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Budva

Budva

Montenegro

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Once a small and quiet coastal town, today, Budva is a metropolis of Montenegrin tourism and one of the loudest and most packed towns at the Montenegrin coast during the summer. Its life began on the headland two and a half millennia ago and has poured out of the ramparts towards luxurious yachts, new buildings, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs where amazing fun awaits. Budva has its own Hawaii – an island opposite the city with beautiful beaches, ice cold refreshments and seafood specialties.

In the evening, on the promenade along the beach you will be overwhelmed by the loud music that comes from the cafes, the laughter and screams of children from nearby amusement parks, the scent of the sea mixed with the aroma of delicious barbeque, and beams of light from the disco that stroll through the sky. Budva is a big light show.

Budva seems to lead a double life – one in the old, and the other in the new part of the city. Bordered by the high ramparts and decorated with the architecture, dominantly Venetian, the Old Town guards historical and cultural treasures – Roman necropolis and an altar, antique pylons, pre-Christian basilica and many churches. It contains the open and boiling stage of the “Theater City”; literature evenings and concerts at the Poet’s Square, and exhibitions in the city gallery take place every summer. Outside the old town, the new city is expanding and the number of inhabitants is rising.

The Budva Riviera has sandy, stone and pebbly beaches, and those that once belonged to the royal family. None of them look alike. There are beaches with reddish, colorful or gray pebbles. Some of them have stepped into the sea, some are sheltered by the small bays, some are exposed to the sun, and some are protected with thick pine-tree shades. Some are facing the islets. But behind each of them there is at least one fishing village lurking, ready to provide private accommodation.

Budva is a city that is awake until dawn and where no one sleeps for too long. An intense night life, beaches with various activities, big water park in the hills and luxury hotels at the very seaside make the holiday here worth staying awake for.

The old town is Budva’s trademark. It is raised on the island, which used to be connected with the land by a sandy covering and so it grew into a peninsula. The Old Budva’s town is a unique architectural and urban entity which is mentioned as a lodgment even in the antique period. According to those sources, Budva is one of the oldest urban centers in the Adriatic - it is more than 2.500 years old.

Aerial View of the Budva Old TownAerial View of the Budva Old Town
The walls of the Old town were, and are even today, the attraction for both the tourists from the country as well as for those from the farthest parts of the world. They date from the middle century, when in these areas Venetians ruled. Certain damages the urban nucleus of the Old town experienced twice, first in 1667., and then in 1979. in great earthquakes.

Narrow Streets of Budva Old TownNarrow Streets of Budva Old Town
When for the first time you visit the old Budva’s town maybe you will think that you are in a labyrinth, because of the braided streets, squares, bulwarks and towers from the late middle century.

In the Old town a city fortress Citadela (Citadel) is placed, which dates from the V – VI century B.C., which is today a stage of the famous City theater.

Holy Trinity (left) and St. John (right) churches in BudvaHoly Trinity (left) and St. John (right) churches in Budva
In town there are also Church of Sveti Ivan (St. Ivan) – a monumental basilica with three transepts, which was built in VII century, the oldest edifice Sveta Marija (St. Marija) from Punta from 840 A.D., and also the church of Sveti Trojica (St. Trinity) built in 1804. year.

History

Budva – and ancient town, next to the very coast, hides a rich historical past. The distant past reaches back to the V century B.C. According to the numerous legends Budva was firstly the Illyrian town. Its first inhabitants were the King of the historically well-known Thebe – Kadmo and the Queen Harmonia.

Already in the II century B.C. Budva falls under the Romans. On its territory at that time the trading was very developed. The citizens were engaged in raising grapes and olives. After the fall of the Roman Empire, in Budva began the period of Byzantium reign. The struggle of people from Budva against Byzantium began in 535 year. The fall of the Byzantium reign happened after the arrival of the Nemanjic dynasty on the territory of the former Montenegrin coast (1184. – 1186.).

Citadela Fortress, BudvaCitadela Fortress, Budva
Still, the greatest bloom Budva experienced in the Middle century during the period of life of Serbian emperor Dusan. At that time Budva got its statute, in which the new conditions of life in the Middle century are described.

Under the reign of the Venetian Republic, Budva falls in 1442. Beside the oppression by the Venetians, the troubles of citizens of Budva came also from the Turks, who often invade Budva and surrounding places and they as well fight with the Venetians. Budva is bearing the brunt between the two belligerent sides, all the time until the beginning of the XVIII century.

In 1807. Budva is taken over by the French, and in 1813. it falls under the Austro – Hungarian reign, which governs Budva for the next one hundred years. Ravaged and impoverished Budva, under the reign of the Austro – Hungary awaits the I World War, that is, the year 1914. The liberation from the Austro – Hungarian monarchy came in 1918.

Still, that was just a pause until the II World War, because already in 1941 Budva and its surrounding were again occupied, this time by Italy. The liberation from the Nazi reign Budva awaited on the 22nd of November 1944.

The legend of the foundation of Budva
With the special attention Budva and people from Budva keep the mythical legend about the foundation of the town. BATHUA, BUTOBA, BUTUA – today Budva – hides its name behind the most famous authentic story about the foundation of the town from the time of the Stefan Byzantium from the VI century.

As it s written in the incites of the Filon from Bilbos from the II century A.D., the foundation of Budva is connected to the founder of the town Thebe, a mythical personality and the son of the Phoenician King Agemor – Kadma.

Namely, Kadmo and his wife Harmonija in their old ages were exiled from Thebe and on the ox driven vehicles they directed themselves to the land of the Enheleans – the eel people, (the oldest citizens in the area of Budva), where they have founded a new town BOUTHOE – Budva.

According to the legend, it is by the oxen that Budva got its name, (Bous – in Greek Ox), which brought the spouses Kadma and Harmonija, the former rulers of Thebe, in Budva. According to some other sources, Harmojia gave birth to the son of Illyrian.

Still, because of some murder that Kadmo committed in his youth, the punishment of Gods came onto him, so the spouses (Kadmo and Harmonija), according to the legend, were turned into snakes.

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Indulgence and fun

In almost all tourist restaurant facilities along the Budva Riviera, at any time day or night you can enjoy in numerous domestic cuisine specialties.

If you are a guest that is for the first time visiting Montenegro or Budva, the heads of the house will welcome you with fritters (sweet small round sweet) and homemade honey with the domestic brandy, made of the first class grape, often on the table you will find dried figs, that were picked in the previous summer, dried on the sun and in the wind, of very sweet taste and alluring scent.

Dried FigsDried Figs
If your visit to Budva is longer than just a passing by, we are sure that you won’t go back to the country from which you are coming without trying the domestic smoked ham (dried pork meat) or domestic goat or cow cheese, and special cheese that is kept in the olive oil. The mentioned supplies are both tasty food and a pleasure for your eyes, especially when all those scents and tastes are found in one place, nicely served with some leaf of green salad, parsley, green and black olives, surrounded by the bottles and glasses of the original red vine like: “Krtsac”, “Procorden”, or white vine “Krstac”.

Traditional Montenegrin AppetizerTraditional Montenegrin Appetizer
Already after a several days of your staying, you must not forget the fact that you are on the Mediterranean, and that the cuisine in Budva is traditionally and mostly coastal. As the sea aquatorium is rich with fish, unavoidably you have to try at least some of the sea fruits like for e.g. octopus salad, black rice, mussels in a sauce, dentex, or some other fish on the grill. Scented branches of the rosemary, chopped parsley, garlic, lime, and great amounts of olive oil are the basic ingredients for the just caught fish to be tastefully prepared.

The choice of the restaurants, hotels or other facilities in which you will enjoy trying the sea fruits we leave to you.

Romantic Evening with Red Wine on Montenegro CoastRomantic Evening with Red Wine on Montenegro Coast
Still, it is up to us to briefly remind you that the fish is swimming three times: first in the sea, then in the oil, and just then it swims in vine. With various kinds of fishes various vines are suitable, but we will leave that to the skilful gastronome in Budva Riviera. Whatever drink you choose, you will traditionally have to give a toast to yourself and the others, for good health, luck, advancement in work, and maybe even for the new encounter with Budva Riviera, who knows…

Sports and recreation

Budva has 25 kilometers of jagged coast featuring 20 magnificent beaches. The climate in Budva is typically Mediterranean, which means that the winters are mild and summers usually dry and very hot. Budva has 182 sunny days per year. The temperature of the seawater during the summer is between 21 and 25 degrees celsius.

Here is the list of top 5 beaches in Budva.

Mogren I and II
Mogren beach consists of two beautiful beaches connected by a tunnel. This beach received the blue flag which is the symbol of high environmental standards and high-quality and pure waters! The beach is easy to be reached by a pedestrian walkway from Old town of Budva. This walk is generous in great views of the old town and the horizon.

Mogren Beach, BudvaMogren Beach, Budva
This secluded beach, and intimate spot is rather unique as its pebbles are colorful and the cliffs which surround it are made of layers of limestone, which gives an impression that a hard working builder was bringing wall after wall to create this vibrant natural fortification. The beach is very popular among the younger population.

Milocer Beach
The Milocer Beach is part of the Aman Resort at Sveti Stefan and it’s only available to hotel guests. If you want to use the beach you need to pay € 70 per person. Such a blend of rich vegetation, cultivated nature, beautiful small bay, crystal clear water, smell of iodine and pine trees is worth at least walking by. The path between this beach and Sveti Stefan will give you some of the most glittering views of the Adriatic.

Milocer Beach, BudvaMilocer Beach, Budva
Jaz Beach
This sandy beach, which is 2.5 kilometers away from Budva is among three largest beaches on the Montenegrin coast.

Jaz Beach, BudvaJaz Beach, Budva
Various restaurants and touristic facilities are tucked under the very hill, in the shade of Mediterranean trees and dipped in the scent of salty air. The beach is pebbly, but the moment you step in the water, you will feel sand beneath your feet. Surrounded by untouched nature, and dense Mediterranean vegetation, it is a home to nature lovers who enjoy camping, which is popular here.

According to Lonely Planet, Jaz Beach was proclaimed the best European beach in 2015. Lonely Planet has high criteria! This definitely means that you should check this beauty out!

Kamenovo Beach
Kamenovo beach can be reached from the motorway and by a pedestrian walkway from Becici, that goes through the tunnel. The specific sand at the beach gives the sea water a special turquoise color. Depending on the angle of the sun rays the water changes color from turquoise to azure, which is truly magnificent. This “chameleon” water is the most photographed for that reason. Imagine a selfie in front of water that changes color. A video of this will definitely get numerous likes.

Kamenovo Beach, BudvaKamenovo Beach, Budva
The beach has a great number of sunny hours due to its orientation. The sunsets here are really astonishing. The blend of all the colors is a phenomenon that shouldn’t be missed.

Numerous restaurants and cafes, daily parties and unforgettable gatherings make this beach a magnet for younger people. If you are not that young, try it and rediscover your inner adolescent. If you are in love, a romantic sunset in your favorite corner will make your holiday unforgettable!

St. Nicholas Island Beach
For others, who like more peaceful places, the drives and swimming on the Island Sveti Nikola (St. Nikola), popularly called Hawaii are offered, as well as the boat or barge driving along the Montenegrin coast.