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.
Favorite thing: This view from the road that heads inland to Cetinje shows the southern shore. If you enlarge the photo, you will see in the first bay the city of Pržno. In the second bay, the continental part of the city of Sveti Stefan while the older part stands on a peninsula in the center of the photo.
Budva was urbanized in the 15th century, but most of the old town buildings do not predate 1667, which was the year of a major earthquake that all but demolished the city. Budva was rebuilt after that quake, and then suffered another bad temblor in 1979. Most of the restoration since that quake has been completed.
Typical of many Mediterranean cities and towns, Budva consists of numerous narrow, randomly built streets and alleyways. What makes this city particularly beautiful are the glimpses of the Monetengrin mountains in between buildings as you are strolling through the city.
Favorite thing: Like all other seaside towns in Montenegro, Budva has changed rulers almost as often as some VT members change their mottos. Budva has been settled, ruled or occupied by the Illyrians, Romans, Byzantine Empire, various Slav rulers (Duklja, Namnajic, Balsic and Crnojevic), Venetians and Austrians. In 1918, the city became part of Montenegro, then after World War II, Montenegro became part of communist Yugoslavia. No longer communist, it is now a democracy and part of Serbia & Montenegro.
I have made two visits here and both times I have been overwhelmed by Montenegro's beauty. On my first visit in 1986, I was certain that Montenegro would be discovered shortly by the rest of the world and would become a booming tourist destination.
That hasn't happened. In fact, tourism has taken a serious decline since our 1986 trip. The number of overnight stays in Montenegro has declined by 60% over the past 20 years. The foreign markets have all but broken away. The principal demand comes from people living in Serbia and Montenegro, primarily during 6 weeks in midsummer.
Fondest memory: Montenegro is struggling to build its tourism industry, but it has a long way to go due to lack of financial resources, international class accommodations and adequate water supply. Nonetheless, it was the absence of a booming tourism industry that was so appealing to me on my return in 2004.
Prices of hotel rooms, gas, food, gifts, and consumer goods are extremely low. Montenegro is a huge bargain. Most places are not crowded. You don't have to peel back layers of tourist shellac to experience the real country. The true nature of the country and culture is staring you in the face. When you travel to Montenegro, you are instantly part of the real Montenegro.
We ran into no other Americans during our entire stay in Montenegro, which is a plus to me. When I travel abroad, I don't want to feel like I have merely reached an extension of the US. Montenegro is....well...Montenegro and there is no other part of the world quite like it.
These two beaches stretch out from cape Mogren until hotel Avala. They are among the most attractive and most beauiful beaches.
It has a very fine quality of sand, not powder alike, but not the pebbles either, and wonderful vegetation behind! A lot of thick pine forests! The only way to access these beaches is passing through hotel complex Avala, and it's sort of exclusive... It is about 100-200m away from the old town.
Mogren beaches are situated in two sandy coves connected with a natural tunnel through the rocks. On the first one there is an open air bar/club.
The name comes from the Spanish sailor Mogrini who sufferred a shipwreck and arrived to one of the Mogren beaches. As a sign of his gratitude he build St.Antun church.
Favorite thing: Slovenska plaza is the main beach of Budva, outside the old town, and it stretches along entire city coast. There is a huge hotel complex of Slovenska plaza, and a very long promenade full of funny stuff along the beach. In te summer it can be a mess to be around!
Favorite thing: Budva is a big port as well, full of all kinds of boats, from old, small fishermen barges to pompous enormous yachts. But most of the time average size boats and sailboats are anchored in the port. It's nice to take a walk at the dock in the evening and watch them...
Favorite thing: Budva is full of cats, but sometimes they can be really funny. This one was standing like a statue here on the stone in the garden, and NOT MOVING!!! He was just blinking and staring at us. 2,5 hours later, after we've made our stroll around the old town, we appeared at the same point, and there he was, the big cat, still standing in the same position! :)
Favorite thing: Budva is a typical Mediterranean city with stone houses, narrow streets, palms and oleanders, and all that scent of the sea, picturesque windows and plants climbing up the walls, cats lurking from around the corner and the smell of the grilled fish...
In the back you can see the church of Sv.Jovan (St. John), catholic church.
It is not clear when the church was built, it is believed in 7th century. Its appearance and condition today are probably the result of renovation after the great earthquake.
Favorite thing: Mogren is one of best beach in Budva. It’s sandy beach on which you can have your privacy because if you are not guest in Avala hotel you must pay to enter this beach. But it’s worth every Euro.
Favorite thing: Budva is full of narrow streets and hidden corners. In the summer during the high season, it is so crowded that you can't pass thrrough, as it is so narrow!!! And too many people! It can be a real MESS!!!
"Stefan Mitrov Ljubisa is doubtless Budva's best known son. He is one of the finest short story writers in the Serbian laungage. It's nice to be able to see in Budva the birthplaces of Stefan Count Zanovic, Krsto Ivanovic (1628-1688), poet, theatre chronicler, in whose person, like John Donne, spoke both priest and writer, who even tried his hand at melodrama. Towards the end of the last century in this region the first generation of domestic painters appeared, representing at the same time Montenegro's first trained artists. This generation included Anastas and Spiro Bocaric and a painter from Petrovac, Marko Gregovic."
"The people of the Budva region, exhausted by foreign rule and the defiance of hated rulers, both Venetians and Turks, once again had to gather strenght for the fight for freedom. Now the people opposed a new master, the French, who seized Budva in 1807. after the Treaty of Tilsit.After Napoleon's downfall in 1813. hope flickered anew on the sombre horizons of this region. Unfortuna tely not for long, for already in 1814. Budva and its environs came under Austrian rule. The century of Austrian occupation had unforeseeable consequences that destroyed much and blocked the development of the region."