Budva, a small coastal town, in the southern part of Montenegro, is about 2,500 years old. Half of all guests who visit Montenegro each year rest on this beautiful sandy Riviera. This unique jewel of the Mediterranean must be visited to experience its beauties!
The legend says that the town of Budva was founded by the Phoenician-Greek hero Kadmo and his wife Harmony, the daughter of Ares and Aphrodite. The earliest literary finding of Budva comes under the name Butua, from the 5th century BCE, mentioned by the famous Ancient writer Sophocles in his scripts.
The city of Budva is considered one of the oldest town settlements on the eastern coast of the Adriatic.
A town with only 20,000 inhabitants is visited by 900,000 tourists annually who produce over 5 million overnight stays. The Old Town is the most recognizable symbol of modern Budva and represents the centre of summer entertainment and cultural events.
The special treasure of the Budva Riviera is a magnificent hinterland. For those who love hiking tours, there are fifteen organized hiking trails which we recommend to all people who seek an active holiday while staying on the Budva Riviera. The picturesque villages with authentic architecture are a special jewel for tourists. Old stone houses with vineyards and gardens filled with mandarin and lemon trees are located at an altitude of 300 to 700 metres.
Jaz, Petrovac, Przno, Becici, Buljarica… all parts of Budva municipality are beautiful in their own way. Which way and how much history, culture and elite tourism intertwine may best be seen in Sveti Stefan and Milocer, the most luxurious tourist brands of Montenegro.
Present Budva is the centre of cultural, sporting and entertainment events, a city which is an inevitable stop, when visiting Europe, for well-known people from the world of film, music, high fashion, politics, science, jet-set lifestyle etc.
Budva is a charming little town which in the spring, early summer or warm autumn attracts guests with its sandy beaches, peace and tranquillity, the tastes and scents of the Mediterranean and talented and warm-hearted people.
In the summer months, its streets become open theatre scenes, squares, places of gathering for poets and musicians, beaches and centres of the best European festivals. Everybody is excited—they move to the rhythm of the music that sounds from the world-renowned discotheques. It ‘smells’ like sunshine and love!
Budva is the city which summer in Montenegro is best known for!
On the beautiful shore, over 30 kilometres long, the most beautiful hotels, restaurants, beach bars and hidden coves can be found. In the hinterland, in the shade of centuries-old olive trees lie numerous monasteries and churches, farmhouses and traditionally-built stone villas which resonate with peace and tranquillity.
We can’t simply describe Budva… you have to visit and experience this wonderful city!
This article was written in partnership with The Tourism Organisation of Budva