Historic and Scenic Budva
The coastal town of Budva in Montenegro is one of the oldest settlements across the whole of the Adriatic coast, with documented references to the town dating back to the 5th century BC. There are traces of the presence of both Ancient Greek and Roman settlers in the area. Some scholars believe that the old town in Budva was originally an island, with a build-up of sediment eventually creating a sand isthmus and joining the island to the shores of the Adriatic coast.
In more recent years, Budva has become known by some as the ‘Montenegrin Miami’ in recognition of the vibrant tourism in the area, the colourful nightlife, and the stunning beaches. The town is central on the Budva Riviera, which is a 22-mile stretch of Adriatic coast that has some of Montenegro’s most popular and beautiful locations.
During the height of the summer season this popular coastal town attracts holidaymakers visiting the area to absorb the splendour of the various beaches and the local architecture. The old town in Budva is a marvel of architectural diversity, class and antiquity, with many shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries and museums. The area is also well connected by bus routes to cities in Montenegro, and by external services to major cities in the neighbouring countries.
The walls in the town of Budva are of architectural and historical significance, and people have visited the region to ponder on their beauty for many years. The south of town is the location of the great city fortress, or citadel, which once cast its lawful eyes over the town below. Originally built in the 17th century, the citadel was destroyed by an earthquake in 1979 and was completely rebuilt by 1987. The ancient town also holds the accolade of being the smallest town to host a gig by the Rolling Stones, who played on Jaz beach to a crowd of 35,000; this figure is double the population of the whole town.
Steeped in Rich History
The location of Budva on the lip of the Adriatic Sea means that the area has a strong history of seafaring fishermen, and this reflects in the quality of the local cuisine. Jadran is a local family restaurant that offers dishes that are native to the area, and there are several other high quality food establishments. To get a real taste of the local cuisine, the local seafood dishes have to be sampled. Freshly caught mussels in a local sauce consisting of olive oil, garlic, lime and fresh parsley is one succulent local dish, and holidaymakers will also enjoy the various selections of grilled fish, octopus salads and black rice dishes.
There is a good mix of activities for families with the beachfront and water-based services, and for sightseers or those there for the tourism there are various good locations for accommodation in the area; investigating online booking is recommended. There are many beachfront options and some outstanding hotels in the area that have attracted some of the world’s most glamorous people, such as Elizabeth Taylor.