Presentation of the destination
The small port town of Budva has about 19,000 inhabitants and is picturesquely located on the coast of Montenegro, about 90 kilometers south of Dubrovnik. Budva is one of the oldest places on the Adriatic and has more than 2,500 years of history. Today, the city is especially popular with summer tourists: around the city are some of the most beautiful beaches of Montenegro. The mild Mediterranean climate of the region gives Budva about 230 sunny days a year. Average highs are around 25 ° C in summer and around 9 ° C in winter. The Montenegrin currency is the euro and the country is in the Central European Time Zone CET (UTC + 1).
Points of interests / things to see
Legend has it that the ancient port city of Budva was founded by a son of the Phoenician king Agenor from Greek mythology. From the 10th century BC Budva was a Greek colony and later came under Roman rule. In the Middle Ages, the city was initially Serbian and later became part of the Republic of Venice for almost 400 years. Later Budva was conquered by the Ottomans and finally became Austrian. From 1918, the city then belonged to Yugoslavia, since 2003 to Montenegro. The well-known old town of Budva is completely protected as a historical monument and has been completely reconstructed after a devastating earthquake in 1979. Today the old town shines again in the glory of the Venetian era and is surrounded as it was then by a medieval city wall. The beautiful church of John the Baptist dates back to the ninth century and is just one of the many worth seeing buildings in the city. The tiny Orthodox Church of Mary of Punta dates back to the ninth century and is one of the earliest churches in the region. Especially worthwhile are a walk along the old city wall and a stroll through the narrow and picturesque streets of the old town: The city wall promises magnificent views out to the harbor and the blue Mediterranean Sea.
At the southeastern tip of the Old Town stands the ancient citadel of Budva just beyond the city walls. It is located at the highest point of the city and offers beautiful views out to the sea. The site was probably already used in ancient times as an acropolis â € "todayâ € ™ s citadel was first built in the 1830s under Austrian rule. Today, the building houses a small museum and the municipal library. The museum shows a small exhibition on the maritime history of the city and the region and impresses above all by its interesting ship models. Even old documents and books in Venetian, German or Ottoman language are kept here and are evidence of Budva's varied history. The citadel's large courtyard is furnished with chairs during the summer months during the theater festival and used as an open-air stage. Then there are not only theater performances, but also renowned productions of operas, ballets or musicals, which are also understandable for foreign visitors. Even internationally known stars like Elton John were already in Budva on the stage. Refreshments with a view can also be found in the citadel. Opening hours: May to September daily 9am to midnight; April, October and November 9am to 8pm; December to March 9am to 5pm Admission: 2 Euro
Surely the beautiful beaches around Budva are another attraction of the beautiful harbor city. The best known is the so-called â € œSlovenska Plazaâ €, the Slovenian beach: Before the war, numerous Slovenian tourists came to town and gave the beach its name. Slovenska Plaza can be reached from the Old Town in just a few minutes on foot. The beautiful pebble beach of the city stretches slightly curved along the bay: from the old town and the harbor at the southwest end to the pointed peninsula Zavala at the other end of the bay. The almost one and a half kilometer long promenade, which invites you to stroll and walk, stretches along almost the entire route. Numerous souvenir shops and food stalls as well as boutiques of all kinds invite you to shop behind the beach. To the southwest of the old town are the two smaller beaches of Mogren: along a length of only about 350 meters, the two beaches of Cape Mogren extend to the Hotel Vidikovac and are connected by a small tunnel. The beautiful sandy beach here is considered one of the most beautiful in Montenegro and has been awarded the blue flag since 2004. Only 150 meters from the old town, the beach is also within walking distance.
About nine kilometers along the coast is the picturesque 15th century fishing village of Sveti Stefan. The entire village on the small Adriatic island was already converted into a hotel complex in the 1950s and 1960s, but has preserved the picturesque village image. The complex was internationally known with its casino and then attracted famous members of high society such as Sophia Loren or Claudia Schiffer in the so-called Monaco of the Adriatic. Since 2010, the island has been reopened as a luxury resort and continues to offer a magnificent view from the beach and the coast. Here, too, there is a wonderful sandy beach: More specifically, the beach of Sveti Stefan is a so-called tombolo, a strip of dunes that connects the island of Sveti Stefan with the mainland. On both sides of the Dune Strip, there are wonderful sandy beaches of more than a kilometer in length. Sveti Stefan is especially known for the beautiful pink sand. The beach can also be visited without hotel reservation and some beach bars offer refreshments here. The island can not be entered without a reservation and can only be viewed from the mainland. By bus Sveti Stefan can be reached from Budva in about half an hour. Sveti Stefan Resort: www.amanresorts.com
Only about twenty kilometers north of Budva is the southernmost fjord in Europe: Boka Kotorska is considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. When traveling to Budva, visitors should definitely plan half a day to visit the fjord. Not only the unique landscape is worth a visit: the old town of Perast, considered to be the best preserved baroque city on the Adriatic, invites visitors to the fjord as well as the beautiful medieval town of Kotor, which gave its name to the fjord. Various tour operators have full or half-day excursions from Budva in the program. In addition to city sightseeing and driving along the attractive fjord coast, a crossroads of the fjord by boat are usually part of the program. During a self-organized excursion by car or rental car, you can leisurely cruise the coast around the bay. At the narrowest point, the strait of Verige, a small car and pedestrian ferry operates between Lepetane and Kamenari. The larger locations on the bay also offer boat cruises of all types, from large excursion boats down to small sailing or fishing boats. Numerous other places worth seeing, such as the medieval Herceg Novi, Tivat or Prcanj invite you to further stops along the bay. Further information, for example, at www.visit-montenegro.com
The Croatian Dubrovnik is located only about 90 kilometers northwest of Budva and is therefore well suited for a day trip. The beautifully restored town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 and is considered a prime example of a medieval Adriatic city. The old, approximately two-kilometer-long city wall is world-famous and offers wonderful views of the city and the coast. Interesting architecture in the old town, the fountains and gates as well as the palaces and the famous bell tower promise you the choice of a visit. The numerous museums of the city and the beaches attract the visitors. For more information see for example www.tzdubrovnik.hr
The striking island of Sveti Nikola, island of St. Nikolas, dominates the bay of Budva and is located only about one kilometer from the city. The island is known locally as Havaj, or Hawai'i, and boasts beautiful beaches: the sea appears almost unnaturally blue here, and the beautiful little bays offer seclusion and perhaps a small stretch of beach all to oneself. Sveti Nikola can be reached by boat from Budva and is ideal for a day trip. The island is mainly inhabited by deer and rabbits; however, part of the island is privately owned. Here is a restaurant with private beach.
A little further away is one of Montenegro's main attractions: the Tara Canyon and the Durdevica Tara Bridge over the canyon. The old bridge from the 1940s spans the river and the canyon at a height of about 150 meters and offers a magnificent view. From the top you look down on the gorge and the river of Tara. Here you can take part in some adventure sports and go for example with a raft on the river or down with a zip-line. Although the ravine is about 200 kilometers north of Budva, it is well worth the drive for nature lovers, history buffs and adventurers alike.
Another popular destination is the numerous ancient monasteries of the region. The monastery of Rustovo, for example, is located in the mountains about ten kilometers from Budva and about one kilometer from the coast. The picturesque monastery was built to commemorate the 1,400 people of Pastrovici who were murdered in 1378 by the Hungarian King Ludovic. A walk from the coast to the monastery offers magnificent views of Budva Bay, Sveti Stefan Island and Budva itself. Praskvica Monastery and Podmaine Monastery are also considered to be of great cultural and historical importance.
Vacation rentals in Budva (Budva Municipality)
How to get there ?
By plane, the journey to Budva is generally via the airports of Tivat or Podgorica. Tivat (www.montenegroairports.com) is only about twenty kilometers north of Budva and offers connections to Frankfurt or Munich and several other European cities during the summer months. Dubrovnik Airport, some 80 kilometers away, also caters for a wider choice of destinations. The airports are connected by buses to the resort. Budva Bus Station is about 20 minutes' walk from the Old Town. There are also buses to Sarajevo, Skopje, Dubrovnik or the tourist destinations of Herceg Novi, Petrovac or Sveti Stefan. For example, Budva can be reached by car in about 13 hours by car from Munich. The trip goes through Austria and Slovenia and follows from Croatia on the Adriatic coast. If you are arriving by car or arriving by car from one of the airports, you should leave the car as far outside the old town as possible, as it is impossible to get a parking space nearby. The old town itself and the beaches of Budva are best explored on foot, from the harbor there are boat trips to numerous beaches, the island of Sveti Nikola and almost all the destinations along the coast.
Hotels in Budva (Budva Municipality)