A charming little resort on the Budva Riviera in Montenegro, Petrovac has its toes on the beach and overlooks the shimmering Adriatic Sea. It’s a pretty tumble of red-roofed houses set around a harbour where the remnants of a Venetian fortress jut out into the sea. Formerly a fishing village, Petrovac has developed into an easy-going seaside resort, blessed with a string of beaches and backed by hills covered in pines and cypress trees. The historic town of Budva, one of the oldest in Montenegro, is only a 20-minute drive away, and preserves a stunning citadel and some fascinating Roman ruins. And just north of Petrovac is the tiny island of Sveti Stefan, a summer hideaway for the jet set.
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Your guide to Petrovac holidays
Petrovac, a former fishing village that has developed into an appealing seaside resort, has a gorgeous setting on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. There are several beaches, and the town is backed by hills where you can take refreshing walks through the forests of pine and cypress. You can enjoy lots of water sports on the beach, or simply laze on the sand. There are plenty of options for tucking in to the local cuisine, and you can make enjoyable day trips to the lovely town of Budva, one of the oldest in Montenegro, or to the little islet of Sveti Stefan, where the local jet set have their yachts and holiday homes.
The main beach in Petrovac is a pretty curve of reddish sand, lapped by the intense blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. It’s got lots of facilities, including plenty of sunloungers and parasols for rent, plus a host of cafés and restaurants that are lined up along the seafront promenade. It can get very busy, but, if you’re looking for a little more peace and tranquillity, you can take the coastal path and visit the little cove of Lucice Beach. This also has sun loungers and a couple of cafés, but gets a bit less crowded in the height of summer. If you really want to leave the crowds behind, follow the path north of town to Buljarica Beach: it’s a lovely 30-minute stroll, and the beach is wonderfully empty and picturesque.
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