Favorite thing: The Autobuska stanica is the central bus station in the city center. This is probably the first place you will see here when getting off your bus but this is also the place you need to get to if you are to take the bus to another destination, I took from here the bus to Kotor as well as the bus back to Dubrovnik.
Favorite thing: Budva is a relatively small town by the Mediterranean Sea. It was already a tourist destination in the old days of Yugoslavia but recently it has been developed as the major tourist attraction of the new young republic of Montenegro. The place and the region have many interesting sites, there are like small fjords around, old cities, historical sites and of course the beautiful sea. Budva is developing fast and you can expect that in the future it will be another of the very crowded tourist destination of the region.
As in all Montenegrin towns there are organised public beaches where there is a stretch of beach where you can hire sunbeds and sun umbrellas and on the other half you may just lay down your towel.
There are beaches behind old town which are very popular. Mind you to reach the second and third beach you need to take the path along the rockface.
Then there is the big beach. First coming from the old town there is the yacht harbour where you may see some pretty fancy yachts, then come various organised beaches with restaurants and other attractions along the promenade right above the beach. There is a second promenade a few meters further inland with lots of stalls/little shops, nightclubs/bars, openair internet cafe etc.
There is a lot of construction of new buildings going on. So apart from the old town, Budva itself is not terribly pretty.
Budva has an outstanding beaches. Some are located in Budva town itself but the best are out (not far) and are part of Budva's riviera. All of them are put under special protection as a natural heritage. Mogren Beaches and Slovenska Beach are the most popular beaches within town. Going further, you can find Jaz Beach, Becici Beach, Kamenovo Beach, Przno Beach, Queen`s Beach, Milocer Beach, Sveti Stefan Beach, Petrovac Beach, Lucice Beach and Buljarica Beach. Beside those main, there are a lot of hidden small beaches to be discovered.
I am not going to write about them individualy here and if you want to find out more, some of them are described in my Republic of Montenegro Generel Tips.
Favorite thing: And here is something I do not like. That is the new town of Budva. Built without any plan and order, that how it looks to me. To many new buildings and houses, fighting for the space, with economy ruling, sometimes forgeting about nice and human. It is realy shame since Budva had the potential to be one of the most beautiful towns on the Adriatic.
Favorite thing: Another thing I love are the plants and flowers. Generaly, Budva is nicely dressed in green, but I especially like the plants in the Old Town, as they make a great contrast to the grey stone of the old houses and streets. I adore a little nice touches like the the flower pots hanging of the old walls.
Favorite thing: The stair-cases are my passion, I guess 'couse they all lead somewhere :-0). They have the power to tell me a different story about the place (house) every time I look at them. I catch myself picturing them all the time. Don't ask me why, I just love them. That is a reason more (for me) for liking Budva so much as the Old Town is packed with them.
Favorite thing: While I was srtolling trough Budva's Old Town, I saw this odd table with a newspaper on the top. I guess I wouldn't mind to have it in my front yard ( If I had one - I live in the flat, lol). It looked if it was made from very old stones, but I can't belive that anyone would get the green light to make the tble from anciant stone remains.
Favorite thing: The marina is very lively place during the summer months. Lots of boats and yachts are resting there. If you like watching those, you can sit on the bench or in one of the very cosy rstaurants alongside this little port.
I love old town streets! Almost everything I wrote about that in my Kotor and Herceg Novi page, can refer to Budva. So, if you sow those, go to the next tip.
The streets in Budva's old town are mostly nerrow and full of character. Lots of restaurants, shops, cafes are oll around. Sometimes, it gets little complicated to get the orientation, since they are not simetricly spread. While walking pay attention to the details like the flowers that look like they are growing from the stone, or lovely old door-ways...Enjoy exploring!
Favorite thing: This little clock statue is placed in the green path next to the main parking. Rather ordinary, but I like the nice mosaics on the clock itself. The mosaic are different on each side, but they all represent the Coat of Arms of Budva town, the two fishes in had to tail position.
Favorite thing: This view of Sveti Stefan seen from the coastal road is worldwide known. Let me remind anyway that Sveti Stefan is an ancient fishermen village built on a round peninsula, at the end of a very narrow isthmus. In the 60s, it was turned a luxurious hotel which soon got prestigious visitors in spite of (because of ?) the price of the night, going as high as 1,500 euros for the famous villa 118. As the whole Montenegrin littoral, for more than a decade, it was almost abandoned by its western visitors. Only in the last couple of years they began to come back. You have to pay 6 euros to visit the island-hotel. We will do it next time.
Favorite thing: This view from the road that heads inland to Cetinje shows the city of Bečiċi (Becici in case some letter do not show correctly) and Boreti in the middle-left of the picture. In the middle of the picture, the island of Sveti Nikola. If you enlarge the picture, you will see in the far right the old town of Budva, better seen on next photo.
Favorite thing: The ruined Austro-Hungarian fortress of Kosmač stands on a rock, 10 km after Boreti, on the road to Cetinje. I do not know if it can be visited. The fortress itself may not be of special interest but the view on the seashore must be stunning. Next time, I will take a closer look to get there.
Favorite thing: The old city of Budva stands on a small peninsula, which is a little wider than Sveti Stefan's but not that much. The city has developed on the continent, along the bay and has filled the whole valley. It is now the main tourist resort of the Montenegrin coast.