Budva is one of the most popular Montenegrin resorts. People come here to enjoy the warm sea, unique landscapes and the mild climate of the Adriatic coast, as well as for interesting sights, which are many in this city.
Who and why goes to Budva
There are many old fortresses and ruins in Budva, so it will be interesting to visit lovers of antiquity and connoisseurs of history. You can feel the spirit and atmosphere of the city by walking through the Old Town — this is the pearl of Budva, where many attractions are collected.
In the City Museum you will learn about the history of the city, and the archaeological museum will surprise you with finds resulting from excavations and research. Religious buildings deserve special attention: the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Podmaine Monastery. These three temples were built at different times and in different architectural styles, and each of them has its own interesting history.
Budva is also rich in natural attractions. Fans of entertainment, as well as couples with children, should look into the city water park. Here you will find a lot of entertainment for every taste: slides, rides, swimming pools and playgrounds.
If you want a more relaxing holiday, go by boat to the island of St. Nicholas with beautiful and clean beaches and clear water, or to the secluded Mogren beach, surrounded by rocks and coniferous forest.
Little tourists will love the Budva mini-zoo and fish farm, where you can look at locally grown carps and trout, as well as swim in the waterfall.
Cultural attractions and museums
In the heart of Budva is the Old Town — one of the main local attractions. You can get here through one of the five gates in the fortress walls. Here you can stroll along the winding streets, look into the museum or souvenir shop, admire the old churches. The buildings with red tiled roofs give the impression that you are in a medieval town.
Church of the Holy Trinity
In the center of the Old Town is the Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, which was built at the beginning of the 19th century and has been perfectly preserved to this day. The presence of domes and vaults suggests that the temple is made in the Byzantine style.
The building is built of red and white stone, looks rather modest. From the interior decoration, one can note a luxurious baroque iconostasis, as well as gilded frescoes and colorful mosaics located above the entrance.
The Museum of Archeology was opened in 2003 in the building that housed the Zenovich family in the 19th century — the family coat of arms still adorns its façade. The main collection is represented by objects found in Greek and Roman necropolises during archaeological excavations. These are silver jewelry, glass and ceramic dishes, gold coins, etc.
On the first floor of the museum there is a lapidarium, the second and third are dedicated to the demonstration of objects of art and everyday life of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Slavs. On the fourth floor there is an exposition dedicated to the life of the local people in the period of the 18th-20th centuries.
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
The cathedral is made in the Gothic style — it has a characteristic vaulted roof, and a high bell tower can be seen from almost any part of the city. Previously, the temple complex of John the Baptist served as the residence of the bishop. The facade of the cathedral is quite modest, but the interior decoration is luxurious.
Here is a valuable library with the rarest printed publications, manuscripts and documents, a figure of John the Baptist made of Murano glass and paintings of the 16th-17th centuries.
City Museum of Budva
This museum is worth visiting for anyone interested in the history of Budva. The exhibition presents objects and artifacts that belong to the Greek, Roman, Byzantine era and later periods. The collection covers time frames from the 5th century BC. and up to the 20th century.
A wide variety of items are stored here: cutlery, jewelry, ceramics, glassware and much more.
The Orthodox monastery was founded in the 11th-12th centuries — the exact date is unknown. In its history there was a place for both tragic and heroic events. It is believed that it was from here that Saint Sava of Serbia went on a pilgrimage.
More than once the monastery was subjected to robberies and attacks, as well as the destructive effects of the elements — earthquakes and fires. The last restoration of the temple was carried out in the 1990s, and now it is a functioning monastery for male monks. Cultural and religious events are also regularly held here.
Nature and parks
Water park in Budva
The water park with an area of 4.18 hectares, which can accommodate 6,000 visitors at a time, is located on Toplish Hill. From here you have a beautiful view of the city and the sea. The open-air entertainment complex welcomes guests from June to September. On its territory there are attractions, water slides and pools of different sizes.
In the souvenir shop you can buy some nice little thing as a keepsake, and at the food court you can have a delicious lunch or just take a break in the bar.
Saint Nicholas Island
The island is located 1 km from the coast of Budva — you can get to the place by boat, and in just 5 minutes. Locals call the island of St. Nicholas Hawaii because its beaches are similar to the Pacific Islands in terms of amenities and beauty.
There is a church built in the 16th century, and around the island there is a cemetery of crusaders who died due to plague infection. Tourists can also look into the local fish restaurant.
This is one of the best beaches on the Budva Riviera — it is famous for its cleanliness and clear water. The coastal strip is surrounded by centuries-old pines and rocks. To get to the beach, you need to go through a fragrant coniferous forest along a narrow winding path.
Mogren beach is divided into two parts by a through cave. Inside it there are wooden walkways, on which tourists like to take pictures.
Mini Zoo Budva
At the Mercur cafe in Budva there is a mini-zoo — a small green oasis in the depths of the city. Visitors can see majestic peacocks, proud swans, cute rabbits and sluggish turtles here.
Little tourists will especially like it here: in addition to communicating with animals, there is a playroom, as well as fountains and a small gazebo where you can take a break.
If you find yourself in Budva during the summer heat and you want to escape from the stuffy city, take 15 minutes to drive to the local fish farm. In the hilly area flooded with water, carps, trout and eels are grown.
The highlight of this place is a mountain waterfall, in the natural pool of which you can swim. There is also a restaurant where you can have a bite to eat. And children will like the abundance of living creatures: rabbits, pigs, geese and a donkey walk around the territory.
The Citadel fortress in Budva is a monumental complex of defensive structures from the Middle Ages. It is located in the southern part of the rocky reef surrounding the city. The complex includes gates, fortress walls, the ruins of the church of St. Mary of the XV century, as well as buildings and squares of the former barracks.
On the wall of the Citadel there is a bas-relief depicting two fish — this is a symbol of Budva. On the territory of the fortress there are several churches and a private collection of exhibits telling the history of the Balkans, where you can see historical maps and a collection of valuable books.
The Austrian building, the purpose of which was to protect the city from enemy attacks, was built in the 19th century. The fortress is almost completely destroyed and lies in ruins, so organized tours do not lead here. If you want to see this attraction, you will have to get here on your own.
The fortress is located on the road from Budva to Cetinje, near the village of Braichi. You can climb to it by cable car — from a height you can enjoy an incredible view of the city and its surroundings.
The defensive structure, located near the beach of the same name, was also built in the 19th century by order of the Austro-Hungarian leadership.
During World War II, there was an arsenal here. After the fortress was destroyed, it was not restored, so today you can only see the ruins of Mogren. From the walls of the former fortification, a beautiful panorama of the nearby mountains and coast opens up.
It is worth going to the market first of all for products. Especially if you have not checked into a hotel, but rent an apartment or a room, which is not uncommon in Montenegro.
Homemade products are sold at the Budva market: there are fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as locally made wine. In addition, the market is worth seeing for the sake of immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the city — to feel the local flavor. There is a supermarket nearby where you can also shop.