Jaz is one of the most beautiful beaches that I've been to, it's about 2,5 km away from Budva in the direction of Tivat, and there is alos an auto camp in the woods.
The beach is very long (about 1km) with crystal clear water and very small pebbles, almost sandy, and in the part towards Budva there is a nudist section, not crowded and very peaceful.
Island Sveti Nikola (V)
Island Sveti Nikola (Saint Nicholas) is the biggest Montenegrin island, 2 km long, with the highest point of 120 m. It is connected with Budva with the stripe of land above which sea is only 0.5 m deep during low water. Legend says that this stripe is deed of Saint Sava. Island is known by rich fauna and the church of the same name – Saint Nicholas Church.
We had a little wander around the beach/promenade of Sveti Stefan on an extremely hot day. In the peak season there is a Olimpia bus for Euro 2.50 from Budva to Sveti Stefan, where you may enjoy the beach to the left in front of the closed island.
Access to the island is for hotel guests only. For the bus back to Budva you may have to climb all the stairs up to the main road as we didn't see any official bus stop further down. It's best to ask someone.
Kraljicina plaza (Queen's beach)
Another gorgeous beach in the near vicinity of Budva! It is right between Budva and Sveti Stefan. It is also hidden among the pines and cypress trees, in lush Mediterranean vegetation and beautiful shore, sandy/pebbled with emerald waters and crystal clear sea!
It was named after queen Marija who loved to go there so much, it was her favourite place.
Milocer is a place right beside Queen's beach, and it is another spectacular beach that together with its classy accomodation (a very expensive hotel on the beach that used to be a royal villa) is another pompous destination for spending your vacation.
Hotel-town Sveti Stefan
Hotel-town Sveti Stefan is situated in the middle part of Budvanska Riviera. A former fisherman village, mentioned in documents for the first time in 1442, since 1960 represents a world famous town-hotel with comfortable villas and luxurious apartments. The statesmen, high officials, industrialists, film stars, the best sportsmen are its clientela, especially in the prestigious and the legendary villa #118.
SVeti Stefan is a beautiful little island just a couple of kilometers after Budva. It used to be a fishermen's island, but 40 years ago it was turned into a very pompous luxurious hotel of 5*, where the extra royal suite costs 1500 EUR per night!!! (the famous villa 118) The access is forbidden for non-guests of the hotel, but if you want, you can make a tour around the island for 6 EUR.
You can take excursion to Kotor from Budva. The old town of Kotor is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in this part of the Mediterranean. It was succeeded in preserving its original form, so typical of towns between the XII and the XIV century. The asymmetric structure of the narrow streets and squares, combined with the numerous valuable monuments of medieval architecture, contributed to Kotor being placed on UNESCO's "The world natural and cultural inheritance" list.
Crkva Sveti Nikola | Saint Nicholas Church (V)
Saint Nicholas Church is on the island of the same name, near Budva. It can be seen on print from 16th century, but it is considered to be quite older as tradition connects it with Crusaders buried on the island in the 11th century.
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Monastery Podlastva (Serbian Cyrillic: Манастир Подластва) is one of many monasteries in Budva municipality, precisely on the northwest corner of municipality in village Grbalj. It is female monastery.
Monastery is located on about 43 m above see level. It looks like isolated monument and peaceful. You cannot see Adriatic see from here and it is on the road to Lovćen.
According to a folk legend Monastery is connected with Serbian emperor Stefan Uroš IV Dušan of Serbia, called Silni ("the Mighty"), (c.1308 – 20 December 1355). It is believed that emperor itself founded this monastery in 1350. However, first written document about this monastery dates from 1427. Archeological records testify that in late antique period here existed a cult place.
This monastery has a church dedicated to Birth of the Holy Mother of God (Serbian Cyrillic: Рођење Пресвете Богородице, read: Rodjenje Presvete Bogorodice). It is very simple but very interesting.
The church is rectangular building, vaulted, with a semicircular apse and two pairs of lateral pilasters that was joined by supporting arches. By its architecture it is believed that present church was built during the Middle Ages.
This is site where you can see a four-leafed baptizing fountain, a part of the mosaic as well as a fragment of a floor tile, which belonged to a basilica from V and VI century. According to the experts it is believed that the edifice dates from the Middle Century.
This church was later additionally built on the west side. Nearby the monastery there are sleeping logging (konak), which have been built, in simple style.
During its long history Monastery was suffered a lot, last damage was the earthquake in 1979.
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Monastery Stanjevići (Serbian Cyrillic: Манастир Стањевићи) with church dedicated to Holly Trinity is one of important monument in Budva municipality. It is located high in Lovćen. I visit this monastery after visiting Monastery Podlastva on the way to Cetinje.
In time of my visiting to this holly place (March 2009) it was under reconstruction. It have very long and turbulent history. Once upon a time Monastery Stanjevići was a spiritual and political center of bishop Vasilije Petrovic. The beginnings of this monastery are connected to despot Stefan Lazarevic. Others important historical figure that are connected with this monastery as well. Duke Djuradj Crnojević here was build a castle, former military fortification with the church dedicated to St. George that is today monastery sleeping lodging (konak).
Bishop Danilo Crnojević was build a church dedicated to Holly Trinity in 1714. At that time monastery was on Venetian territory.
The present monastery was built at the end of 17th century. Bishop Petar I Petrović founded school for monks and priests. Some repairs and additional building were done by metropolitan Sava Petrovćc who also opened here a priest school which Holly Petar Cetinjski attended.
It is interesting and also very important historical date is that the first written Canon about Montenegro and the Hills (after the famous Dusan’s Canon) was written here.
In the middle of the 19 century (in 1839) Petar II Petrović Njegoš sold this monastery to Austrians who converted monastery to fortress again. During the Boka rebellion in 1869 the monastery was conquer by Pobore who destroy it. Since then the monastery is in ruins and now is under construction. It is also a male monastery.
Location - above village Pobori on south of sides of Lovćen.
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The small fjords
I am not truly sure if those are real fjords and they call them that way. Now for someone who been driving around Norway and seen the real fjords those here are not really impressive, but I look at them in a regional view and without the comparing and this all were look very beautiful to me, beautiful sea, interesting old cities and of course the great weather make it all very charming.
Approximately 6 kilometers south of Budva there is Svetji Stefan resort.
This resort initially was a vilage acquired by Yugoslavian governament when Tito was in power. History says that this fortified village was built in 15th century to defend against the Turks.
Today it's a 5-star franchise hotel of the international group of Aman Resorts
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Old city streets
This is not really off the beaten path, just to mentioned those lovely small streets in the old city where you can just stroll around and around. It is also a way to escape the heat of the mid day as it is shady and cooler sometimes.
It is situated 12 km west from Kotor and represents the best preserved baroque area in the Adriatic. You should visit Church of St. George and Church Our Lady of Rock built on the artificial islet in front of Perast.