As Montenegro’s busiest tourist destination, Budva’s old town is a Venetian Maze of cobblestone streets anchored by the 15TH century citadel. Very seasonal, and a tourist Mecca, Budva comes alive in the summer months as seemingly every spare corner is converted into an outdoor bar or shop selling beach toys. With a well-deserved reputation for nightlife, Budva is now established as one of the Adriatic’s leading party destinations: The Stones, Madonna and Lenny Kravitz have all played on Jaz Beach in the past.
One of the Adriatic’s oldest settlements, Budva was founded in 500 BC by Cadmus the Phoenician, an exiled hero from Thebes, Greece. Although, today, most of the town’s existing historical buildings reflect its more recent Venetian and Austrian past.
- Spend an afternoon at Splendid Hotel Spa, cycling through the Wellness Centre’s 3 saunas, steam room, and a snow shower
- Enjoy live music under the trees at Casper Bar’s delightful outdoor terrace in Old Town
- Engage in some people watching from a strategic location at Café Mozart, just outside the main gate
- Take in the seaside view of Old Town from the lounge at the sleek Avala Hotel
- Party ’til dawn at the outdoor club Top Hill, with international DJs and a bottle service VIP lounge overlooking the vast dance floor
- Relax on Ricardova Glava (Richard’s Head) beach. Often said to have been named for Richard Burton, who played Tito in ‘The Battle of Neretva,’ it’s actually named for Richard Widmark, who starred in the 1964 movie, ‘The Long Ships”, filmed in Budva
- Walk along the city walls for a more picturesque view of the town
The Budva Riviera is 25km long with coves, sandy beaches, capes, islets and picturesque settlements prompting locals to name it the ‘Riviera of sandy beaches’. In the hinterland lies Mount Lovcen offering protection from cold north winds and providing for a mild Mediterranean climate.