I knew I wanted to visit Montenegro having previously seen articles featuring their beautiful coast line. What I hadn’t realised is that there’s so many mountains in the background where ever you look and the scenery is truly lovely.
Walking through Budva you kind of get the feeling you’re transported back to the 90s.
There’s markets alongside the beach displaying Pokémon ad’s next to fashion styles from my childhood and I legitimately saw a guy walking around in a Madonna concert t-shirt.
Having only gained independence as a country in 2006 after years of conflict, it can be forgiven for being a little behind the times.
Despite this though there’s a stark contrast in this small town with some of the most luxurious private yachts docked in its marina. I’m talking more impressive than even Croatia and Monaco.
With a growing night life scene and fresh seafood and dining options alongside the coast for reasonable prices (they use the Euro), it seemed to be a popular location for many but especially Eastern European tourists, so expect many topless sunbathers.
I wouldn’t say there’s much to necessarily go and see in Budva. You can take a ferry/boat to an island not far off the coast and the old town with its city walls and Citadel make for a few hours of wandering but my friend and I chose to spend half a day on Mongren Beach.
You can choose to hire a beach chair with umbrella or else further along you can simply plop down a towel for free. While the sand isn’t white (again, spoiled Australian) with the summer heat and a nice vibe it’s a great way to spend some time.
Budva offers a relaxing setting to simply chill out and a couple days here is probably enough to enjoy the atmosphere.
It’s the kind of place you feel is yet to be really discovered by mass tourism which makes for a fantastic change after coming from the equally beautiful, yet often crowded parts of Croatia.
Here are some of my favourite images from the town.
Street markets, for all your souvenirs and late night dinner