Budva is one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Sea, over 2500 years old. Perfectly located inside a small peninsula, this part of Montenegro is home to important Christian settlements and some of the most beautiful churches in southeast Europe. Add to that some stunning beaches and a buzzing nightlight, and it’s not hard to see why Budva is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Here’s our guide on where to stay, and what to see and do, in Budva.
How to get there
There are a couple of options when flying into Budva. The closest airport is Tivat, about 20 kilometers from Budva. The other alternative is Podgorica airport, which is located 65 kilometers from the Budva city center. The third airport commonly used is the Dubrovnik airport in Cilipi, which is about 75 kilometers from Budva.
Budva is connected to the E80, which is one of the main roads in Montenegro. From Dubrovnik, it’s a travel distance of 94 kilometers, including a crossing with a ferry between Lepetane and Kamenari. If you travel from Kotor Bay, the trip is about 30 kilometers longer. From Podgorica there are two roads to Budva, and both have a travel time of about 1 hour and 15 minutes. From the south, there is a road connection from both Ulcinj and Bar.
Where to stay
There are a number of accommodation options in Budva. However, when traveling on a budget, the best choice is Montenegro hostel, located within the historic city walls of the Old Town. With its ideal location, excellent facilities and numerous tours – which it organizes all over the country – this is a great place to stay while saving money at the same time.
Hotel Astoria, on the other hand, is perfect if you want a touch of luxury. Also located in the Old Town, this cozy, elegant boutique hotel has its own beach and will surely cater to your every need.
Where to go
Start your day with a coffee in one of the small cafés in the medieval Old Town, then explore its charming streets, squares and churches – such as the Monasteries of Stanjevici, Podostrog, Rezevici and Gradiste, important historic and religious monuments in Budva. In the streets of Old Town you’ll also find boutiques selling designer clothes and accessories, as well as jewelers, street stalls and restaurants.
Montenegrin museums might be small in size, but they boast a plethora of stunning artifacts dating back to 200-300 BC, and it is worth your time to visit a couple of them. Afterwards, take a walk to the Citadel, situated in the middle of Old Town, for the most beautiful panoramic view of the riviera and St. Nicola Island.
Where to swim
The Budva coast is 21 kilometers long and is home to a number of picturesque beaches – it is also among the most beautiful in the world. Most of the beaches are pebbly and sandy, and each of them is stunning in its own way. The most popular beaches in Budva are:
Jaz – a long, sandy beach located 2.5 kilometers north of Budva and ideal for camping.
Mogren – a small beach (350 meters long) right next to the Old Town, made up of two smaller beaches and known for its extraordinary sand.
Guvance – also known as the Small Beach, located between Budva and Becici, with a café bar ideal for enjoying the sunset.
Becici – located on the coastal town of Becici, and popular for paragliding.
Kamenovo – a small beach with clear, turquoise waters, featuring restaurants and well as secluded swimming spots
Where to eat
After exploring Budva’s sandy shores, it’s time to head back to the Old Town for a taste of traditional Montenegrin food and wine.
Vinarija is a popular wine cellar and bar.
Dukley Beach Lounge is a beautiful restaurant with delicious food; in addition, the view will take your breath away.
Konoba Portun is your go-to place for truly local experience, with a cozy ambience and home-cooked food.
Hotel Astoria boasts a restaurant, beach bar, café and terrace eatery. It’s an à la carte establishment and one of the best in Budva, with a wide range of both local and international dishes.
Budva by night
During the summer months, Budva turns into a theater paradise, with numerous local performances and shows from abroad. The Old Town is also home to numerous bars, so head there if you’re looking for quality cocktails and a place to watch the sunset with your friends or significant other.
Budva’s nightlife is also booming. Top Hill is the most popular place in town – an open-air venue that hosts some of the best international DJs and without a doubt one of the most glamorous clubs in the city. Sea Dance is an electronic music festival, and every July it turns Jaz beach into a paradise of big beats, summer cocktails and dancing. Guaranteed for nights you will never forget.