Budva Journals

Rose of Montenegro

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A January 2007 trip to Budva by captain oddsocks

Citadella Photo, Budva, Montenegro More Photos
Quote: Budva is the prize bloom of Montenegro's dramatic coast line.

Rose of Montenegro

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Overview

Budva Buildings Photo, Budva, Montenegro
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Budva is a 2,500-year-old seaside settlement about halfway along the dramatic Montenegrin coastline, and it was my favorite of the four or five places we visited in that country.The immaculately cared-for old town juts out into the Adriatic Sea on a small peninsula and is surrounded by tall stone walls that bristle with towers and turrets on all sides. The narrow path that leads around the top of the stone walls affords spectacular views out to sea, over beaches north and south and back to the imposing spine of the steep dark mountain range that runs parallel to the coast. The history of the ancient city from the original Illyrian (pre-Greek) settlement to the devastating earth...Read More

Beach Cafes

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Citadella Photo, Budva, Montenegro
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There’s no better way to pass a little time in Budva than to soak up some sun with a drink at one of the cafes on the town beach.The short stretch of pebbly beach between St Mary’s church and the Hotel Avala has a special area set aside for these beach cafes. There’s a path of stone slabs laid through its centre but the chairs, tables and umbrellas are just set up directly on the pebbles. The view is out across the ocean, north to the rocks and concrete walkway leading to Mogren beach, and south to the citadel and the extreme seaward edge of Budva’s old town.The seats are thickly cushioned and comfortable and if you find a free place, you can take it without waiting to be seated. The u...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 30, 2007

Dona kod Nikole

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Restaurant

Dona Pod Nikole Photo, Budva, Montenegro
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I’m not sure how I feel about Restaurant Dona kod Nikole. The food was good; there’s no denying that. And despite being closed for the winter when we visited, the outdoor area was magnificently decorated with all manner of nautical memorabilia. Old fishing-nets, life-buoys, shells and driftwood lay around the covered patio. The furniture was brightly painted and the dozens of potted plants not only gave a refreshing natural feel but helped to create privacy for the individual tables. Perhaps the best seats for a sunny day would have been the tables over the seawall on the beach itself. Bo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 30, 2007

Budva Town Museum

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Attraction | "Budva City Museum"

Budva Town Museum Photo, Budva, Montenegro
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A visit to the well organised municipal museum in Budva is a good way to get some historic context for some of the things you’ll see during your visit. From June through October it's open from 9am to 10pm 7 days a week, and the rest of the year until 8pm except on Mondays, when it’s closed all day. The 1.50 euro entry price is worthwhile just to see the photographs of the disastrous 1979 earthquake that turned many of historic Budva’s buildings into piles of rubble.Traversing the entire museum will spell out Budva’s history (in five languages) from the first recorded mention almost to the present day. Being one of the oldest urban settlements on the Adriatic coast, the first mention was quite ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2007

Budva Town Museum

Budva, Montenegro

Budva Town Walls

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Budva city walls Photo, Budva, Montenegro
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Walking around the top of the city walls is a must for any visitor to Budva.When we found the entrance up near the citadel, the sign on the locked iron gate made it apparent that entry was no longer free as suggested by our guidebook. Enquiring at tourist information we learned that we could visit the walls every hour on the hour and that somebody would meet us by the entrance to collect our 1 euro admission fee and unlock the gate. The path followed by the walls is roughly three sides of a rectangle, with the fourth taken up by the massive Fortress of St Mary (open in summer only). Along the first stretch the views were of St Nicholas Island, the Adriatic and the Montenegrin coastline...Read More

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Sveti Stefan

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Attraction

Sveti Stefan Photo, Budva, Montenegro
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A nice way to spend half a day or so while you’re in Budva is to take a short trip five kilometres south along the coast to Sveti Stefan.Sveti Stefan was once a small rocky island but is now joined to the coast by a stone walkway built across a naturally-formed spit. The spit is the result of a phenomenon known locally as a tombola. A tombola occurs when waves hit an island that is close to the shore of the mainland. Waves breaking in from the open sea wrap themselves around each side of the island and being trapped by the nearby coastline have no option but to hit each other head on. This sudden collision almost halts the waves and they drop their load of waterborne sand, in this c...Read More

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Sveti Stefan

Budva, Montenegro

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captain oddsocks

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Echuca, Australia