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Budva, Montenegro

Budva is a coastal tourist resort in Montenegro. It is often called "Montenegrin Miami", because it is the most crowded and most popular tourist resort in Montenegro, with beaches and vibrant nightlife. It has around 18,000 (2011) inhabitants, and it is the centre of Budva Municipality. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budvanska rivijera, is the centre of Montenegro's tourism, and is well known for its sandy beaches, diverse nightlife, and examples of Mediterranean architecture. Budva is 3,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Sea coast.

Weather in Budva

Budva has a typical Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters, and 230 sunny days in a year. Budva has the typical Mediterranean rainfall pattern, which results in wetter winters and drier summers. Daytime highs in the summer range from 24 to 32 °C (75 to 90 °F) and from 8 to 14 °C (46 to 57 °F) during the winter months. The mean summertime temperature is 25 °C (77.0 °F) and 9.3 °C (48.7 °F) in the winter. The temperature of the sea reaches up to 25 °C (77.0 °F) in the summer months, while it keeps between 17 °C (63 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F) in the autumn.

What to see in Budva

  • Stari Grad (Old Town), (on the peninsula in Budva center). The old town of Budva lies on a little island that was linked to the land by a sandbar and in time turned into a peninsula. It is surrounded by ramparts originating from the XV century including a medieval fortification system with city gates, defense walls and towers. The Old Town consists of narrow streets and alleys and small squares with precious monuments of different Mediterranean cultures that have marked the development of this town. You can enter in Old Town from one of five entrance doors.
  • Mogren Beach, (near the old town citadel). crowded beach but nice water. Don't stop at the first stretch of beach, now designated Mogren 1, necessarily, continue around the sunbathers to the far end and through the coves to Mogren 2. The music from Mogren 1 is ever so mute there. If you're really adventurous continue around the perimeter of the small bay to what is referred to as shark's rock, which daredevils jump off of. Be aware that due to the trees and nearby cliff the afternoon shade covers the far half of Mogren 2 earlier than the rest.
  • Budva Citadel, (Southern part of old town). Reconstructed after earthquake.
  • Church of Saint John. Seat of the Budva bishopric till 1828. In 1867 the belfry was added to the north side of the church and it still exists. Among preserved monuments the most important ones are the icon “Madonna in Punta” and the rich archives and library.
  • Church of Holy Trinity. single nave construction with a dome. It was built in 1804 and modeled on one of two churches of the Podostrog monastery. In front of Church you can see tomb of famous writer and politician Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa. Church is parish church and its operating.
  • Church of Saint Sava. This is a small single nave church whose dimensions are 5 x 3 m. It is supposed to have been built during the 14th century. During the Venetian and Austrian occupations the most valuable possessions of this church disappeared. Today there is almost no trace of its old icons, frescoes and sculptures. It’s not operating.  
  • Dancing Girl Statue, (Outside the Old Town on your way to Mogren beach). Some people say that this is a statue of a young girl who drowned here but others say that this is just an ordinary statue. This is a good place to take pictures with a panorama of Old Town in back.  
  • Archaeology Museum. Houses Budva historical items.  

What to do in Budva

  • Budva is the poster child of Montenegrin tourism with its atmospheric old town and numerous beaches certainly has a lot to offer. Yet, the child has quickly moved into a difficult adolescence, fueled by rampant development that has leached much of the charm from the place. In the summer the beaches of Budva are packed with holiday-makers while the “novorich” park their million dollar yachts in the guarded marina. By night you will run into a gauntlet o glorified strippers attempting to cajole you into the beachside bars.
  • Swimming (If you visit budva in june, july or august, I would not recommend using central beach, but visiting beaches near Budva)
  • Boat trip around Boka Kotorska Bay
  • Enjoy with local people
  • Take some walk around there, explore the nature.

What to eat in Budva

There is a wide choice of places to eat at in Budva. In old town you will find almost anything: from pizza-places, bakeries to seafood and Chinese restaurants. Across the harbor, at the very coast, there are some premium fresh seafood restaurants, notably "Jadran" and "Donna".

Along the entire promenade there are many fast food places, offering barbecue, giros, pancakes, slices of pizza, icecream...with affordable prices. A McDonalds seasonal restaurant is open on the promenade during the summer.
  • Demižana, Slovenska Obala 3. fish restaurant.  
  • Hong Kong, Vuka Karadžića 1. Chinese food.  
  • Jadran, Slovenska Obala 10,. A family restaurant since 1976. Specialties from the sea prepared in a local way. Complete meat offer as well as the Italian cuisine. Restaurant has 3 terraces each with a special ambience.  
  • Sole Mio, Slovenska obala 15 (near the Old Town). Huge pizzas but overpriced.
  • Pizzaria Big Blue.
  • Porat (Rafailovici), Pastrovska Ulica and Becicka Plaza (Follow Pastrovska Ulica down to the Adriatic. Porat Restauant is on the left.), ☎ + 382.(0)33.471.145. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner-Late dinner. Exquisite seafood restaurant, with equally delicious meatier alternatives, complimented by a well-chosen wine list, surrounded by beautiful gardens and a gorgeous view of the Adriatic.

Shopping in Budva

Be aware that ATMs (locally referred to as Bankomat) in Budva are rare in the old town, but plentiful outside of its walls.

Old town is packed primarily with boutiques, such as Prestige, selling costume made dresses. There are other boutiques selling everything from expensive shoes to clothing and jewellery, but ALWAYS beware of counterfeited variants of world famous brands.

The main Budva promenade has a long string of stands with very cheap - in quality, not always in price - clothing, sunglasses, souvenirs, etc.

Friendly service in Budva shops is not the norm. Service people usually do not smile or make eye contact and are often brusque; however, this is slowly changing.

Nightlife in Budva

Budva is full of cafes, bars and nightclubs. During the high season it is hard to find a place to sit. There are a variety of bars and clubs to go out in Budva. There are many outdoor bars and cafes just located outside the walls outside of Stari Grad. Most famous places to go out at night are:
  • Caffe Greco, (Stari Grad). no cover charge and DJ'd music  
  • Caffe Jef, (Stari Grad). no cover charge and DJ'd music  
  • Maine. folk music  
  • Rafaello.  
  • Renaissance.  
  • Torine, (Bečići). folk music  
  • Trocadero.  
  • Miracle Lounge, Hill Topliš. DJ'd music, entrance fee until 1AM, special guests perform often. Works only during summer.  
Bars are allowed to play music until 1AM, when the crowds move to some of the nightclubs.

Always ask for a bill, as they must provide it by law. If you don't - it's likely that they'll overcharge your drinks, especially if they see you are a foreigner!

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