As one of the Adriatic’s oldest establishments, the Budva Riviera is a place where the past and the future fuse together to form a unique experience that can be only found within it’s borders. Known for its well-preserved medieval walled city, pristine Adriatic beaches, and diverse nightlife, it serves as the tourism capital of Montenegro for good reason.
TOUR THE OLD TOWN
If you have ever dreamt of walking through time, the Old Town will make this dream come true. Strolling through this ancient Roman maze of cobblestone alleyways will have feeling lost in time. Every alleyway, corner and square is filled with a beautiful mix of history, ancient architecture and timeless wonder. You can spend an entire day roaming the fort and still not discover all it has to offer. Be sure to grab a shot off espresso or a glass of Vranac at one of the numerous whole in the wall cafes.
VISIT SVETI STEFAN
Sveti Stefan is one of the most beautiful islands you will ever lay your eyes on. This small island, jutting out of the Adriatic, was once a protectorate of The Republic of Venice and a haven for Adriatic pirates. Now the island is home to the Aman Sveti Stefan Resorts. Though a night at this resort is mostly only available to the elite, the resort can be toured four about 50 euros. If this is not your style, there is a park walkway that offers great views of Sveti Stefan from the outside. This place makes for wonderful pictures that will be sure to impress anyone who lays their eyes on them.
HIT THE BEACH
Budva is home to a number of beaches that will take your breathe away. The sharp contrast between rugged mountains and emerald blue Adriatic is something you will only find in Montenegro. The most popular beaches in Budva are Morgen beach, Jaz beach, Milocer Beach (pictured above) and Hawaii beach. When choosing a beach in Budva it’s hard to go wrong. The entire coast is lined with beaches that belong on postcards. Grab a bottle of tanning oil sold by the local vendors and soak up some sun.
Though Budva is a city of ancient history, it’s nightlife is a thing from the future. Here you will find an energy that is unique to Budva nightlife. Hypnotic house music mixed with various Balkan hits will have you dancing until the sun rises. Like beaches, you can’t really go wrong in Budva. Take your pick. The most famous club in Budva resides on top of a hill over looking the city and conveniently named Top Hill. Here you will find an open venue featuring a pool and numerous big named artists putting on shows throughout the summer.
TAKE A BOAT RIDE
The Budva Riviera is best seen by boat. The coast features numerous caves and coves the can only be explored by boat. On top of sight seeing tours, you can grab a fishing charter and take you shot of snagging a prize from the fruitful waters of the Adriatic Sea. Pro Tip: don’t book online. Go to the marina outside of the Old Town and you will find a number of boats waiting to be rented out. Here you can negotiate a much more favorable price.
MY EXPERIENCE IN BUDVA
I recently visited Budva in the off season and during a lockdown due to Covid-19. Though it was not my first time in Budva, this combination left me with a new experience. It felt as though I had the who city to myself. It was a weird feeling to walk the alleyways of The Old Town alone. I felt like I was in a dream. Yes, these times are tough, but when you look on the bright side you can take advantage of the situation. After all, I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would be able to have a private tour of The Old Town. It was like I rented the place out. Lockdowns or not, Budva is a place that must be on your bucket list.