Amazing places in Budva, Montenegro

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What to see in Budva

Budva Riviera is famous for its clear sea, clean beaches and picturesque islands. And there are many historical sites in Budva – ancient fortresses and Christian temples. Learn why tourists love the most popular resort in Montenegro!

The city on the coast of the Adriatic Sea appeared 2.5 thousand years ago, and Budva has been a sought-after resort since the 1980s. On the peninsula protruding into the sea lies the Old Town, a pleasant corner of Mediterranean and Venetian architecture. There are interesting monuments around Budva as well.

The seaside resort captivates not only by its old forts and monasteries. In this part of Montenegro is surprisingly beautiful nature. During a vacation in Budva visit the picturesque beaches, take a trip to the islands and enjoy the Adriatic coast from high vantage points!

Old Town in Budva

All of Budva’s main attractions are behind powerful fortress walls. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Old Budva, see the remarkable examples of Venetian architecture, inhale the aroma of coffee and fresh pastries from local cafes and you’ll easily fall in love with Budva! Learn more about the Old Town.

What to see in Budva

The narrow streets of Old Budva (Photo: Vladimir Varfolomeev /


The medieval fortress of St. Mary’s is the jewel of the city. When you get behind the powerful fortress walls, you get the feeling that time has turned back. The fortress has a polygonal shape, and the walls are two meters thick and rise to 10 meters.

It is worth to get into the citadel at least for the sake of a beautiful panorama – especially at sunset. Entrance costs 3.5 euros. During the walk along the citadel do not forget to make a photo of the bas-relief with two intertwining fish – it is one of the main symbols of Budva.

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At the end of the pier are the walls of the citadel (Photo: varfolomeev/

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Promenade and boulevard

There is a picturesque promenade along the beach, and parallel to it is a representative Slavic Boulevard. It’s an easy 30-minute walk from one end of Budva to the other along the promenades.

On both streets there are many cafes, mini-markets with beachwear, places where they sell fast food, souvenirs and tours of Montenegro. You will not be bored! Keep in mind that the promenade is narrow. In the high season, when there are a lot of tourists, walking along the sea is not too comfortable.

Statue of a Dancer

One of the main attractions of Budva is near the Old Town. The bronze figure of the girl stands on a large stone, on which the waves of the sea beat. Gradimir Aleksic’s elegant sculpture is dedicated to a local legend about a girl in love. Day after day she went out to sea and faithfully waited for her sailor.

For the residents of Budva, the dancer has become a symbol of loyalty and sacrifice. It is dangerous to approach and climb the rocky ledges, so tourists photograph the statue from afar.

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Statue of a Dancer and St. Nicholas Island (Photo: @photoart2018 /

St. John the Baptist Cathedral

What to see in Budva for history buffs? Check out the medieval Catholic church, founded in the 7th century. The building of the cathedral, which has survived to this day, was built in the XII-XIII centuries. The single-nave basilica is flanked by the bishop’s palace and the slender tower, the tallest building in the Old Town. See an ancient icon of Our Lady, ancient frescoes and a unique Murano glass mosaic!

Temples and Cathedrals of Budva

St. John the Baptist Cathedral (Photo: Matěj Baťa /


The boring word “library” in Budva refers to the original cultural center in the historic heart of the city. From inside the book kingdom looks very impressive! The reading room looks like an elegant living room decorated with bright armchairs, glassed-in bookcases and desks. Admission to the library is free.

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Church of the Holy Trinity

In the center of the Old Town stands a picturesque Orthodox church. It was built in the early 19th century according to old Byzantine canons. The walls of the building are made of alternating strips of red and white stone, and the roof is covered with bright red tiles. Step inside to admire the work of talented iconographer Naum Zetiri!

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Holy Trinity Church (Photo: Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive /

Podmaine Monastery

The Christian Orthodox monastery appeared during the reign of the Nemanjic dynasty – in the 12th century. The buildings were badly damaged by an earthquake in 1979, but later they were restored. On the territory of the monastery there are two temples. Here they sell brojanits – beads of knots, which are worn by almost all citizens of Montenegro.

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Monastery Podmaine. Photo: Olga355 /

Church of Santa Maria in Punta.

One of the eight shrines of Montenegro, which are associated with the Virgin Mary, is located in the Old Town. The temple “on the promontory” – in Punta – appeared in 840. It is the oldest landmark of Budva!

The form of the church is unlike any other Montenegrin temple. It has the form of an irregular rectangle. The entrance is on the side, not in the center. Because of the wonderful acoustics, concerts and music festivals are held in the church.

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Church of Santa Maria in Punta (Photo: Sailko /

Sveti Stefan Island

St. Stefan Island is a colorful landmark of Budva and the most expensive resort in Montenegro. It is very cozy and green. Neat little houses are covered with ivy, and paved winding streets lead to picturesque courtyards. Alas, mere mortals can’t stroll through it. Learn more about Sveti Stefan.

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St. Stefan Island (Photo: nakedst / / License CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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St. Nicholas Island in Budva

Budva has its own Hawaii – a beach on St. Nicholas Island, where people run off to relax and sunbathe. The small picturesque island is situated opposite the Slavic beach of Budva, 1 km from the coast. Learn more about St. Nicholas Island.

Islands and Beaches

St. Nicholas Island in Budva (Photo:

Mogren beach in Budva

The beach Mogren with its picturesque rock is one of the most comfortable and beautiful beaches of Budva. It is located behind the Old Town. The beach is covered with a mixture of sand and fine pebbles and the sea is very clear. A good alternative to the crowded main beaches! Learn more about Mogren beach.

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Road to the beach (Photo: Bratislav /

Mogren Fortress.

The second name of the fortress on the western edge of the resort is Jaz Battery. The free landmark in Budva is open to tourists at all times. Take a walk around the grass-grown walls and bastions and feel the fighting power of the old fort!

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Fortress Mogren. Photo: vampy1 /

Praskvica Monastery

In a picturesque olive grove, near the island of Sveti Stefan, there is an old monastery whose history is full of mysteries. According to legend, it was founded in 1050 on the lands of the old Slavic state of Zeta. Russian sovereigns – from Catherine II to Alexander I – gave the Montenegrin Praskvica valuable gifts and supported the monks with money. Look at the two beautiful temples and cells, admire the ancient frescoes and gilded iconostasis!

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Prasquica Monastery (Photo: Rafael de Cózar /

Archaeological Museum

Interesting collections are housed in a XIX century monument of architecture and occupy 4 floors. Among the exhibits are ancient coins, wine goblets, amphorae, clay dishes, jewelry and military armor. The highlight of the museum is a bronze helmet from the 5th century BC. On the upper floor there is an ethnographic department, which tells about the life and traditions of the inhabitants of Montenegro. Admission to the museum costs 2.5 euros.

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Archaeological Museum (Photo: Sailko /

Budva Art Gallery

This Budva attraction delights fans of modern art. More than 200 works by Montenegrin authors and artists from the former Yugoslavia are on display in the small art gallery. Appreciate the paintings, watercolors, sculptures and prints. Many of them depict the most famous places of Montenegro.


The Budva Riviera has excellent beaches, but not many places where you can walk in the shade of trees, sit on a bench or take a walk with your child. Near Old Budva is a small city park. There is also a nice park near the hotel “Slovenska plaza”, in the center of the resort. Walk along the shady paths surrounded by luxurious Mediterranean plants!

“Rybniak and Waterfall

This original eco-restaurant with a waterfall, mini zoo and fish farm is hard to call a landmark, but the restaurant is enjoyable. Spend time in a picturesque location, swim under the waterfall jets, and try some deliciously prepared fish! One disadvantage is that there is no public transportation to “Rybniak”. Tourists get there by cab or by rented cars. The restaurant is located 6 km northwest of the city.


The largest water park on the Adriatic coast is situated on Toplis hill. It offers a wonderful panoramic view of the coast and sights of Budva.

The water park has everything for your pleasant rest – pools, slides, attractions, recreation area for kids, sun loungers and umbrellas. Admission for adults and children over 130 cm is 18 euros, and for children from 100 to 130 cm – 15 euros.

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Budva Water Park. Photo: davydovslava /

Zelena Pijaca Market

Do you want to know what the locals buy for lunch? Come to the Mega Market supermarket. From early morning to evening Budva market sells seasonal vegetables, fruits, shrimp, fish, nuts, prsut, honey, homemade wine, cheese and olive oil. Taste fresh farm products and appreciate Montenegro for your taste!

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Unconventional attractions in Budva

St. Sava Church . From the south of the Budva fortress, an Orthodox church is built into the wall. The old church is already eight centuries old. According to legend, from this place St. Sava went by sea on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

A 2,000-year-old olive tree in Becici . “Living Calendar” grows in the village of Becici, within walking distance of Budva. Amazingly, the old tree is still bearing fruit!

Church of St. Thomas . In Becici, on a hill there is a picturesque church Crkva Svetog Tome. Nearby there are century-old pines and cypresses, there is a spring with cold spring water.

Panorama Chelobrdo . One of the best viewing sites in Montenegro is located on the mountain, near the monastery Praskvica.

Austrian fortress Kosmac . An old fortress on a hill is a sight to see in the outskirts of Budva. From the dilapidated old walls and round bastions there is a beautiful view of the Adriatic coast.

The tunnel between Budva and Becici . It turns out that a boring underpass can be turned into a fascinating exhibition of street art! Want to see Budva’s original landmark? Take a walk through the tunnel that leads from the resort to Becici.

Flea Market in Budva . Near the walls of the Old Town is a tiny bazaar where they sell antiques, old trinkets and souvenirs. As at any flea market, you can come across some very interesting things here!

Top Hill Club . A nightclub about 10 minutes from the center of town with good sound and state-of-the-art lighting installations. From the Toplis hill you can see Budva’s resort like the palm of your hand!

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