Budva is one of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic. The legend of which there are proofs in many Greek myths, says that Budva was founded by Cadmos, the son of Phoenician king Agenon. He was banished from Teba and he reached this territory in an ox-wagon and founded Budva.
The ascent of Mediterranean cultures marked the spirit of this town which is felt even today, when Budva has become a unique tourist pearl of this part of the Adriatic. As a tourist destination this town has been known for a long time – the first tourists arrived here back in 1923.
Now, Budva is often called a “metropolis of tourism” because it is the most visited destination in Montenegro and one of the most visited destinations in the Adriatic. What attracts people and brings them to Budva is in the first place something that is God given, its nature, unique sunshine, sea and beaches like pearls in the bottom of mountain massifs.
The great value of Budva is its cultural and historical heritage: monuments, fossils, fortifications, monasteries and churches.
History and culture – adventure of past times
Perhaps the precise reason to visit the Riviera of Budva, is its rich culture and history which has lasted for 2,500 years.
Great civilizations came and left these areas, leaving behind deep traces so that you can feel at every corner the spirit of ancient times in the Old Town, as well as in the churches, towers, walls and ancient fortresses.
Budva is considered one of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic and is for the first mentioned in the fifth century B.C. in Sophocles’s tragedy “Oikles”. There are a lot of legends about Budva, the one about Cadmos being the most famous one, whose father was a Phoenician king Agenor, having been banished from Teba, with his wife Hermonia, Cadmos arrived in an ox-wagon in this area and founded the town.
From that moment the history of this place starts. A beautiful town was built on a small peninsula surrounded with walls grad, which resisted the conquerors for centuries.
Along the Riviera of Budva there are 8 monasteries: Monastery Podlastva (14th century) is 3.5 km from Budva, behind Topliš towards Kotor. Monastery Podostrog (17th century), it is located in Podmaine at an elevation above the valley of Budva, 2 km north from the Old Town. Monastery Podmaine (18th c.) located on the northeast part of the valley of Budva heading towards Podostrog. In the very vicinity of Budva, northwards, towards south slopes of Lovcen mastiff there is Monastery Stanjevići (18th c.). Near the Kuljača village, by Budva there is Monastery Vojnići (15th c.), while at 470 m above the sea level, in the middle part of Paštrovići there is Monastery Duljevo (14th c.). Praskivca (15th c.), not far from Sveti Stefan, is the most famous political and religious center of Pastrovici tribes. Towards Petrovac in the bottom of the mountain Voštanica there is Reževići (13th c.), while towards Bar there is Monastery Gradište (14th c.).
A lot of fortresses are evidence of this brave people defending themselves from enemies and that Budva always attracted many conquerors. The most famous is the Old Town Citadel, built in 840. There is fortification Đurđevac above the Old Town towards Grbalj. From Cetinje towards the sea traveler can not miss seeing a beautiful fortress above the village Brajići called Kosmač, a former Austro-Hungarian fortification from the 19th century.
As the requirements of the people of our time is above lying on the beach and sunbathing, everything that is offered by the Riviera of Budva is a real challenge for those who want to experience adventure and acquire knowledge. Finally a traveler will take with him all those experiences and knowledge, fulfilled with the feeling of joy and satisfaction.
Food and Wine
There is a large number of hospitality facilities of rich and varied offer: from café bars and terraces, candy shops, pizzerias to inns and restaurants of national and international type.
Beside many meals from international menu, specific meals of continental and maritime Montenegrin meals such as: pršut, cheese from oil, olives, sea fish (San Piero, dentex, goldfish, sea bass, barbun fish, mackerel, mullet, sardine…), crawfish and mollusks (lobster, prawn, octopus, squids), seashells (date-shell, muscles), as river and lake fish (carp, eel, trout, bleak).
All traditional meals are offered with traditional drinks: Montenegrin Rakia (Prvijenac and Kruna), white wines (Krstač, Chardonnay and Sauvignon) and red vines (Vranac, Vranac Procordem, Vranac Reserve, Vranac Baroche, Merlot and Cabernet). For those who love oriental meals there are Chinese restaurants “Hong Kong” and “Shanghai” in the Old town and Japanese restaurant “Promenada” situated in hotel Splendid in Bečići.
The old town is Budva’s trademark. It is raised on the island, which used to be connected to the land by a sandy covering and so it grew into a peninsula. The Old Budva’s town is a unique architectonic and urban entity, which is mentioned even in the antique period. Budva according to those sources is one of the oldest urban centers in the Adriatic; it is more than 2.500 years old. The walls of the Old town were, and are even today, the attraction for both the tourists from the country as well as for those from the farthest parts of the world. They date from the middle century, when in these areas Venetians ruled. Certain damages the urban nucleus of the Old town experienced twice, first in 1667, and then in 1979 in great earthquakes.
When for the first time you visit the old Budva’s town, maybe you will think that you are in a labyrinth, because of the braided streets, squares, bulwarks and towers from the late middle century.
In the Old town a city fortress Citadela (Citadel) is placed, which dates from the V – VI century B.C., which is today a stage of the famous City theater.
In town there is also a Church of Sveti Ivan (St. Ivan) – a monumental basilica with three transepts, which was built in the VII century, the oldest edifice Sveta Marija (St. Marija) from Punta from 840 A.D., and also the church of Sveti Trojica (St. Trinity) built in 1804 year.
Island Sveti Nikola
The attractive Island Sveti Nikola popularly named Hawaii near Budva, is another attraction of Budva Riviera. According to some sources, the island used to be connected with the town by a sandy sandbar, popularly called “Tunja”.
To the island beaches and numerous capes the easiest way to get is by taxi boats, or barges. When you already have reached the destination a translucent and clear sea will await you, as well as the blue sky, sunbeams and the smells and tastes of the Mediterranean. One-day trip to the island offer you are swimming, researching, if you get into such a project by yourself or you can just simply enjoy the sea, peace and Mediterranean.
Today the island is privatized in one part, and in that part there is a new restaurant, two modernly arranged beaches. A building of the marina is planed also in that part of the island. The island is full of deer, rabbits, roe deers, birds… as well as some rare floral kinds. It is covered with thick conifers, pine, and spruce forest. With its greatest part the island reminds to a non – sufficiently examined parts, which are craving for new Robinson Crusoes.
It used to have the name of Kastel Lastva, and today it is called Petrovac on the sea. Petrovac is a very nice little place at about half the way from Budva to Bar. As a lodgment it is mentioned at the end of the XVIII and at the beginning of the XIX century. The town is found in the sandy bay, encircled with the thick pine forests. It used to be mainly a fishing lodgment. The thick pine forests and olive groves, the clean sea, and the wonderful beaches, that surround Petrovac, make this place, to the guests who from year to year are coming back to Petrovac, pleasant for staying.
The beach Lucice during the summer is full of visitors, but beside its attractiveness and numerous lovers it remained naturally intact. From the center of the town that beach is 500 meters away, going to the south. The nightlife in the town, mostly takes place on Petrovac Riva and along the promenade towards the hotel Riviera. During the summer all the cafés are filled with young and beautiful people. From the open – air terraces and discothèques one can hear the sounds of modern music and dance.
The museum of the town Budva is situated in the center of the Old town. Even though Budva is more than 2.5 millenniums old, it waited for its museum in the last 20 years. Beside the antiques visitors are offered by the museum of the town with the exhibits that mark Budva from the creation of the town until nowadays. Those are various items with Hellenic traits, various vases, jewelry, ornaments, tool, eating utensils, the items made of glass and clay, of unusual designs and shapes, silver dishes and many other items that have been waiting for years to be discovered and are now kept in the building of the museum in Budva. The items in the museum testify about both life and historical conditions of this part of the Mediterranean, with ethno genesis, which is made of the pervasion of various cultures: Illyrian, Greek. Roman, Byzantine, Slovenian and others, as well as about the specific profile lead down to the art, archeology and ethnography of this area.
Colors, tastes and scents
There is one ancient wisdom spoken by Pompeii, and which defines life as follows: one must sail, but he need not live! This thirst for traveling, but not an ordinary one, but for sailing, is a hidden inhabitant of our blood circulation system. This possibly which includes all traveling determinants are rare moments offered by the Riviera of Budva. Sailing is common for sea. We have here highest sea. It is blue, clear, transparent or dark, toward the horizon, dark enough to separate the horizon, the space between the sea and the sky, where only two shades of blue exist – and so many dreams.
The sea can be green too, in the bay, while cypress trees reflect on it. Blue and green intermingle in the Riviera of Budva. There is also pale white color of the rocks. They are stable, tough, grounded, so that in combination with the green and blue gives you incredible picture. Enjoy yourself…
Aroma, is something that can not be forgotten. It is hard to be explained with words, somehow it is more an inner experience that animates most of your senses. The taste of the sea water… Plenty of different tastes intermingled as waves which are brought by the high sea. A wine made of local grapes goes with seafood. When combined the taste is achieved in harmony–aroma. Oil made of olives growing above the cliffs, then a fig here and there, pomegranate additionally add to the aroma.
Make us remember beautiful moments. Walk along the sea, and you feel the scents of the sea. In the morning it is more intensive, they say even healthier, in the evening includes everything you have experienced during the day and it is mixed with scents coming from the land. The smell of the sea calls for sailing along the Moonlight. Algae and moss. Leaden sea and sky of the pine trees. In the corner of our soul lasts for at least a year – till next trip.