism, while in its near vicinity there are luxury resorts such as Sveti Stefan and Miločer.

There are as many as 35 beaches in the Budva area, mostly rock and a little sand (8 beaches are marked with blue flags).

During the summer in particular, the day and night-life offers opportunities to enjoy theatre plays and performances, music events and entertainment programs.

Many nightclubs use go-go dancers to attract customers, and families might be offended by the open display of almost-naked girls in the street. There is mainly one street, the main promenade, where all the action happens.

Budva appears to be undergoing poorly planned, unchecked growth with towering unattractive apartment buildings and hotels being built wherever there is open space - which unfortunately includes building directly on the beach.

Some tourists may find Budva disappointing and cheesy because of the over-crowded beaches filled with chairs, umbrellas and loud music in some places. Prices for food and accommodation are also well above what can be found in less popular resorts.

The old town is adjacent to the marina, where the wealthy come to moor their luxury yachts. The old town is small but beautiful, with restaurants and boutiques selling luxury goods at high prices.

Tourism

Tourism is the main driver of the economy of Budva. It is a significant tourist destination on the eastern Adriatic, and by far the most popular destination in Montenegro. During the 2013, Budva recorded 668,931 tourist visits, and 4,468,913 overnight stays, thus accounting for 44,8% of tourist visits to Montenegro, and 47,5% of its overnight stays.

Although Budva is notable for its long history and its well preserved Old Town, it is not primarily known as a destination for sightseeing or cultural tourism. Unlike Kotor or Dubrovnik, Budva has an image of a crowded beach resort, with a lively and vibrant atmosphere and a very active nightlife.


Beaches

The Budva Riviera has some of the most attractive beaches of south Adriatic, and the most pleasant climate in Montenegro. Mogren beach is arguably the best known and most attractive of the Budva city beaches, nested beneath the cliffs of the Spas hill, between cape Mogren and the Avala hotel. The beach is separated from the city by the slopes of Spas hill that plunge to the sea, and is only accessible by a 250m long narrow path along the cliffs. Other city beaches include the small Ričardova glava ("Richard's Head") and Pizana beaches, next to the Old Town, as well as the 1.6 km (1.0 mi) long Slovenska plaža (Slav beach), that makes up the most of the city's coast.

However, majority of the beaches of Budva Riviera are outside of the city itself. Jaz Beach is a long and spacious beach west of Budva, its hinterland serving as a popular concert and festival venue, as well as a campground. Bečići resort town, with its long sandy beach, is situated south-east of the city, separated from Budva by the Zavala peninsula.

Further to the south, numerous small beaches and towns, make up the more high end and exclusive part of Budva Riviera. This is especially true for the famous Sveti Stefan town, but also for other smaller Paštrovići settlements in the area, that once were unassuming fishing villages. The area of Sveti Stefan and Pržno, including Miločer resort with its park and secluded beaches, is considered the most exclusive area of the Montenegrin coast.

The town of Petrovac and the undeveloped Buljarica field occupy the very south of the Budva municipality.

Sveti Nikola Island is located opposite of Old Town, 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) across the Budva bay. It is a mostly undeveloped island with some beautiful beaches. Well connected to the mainland with water bus, it is a popular excursion site for tourists visiting Budva.


Nightlife

Budva is well known regionally as the capital of nightlife of the eastern Adriatic. The first discothèques in Budva started to emerge during the 1980s, as hotel-attached dance clubs. However, the clubbing scene mushroomed in 1990s, with numerous open-air clubs opening along the Budva sea promenade. This trend continued into the 2000s, with Old Town and its promenade hosting a large number of bars, pubs and restaurants, and two big clubs, Top Hill and Trocadero, dominating the clubbing scene.


Other

Budva is home to the Adriatic Fair (Jadranski sajam), the only specialized exhibition venue in Montenegro. It hosts numerous trade fairs throughout the year, including the only auto show in Montenegro, held annually in autumn.

Gambling tourism is also popular in Budva, as many hotels have attached casinos. Maestral hotel and casino in Pržno are particularly popular among international gamblers, but other large hotels have also attracted players from European countries. The 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale is partly set in the eponymous casino in the fictional Montenegrin Hotel Splendide, thus giving a boost to Budva's profile as a gambling destination.

Budva marina, nestled to the north of the Old Town city walls, contributes to the image of Budva as a nautical tourism destination. Luxury yachts dominate marina berths during the summer, overshadowing small fishing vessels owned by the locals. Budva marina was host to periodic boat shows, but in recent years it has been losing primacy to the larger and more luxurious Porto Montenegro. Budva was the host of the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Grand prix in May 2008.

History

There is vast archaeological evidence that places Budva among the oldest urban settlements of the Adriatic coast. Substantial documentary evidence provides historical references dating back to the 5th century BC.

A legend recounts that Bouthoe (Βουθόη - Vouthoe) was founded by Cadmus the founder of Thebes, Greece, when exiled out of Thebes, finding a shelter in this place for him and his wife, Harmonia.

Greek colonization of Adriatic began in 4th century BC, when Emporium was established on the site of Budva. In the 2nd century BC, the area of Budva became part of the Roman Empire. Upon the fall of the Empire and its division into east and west, the defensive barrier which separated the two powers happened to run across this area, subsequently making a lasting impact on the history and culture of this town.

In the 6th century, Budva was part of the Byzantine Empire, and in the following two centuries, Slavs and, to a lesser extent, Avars began to arrive in the area, mixing with the native Roman population. Budva bay was reportedly known as Avarorum sinus during the Avar incursions. In 841, Budva was sacked by Saracens, who devastated the area.

In early Middle Ages, Budva was reigned by a succession of Doclean kings, as well as Serbian and Zetan aristocrats.

Circa 1200, it became the see of a Roman Catholic Diocese of Budua, which lasted until 1828 and was nominally revived as a Latin titular bishopric. The Venetians ruled the town for nearly 400 years, from 1420 to 1797. Budva, called Budua in those centuries, was part of the Venetian Republic region of Albania Veneta and was fortified by powerful Venetian walls against Ottoman conquests. According to the historian Luigi Paulucci in his book "Le Bocche di Cattaro nel 1810" (The Bay of Kotor in 1810), most of the population spoke the Venetian language until the beginning of the 19th century. One of the most renowned theater librettists and composers, Cristoforo Ivanovich, was born in Venetian Budua.

With the fall of Republic of Venice in 1797, Budva came under the rule of the Habsburg Monarchy. During the Napoleonic Wars, Montenegrin forces allied with Russia took control over the city in 1806, only to relinquish the city to France in 1807. French rule lasted until 1813, when Budva (along with Boka Kotorska) was ceded to the Austrian Empire, which remained in control of the city for the next 100 years.

A union of Boka Kotorska (and Budva) with Montenegro took place for a brief period (1813–1814), but from 1814 until the end of World War I in 1918, Budva remained under Austria-Hungary. The southernmost fortress in the Austro-Hungarian empire, Fort Kosmač, was constructed nearby to guard the road from Budva to Cetinje. After the war, the Serbian army entered Budva after it was abandoned by Austrian forces and it came under the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

In 1941, with the beginning of World War II, Budva was annexed by the Kingdom of Italy. Budva was finally liberated from Axis rule on 22 November 1944 and incorporated in SR Montenegro, now part of SFR Yugoslavia.

A catastrophic earthquake struck Budva on 15 April 1979. Much of old town was devastated, but today there is little evidence of the catastrophe – almost all the buildings were restored to their original form.

Montenegro became an independent country in 2006, with Budva as its primary tourist destination.

Climate

Budva has a typical Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters, and 230 sunny days in a year. Budva has the typical Mediterranean rainfall pattern, which results in wetter winters and drier summers. Daytime highs in the summer range from 24 to 32 °C (75 to 90 °F) and from 8 to 14 °C (46 to 57 °F) during the winter months. The mean summertime temperature is 25 °C (77.0 °F) and 9.3 °C (48.7 °F) in the winter. The temperature of the sea reaches up to 25 °C (77.0 °F) in the summer months, while it keeps between 17 °C (63 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F) in the autumn.

Subdivisions

Old Town

The Old Town of Budva is situated on a rocky peninsula, on the southern end of Budva field. Archaeological evidence suggests that Illyrian settlement was formed on the site of the Old Town before Greek colonization of the Adriatic. While the site was permanently settled since Roman era, most of existing city walls and buildings were erected during the Venetian rule.

The entire town is encircled with defensive stone walls. The fortifications of Budva are typical of the Medieval walled cities of the Adriatic, complete with towers, embrasures, fortified city gates and a citadel.

Originally, there were gates on all of the four sides of the walled city. However, sea-facing gates were closed up over the years. The main city gate is Porta di Terra Ferma, the grand entry to the city from the west. It is also the beginning of the city's main thoroughfare, Njegoševa Street. There are also four more gates on the north wall, facing Budva marina (Porta Pizana, Porta Pizana 1 and 2, and Porta Pizanella), and one small gate facing the southwestern beach of Ričardova glava.

The layout of the town is roughly orthogonal, although many streets deviate from the grid, resulting in somewhat irregular pattern, with many piazzas connected with narrow streets. Today, the entire city within the walls is pedestrian-only.

The town citadel is situated on the southern tip of the city. Originally known as Castle of St Mary, fortification was continually rebuilt and expanded through Middle Ages, reaching its final form during the Austro-Hungarian rule. The sea-facing 160m long ramparts of the citadel, complete with eastern and western towers, are intricately connected to the rest of the city walls. Austrian stone barracks form the most prominent structure within the castle, separating the citadel from the rest of the walled city. Ruins of the Santa Maria de Castello church, after which the entire complex was originally named, are located within the citadel.

A large public square is located to the north of the citadel, containing all of the churches of the old town - St. Ivan church (17th century), Santa Maria in Punta (840 AD), and The Holy Trinity church (1804).

The Old Town suffered extensive damage in 1979 earthquake; repair and reconstruction took eight years (until 1987), but traces of the damage are now hardly noticeable. Today, it is a prime visitor attraction of Budva, packed with tourists during the summer months. Its narrow cobbled streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops.


Outside of the Old Town

Although confined to the walls of the Old Town for most of its history, Budva started significant expansion into the adjacent Budva field in the 20th century, with the development of tourism industry. Hotels started springing up near the Old Town and to the west of it, along the 1600m long Slovenska beach, including the landmark Avala hotel (built in 1939), the Mogren hotel, and the Slovenska plaža hotel complex (built in 1984). Development near the Old Town and along the longest city beach was done in a planned and sustainable manner, with parts of Budva built in the SFRY having all the characteristics of a well-organized resort town. Most of the hotels and facilities built during this period are situated to the south of the town's main traffic artery, a portion of Adriatic Highway (E65/E80) that crosses the city parallel to the Slovenska plaža beach.

However, the rest of the Budva field, to the north of the Adriatic Highway, developed in a less uniform manner. The western part of Budva field, containing a civic center (an area featuring local government offices, schools, sports center, police and fire station, health center and bus station), Rozino, Dubovica and Golubovina neighbourhoods, was developed relatively in accordance with principles of urban planning.

In contrast, the eastern part of the Budva field, and slopes of the hills surrounding it, saw the emergence of the chaotic urban sprawl. Spontaneous growth begun in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as a combination of high demand and inability of the state to enforce urban planning, as the Breakup of Yugoslavia took place. This trend continued into the 2000s, with prices of real estate skyrocketing following the Montenegrin independence. Overwhelming demand, fueled by the influx of foreign capital (in large part from Russia), meant that all the undeveloped lots in the Budva field and surrounding hills were quickly being turned into construction sites. Local and state authorities have failed to keep up with the developers, resulting in the unfortunate lack of urban planning in much of the area. Thus, large parts of Budva are connected with an irregular grid of narrow streets, and have overall inadequate infrastructure. This trend continues even today, with limited land forcing developers to turn to building towering high rises in place of small detached residences that made up for majority of Budva field in the early 1990s.

The pressures of the real estate market and neglect of urban planning have resulted in chronic and severe lack of parking space, and frequent traffic jams during the summer. Even the water and electricity supply have failed to keep up with the explosive growth in the 2000s, but those issues have since been addressed.

A testament to the urban sprawl, the city bypass (Obilaznica, a crescent road that circles the northern ends of Budva field, with ends connecting to the Adriatic Highway) is a bypass only in name, as it now a busy urban street, swallowed by the city's expanding urban area.

The term Budvanizacija ("Budvanization") has been used regionally to denote a form of chaotic and massive urban growth, tailored to the needs of individual land owners and developers, without regard for sustainability or environment.

Internet, Comunication

Don't worry about being connected - the entirety of the Stari Grad is covered by free municipal WiFi that works reasonably well. In the area of the Marina you can also pick up free WiFi.

As always on public WiFi, be cautious about entering in sensitive information (banking info, email passwords) as you never know who is on the other side of the connection. A private VPN is a safe way to protect your information.

Transportation - Get In

  • Tivat Airport is 8 km (5 mi) away. The following airlines operate to/from Tivat Airport: Air Moldova (Chiṣinǎu, seasonal), Air Serbia (Belgrade), KrasAir (Moscow-Domodedovo), Montenegro Airlines (Belgrade, Copenhagen, London-Gatwick, Moscow-Domodedovo, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Pristina, Rome-Fiumicino, Skopje, St Petersburg), Moskovia Airlines (Moscow-Domodedovo), Rossiya (St Petersburg), S7 Airlines (Moscow-Domodedovo), Transaero Airlines (Moscow-Domodedovo).
  • Podgorica Airport is 65 km (40 mi) away, and has flights throughout the year to Belgrade, Budapest, Zürich, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Paris, Rome, Vienna and London- Gatwick. Buses run between Podgorica and Budva year round and cost €6, and a taxi from the Podgorica airport to Podgorica station costs €15. Taxis from Podgorica station to Budva cost €50 to €100. (Fix a price beforehand, do not just accept the meter!)
  • Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) in Dubrovnik, Croatia is 80 km (50 mi) away from Budva, and maintains flights to many European destinations throughout the year, providing a good alternative to the Montenegrin airports. A taxi to Budva will cost €90.
  • Taxi service Budva (Urban agency), Kalimanj bb Tivat+38269949197, e-mail: . 24h. minivan transfers, excursions, airport transfers Tivat 20eur, Podgorica 30eur, Dubrovnik 90eur, Tirana 120 eur, Monastery Ostrog 55eur.

By bus

Budva is very well connected by bus with cities within Montenegro and major cities in neighboring countries. Check the online bus schedule. Buses are usually on schedule though the schedules vary from season to season, with more buses running during the summer. +382 33 456 000.

The bus station is a 20-minute walk from the old town.

  • Buses from Skopje operate 3 times a week, take around 12 hours, leave at 8PM, stopping at Podgorica and cost around €17. Check schedule at Skopje Autobuska Stanica.
  • Buses to Sarajevo run daily at 8:10 (Balkan Express minibus) and the journey takes about 7 hours, stopping at Podgorica and other cities. €16.5 one-way. To Belgrade, there are around 4-5 buses a day and the trip takes 12 hours (€27).
  • Buses to Herceg Novi (and vice-versa) run daily approximately every 30 minutes. The journey takes 1.5 hours and costs around €6 one-way.
  • Buses to Dubrovnik continuing to Split run 3 times a week. There are daily buses during the summer in the morning (check current bus schedule for accurate time) which can get full quickly so arrive early to get a ticket. The journey takes around 3 hours. There is a spectacular view from the bus during this route.
  • In the summer, Olimpia Express runs reasonably-priced shuttle buses from just outside old town to Jaz beach (every 2–3 hours), Petrovac (every 2 hours for €2 one-way), and Sveti Stefan (every 30 minutes or less for €1.50 one-way):

By car

Budva can be reached by car using the coast road, which is in good condition. Travelling from Dubrovnik, this can take less than 2 hours depending on traffic. A short €5 ferry journey saves the drive around the bay of Kotor.

Transportation - Get Around


By foot

Important area of Budva is roughly 2 squared km and most of people just walk. There is an amazing promenade that stretches throughout coast of municipality but end to end of the city can be reached within 20 minutes, and it would be a shame to miss walking down the promenade and all of its surrounding beauties. Promenade has two "lines" and the one near sea is quieter.


By car

If you came to Budva with your own car, use it inside the city only when you have to. Traffic is terribly congested during the summer, and parking spaces around the old town are almost impossible to find, and very expensive when you do.


By taxi

Taxis are abundant in Budva, but are not cheap - a ride anywhere within Budva will cost you around €5 - and prices vary depending on which taxi company you happen to get. Try to choose a taxi that has a rate card displayed and a meter visible on the dash - and then watch to insure the meter is set appropriately when starting - to avoid getting ripped off. But you can book online at least two hours in advance and if you want taxi to airport Podgorica you can get it per 40 euros / vehicle. Safe and reliable transportation with reputable taxi association.


By boat

There are many tourist boats that dock in Budva harbor which offer rides to nearby beaches, Sv. Nikola island, or one-day trips to various destinations on Montenegrin coast, but these are also expensive. Unlike other seaside cities, there are no €1 water taxis here.

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Beaches

The best known feature of the Budva Riviera is its beaches. They are listed here, from north to south.


Trsteno

Trsteno (Трстено) beach is 100 m (328 ft) long, deeply pulled in the dry land. It has perhaps the finest sand on the Budva Riviera. It is accessible by the same road which leads to Jaz beach.


Ploče

In 2 km (1.2 mi) from the beach Trsteno, is another attractive place for swimming - stony beach of Ploče (Плоче).[www]Beach, he took to the sea cape. Place the beach unique, high seas, he cape, rock, partly bulk schebenochnye descents into the sea. Amazing purity of water clarity which exceeds 35 m (115 ft). A cafe, restaurants, untouched nature. The quality of sea water are not comparable to other beaches. Wonderfully equipped, with great parking, excellent restaurant with beds and umbrellas against the sun. There are swimming pools for adults and children, large parking lots.


Jaz

Jaz (Јаз) beach lies with Mrčevo Polje and its hinterlands. The beach is 2.5 km (1.6 mi) away from Budva in the direction of Tivat. It consists of two parts, one 500 m (1,640 ft) long and the other, formerly a nudist beach, 300 m (984 ft) long. It is a pebble beach, with a campground along the greater part of the beach (capacity 2,000 lots). The beach is a protected natural heritage site. It hosted a show of The Rolling Stones on 9 July 2007, as a part of their A Bigger Bang Tour.


Mogren

Mogren (Могрен): one or two beaches stretch from the cape called Mogren to the Avala Hotel belvedere. Their natural environment place Mogren into the category of most attractive beaches, with sand of medium particle size, both on the beach itself and in water. The beach is well exposed to sun and southerly wind. From the back, it is protected by the hill of Spas covered in dense pine and oak woods. The beach is accessible by a narrow path going through Avala hotel complex. It is not more than 150 m (492 ft) away from Budva's old town. Mogren consists of two sandy beaches of total length of 350 m (1,148 ft), connected with a tunnel in the rock. They were named after the Spanish sailor Mogrini, who landed on the beaches after a shipwreck, As a sign of gratitude, he built St. Anthony's church.

A small fee (one euro as of 2005) is collected at Mogren's entrance, to keep the beaches not too crowded for guests at Avala hotel.

On the narrow path which leads to the beach, there is one section completely dedicated to divers and risk takers. Almost at the half point of the path, there is a little outlet into the sea, sandwiched between rocks, giving risk takers about 3 m (10 ft) of width to dive safely into the water. This area is called by people from Budva, Kanal, which has no meaning but in English it means literally Canal. These divers have built up quite a reputation in Budva because of their rambunctious and hilarious acts.


Slovenska

Slovenska (Словенска) beach stretches from the Budva marina to the Park hotel, 1,600 m (5,249 ft) in total length. It was declared a beach from as early as 1920, and the Slovenian architect who designed this part of the town gave it its present name Slovenska Plaža (Словенска Плажа, 'Slovenian beach'). It is a pebble beach, and has a large hotel complex of the same name at its rear. Budva's main promenade, where most of the nightlife and shopping takes place, goes alongside this beach.


Guvance

Guvance (Гуванце) is a small sandy beach located below the walking path near the tunnel leading to Bečići. It is 80 m (262 ft) long.


Bečići

Bečići (Бечићи) beach is one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in the South Adriatic. It is a sandy beach, 1,950 m (6,398 ft) long and stretches from Zavala to Djevištenje. In 1935 it won the "Grand Prix" in Paris as the most beautiful beach in Europe. It is perhaps the best equipped beach on the riviera, with sport fields and all other amenities.


Kamenovo

Kamenovo (Каменово) beach is the first in a series of 16 smaller beaches lying between the town of Bečići and "Perazića do". It faces southeast and has a large number of hours of sunshine. This 730 m (2,395 ft) long sandy beach is easily accessible from the main road towards Petrovac.


Pržno

Pržno (Пржно) beach is located in front of the picturesque Mediterranean settlement of the same name. It stretches for 350 m (1,148 ft) between Pržno cape and Miločer cape. It is surrounded by olive groves of exceptional value, which is why the entire area is enlisted as a protected nature reserve. In the vicinity of the beach is "Maestral hotel", and a string of taverns and cafes.


Miločer

Miločer (Милочер) beach is located near the former summer residence of the royal family Karađorđević, built in 1934. The beach is 280 m (919 ft) long, surrounded by woods covering the area of 18 ha, with rare exotic tree species like the Lebanon Cedar, tropical mimosas, loquats, cacti, agavas and others. Miločer beach belongs to high category of sandy beaches.


Kraljičina

Kraljičina (Краљичина, translated as Queen's) beach is located next to Miločer beach. It is a 200 m (656 ft) long beach surrounded by cypress and olive trees. Its name derives from the fact that it was a favourite spot of and was owned by Queen Marija Karađorđević. The communist regime in 1945. nationalized Karađorđevićes' property which they purchased and developed in the 1920s and 1930s.

This beach may not be open to the general public at all times, or its entrance may be charged, because this is the favourite resort of Montenegrin officials.


Sveti Stefan

The beaches of Sveti Stefan (Свети Стефан) are formed on both sides of the strip that connects the town-hotel of Sveti Stefan with the coast. Those are two sandy beaches of 1,170 m (3,839 ft) total length. Onde side is reserved for famous guests of this deluxe hotel.


Drobni Pijesak

Drobni Pijesak (Дробни Пијесак) is a secluded 250 m (820 ft) long beach and is accessible only from the sea. It has the appearance of a real tropical beach.jar


Perazića Do

Perazića Do (Перазића До) beach is in immediate vicinity of Reževići monastery, below the highway. This little sandy beach is hidden in a deep valley.


Petrovac

Petrovac (Петровац) beach is a sandy beach of some 600 m (1,969 ft) of length, with the sand of reddish colour. The beach is bordered by Petrovac promenade, filled with cafes, restaurants and shops.


Lučice

Lučice (Лучице) is a popular beach located some 500 m (1,640 ft) south from town of Petrovac. This sandy beach is shaped like a little bay, and is 220 m (722 ft) long.


Buljarica

Buljarica (Буљарица) is possibly the greatest development potential along the Montenegrin coast. Buljarica field and the slopes of Dubovica hill are well suited for the development of all types of tourism. Buljarica cove stretches from "Resovo brdo" cove to Dubovica, and is a largest beach of the Budva Riviera. It is 1 km from Petrovac in the direction of Bar, and is 2,250 m (7,382 ft) long.


Sveti Nikola island

The Sveti Nikola island is the main excursion site in the Budva area. The island has three sandy beaches whose combined length is 840 m (2,756 ft). The island itself is about one km away from Budva. There are many small beaches around the island, accessible only by boat.

Shopping

Be aware that ATMs (locally referred to as Bancomats) in Budva are rare in the old town, but plentiful outside of its walls.

Old town is packed primarily with little boutiques, such as Prestige, selling costume made dresses. There are other boutiques selling everything from expensive shoes to clothing and jewellery, but ALWAYS beware of counterfeited variants of world famous brands.

The main Budva promenade has a long string of stands with very cheap - in quality, not always in price - clothing, sunglasses, souvenirs, etc.

Friendly service in Budva shops is not the norm. Service people usually do not smile or make eye contact and are often brusque; however, this is slowly changing.

Restaurants

There is a wide choice of places to eat at in Budva. In old town you will find almost anything: from pizza-places, bakeries to seafood and Chinese restaurants. Across the harbor, at the very coast, there are some premium fresh seafood restaurants, notably "Jadran" and "Donna".

Along the entire promenade there are many fast food places, offering barbecue, giros, pancakes, slices of pizza, icecream...with affordable prices. A McDonalds seasonal restaurant is open on the promenade during the summer.

  • DemižanaSlovenska Obala 3,  +382 33 455 028. fish restaurant.
  • Hong KongVuka Karadžića 1,  +382 33 452-725. Chinese food.
  • JadranSlovenska Obala 10+382 33 451-028. A family restaurant since 1976. Specialties from the sea prepared in a local way. Complete meat offer as well as the Italian cuisine. Restaurant has 3 terraces each with a special ambience.
  • MašaGradska luka bb,  +382 33 453-777. closed 2 years ago
  • O Sole MioSlovenska obala 15 (near the Old Town),  +382 86 457 713. Huge pizzas but overpriced.
  • Pizzaria Big Blue.
  • Porat (Rafailovici), Pastrovska Ulica and Becicka Plaza (Follow Pastrovska Ulica down to the Adriatic. Porat Restaurant is on the left.), +382 33 471 145. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner-Late dinner. Exquisite seafood restaurant, with equally delicious meatier alternatives, complimented by a well-chosen wine list, surrounded by beautiful gardens and a gorgeous view of the Adriatic.
  • Porto,  +382 69 025-850. fish restaurant.
  • Restaurant KangarooJadranski Put bb E65,  +382 33 458 65. This restaurant is located on Jadranski Put and not in the very touristic area next to the Slovenska beach. However, if you want to enjoy a very good meal at a decent price this is the place to go. The restaurant has a very nice terrace and serves both traditional local cuisine and seafood dishes.

Coffe & Drink

Budva is full of cafes, bars and nightclubs. During the high season it is hard to find a place to sit. Espresso will cost from €1 to €1.50. Coke and other soft drinks and juices will cost from €1.50 up to €3.50. Local beer costs an average of €2.50 and mixed drinks can go from €7 and up.

Bars are allowed to play music until 1AM, when the crowds move to some of the nightclubs.

Always ask for a bill, as they must provide it by law. If you don't - it's likely that they'll overcharge your drinks, especially if they see you are a foreigner!

A form of tourist scam in Budva bars and restaurants is that you give the waiter, for example, a €20 EUR banknote and expect him to bring back the change in a while. He does not, and when you ask him to come over, he will tell you that you did not give him €20, but a smaller banknote. He will also show you that in his wallet he only has €5 and €10 banknotes, so there simply could not have been a €20 banknote on your table. To avoid this, your only solution is to say out loud the amount of money when you are giving it and if you are in a group, make sure the others see and hear this as well. Try to learn the numbers in local language as saying the amount in English does not help you much - the waiter will pretend he does not understand.


Bars

  • Millenivm.
  • Palma.
  • RabelloJadranski put,  +382 67 355-555.
  • Ričardova Glava - Richard's Head.
  • Chest O'Shea's Irish PubStari Grad (30 meters into the old town from the marina), +38269579468. Good Guinness, live sports and friendly English speaking staff

Sights & Landmarks

  • Stari Grad (Old Town) (on the peninsula in Budva center). The old town of Budva lies on a little island that was linked to the land by a sandbar and in time turned into a peninsula. It is surrounded by ramparts originating from the XV century including a medieval fortification system with city gates, defense walls and towers. The Old Town consists of narrow streets and alleys and small squares with precious monuments of different Mediterranean cultures that have marked the development of this town. You can enter in Old Town from one of five entrance doors.
  • Budva Citadel (Southern part of old town). Reconstructed after an earthquake.

Churches

  • Church of Saint John. Seat of the Budva bishopric till 1828. In 1867 the belfry was added to the north side of the church and it still exists. Among preserved monuments the most important ones are the icon “Madonna in Punta” and the rich archives and library. Among its holdings is the Chronicle of Budva most comprehensive source of data and events in Budva between 1796 and 1842. Operating church.
  • Church of Holy Trinity. Single nave construction with a dome. It was built in 1804 and modelled on one of two churches of the Podostrog monastery. In front of Church you can see tomb of famous writer and politician Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa. Church is parish church and it is operating.
  • Church of Saint Sava. This is small single nave church whose dimensions are 5 x 3 m. It is supposed to have been built during the 14 century. During the Venetian and Austrian occupations the most valuable possessions of this church disappeared. Today there is almost no trace of decorations with icons, frescoes or sculptures. It is not operating.

Museums & Galleries

Things to do

  • Boat Trip around Budva Riviera (harbor by the Old Town). 9AM-7PM. Rent a boat in harbor by the Old Town for wonderful scenic experience, and you might enjoy St. Nicholas island for suntanning or any of the beaches along the way. 6-20€.
  • View seabed with submarine. Semi-submarine tours began operations in June 2014 and offer guests an underwater ride through the Budva Bay. While the primary audience for the tour is children, adults will enjoy the ride as well.
  • Bungee jumping. Experience jumping right on the beach.
  • Paragliding. Paragliding spot from Brajici just above Budva.
  • Hike old cliffy-road above the sea (Take bus Brajici, and walk 5min to Kosmac castle). It's an easy downhill 3-hr hike starting from the old Austrian castle on top of Brajici that displays scenic scenery of the Riviera, and various settlements along the way such as castles, monasteries and villages. Ends on the amazing island of Sv. Stefan.

Nightlife

Budva is well known regionally as the capital of nightlife of the eastern Adriatic. The first discothèques in Budva started to emerge during the 1980s, as hotel-attached dance clubs. However, the clubbing scene mushroomed in 1990s, with numerous open-air clubs opening along the Budva sea promenade. This trend continued into the 2000s, with Old Town and its promenade hosting a large number of bars, pubs and restaurants, and two big clubs, Top Hill and Trocadero, dominating the clubbing scene.

  • Caffe Greco (Stari Grad). no cover charge and DJ'd music
  • Caffe Jef (Stari Grad). no cover charge and DJ'd music
  • Maine. folk music
  • Rafaello.
  • Renaissance.
  • Torine (Bečići). folk music
  • Trocadero.
  • Miracle LoungeHill Topliš. DJ'd music, entrance fee until 1AM, special guests perform often. Works only during summer.

Things to know


Sleep

Accommodation in Budva is abundant, and varies from renting a room for €10-15 to handsomely priced five-star hotels.

There are big differences in prices of accommodation - not only between types of accommodation but for same accommodation during different times of the year. For example, a hostel-like room that rents for €7 per person/per night during the off-season can rent for €20 and up per person/per night during July and August.

There are 84, mostly three- and four-star hotels (capacity of over 13,000 beds), about 100 private villas and bed and breakfast inns and private accommodation (60,000 beds) of various options.

Budget

During the summer it is easy just to come to the bus station and find local people offering rooms. Be aware, though, that there is a problem with water in Budva, and you should confirm that the accommodation you choose has running water.

Very High /9.8

Safety (Walking alone - day)

Very High / 9.2

Safety (Walking alone - night)

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