Budva is a town on the coast of the Adriatic sea in Montenegro. The area around the town, along the coast is called The Budva Riviera and it represents the centre of the tourism in Montenegro, famous for its sandy beaches and night life.
The Old Town
The name Old town was used for Budva in the Middle Ages. Most of the architecture of the Old Town is of Venetian origin. Doors, windows, balconies and many other small, but noticeable things are in the Roman style of the Venetian Republic. There are three churches in the Old Town. The first one is Honouring St. John, which was built in the 7th century and it used to be a cathedral untill the abolition of Budva bishopry, the second one is Santa Maria in Punta from 840 AD, and the third one is The Holy Trinity, built in 1804. Venetian walls of the Old Town are an interesting tourist attraction. The Old Town is also famous for the earthquakes that damaged it severely in 1979. Some houses were completely ruined, and parts of the walls cracked. It took 8 years to completely recover the houses, the streets and the walls (until 1987).
This is one of the main and favourite beaches of Budva, consisting of two sandy beaches connected by a short tunnel. The beach is located about 100 m west of the Old Town. It is very easy to reach through a well marked coastal path.
This sandy beach is one of the longest in the Budva area, and it is famous not only for its beautiful open sea view, but also as a location for musical events.
Island of St. Nicholas
The largest island in the Southern Adriatic is also known as Skolj among locals. Its dense Mediterranean vegetation makes it a natural habitat for numerous animal species, especially birds.
On a small hill above Budva field, approximately two kilometres north from the Old Town, there is the monastery Podostrog with two churches. One of the churches is devoted to the Holy Cross, and the other one to the Presentation of the Virgin Mary. The monastery was named after the hill under which it had been built, although it can also be found under the name of Podmaine, which is the name of the monastery that is located, lower from this one, in the East, with the church devoted to St Paraskevi.