The best way to learn about the history of a destination is from the buildings civilisations have left behind, and with Roman, Venetian, Ottoman and Byzantine influenced architecture, Budva has plenty to satisfy even the most novice of history enthusiasts! Head to the Old Town and you’ll find plenty of examples, while the coast of the Budva Riviera has plenty more historic treasures for you to uncover.
Hop on a taxi boat and as well as seeing the mainland from the sea, which is a fantastic way to fully appreciate its beauty, you can also visit some of the tiny islets that are scattered along the Adriatic coast. Sveti Nikola, affectionately named Hawaii by the locals, is a fantastic choice and is a haven for deer, rabbits and birds, and even some rare plant species. It, of course, also features a great beach and plenty of opportunities to swim and admire the incredible horizon.
Boasting a variety of beaches, ranging from fine pebble to sand, you’ll find it hard to drag yourself away from the tempting coast of the Budva Riviera. Becici is a popular beach among most tourists, while Mogren Beach can be easily reached by following a seaside path from the Old Town. For something a little livelier, Jaz Beach, which is situated in a delightful cove is a great place to enjoy the excellent climate and the host of musical events held there.
You can’t enjoy a holiday in Budva without enjoying lunch on the coast, and you’ll find plenty of restaurants offering mouthwatering menus. If you’re a fan of fresh seafood, then you can’t go wrong with seafood buzara which features prawns, mussels and clams cooked in a wine, tomato and herb sauce and served with thick slices of bread. Calamari is also another staple of the menu, while black risotto, which is made with squid and cuttlefish is certainly delicious despite its intense appearance.
Believed to be more than 2,500 years old, Budva’s Old Town is classed as one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. As more modern buildings have sprung up around it, the Old Town gives its visitors an opportunity to take a step back in time and wander amongst historic churches and palaces. The 15thcentury Citadel towers above the Old Town, and here you’ll find the remains of St Mary’s Church and the former army barracks.
Offering a quieter atmosphere than better known Budva, the coastal town of Petrovac offers plenty of charm and a tempting long sandy beach that’s well worth a visit. It’s just a 25-minute drive from Budva, and when you see the town wrapped around the pretty cove, with forested cliffs either side, it will be easy to see why this hidden gem has started to gain popularity in recent years. It has some historic treasures to uncover too, including Roman mosaics, while the bustling promenade is a great place to drink in the views with a refreshing cocktail.
One of the more famous sights along the Adriatic coast, Sveti Stefan’s red tiled roofs contrasting against the deep blue and greens of the sea that surrounds it, understandably makes it one of the most photographed places in Montenegro. Once an islet, it is now connected to the mainland by a small road and is a sought-after luxury resort. You’ll need a restaurant reservation to visit the island itself, but from the mainland, it’s definitely a sight to capture on your camera during any holiday in Montenegro, and is easily reached via a long promenade.
A fantastic way to toast your holiday in Montenegro is with a glass of Vranac wine. The deep red grapes are harvested by hand and produce a wine that has a strong scent of berries when it is young, but after ageing a few years the ruby coloured wine develops an aroma of chocolate, black fruits and cinnamon. It has a smooth taste that delights the palate, and is a great accompaniment to smoked meat and game dishes.
Like most places in Europe, the most splendid time to visit Budva is in the summer months from June through to August. However, cooler yet still warm temperatures can be expected in early autumn and spring, although rainfall is more common throughout the day.
British citizens don’t require a visa to enter Montenegro. For the latest information on travel regulations visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/montenegro/entry-requirements.
The Croatian Kuna (HKR).
Croatian and English are both widely spoken.