While the official capital of Montenegro is Podgorica, Budva is its resort capital.
Budva is one of the oldest cities of the Adriatic, which is more than 2500 years old. It is a large tourist center of the coast located in 20 km from Tivat airport and 60 km from Podgorica. The picturesque city is divided into two parts – the Old and the New. The Old Part is the historical center surrounded by stone walls that protect a huge number of old squares and long labyrinths of beautiful medieval streets. As for the modern part of town, it starts from the very sea coast and gradually spreads to the mountains.
Many tourists visit Budva not only due to its beauty and interesting history, but also due to a unique opportunity to rest on a territory of one of the most vibrant and bustling resorts offering its guests an active nightlife. The younger generation will definitely appreciate a variety of discos, restaurants, casinos and bars. Sea quay in the old city part is a main center of the resort life in Budva. The city is also famous for its numerous beaches, the length of which is several kilometers. The beach Mogren, the owner of “Blue Flag”, has become especially popular recently.
It should be noted that during summer months the sun shines for 330 hours per month and in this regard the city is a leader both in Montenegro and Europe.
What are the Most Convenient Beaches in Budva?
There are about 35 beaches around the city. They are mostly covered with small stones but the water is very clean everywhere. Eight beaches are awarded with the Blue Flag. The total length of Budva beaches is over 11 km. The tourists may choose beaches within the city line as well as outside the city.
Beaches in the city include:
- Slavic beach or Slovenska plaza, the longest and most popular beach in the resort. The total length is 1600 meters. Hotel of the same name is located nearby. The beach has everything one needs for a good rest: sun beds, umbrellas, showers, water entertainments and cafes. Slavic beach is one of the most crowded beaches of Budva.
- Mogren beach is another popular beach in the city. It is situated at the foot of steep cliffs in a very picturesque area. You can get there by crossing the old town. Mogren is only 500 meters away from it.
- Pisana beach is located near the river Budva and is less popular than the previous ones but nevertheless worth visiting.
Beaches outside the city are as follows:
- sandy beach Jaz is located 3 km from Budva and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the Montenegrin coast. The beach is 1200m long and divides into a large (700 m) and small (400 m) parts. The river flows through Jaz and falls into the sea. Jaz is covered with sand closer to the river shore and with pebble near Budva. There is a camping site for 2000 cars with a secure parking not far from the beach.
- Trsteno is a small sandy beach which is perfect for tourists travelling with children. It is located 2.5 km from the Jaz beach. The first 50 meters from the shore are covered with sand and deep water begins after.
- stone beach Ploce is the most remote beach which is 2 km away from the Trsteno beach and 5-6 km away from Budva. The beach is located on the picturesque cape that moves forward into the sea, that’s why the transparency of water is over 35 m here. Ploce beach is equipped with a large parking, an excellent restaurant, sun beds and umbrellas as well as swimming pools for adults and children.
- beaches on the island of St. Nikola are about a kilometer away from Budva. Island is covered with abundant Mediterranean vegetation and is famous for three beautiful sandy beaches with a total length of 840 m. In addition, there is a small old restaurant here which serves fish and vegetable dishes. You can get to the island by boat from any beach of Budva.
What About Transport in Budva?
You can easily move on foot across the city. The automobile roads in the country have numerous twists, turns and serpentines, especially in the mountain area. You can catch a taxi that is not cheap at all or make use of the tourist trains running along the coast in summer. The fare for a taxi within the resort boundaries is about 5 EUR. It’s also possible to hire a water taxi that offers trips to the St. Nikola island and arranges cruises along the picturesque Montenegrin coast.
Staying in Montenegro, it’s very hard to survive without an automobile. Some of the sights are out of regular buses reach, for example, the Ostrog monastery. So the car in Budva is a must. Luckily, you can get a good car in Budva without any considerable problems since there are many small rent-a-car desks and external suppliers near local hotels. You need to have a credit card and driver’s license to rent automobile in Budva.
Where to Stay in Budva?
Budva offers a huge variety of all kinds of accommodation. It’s possible to rent a room in Budva for 12 EUR per day. Hotel prices vary widely and in fact they don’t depend on the season very much. However, July and August are usually the most expensive months when the cost may grow by 2-3 times. There about 100 hotels and guest houses in Budva.
If you want to pay the minimum possible price, you can rent a room or a house in locals. As a rule, people offer their houses right on the Budva main bus station. The cheapest room will cost 10-15 EUR per night per person. The second option is to stay in Hippo Hostel, the only hostel in the resort that operates seasonally. It offers both double rooms and rooms for 6-8 persons for 15-20 EUR.
Prices for other villas, apartments and hotels depend on their location, i.e. proximity to the sea, the availability of air conditioning and other services. Keep in mind that it’s better to book rooms in advance in really good Budva hotels. Admiral Club, Blue Star, Sajo, Slovenska Plaza are considered one of the most comfortable hotels in the whole resort.
Popular Sightseeing and Entertainment in Budva
Main Budva attractions are located in the Old City which is surrounded by the thick walls and consists of numerous narrow winding streets. The city citadel with a museum inside stands in the center. Three ancient churches are situated near the citadel: St. John’s Cathedral, the Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Church which is the only survived building of the monastery complex that had once existed here.
Archaeological Museum is located to the west of the St. John’s Cathedral in the Starogradski Square. About 3 thousand of historical artifacts found on the territory of Budva are collected there. The Church of the Holy Trinity is on the other side of the square. A bit further there is a Square of Churches with a small St. Sava cathedral built in the 14th century. It is worth strolling along the city walls and visit the Poets Square. Here almost every night in summer writers and poets read their works to the audience.
You can travel to the town Brajici and try paragliding 760 m above sea level. But it’s better to order a lesson with an instructor in advance.
Bungee jumping 40 meters high is located near the cave at the end of the Slavic Beach. In addition, you can ride water scooters and even try diving in Budva. The resort has several diving centers. One dive site Galiola with a maximum depth of 24 m is located near the St. Nikola island and Platamuni, another center with the maximum depth of 35 m is not far from the Jaz beach.
Events in Budva
Budva’s cultural life includes many events. Numerous theater and music festivals take place here and poets are coming to Budva from the whole country since the beginning of July and until August 20. At this time the Citadel, an ancient fortress located in the old part of the city, becomes a stage for performances of theater groups not only from Serbia and Montenegro but from many other countries as well. Budva is also a home for the annual theater festival