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One of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic, first mentioned in historical records over 2,500 years ago as the ‘town of Illyria’, Budva is a must-visit during a stay in the Montenegrin Riviera.Monday, 3 June 2019

By Tourism Organisation of Budva
Tourism Organisation Of Budva

One of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic, first mentioned in historical records over 2,500 years ago as the ‘town of Illyria’, Budva is a must-visit during a stay in the Montenegrin Riviera.

Throughout history, this coastal gem has been a target for different conquerors, from the Greeks and Romans to the Slavs and Austro-Hungarians. As a result, it’s passed through the hands of many different groups, each of whom left their mark on Budva’s architecture, traditions and culture.

The Old Town is a unique architectural and urban ensemble, surrounded by medieval walls, complete with a fairytale fortress, towers and original Roman columns. Budva has a vibrant cafe culture, with coffee shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants and galleries filling the city’s narrow streets and piazzas. But it’s during the summer that Budva truly blossoms. The annual Theatre City festival has been running since 1987, and sees the atmospheric streets transformed into a living stage through numerous plays, concerts and exhibitions.

Budva’s Old Town has a wealth of historic religious buildings that will fascinate visitors looking to delve into the region’s past. One of the oldest sites is the church of Santa Maria in Punta, which sits right beside the sea, and on the same spot as the former Citadel. The nearby Churches of St Sabbas the Sanctified and St John, meanwhile, aren’t to be missed; the latter is next to the remains of an early Christian basilica.

The main cultural institutions include the City Museum of Budva, with its archaeological and ethnographic collections, the Modern Gallery and the memorial home of Serbian writer and politician Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa.

Budva’s location on this sparkling stretch of the Adriatic makes it perfect for an urban-meets-rural escape. There’s plenty of opportunities for adventure along the Riviera and in forest-covered hills — whether it’s on the water, land or air. The Budva Riviera is also flecked with golden beaches, and secluded coves and harbours. The nearby luxury retreat of Sveti Stefan, meanwhile, remains one of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secrets.

DONT MISS

An escape to Sveti Stefan, a laid-back, discreetly chic resort along the coast with lush gardens and luxury boltholes

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES

• Exploring the Old Town
• Admiring the ancient fortresses and city walls
• Relaxing on one of the nearby beaches
• Discovering the city’s museums
• Restaurants and bars

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