Things to Do in Budva, Montenegro’s Oldest Coastal Town

Budva Montenegro is the oldest coastal town in the country. The Budva Riviera is the primary tourist destination in Montenegro. The old town of Budva Montenegro has many beaches in the surrounding and therefore is also a well-known beach resort town.

A brief history of Budva Montenegro

Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. The Greeks founded the early settlement there, but soon ruled by the Roman Empire. Later, Byzantine Empire mastered the town.

During the last several centuries, the ruling powers changed several times, from Russian Habsburg Monarchy to French until 1813. History continued after the First World War when the Serbian army entered Budva. Only when Montenegro became independent in 2006 did Budva start to boom its tourism.

The golden sunset on the beach outside the old town of Budva
Sunset View of Budva, Montenegro

Walking in the old town of Budva

On the 7th day of our Montenegro road trip, we visited the old town of Budva. With its long history, Budva is well-known for its medieval walled town, narrow alleys, and Venetian-era stone buildings. The Budva city museum features permanent archaeological and ethnographic exhibits.

The old town of Budva is small but pretty. Some alleys are very narrow. Many restaurants are inside the walls. They could serve you every wish you would have. It was a cold and rainy day. Only a few souls were wandering aimlessly. But that did not discourage us to explore the scenic street scene.

The old town of Budva
Night View in Budva old town
Narrow alley in the old town

Spending some time at the beach

As I mentioned above, Budva is more famous as a beach resort on the Adriatic coast. The beaches in the area are just beautiful. They are flat with fine sands and pebbles. Most beaches are outside the town. They are not big, but that will give a private feeling. If you ever visit Montenegro, you should at least spend a day at the beach. I could imagine in the summer how lively it would be.

In winter, however, the entire beach was nearly deserted. A few local kids were playing around while their parents were walking with their dogs. It was such a silent moment to stroll around on that day.

Watching the sunset on the beach outside the old town of Budva

The sunset over Budva is something you should whiteness. In the late afternoon before our dinner, the rain stopped. It was the perfect time to watch the sunset. At the end of a very narrow alley, we went through an arched doorway to Budva old town’s beach.

The sunlight flooded over the sandy and pebbles beach. Even in winter, tables and lounge-sofas belonged to nearby cafes and restaurants lined up on the beach. The climate was mild in the winter. We relaxed in one cafe and watched the sun going down to the sea slowly. The golden sunset scene on the beach was such a brilliant scene. That was the best moment of our day.

Arched walkway to Budva's beach
Sunset View of Budva, Montenegro

Hiking near Budva

There are some hiking trails in the surrounding area. There is a website that has information about the trails in the area. You can find the detail of those hiking trails online.

Participating in the Events in Budva

Budva hosts several unique events, for example, the Carnival event. If you plan the trip during the event periods, then you should book hotels well advanced. The area could be over-crowded, especially in the summer season.

Travel tips

Book a tour

Where to stay

Being the most famous beach resort town there is no lack of accommodation in the area. You can find hotels at all levels. For example, the following two hotels have very good rates on the hotel platforms:

How to get to Budva

Buses run from Tivat and Podgorica to Budva. If you travel from Dubrovnik, Croatia, then you could also book a private transfer.

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