Budva is the most touristically developed coastal town in Montenegro and closely resembles a Spanish holiday resort. It wont win any town planning awards but on the plus side there is plenty to see and do ; beaches, bars and the central location make it an ideal place for day trips along the coast. It’s definitely worth a visit to see the area, although a love of alcohol and late nights may well dictate whether you stay one day or several!
As the tourism capital of the country, Budva has no shortage of cafes and restaurants. Fast food joints are everywhere and modern supermarkets are easy to find. You wont struggle to get a decent value meal. For more civilized and healthier dining, head to the old town.
Like Kotor, there is no train line to Budva, so buses are the main way to get around. The bus station is centrally located and easy to use. Buses run along the coast and inland, many going via the capital Podgorica. Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, and Macedonia can all be reached from the town. Budva is part of our coastal itinerary page.
• Enjoy the nightlife – One of the main reasons people come to Budva is to party. Go to the main street behind the beach for clubs, bars and loud music.
• Visit the old town – Not in the same class as Kotor, but still a pretty part of the town to walk around. There are small shops, restaurants, and old churches. It’s a good place to go and buy some dinner then enjoy the views over the sea.
• Spend time at the beach – the main town beach is crowded, narrow and not the cleanest. Go instead to Ploce or Jaz beach. There are parties at rocky Ploce beach, while Jaz has more room to relax and enjoy the sea.
• Catch a bus to Sveti Stefan – It’s picturesque and privately owned, so you wont be able to visit the main ‘island’ itself, but one of the beaches opposite is open to the public, and makes a good opportunity for photos.
• Bag a bargain – Near to the main club street, there are stalls selling cheap trinkets and sunglasses. Fast food is also sold here – it is one of the cheapest locations to eat for those on a budget.
• See Petrovac – If Budva becomes too much and you just want a quiet day by the sea, go to Petrovac. A short bus journey away, it has one of the better beaches in Montenegro and is more reserved than Budva. A good stop off for a few hours if your heading towards Bar, the backdrop of forests edging down to the sea give it a relaxing vibe.
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