"Budva" Budva by tayloretc

Budva Travel Guide: 308 reviews and 758 photos

What to say about Budva? I wasn?t a great visitor (I was mostly working), although I enjoyed my couple of weeks here. I was here off-season, and am so glad of that. It looks like the kind of place I?d hate when it?s full of the kinds of vacationers it?s set up for ? it?s full of hotels and vacation apartments, casinos, restaurants, and clubs, and photos I?ve seen of the beaches during the season show them absolutely packed. Stores all over the main tourist area are high-end, very fashionable, and the harbour is full of yachts of all sizes. Most of Budva is new or under construction, and the spaces between all the towns from here to Bar are filling in with more of the same. It?s understandable that people want to vacation here, because these beaches are really lovely.

Besides everything a beach-going partier could want, Budva also has a pretty, walled old town with a history dating back more than 2500 years. Its origins stretch back to the Greek myth of Cadmus, but what you see now is heavily influenced by Venice, like many of the towns on this coast. Most of the old town was destroyed in an earthquake in 1979, which helped unearth a lot of its ancient history and many of the ancient artefacts found in the museum. Almost everything was rebuilt faithfully, and while the old town today exists primarily for tourists, you can tell that people live there too. There?s some evidence of modern masonry holding things together if you look too hard. You most likely won?t be looking too hard. It?s hard to look with a critical eye in such a charming place, surrounded by such clear and perfect water.

Once you?ve walked around the old town and played in the clubs and casinos, there are some good nearby trips, including:

Stari Bar
Kotor, and the drive up to Lovcen National Park
The drive from Virpazar to Rijeka Crnojevica (and a superb restaurant)

There?s a lot of money on display in Budva. I heard that most of it comes from rich Russians and Ukrainians, and this was one of the few towns I?ve visited where English, German, and French didn?t help much, but Russian was widely spoken. This was in stark contrast to Kotor, which was full of western Europeans the day I visited. (Kotor was also twice as expensive as Budva.)

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  • Last visit to Budva: Nov 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Jul 16, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Taylor, lovely little page with an outstanding intro photo here. Well done.


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