Budva, the capital of Montenegrin tourism has been proudly wearing the title of the “Montenegrin Miami” for years. Not only dynamic nightlife with open-sky beach parties, world-famous DJ at local clubs and festivals but also the Old Town mystique, nearby islands and sandy beaches are just some of the reasons why Budva should be on your bucket list.
Centred on the Budva Riviera
, this coastal town is one of the oldest settlements in this part of the Adriatic, dating back from the 5th century BC according to some documents. So when you happen to be in Budva this is the point from where you should start to explore the city, the places, and monuments of historical importance. The first ones are the Old Town and the Citadel, the keepers of Budva’s history.
A must-visit: Old Town and the Citadel
The Old Town of Budva
testifies about the long history that this town has. Rising from the waters, this 2.500 old town is truly an astonishing historical site. You can wander through churches and palaces from medieval times, getting to know the rich history of the city. There is also a museum, City Walls and the unavoidable Citadel.
The medieval city fortress of Saint Mary (or the Citadel) was originally built in order to protect Budva from attacks from the sea. For years it has been a monument of fortification architecture, but only the north tower and the northern and eastern walls, together with the buildings of the former barracks, gates, and ruins of the church of Saint Mary have been preserved. While being the state property, Citadel has been used as the scene for the “City Theatre Festival”, but now it is private property and entrance is being charged.
Some of the other things you can do while you are in Budva:
Explore and enjoy the beaches
The Budva Riviera is famous for its marvellous, kilometres-long, pebble-sandy beaches. Get ready to soak up the sun while enjoying the beautiful setting of some of the most stunning beaches in Budva. Start from Jaz beach which used to be the home of the Sea Dance Festival, then continue to Mogren, Slovenska plaža and Bečići, all the way to Sveti Stefan Resort. In the way, you will come across a big number of smaller beaches, which are perfect for a quick rest before you continue your tour of the best beaches in Budva. In order to help you, we have made a list of must-see beaches of Budva Riviera
Don’t miss the annual Sea Dance Festival
It’s almost impossible that you haven’t been to Sea Dance
, if you happened to visit Budva, or came to Budva just because of the festival. This festival is rapidly becoming the trademark of not only Budva but of Montenegro in general because world-famous DJ names are attracting a great number of visitors every year. Taking place at Buljarica, this year’s Sea Dance Festival will feature names like David Guetta, Robin Schulz, Sven Vath, etc., which is enough of a reason why you shouldn’t miss it.
Hit the clubs
With the warm clear skies, open-air pubs and clubs, there’s no better place for partying than Budva. Being placed in attractive locations, close to the beaches, most of the clubs offer an unforgettable atmosphere which lasts until the morning hours. The extensive array of music, from electronic to R&B, house, and rock, creates an exciting atmosphere which has made Budva recognisable amongst other European cities. The best example of this wild nightlife
is the club Top Hill, which can host over 5.000 guests. The club itself is 600 meters high on the top of the Toplis Hill, with the mesmerising view over the horizon.
Photo by Top Hill
Go to the Aqua Park
Another attraction on the Toplis Hil is Aqua Park Budva, so if you are looking for a refreshing fun during the hot summer days, then head over here. Overlooking the town and covering an area of more than 40.000 m2, this complex is considered to be one of the biggest Aqua Parks in this part of the Adriatic. With a daily capacity of 3.000 people and over 50 water attractions on three levels for adults and children, great fun is guaranteed for sure. For the 2019 season a lot of novelties have been announced, so stay tuned!
Recharge your batteries at Sveti Nikola Island
Organise a sweet escape from the city noise and the crowded beaches, to the “Budva Hawaii” or Sveti Nikola Island. Here, you will get the chance to visit Saint Nicholas (Sveti Nikola) church, according to which the island was named, and which dates back from 1096. A one-day trip to the island, the sun, the peace, and Mediterranean energy, will recharge your batteries and prepare you for the next adventures that await you here in Budva.
Enjoy in a lunch with a view
When you get tired of all the walking and exploring the town, treat yourself with a rich meal on the roof of the Sky View Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Budva. Hedone restaurant, located on the 15th floor of the Tre Canne Hotel
, provides you with another level of satisfaction. Thoroughly prepared food with fresh ingredients and a wide array of selection of the Mediterranean and international cuisine will prove why this restaurant is categorised with five stars for quality of space, choice of dishes and drinks, preparation, hospitality and the overall impression and treatment being offered to guests. And the 360 degrees view of the town, will take your breath away!