Located near Becici and Rafailovici, and known as the Montenegrin Miami for its 200 days of sun per year and its 2km long beach, Budva and its Riviera have acquired a reputation for being the most beloved destination of European tourists heading to Montenegro. The endless golden beaches here are what make the region increasingly popular among travellers, while its rich cultural heritage means historical monuments aplenty. Quirky cafés, vibrant restaurants and fascinating galleries are scattered all over the place, promising a lively, exciting holiday.
While its rich historical heritage ensures an opulent cultural experience, its Riviera is where the sun meets the sea and seduces you with its warm embrace. With a wealth of entertainment that ranges from water-sports such as kayaking to promenading along the history-soaked streets of cobbled, 15th-century towns, Budva is sure to have something to delight even the pickiest of tourists.
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Whether you're looking to be entertained by one of Europe's most vibrant nightlife spots or to relax in one of Montenegro's unspoiled beaches, Budva, with its mild weather, cloudless skies, and Mediterranean scenery, is the perfect destination for your 2017 holidays.
With its pebbly beaches, warm weather, historical centres, and architectural heritage, holidays in Budva are the ideal destination for both history lovers and party-goers. Bars, restaurants, terraces, discos, and live music are sure to please young and active visitors; while expert instructors will guide thrill-seekers through a wealth of physically engaging activities such as ski-diving, paragliding, aqua-skiing, and bungee-jumping. The numerous art exhibitions, museums, and literary meetings will satisfy visitors wishing to spend their 2017 holidays soaking up local Montenegrin culture.
Budva offers entertainment for children too, with competitions, quizzes, karaoke and plays taking place in the numerous bars and pubs of the city. With such a rich diversity of things to do and places to see, Budva is a true gem on the gorgeous Adriatic coast.
Wine and Dine
With its reputation as European tourists' favourite resort, gourmands looking to spend their 2017 holidays in Budva will have a large number of well-established eating spots to choose from.
Jadran, one of the locals' top choices when it comes to wining and dining, has been serving delicious seafood since 1976. The catch is brought in by the owner himself and visitors can savour it either inside the air-conditioned halls or on the shoreline.
For a dinner of sumptuous seafood and international wines along the Budva Marina, Porto Restoran, open since 1996 and renowned for its friendly service and breathtaking view of the Adriatic, is just the right place for you.
Head downtown for a chance to savour the true traditional Montenegrin cuisine. Guests at the Denizana will be surrounded by rustic walls and a friendly atmosphere that will make them feel right at home.
The picturesque villages and medieval towns immediately outside Budva offer a number of museums, parks, and theatres sure to delight families on 2017 holidays in Montenegro. If you're looking forward to enjoying the scenery while exploring the coastline, head to the Kotor Bay, just outside Budva, for the chance to choose among a variety of activities such as boat trips, walking tours, biking, and Kayaking tours. Make sure not to skip a visit to Our Lady of the Rock Church and the nearby maritime museum; to the village of Perast, steeped in maritime history; and to Porto Montenegro Marina, with its wealth of shops, boutiques, and cafés.
Opening its season in late April with a three-day long Carnival, Budva’s cultural summer continues in the months of June with an international dance festival. In late July the city becomes the host of the international theatre festival Budva Grad Teatar, with a programme that includes not only theatrical performances but musical, literary, and visual acts as well. The entertainment continues during the summer with musical festivals such as The Song of the Mediterranean!
Action and Adventure
Life in Montenegro is not all about romantic beaches, spa resorts and live music. If what you're seeking from your 2017 holiday is engagement in the seaside's more active pursuits, Budva has you covered. Along with walks, jogs, camping, and biking with one of the bikes that can be rented anywhere along the Adriatic coast, Budva offers more enthusiastic thrill-seekers a number of choices—from sky-diving to bungee-jumping, diving, and aqua-skiing.
With a 1333-metre-deep Canyon that makes the Tara River Canyon the deepest canyon in Europe and the second deepest in the world, the Tara River is the most beloved destination of expert rafters and novice adrenaline-seekers wanting to experience the uncontaminated beauty of Montenegro. The rafting centre on the bay of Kotor will provide you not just with guides, tours, and equipment, but also a full breakfast.
Life's a Beach
Whether your perfect beach retreat includes parasols and deckchairs or boats and paddleboats, the 17 different beaches located along the 38km long Budva Riviera are sure to satisfy your wishes.
Beach enthusiasts spending their 2017 holidays in Budva will not want to miss Mogren Beach, the gem of the Southern Adriatic. Offering a natural landscape of sand, rocks, and Mediterranean vegetation, Mogren Beach is comprised of two 350m long sandy beaches, Mogren I and Mogren II, located near the Avala hotel.
Visitors will also not want to miss Jaz Beach, a 2.5km long pebbly beach divided in two parts and risen to prominence for hosting live concerts and music festivals. Its hinterland offers a variety of campsites, restaurants and cafés. And if you're wanting to indulge in live music, DJ sets, or simply dance until the morning, head just above Jaz Beach and you will find the luscious Opera Club, one of the liveliest nightclubs worth visiting while in Montenegro.
To the party-goers choosing Montenegro as their 2017 holidays destination, Budva’s vibrant nightlife offers a variety of night clubs. With its wine bar, vodka bar, Jacuzzi bar, hookah bar, dance floor, VIP area, and restaurant, Top Hill, winner of the 2012 award for best nightclub in the world, is just one of the many spots that the Budva nightlife can boast. Socialising and entertainments are not reserved for the night alone - the many cafés, bars, pastry shops, wine bars, and restaurants set among the stone alleys of Montenegro's medieval towns are sure to provide the perfect spot to sit back, relax, and taste local or international cuisine.
Budva was made to be admired and savoured in the company of a loved one, strolling down the never ending beaches, feeling the warm kiss of the sparkling blue water on your feet. The sandy and pebbly beaches, beautiful vantage points, and Mediterranean sunsets will afford plenty of romantic opportunities to take in the Montenegrin scenery. Head for the Old Town for a promenade along cobbled streets, where you’ll be greeted by windows sparkling with jewellery, clothing, handbags, and footwear, as well as local handicrafts and nautical equipment. And if you’re wishing to indulge in a day of utter relaxation you’ll only have to decide between one of the numerous Spa resorts offering massages, acupressure, fangotherapy, thalassotherapy, sauna and Jacuzzi. With an endless coastline and warm Mediterranean climate, there is no wrong time of the year to visit or a wrong place to stay in – the beach is always nearby no matter where you are!
Travellers wishing to immerse themselves in the region’s culture should look no further. With a history dating back to the 5th century BC, Budva is among the earliest establishments of the Adriatic coast. Numerous churches and fortresses testify of the past of Budva, while monasteries like Stanjevici, Podostrog, Rezevici and Gradiste represent some of the most important religious monuments of the region. What’s more, you can easily enjoy both culture and leisure at the same time as beaches are never far away – there are pearly beaches only 200 metres away from the Old Town, ensuring that sightseeing and tanning by the sea can go hand in hand!
The City Museum will be of interest to anyone wishing to experience Montenegro's cultural heritage. Located in the Old Town, it hosts an archaeological collection of more than 1200 Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Slavonic artefacts dating back to the 5th century BC, and an archaeological collection of over 400 exhibits. Visitors with more modern artistic inclinations will instead want to head to Budva's Modern Art Gallery. Open since 1972, it is home to over 200 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and engravings, among which the collection of Contemporary Expressionists.
Be sure not to leave Budva without having paid a visit to the Necropolis. Discovered in 1972 during the construction of the Avala Hotel, it hosts a total of 450 graves dating back to the Hellenic and the Roman period.