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It is often described as a quiet corner of Europe or an alluring lesser known country, Montenegro in every case is a country of fascinating beauty and Budva is one of its premiere coastal towns that draws good tourism and a vibrant summer travel scene. Budva particularly affords some of the best beaches along the entire Adriatic coast and it offers plenty to see and do year round.
The Old Town
This is Budva’s greatest attraction. It is a peninsula that extends from the mainland out into the water. Its narrow streets and buildings are ancient with raised stone walls and tidy little churches, squares and houses. While the rest of the city is quite modern this is the place that echoes the times of the great trading empires. There are many great eateries, coffee shops and places to stroll around and admire.
Sveti Stefan Island
This is a seasonal resort island that is connected to the mainland beach via a raised walkway. Unfortunately only hotel guests or tourists who have paid an official guided tour are allowed onto this resort/town/island. That’s because it is only open in season and it is a Aman Resorts hotel. The property is complete with houses, churches and squares for the enjoyment of the select few who get to experience it.
Sveti Nikola Island
This island is another cool escape for those exploring the ins and outs of the Budva coast. The beaches and numerous capes are best reached by mainland taxi boats. When in Budva for several days this makes an excellent day trip which can include swimming, diving, picnics and just enjoying the raw nature.
The Ethnographic museum
This Southeastern corner of Europe may be quiet, but it is one of the most historically diverse places on the continent. For Millennia is has been crossed by various peoples and empires and the town of Budva is no exception. The ethnographic museum has an abundance of Illyrian, Greek. Roman, Byzantine, Slovenian and other cultural artifacts on display which tell the story of the local land and sea civilizations.
Beautiful frescoes, massive cascades and historic stone hewn walls are all the trademarks of the time honored faiths in Budva. The area has historically been the land of Roman Catholic and Serbian Orthodoxy and so there are numerous churches and monasteries to explore in virtually every square. Holy Trinity Church is a regular favorite with ornate paintings, warm colored stones and attractive artifacts. St John’s Church is the largest Church in town which served as a cathedral until 1828. The Madonna of Budva is a 12th-century icon which is a object of reverence for the city’s populace.
The city of Budva is no stranger to late night parties and the high summer sounds of music, yet it is surrounded by peaceful peaks from which one can get unparalleled views of the cityscape and the sea. On the North facing slope one can find the Podmain Monastery which has a renowned Judgement Day scene. There are innumerable trails which provide access to other ruins and monasteries across the mountains.
Slovenska Plaza Tourist Village
This area of the city recreates the Yugoslav-era architecture with its fascination for grand and modern things. It is an area with white colonnades, a swimming pool and tennis courts. It is an area that can be appreciated like a museum or even rented for sports, social occasions and private functions.