Another surprise of this small town was the chance to have a walk at the bottom of the mountain just next to the sea, if you have been in cinque terre in Italy, it's something similar to it. The walk is easy and the only pity is the trash you find from time to time and, basing on the smell it stays there for days.
You can access the seaside from a small entrance in the historical center which makes it nearly a discover, or at least this is the feeling I had. Infact you arrive in the center of the town from the port and you dont expect to find this small stoney beach where people still swim and sunbath in October.
If you are already here and have the extra day, be sure you go to visit also the old city and fortress of Kotor. It is just about half an hour bus trip and you can spend the full day exploring another beautiful and interesting old town.
One of the things to do in this place is just to be by one of the small little beaches they have in few locations. This location is not yet blooming or booming with tourists and if you are outside the major summer months the beach here is almost all for yourself and you can enjoy relax time by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
Like most coastal towns also here there is the Promenade. However, you can see very well that this city and country are new to this kind of tourist business and not yet developed and modern in the way you see in Western Europe. However, this is not negative at all, actually on the contrary, it is very much welcome and one of the reasons we wanted to come and visit Budva before it is developed into another popular tourist destination.
Budva old library is located inside the old fortress. This was really amazing surprise to find this beautiful library here, unfortunately I do not know much about it or the full story of this place, so search the net if you are interested to learn more.
I couldn't find any reliable information regarding it.
The old fortress is the only paid site to visit in the location. It is small fee anyway for the authorities be able to support the finance of this magic place. The site itself is rather small with short stroll on its walls with a beautiful sea view, landscape and if you climb up on one of the walls you will get actually the best view of the old city from there.
This is I believe is the small Church of Saint Mary in Punta, built in 840 which make it 1150 years old. It is located by the walls of the old town fortress and you can access it only when visiting the old town fortress.
There are few churches on the old city and this one of the famous one, the St. Ivan's old church dating back to the 7th century. It is the most notable church tower on the old town and no need to look for it, you will just step into it while strolling in the old town.
Budva old city is the main reason to visit this location. This small old city is dated approximately 1500 years old with some of the old churches are dating back to the 7th century.
Most of the main current old city is about 500 years old.
The old town of Budva is also called "the ancient town of Cadmus and Harmonia". You may get a great map of the old town from the tourist office which explains about all the sights in old town.
On the photo you can see the Holy Trinity Church dating back to 1804. Apparently the architecture is similar to the Church of Assumption in Podostrog Monastery. You are not allowed to take photos inside this beautiful church which is also very popular among the Russian tourists. Naom Zetiri, a Greek from the island of Mylos, painted the icons of the iconostasis in 1883.
There are official opening times but I noticed that in summer they were well exceeded.
The most photographed church of the old town (see my intro page photo) is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and used to be a cathedral until 1828. It was first inaugurated in the 7th century and underwent major changes in various centuries.
The second photo shows the Villa Urbana square which is somewhat hidden. There is a lovely palm tree surrounded by a few bits of an old Roman villa.
Otherwise you may visit the Citadel (photo 3) which charges an entrance fee or you can walk on part of the old town wall (entrance fee). There are also a museum and a few other old sights worth seeing.
In the old town you find many little shops with clothing etc, snack windows with pancakes/pizza, restaurants and bars. It's fun to explore the little alleys.
Greek and Roman necropolises in Budva was accidentally discovered in 1937, during works on foundation of Hotel Avala, but the most of archeological excavations had been in period 1952 – 1982. So far, 450 graves were discovered in two separated necropolises, one above the other. The older necropolis is Greek, from Hellenistic period (4th century BC – 1st century BC) and ceramic objects, weapons and jewelry were found in it. The other, Roman, dates back to the most prosperous time of ancient history of Budva – the 1st and the 2nd century AD. During that period the deceased were mainly cremated and their remains put in ceramic, stone or glass urns. The necropolis were used till the 4th century AD.
Many valuable items discovered in necropolises in Budva are lost due to lack of professional supervision, especially some pieces of gold and silver jewelry. Many of those saved are in collections of museums in Belgrade, Split, Cetinje… as well as in certain private collections. Some of items are displayed in Budva Archeological Museum.
Budva was my "ass to sun" trip. All the time I was in the water and when my friends wanted to localise me, they told me always looked after my ass comeing out from the water :)
The Sea is full of fishes, sea stars, sea urkin...and some other "unknown marine animals" :))
Sorry for the quality of the pictures :(
Parasailing is nice to Budva because the Sea offers you a color show. God must be a painter and for sure was in good mood when He colored Adriatic Sea to Budva.
But, if you never try parasailing and you want some adrenaline, forget about it! Is very calm up there, like you sit on a chair. In this case you must choose to be in the boat when they keep somebady else up there (Vlad - my boyfriend - try this an was rock!)
The locals call this little island Hawaii although its real name is Sveti Nikola (Sveti is Saint). For a few euros you can take a water taxi across from Budva and escape the overcrowded beaches for some seriously nice swimming in the clear turqoise sea.
When you ask the local water taxi to take you to Hawaii though they will say "It's too far for my little boat but I can take you to Sveti Nikola" - oh those crazy Montenegrans!
Make sure you bring plenty to drink and some snacks. There is a small cafe there but its not always open.
Look out for the big tour boats that call in and shatter the tranquility too.