Once a small and quiet coastal town, today, Budva is a metropolis of Montenegrin tourism and one of the loudest and most packed towns at the Montenegrin coast during the summer. Its life began on the headland two and a half millennia ago and has poured out of the ramparts towards luxurious yachts, new buildings, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs where amazing fun awaits. Budva has its own Hawaii – an island opposite the city with beautiful beaches, ice cold refreshments and seafood specialties.
In the evening, on the promenade along the beach you will be overwhelmed by the loud music that comes from the cafes, the laughter and screams of children from nearby amusement parks, the scent of the sea mixed with the aroma of delicious barbeque, and beams of light from the disco that stroll through the sky. Budva is a big light show.
Budva seems to lead a double life – one in the old, and the other in the new part of the city. Bordered by the high ramparts and decorated with the architecture, dominantly Venetian, the Old Town guards historical and cultural treasures – Roman necropolis and an altar, antique pylons, pre-Christian basilica and many churches. It contains the open and boiling stage of the “Theater City”; literature evenings and concerts at the Poet’s Square, and exhibitions in the city gallery take place every summer. Outside the old town, the new city is expanding and the number of inhabitants is rising.
The Budva Riviera has sandy, stone and pebbly beaches, and those that once belonged to the royal family. None of them look alike. There are beaches with reddish, colorful or gray pebbles. Some of them have stepped into the sea, some are sheltered by the small bays, some are exposed to the sun, and some are protected with thick pine-tree shades. Some are facing the islets. But behind each of them there is at least one fishing village lurking, ready to provide private accommodation.
Budva is a city that is awake until dawn and where no one sleeps for too long. An intense night life, beaches with various activities, big water park in the hills and luxury hotels at the very seaside make the holiday here worth staying awake for.
HISTORY OF BUDVA
Budva – and ancient town, next to the very coast, hides a rich historical past. The distant past reaches back to the V century B.C. According to the numerous legends Budva was firstly the Illyrian town. Its first inhabitants were the King of the historically well-known Thebe – Kadmo and the Queen Harmonia.
Already in the II century B.C. Budva falls under the Romans. On its territory at that time the trading was very developed. The citizens were engaged in raising grapes and olives. After the fall of the Roman Empire, in Budva began the period of Byzantium reign. The struggle of people from Budva against Byzantium began in 535 year. The fall of the Byzantium reign happened after the arrival of the Nemanjic dynasty on the territory of the former Montenegrin coast (1184. – 1186.).
ARRIVAL BY AIRPLANE
There are two international airports in Montenegro: Tivat and Podgorica.
Tivat Airport is 25 km away from Budva. Several taxis are awaiting arriving passengers at Tivat Airport so getting a taxi is no problem. The journey from the airport to Budva centre will take 25-30min.
Podgorica Airport is 60 km away from Budva. The journey from Podgorica Airport to Budva takes approx 1 hr .
Dubrovnik Airport (Croatia) is 80 km away from Budva. The journey from Dubrovnik Airtport will take 2hr 20 minutes.
ARRIVAL BY CAR
Budva is connected to the E80 which is one of the main roads in Montenegro. From Dubrovnik Airport there is a travel distance of 80 km, including a crossing with the frequent ferry between Lepetane and Kamenari. From Podgorica there are two roads to Budva and, both have a travel time of around 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Podgorica – Budva (60 km) Tivat – Budva (25 km) Dubrovnik – Budva (80 km) Split – Budva (326 km) Sarajevo – Budva (286 km) Tirana – Budva (182 km) Belgrade – Budva (516 km) Skopje – Budva (420 km)