The resort of Budva sits on and around a small peninsula and is one of the most popular destinations for holidays to Montenegro. This is largely due to its numerous, immaculate beaches, buzzing night scene and picturesque old town. This means that Budva holidays really do offer a bit of everything.
Like many of its Balkan neighbours, Montenegro's landscapes are generally very mountainous and dramatic. The rugged terrain in the north of the country changes to mostly rocky ground within the central area. Montenegro's southern region is then pure coastal plains, with beaches and resorts dotted along its sandy stretches.
Old town charm
The gem in Budva's crown is the old town found on the peninsula, extending from the coast into the Adriatic Sea. This medieval settlement is known as Stari Grad and is surrounded by fortified walls, city gates and towers. These are an attraction in themselves, as are the cobbled streets to be found within the walls.
Along these narrow streets you'll find a historical showcase of all the cultures that have made their mark on Budva. Venetian houses sit alongside ancient structures, such as the 7th-century Church of Sveti Trojica, and shady squares that are home to striking monuments.
Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy browsing the many shops that dot the streets. Most are little boutiques that sell quality clothing, shoes and jewellery.
Blue Flag beaches
It's not just about the past here though, as holidays in Budva offer numerous beaches with plenty of modern facilities to enjoy. A walkway connects all the stretches of sand from the harbour area all the way to the old town.
Mogren is closest to the old town and is actually two beaches with a tunnel joining them together. One of the best and most popular is Jaz Beach. It's over 1km long and features a mix of pebbles and sand. You can hire sun loungers and umbrellas or simply lie back on a towel to relax and watch the calm sea lapping at the sand. There's also the chance to hire kayaks and jet-skis to get active on the water.
When the sun goes down
Budva in Montenegro holidays provide a surprising amount of opportunities to let your hair down and party into the early hours. Budva attracts huge numbers of people from all over Eastern Europe and beyond with its thriving nightlife.
The previously laidback old town turns into a lively night spot when evening falls and the bars and clubs open their doors. However, most of the action is down by the harbour and the beaches. You can enjoy a delicious seafood dinner at one of the many upmarket, harbourside restaurants, have some drinks and then head to a nightclub if you fancy it. You might even spot a celebrity or two, as many A-list stars are known to enjoy Budva's night scene.
Escape to a private island
Just a 15-minute drive from the centre of Budva is the stunning private island of Sveti Stefan. Like Budva, it boasts top celebrity credentials, with Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe said to have enjoyed its scenery and tranquil atmosphere.
The island is reached via a thin strip of sand stretching from the mainland. Clinging to the island is a town full of houses and holiday homes with terracotta roofs. You'll also find a tangle of narrow lanes and quiet courtyards, with areas dotted with olive and cedar trees for a totally idyllic feel. It's no wonder that it's such a hit with stars looking to get away from it all!
Nearest airport to Budva
Tivat Airport – 12.5 miles
A hire car or taxi will get you from Tivat Airport to Budva in 25 minutes
Holidays in Budva in Montenegro are a time for both relaxing and having fun. Days are spent soaking up the beautiful Balkan scenery while appreciating Budva's unspoilt beaches and discovering its rich history in the old town. Budva holidays also give you the chance to see more of the local area as it's so easy to get around. You can walk to resort neighbours such as Becici and even reach a private island by car.