Budva

Budva is Montenegro’s most visited holiday town. It’s the hub of Montenegro’s “Riviera”. The main attractions are the medieval old town (Stari Grad), several sandy and pebbled beaches and the nightlife.

Budva: The old town fills the headland. The island of St Nikola is behind

Budva: The old town fills the headland. The island of St Nikola is behind

The area was hit by an earthquake in 1979, and substantial reconstruction was necessary. Fortunately, with the exception of the citadel, the old city was relatively untouched. This perhaps says something about the merits of ancient and modern construction techniques!

Elsewhere, much of the rebuilding has placed function over form and outside the old city, it’s not the prettiest place.

Even the old town hasn’t escaped modern living: Amongst the many cafes and restaurants you’ll find up market boutiques with some eye watering prices.

If you fancy some lounging on a beach, there are several to choose from, though don’t expect to have the to yourself. Quieter options can be reached on the island of St Nikola, with boat trips available from town.

Budva: The alleys of the town showing the tower of St. Ivan's church

Budva: The alleys of the town showing the tower of St. Ivan’s church

Budva marina is well located right next to the old town. There are plenty of provisioning option nearby The town provides all you’re likely to need except peace and quiet. If you want a more tranquil night you might prefer to head across the bay to Sveti Stefan, but of you fancy letting your hair down for the evening, you’ll love Budva.

Budva: The beach, popular with sunbathers and swimmers

Budva: The beach, popular with sunbathers and swimmers

 

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