Public Beach at Sveti Stefan
Many of the better beaches in the Sveti Stefan area are reserved for the private use of various luxury hotels' guests.
However, there is a long stretch of public beach close to the famous islet. The beach immediately next to the causeway that leads out to the islet is private (and is guarded by security staff!), but where the markers end it becomes a public beach of several hundred metres in length.
Compared to the private beaches, the public beach is more pebbly and less well kept. However, it is still a nice enough beach and it offers fabulous views across to the islet.
The public beach is backed by apartment blocks and there were seemingly sunbeds and parasols available for hire. However, the inclement weather on the day that we visited ensured that we wouldn't require them; we walked along the beach as storm clouds gathered in the surrounding mountains.
Avoid the staff on the beach
There are two beaches at Sveti Stefan separated by the causeway entrance to the island. There is a sign that says beach furniture use is mandatory and it is rather expensive. A €20 minimum charge with other parts of the beach insisting on more cash. However, there was no insistence on using the furniture when we were there. We did and avoided paying, yippeee
Gaze at what you cannot get onto
The buildings of the island of Sveti Stefan have long been a hotel. From 2011, with the recent upgrade, there is no entry onto the island unless you are a resident. Vigilant staff guard the causeway entrance.
An unbeliavable postcard village Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan used to be a small town/village, but has later on been built as a holiday resort. I heard that one can reserve a whole small old town for him/herself as the hotel room if s/he has enough money. I have the feeling that the apartments and villas are expensive, but you'd better check it from themselves directly if you are interested.
Anyhow, when you are driving the coastal main road, it is fun to just to stop and walk a little in the area and take fantastic pictures if nothing else.
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The churches of Sveti Stefan
On the island of Sveti Stefan there are three small churches (the churches of St. Stephen, Alexander Nevski, and the Transfiguration). When we were there only one was open for visitors. Sveti Stefan is the Serbian language name for St. Stephen, the saint after whom the town was named.
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Walk around the island
Sveti Stefan is open to the public for an entrance fee of about 5 Euros. It is interesting to stroll around, with winding streets, a couple of churches, lots of old houses, and beautiful gardens. We especially liked the landscaping. It seemed like there were flowers everywhere.
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In Sveti Stefan, each room is actually one of the small village houses. Some are better, some worse, and thus the price is different. Outside they all look like fairy tale houses, but inside... God forbid! :-)
This is the only pool at Sveti Stefan, quite small but with a beautiful view and a very intimate, relaxing atmosphere. Go there just to see, it's worth it. But nothing can replace swimming in the sea if you ask me.
Church Aleksandar Nevski
The church of Alexander Nevsky is build right beside the church of Sveti Stefan, and they form a sort of a complex together... It dates back from 19th century and it has a portal painted in profiles, rozetta and lovely bell tower.
Sveti Stefan church
The church of Sveti Stefan is one of the three saved churches on the island and it is quite well preserved. The island got the name after this church! It was built in the 15th century. Inside you can find souvenirs and a lady keeper/seller is usually dozing off at the bench in front of the church... :)
Prepare for a shock - this villa costs 1500 euros PER NIGHT!!! It's a lace where all those VIP and super celebs are staying. Maybe this picture is going to explain why, maybe not. Depends on the tastes...
The most expensive residence
This is the most expensive residence that is located at the top of the island. Among the others, Jeremy Irons stayed in this "house" couple of years ago.
I don't know how much per night this residence costs.
Explore the inside of Sveti Stefan! Go through narrow streets and peek into the lonely corners. There are a lot of beautiful and interesting places! Very lovely!
Go in island, see the pretty small chapel
and alley. but don't know history.
near the hotel reservation desk.
Church of St. Stephen
The Church of St. Stephen, after which the Island was named.
Located on the highest point on the island.