Budva is not really a large town, spread on about 4.5km² everything is easily accessible and very well connected – so you’d for sure enjoy exploring it.
When we speak about Budva, the first thing that pops in someone’s mind is it’s trademark – The Old Town. It is raised on the island, which used to be connected with the land by a sandy covering and so it grew into a peninsula. According to historical sources, Budva is one of the oldest urban centers in the Adriatic – it is more than 2.500 years old.
The Old Town of Budva is full of history and legends. It goes back to Roman times when Roman and Greek necropolis was established here. Many Roman and Hellenistic villas and artefacts including gold and silver jewellery were discovered on the numerous researching sites in Budva, and these are now on display in the Ethnographic Museum in the Old Town. The ruins of Villa Urbana can be seen close to Porta di Terra Ferma, the main gate into the Old Town.
Old Town Beach
Old Town Beach in Budva is a small but charming stretch of sand right outside the walls of the OldTown. During the summer months, you can swim around the citadel. On a stormy winter’s day, youcan sit in a cafe and watch the waves crash on both sides of the cliffs that surround the coastlineIf you start your day with a coffee and a swim in the early morning, you can often find a sunlounger on the 1st row to lounge on and enjoy the sea breezes. There are bars and restaurantsaround Old Town Beach, as well as an onsite freshwater shower. As night falls, the beach isusually lit by candlelight on dining tables, giving it a warm atmosphere
Sveti Stefan beach is open to everyone with a view of the fantastic Sveti Stefan island. The water is clear and the view is impeccable.
On Sveti Stefan island there is a closed 5-star resort that is not accessible to the public. If you are not going to stay there, Sveti Stefan beach is a great way to enjoy the wonderful area.
The Budva Ballerina Statue, also known as “Gymnast from Budva” is a bronze sculpture of a girl frozen mid-dance, created by Belgrade sculptor Gradimir Aleksić. She stands on a rock guarding Mongren Beach, with the Old Town and the Adriatic Sea in the background. The statue has become a symbol of Budva and makes for some beautiful photos.
Apparently the sculpture was inspired by a local legend about a girl who was engaged to a sailor. He sailed away to make money for the two of them to live together but he never came back. She spent years waiting for him, watching the sea every morning in hope that he would return. Sadly one day he was found dead on the rock where the sculpture now stands.
Budva has many restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic dinner. For a delicious seafood dinner, try one of the restaurants along the waterfront. Jadran is the most popular and well-known, serving grilled fish, seafood and meats right on the water. I’ve eaten here a couple of times and the experience has always been magical.
Hemingway Bar & Restaurant is another favorite, offering live music, cocktails and a diverse menu featuring salads, burgers, steaks, fish, pastas and risottos.
In the Old Town, visit Stari Grad, a restaurant serving traditional Montenegrin cuisine and seafood in a rustic setting.
Another great option is Restoran Rivijera, which serves octopus, grilled prawns and other seafood dishes. The restaurant has a cute courtyard with blue and white checked tablecloths.
If you’re looking for something a bit upscale, try Restaurant & Beach Bar Azzurro, which has a large terrace filled with tables overlooking the bay.