Budva is a Montenegrin town on the Adriatic Sea. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budva riviera, is the center of Montenegrin tourism, known for its old-town, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast.
What to do in Budva?
Budva is famous for its beautiful beaches, excellent restaurants and rich nightlife - it is the city offering the best entertainment in the Adriatic.
The Old Town of Budva presents a unique architectural and urban unity, surrounded by medieval walls, with a fortress, towers and Gates. Along the narrow streets and at the small piazzas and squares, there are lines of cafes, boutiques, bars, restaurants, galleries etc. While the town becomes a genuine "Theatre city" during the summer months, thanks to the numerous plays, concerts and exhibitions which Budva hosts too.
The Budva Riviera has more than 20 miles of sandy beaches, ranging from mile-long stretches to small coves and islets, some with Blue Flags.
Economy of Budva is mainly based on tourism. It is a significant tourist destination on the eastern Adriatic, and by far the most popular destination in Montenegro.
Although Budva is notable for its long history and its well-preserved Old Town, it is not primarily known as a destination for sightseeing or cultural tourism. Unlike Kotor or Dubrovnik, Budva has an image of a crowded beach resort, with a lively and vibrant atmosphere and a very active nightlife.
Budva is connected to inland Montenegro by two-laned highways. There are two ways to reach Budva from Podgorica – either through Cetinje, or through the Sozina tunnel (opened 2005). Either way, Podgorica, the capital and main road junction in Montenegro, is around 60 km away. Budva is connected to the rest of the coastal towns of Montenegro by the Adriatic Highway, which extends from Ulcinj in the far south to Herceg Novi in the north, and on to Croatia.
Tivat Airport is 20 km away. Podgorica Airport is 65 km away, and it has regular flights to a number of European destinations throughout the year. Urban transport consists of Mediteran Express buses, which operate between Budva city center and Sveti Stefan. This line services a large portion of the Budva urban core, as well as some small towns between Budva and Sveti Stefan.
The closest train station is in Sutomore. This stop on Belgrade–Bar railway is about 30 km away from Budva city center.
Neighbourhood of Budva
Old Town - An ancient, strong fortress, the Old Town is the best place to stay in Budva if you want to get the real atmosphere of the historical landmark that this town is.
Podmaine - Just north of the town centre is Podmaine. There’s loads of opportunities to get into the great outdoors in the beautiful countryside that surrounds Budva.
Budva Promenade - The Promenade has seen some great night spots spring up in the last couple of years, especially right on the seafront. You can enjoy some spectacular views while sipping on a cocktail or digging into some delicious local cuisine.
Becici - Want to delve into the amazing and eclectic culture of Montenegro, whilst also seeing a part of the town that you might not usually travel to. Whether you love outdoor adventures or just want to sit back, relax and enjoy some Mediterranean sunshine, this is the place for you.
Jaz - Jaz is the beautiful neighbourhood just around the corner from Budva Old Town. There’s white sandy beaches, deep blue seas, all surrounded by amazing historical features.
Eating out in Budva
Porto - The restaurant "Porto" is a renowned seafood restaurant with beautiful views of the sea and the harbour, located close to the Old Town of Budva. The fresh clams, crabs and fish are caught daily by local fishermen and are prepared according to original local recipes. The fish menu is supplemented with traditional Montenegrin and Mediterranean dishes (speciality meat dishes, pastas and salads) as well as vegetarian offerings.To complete the experience, there is a selection of local cheeses, fresh fruit and excellent desserts.
Jadran kod Krsta - Restaurant Jadran kod Krsta is one of the most famous restaurants in Montenegro. It is a family restaurant established 1976. Their guests often say that if you haven't been to Jadran kod Krsta you haven't been at Budva either. They offer you a wide range of Mediterranean sea food, pizza and pasta, grilled meals, national cuisine and vegetarian dishes.
Kuzina - Mediterranean cuisine is a must-taste one at this restaurant. Have a good time here and share tasty charcuterie platter, lamb and Caesar salads with your friends. Good crepes, cheesecakes and che are among the dishes to be tasted at Kužina. You can try delicious house wine, beer or white wine.
Obala - Restaurant Obala is place at one of the most beautiful locations in Budva. Terrace has view on the Old Town of Budva and Sveti Nikola island. Behind them is 40 years of experience in the preparation of local,regional and international dishes.Preparing fish, crabs and other seafood is something that makes their cuisine appreciated by lovers of Mediterranean cuisine.Organic vegetables from gardens and pastries from the bakery restaurant, provide extra pleasure with their meals.
Cafe restaurant Mozart - Cafe Restaurant Mozart is situated at the main entrance to the Old Town, in the basement of an old family home. Since ancient sixties, pastry shop started to work here, and the space of "Mozart" has become synonymous for delectable snacks and superior service. The family is enhanced and developed service and connected it to the traditions of the Mediterranean. In Mozart you can taste the world famous cakes based on local ingredients and distinctive Mediterranean flavors.
Events and festivals
Spring Carnival - Budva loves festivities, carnivals, fishermen's gatherings, and cheerful crowds. Visit it at the time of the Spring Masked ball, an international carnival that gathers a large number of visitors from all over the region. When the carnival starts, the Old City bars get invigorated, Budva’s squares turn into concerts and DJ’s stages, and the carnival procession brings together participants from around the world. Children have their own small international masked parade. Behind every mask there is smiling and cheerful face.
Sea Dance Festival - The festival that has hosted top international music stars such as The Prodigy, Jamiroquai, Underworld, Rudimental, Róisín Murphy, Skrillex, Hurts, Lost Frequencies, John Newman, Sean Paul, Fatboy Slim, gathers fans from all over the world. It is voted the best European medium-sized festival. Chill out at the beach of Budva Riviera having fun, twinkling and celebrating life in the rhythm of your favorite performers and DJs.
The fair of Montenegrin souvenirs - If you want to take something to remind you of Montenegro or buy a present for someone, visit the fair of souvenirs with Montenegrin motifs in hotel Tara in Becici. You can choose a keepsake between a wide range of nice and vivid items demonstrating Montenegrin life.
Theater city - Theater City has been a token of theater life in the Montenegrin coast during the summer for more than 20 years now. It starts in July, and ends in the middle of August. Majority of plays are performed in south Slavic languages though.
Schools in Budva
Budva has two elementary schools and one high school. In 2009, city administration founded Knowledge Academy (Akademija Znanja), an institution envisioned to act as a university center and introduce higher education to Budva. The Knowledge Academy building, situated in the Rozino neighbourhood of Budva, is currently home to Budva city library and private Business and Tourism faculty, and serves as the center of higher education of the municipality.