Budva is located in Montenegro on the Adriatic Sea between Bar and Kotor on a small peninsula. It is part of the Budva Riviera, known for its sandy beaches and nightlife. There are 35 beaches in the area, but primarily rocky and a little sand.
During your stay in Budva, check out the incredible architectural delights and incredible natural surroundings. Here are best five things you can do at the Budva Port.
The Old Town of Budva is surrounded by a fortress, medieval walls, towers, and gates. It represents an old, European town – cute and charming. Visitors can find narrow cobblestone streets, lovely houses, shops, restaurants, and historic landmarks, including the Church of Santa Maria in Punta and the Catholic Cathedral Sveti Ivan. There is an open-air theater that is located in between the churches. And if you are lucky enough, you might encounter localmusicians performing. At the same time, you can enjoy some great views of Old Town and the Adriatic Sea.
Sveti Stefan is one of the most popular places to visit near Budva and is known as one of the most luxurious resorts in the Balkans these days. Firstly, it was an island, but now it is connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. Here you'll find the Villa Milcer, which has 50 rooms, cottages andsuites on the island. You can enjoy the views from above or walk down and spend some quality time on the beach in front of Sveti Stefan, even if you're not a hotel guest. The town's interior is narrow, curvy streets with a picturesque square, three churches, and elegant houses made in the Mediterranean style.
Sveti Nikola Island is popularly named Hawaii near Budva and is one of the top attractions of Budva Riviera. This island used to be connected with the town by a sandbar, popularly called "tunja." It is a popular excursion point only accessible by water taxi or boat. The island has three sandy beaches and several smaller isolated rocky beaches. You will enjoy experiencing crystal-clear water, clear blue skies, and the green coniferous forests of this gorgeous and peaceful island. Moreover, you can also find wild deer, birds, and rabbits on this picturesque island. P.S. the northern shore is open for public use.
The Church of St. John was built according to tradition in the 7th century. It is one of the oldest churches in Budva in the coastal region and served as its Catholic cathedral until 1828. The appearance that is seen today dates back to the 15th century. It has a three-story basilica with Gothic details on the Façade. Many valuable things are kept in the church, such as the icon of the Holy Mother of God with Christ, better known as Budvanska Bogorodica (Holy Mother of Budva). Other artifacts include paintings, icons of Greek origins, and the painting of Sveti Luka, and a work of Anastas Bocaric.
A humble 600-year-old monastery nestled among ancient olive groves in the hills slightly north of Sveti Stefan, this monastery gets its name from the peach-scented water of a nearby brook. Throughout this section of the coast, Paštrovici traditions have thrived as a cultural center because it was an important political center for the people of that tribe. Balsa III of Zeta founded the city in 1413. However, when Montenegro attempted to overtake the Bay of Kotor is 1812, the French heavily damaged it. Some of the traces remain on the left wall, but the current monastery dates back to 1847. Further, up the hill, within the cemetery, are an old schoolhouse and the smaller Holy Trinity Church (Crkva Sv Trojice).
The best time to visit Budva is between April and October. July and August are considered the off-season to visit, whereas February remains the coldest month. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate of Budva makes the place optimal to visit during most times of the year.