Our journey to Budva, Montenegro

Good to see you back as our journey on A day trip to Montenegro continues and next on is Budva, another lovely town on the Adriatic Sea. Part of the Budva Riviera, a thirty-five km long strip around town, it is known for the sandy beaches and a happening nightlife.

Old Town Beach, Budva, Montenegro

The weather was nice, little cold, lots of blue all around and the cotton clouds probably giving us the message to take it cool and enjoy. Budva is just half an hour drive from Kotor and we were there in no time passing through tunnels large and small and the beautiful Adriatic and it’s blue providing us a great visual treat.

Budva, Montenegro
The different blues of Adriatic Sea..

Budva, Montenegro

Budva, Montenegro

Old Town Beach, Budva, Montenegro
Old Town Beach

Old Town Beach, Montenegro

The bus parking station was just a short walk away from the Old Town beach and seeing the food joints made us feel hungrier. The choice of restaurants were many. There was one right on the beach for casual dining and quite a few facing the sea including few fine dining restaurants. We chose the one on the beach.

Budva, Montenegro
Our packed restaurant with room for more..

With its strategic location along the Adriatic, you know you are in seafood heaven when youโ€™re in Budva. Mussels, calamari, octopus, shrimp, salmon, tuna, swordfish are only few of the many varieties to choose from. Montenegro also has a number of rivers with clear water for fresh water fishing, in addition to the streams and lakes. The rivers there are pure incredible beauty and are considered as Salmonic heaven on earth with their Brown trout, Grayling, Danube Salmon, Marbled trout and Lake trout.

The aroma of freshly cooked seafood made our wait seemed a little longer than it actually was. Our dishes had finally arrived.

Poached salmon dish in Budva, Montenegro
The tasty ‘Poached Salmon’
Porto Chicken dish in Budva, Montenegro
Budva’s must have dish, Porto Chicken

The Porto Chicken is a meal in itself with two tender juicy chicken breasts grilled to perfection with a slightly crisp exterior and covered with a creamy delectable mushroom sauce. It is served with local seafood, grilled shrimp, black olives, cherry tomatoes and a vegetable risotto. My wife being a small eater and with me not believing in wasting food, you can imagine what happened next. Yet it was a bit too much and the gentleman serving us came to our rescue by agreeing to pack half of the salmon for us. And then we took a casual stroll towards Old Town.

Budva, Montenegro beach near Old Town
The restaurant where we had our Lunch..
Budva, Montenegro fishseller
The fresh catch. Take your pick..
Old Town, Budva, Montenegro
Old Town

Tourism is the main driver of the economy of Budva and is by far the most popular destination in Montenegro. Although Budva is notable for its long history and its well preserved Old Town, it is not primarily known as a destination for sightseeing or cultural tourism. Unlike Kotor or Dubrovnik, Budva has an image of a crowded beach resort, with a lively and vibrant atmosphere and a very active nightlife. Come let’s check into Old Town.

Old Town, Budva, Montenegro
The memories for you to take back..
Old Town, Budva, Montenegro
The narrow lanes and inviting shops..

Old Town, Budva, Montenegro

Saint Ivan Church, Old Town, Budva, Montenegro
Saint Ivan Church

Old Town, Budva, Montenegro

Church of the Holy Trinity, Old Town, Budva, Montenegro
Church of the Holy Trinity
Budva Citadel, Old Town, Budva, Montenegro
Budva Citadel

Budva Citadel, Old Town, Montenegro

Old Town,Budva, Montenegro
The views of Adriatic from Old Town..

Old Town, Budva, Montenegro

Old Town, Budva, Montenegro

As we sat down and enjoyed the music of this solo performer in a music arena where bigger shows are held, it was a feeling of complete relaxation. And the Venetian walls of the citadel reminded me of the history of this cute Old Town I had read about, before our visit.

Extensive archaeological evidence places Budva among the oldest urban settlements of the Adriatic coast. Substantial documentary evidence provides historical references dating back to the fifth century BC. In 1941, with the beginning of World War II, Budva was annexed by the Kingdom of Italy. Budva was finally liberated from their rule on in 1944 and incorporated in the Socialist Republic of Montenegro, which was a part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. A catastrophic earthquake struck Budva in April 1979. Much of old town was devastated, but today there is little evidence of the catastrophe with almost all the buildings being restored to their original form. Montenegro became an independent country in 2006, with Budva as its primary tourist destination. It was time to move out of Old Town.

Budva, Montenegro

Budva, Montenegro

As we walked back, we were happy being in Budva for a short but sweet trip. But when you plan your holiday, try and pack in a few days at least as there is much more to do in this happening town.

The Budva Riviera has some of the most attractive beaches of south Adriatic, and the most pleasant climate in Montenegro. Mogren beach is arguably the best known and most attractive of the Budva city beaches, nested beneath the cliffs of the Spas hill, between cape Mogren and a hotel. The beach is separated from the city by the slopes of Spas hill that plunge to the sea, and is only accessible by a 250 meter long narrow path along the cliffs. Other city beaches include the small Ricardova glava and Pizana beaches, next to the Old Town as well as the one mile long Slav beach, that makes up the most of the city’s coast. Sveti Nikola Island is located opposite of Old Town just a kilometer across the Budva bay. It is a mostly undeveloped island with some beautiful beaches. Well connected to the mainland with water bus, it is a popular excursion site for tourists visiting Budva.

However, majority of the beaches of Budva Riviera are outside the city itself. Jaz Beach is a long and spacious beach west of Budva, which also serves as a popular concert and festival venue, as well as a campground.ย Further to the south, numerous small beaches and towns, make up the more high end and exclusive part of Budva Riviera. This is especially true for the famous Sveti Stefan town, but also for other smaller Pastrovici settlements in the area, that once were unassuming fishing villages.

Nightclub, Budva, Montenegro

Budva is well known regionally as the capital of nightlife of the eastern Adriatic. The first discotheques in Budva started to emerge during the 1980’s, as hotel-attached dance clubs. However, the clubbing scene mushroomed in the 1990’s, with numerous open-air clubs opening along the Budva sea promenade. This trend continues with Old Town and its promenade hosting a large number of bars, pubs and restaurants and two big clubs, Top Hill and Trocadero, dominating the clubbing scene. Gambling tourism is also popular in Budva, as many hotels have attached casinos. The 2006 James Bond film ‘Casino Royale’ is partly set in the eponymous casino in the fictional Montenegrin Hotel Splendide, thus giving a boost to Budva’s profile as a gambling destination. We had reached back to our bus and were ready to move on our journey back to Dubrovnik.

Budva, MontenegroAfter a short ride we reached Kamenari dock port where our bus moved into a large vessel for a short five minute ferry ride on the Bay of Kotor to Lepetane, which is very close to the Montenegro border with Dubrovnik. Come enjoy the scenic beauty as we ride.

Budva, Montenegro

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Budva. Rich history, a cool and calm Old Town, pristine sandy beaches, exciting night life and a foodie’s paradise.

Plan a vacation to Budva, the lovely beach town in this beautiful country, Montenegro. And go back with happy memories for a lifetime.

 

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84 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Anita Alig says:

    Sounds like an amazing place, beautiful scenery, great food, top nightlife, tons of history, great beaches……

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it’s a cool place for a great holiday.

  3. Ben Butler says:

    That is beautiful country. I love the mountains next to the water like that. I really want to visit in person one day.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes you will have a great time for sure.

  4. Angelica Sereda says:

    How beautiful. I could totally get lost there.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It’s truly a beautiful place to be in.

  5. Bauhinia says:

    Nice weather and good photos! Glad that you had a pleasant trip!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks so much.

  6. wow you got so many great photos. looks like you saw quite a bit during your journey. did you get to go inside st ivan’s church?

    Joy at http://www.thejoyousliving.com

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yeah just the Old Town and around. Went inside the church too as I love the peace and calm of a church.

  7. thepagesandstagesblog says:

    Budva looks so cute! My aunt traveled to Montenegro and told me all about it. I hope its one of those places I make it to one day!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Where there is a will there is a way ๐Ÿ˜. Do visit and you’ll love the place for sure.

  8. Great photos and post as usual. Dang that food looks so good ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. travelwisesr says:

      O yes great food. And thanks so much.

  9. The place is really nice!There are many things to see there.I love the picture of the old town,narrow lanes with shops,Amazing!Thanks for introducing a new place.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Happy that you enjoyed ๐Ÿ˜Š

  10. WOW your piccys are amazing and the place looks beautiful. Fab food and great surroundings xx

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks. The place is really amazing. Loved it

  11. The Salmon fish…. I love it!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Me too ๐Ÿ˜

  12. Sarah M says:

    This place seems packed with beauty and entertainment. I’d love to visit it.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes you would love being there.

  13. That salmon bout KILLED ME. I am drooling so much I am now dehydrated – hahahaha! But seriously. FAVORITE FOOD EVER!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      ๐Ÿ˜ Salmon is my favorite too.

  14. Ahsan says:

    wow

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

  15. Budva, Montenegro looks magical! I cannot want to see some of the places you have. Thank you for the travel tips!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You are welcome. And do plan out a holiday to Montenegro.

  16. I was like – I didn’t even know that this place exists! Looks like you had a wonderful time! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes we had a great time Sushmita ๐Ÿ˜Š

  17. What a beautiful place. I have wanted to visit here but the opportunity hasn’t yet presented itself. I love the salmon pic, made me want to make salmon for dinner!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Salmon is one of my favorites ๐Ÿ˜Š

  18. emmandamian says:

    Budva, Montenegro looks so amazing! The beach looks so clean and so blue! Wow! Definitely in my list now!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You will love it for sure ๐Ÿ˜Š

  19. I love it when you go to a place and write such detailed post that in makes me feel that I’m there too. The place looks absolutely amazing with tons of exciting areas to explore and sounds like you had a wonderful time there. Loving that Poached Salmon too, looks quite delish!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Angela. Love that you liked reading and experiencing ๐Ÿ˜Š

  20. katrina Kroeplin says:

    oh man the food looks amazing!!!! i would go just for the food lol. those view look great as well.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Katrina. Do plan and visit sometime.

  21. Sarah Emery says:

    Wow, Budva Montenegro looks like a fantastic place. All the history, the beaches and the seafood. Sounds like, it’s right up my alley.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Sarah you’ll love being there.

  22. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    This town is beautiful! I love the cobblestone alleyways! The food looks fantastic too – large servings and all, and the beaches are always so inviting! Wish I could see all that in person!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Do try and visit sometime Kristine. You’ll love the experience.

  23. khoingn says:

    I have no idea where the place is before until I read your post. Honestly I always like to read this kind of post to know more about the earth and the places that I could travel to ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Love it that you loved reading ๐Ÿ˜Š

  24. wow what an amazing place! So jealous! Your photos are stunning!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Carrie ๐Ÿ˜Š

  25. this place is going to my travel list! I love seafood and the architecture seemed beautiful, definitely have to visit!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Please do try and make a trip. You would love it.

  26. I doubt I’ll ever visit here, so I appreciate your photos and take on this beautiful location.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Happy to take you there virtually ๐Ÿ˜Š

  27. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    That is such a pretty coast! I would really have fun on a trip like this.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Tiffany you would love to be there.

  28. Lindsay Rae says:

    Oh my goodness my mouth is watering from your description of your seafood heaven! What wonderful photos of your time in Budva! Once again a lovely article on your adventures!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Lindsay. Happy to see you happy ๐Ÿ˜Š

  29. what a beautiful place to unwind. the beach is always calling me. i love to relax and just watch the waves. ๐Ÿ™‚

    cha @ littlemisadvencha.com

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Then you would just love it here on the Adriatic coast ๐Ÿ˜Š

  30. Laura says:

    This looks like a dreamy location. I usually say that about any place where I can be at the sea. But really, Montenegro has been on my mind for a while.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      I too love the sea and loved Montenegro and Croatia.

  31. Sonia Seivwright says:

    The sea is calling my name.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Go for it ๐Ÿ˜

  32. This would be a great journey to take with the hubs. I know he’s been meaning to take a trip.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it surely would be.

  33. Alexandra says:

    You know, until I read your blog I never even heard of some of these places. The views of the ocean are absolutely breathtaking! And it’s pretty amazing that some of the scenes look just like here in the United States. I saw some scenes that looked like California and others that looked like Maine. I was wondering when you took this trip as you said it was a little cold. I checked but only saw the posting date.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It was in the month of May this year. A little chilly at that time Alexandra.

  34. surekha-dreamingloud says:

    What a nice place..! And the food looks fantastic..! It’s nice that you shared about your experience. I hope to visit one day. ๐Ÿ˜˜
    surekha~dreamingloud

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Take a vacation and enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Š

  35. I’m not going to lie, that poached salmon actually made me drool; food looks amazing! The views by the water are also spectacular and it sounds like a fantastic time

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Plan a visit sometime Thuy and you’ll love being there.

  36. Wow! What a beautiful place! I love your reviews. Iโ€™d just love to try Porto Chicken one day. On the to eat list!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Laura ๐Ÿ˜Š Yes would love it for sure.

  37. Lyosha says:

    Wow! So very beautiful! Budva is so nostalgic to me, it was our first trip with hubby

  38. Luna S says:

    I think it is neat they have fresh fish for you to purchase! The beach waterside looks quite lovely as well, Thanks for sharing all these photos!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Luna. Happy that you liked and enjoyed ๐Ÿ˜Š

  39. You had me hooked when you listed all that seafood! I wonder if there is a cruise port there?

  40. Angie says:

    What a beautiful place. That restaurant looks so fun! Thanks for the info!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks & welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

  41. Budva sounds like a great place to visit and look at those delicious food. YUM! I bet it would look absolutely amazing during night time.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      I couldn’t experience the night there but surely would be amazing without any doubt.

  42. Kiwi says:

    You take some of the best adventures. I already feel like I need to make a trip!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Kiwi. Yes we all need a holiday from time to time.

  43. Shantashil says:

    Hi Subhasis
    Fantastic Tblog….. I request to consider adding in your blogs about the budget.. that is

    Time : How many days
    Money: How much for couple
    Planning: The lead time and a bit of process

    Please add those in a quick read window.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Sure Shantashil. Thanks for your feedback ๐Ÿ˜Š

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