Budva, le centre-ville à l'intérieur des remparts
Budva depuis les remparts
Le port de Budva
Les terrasses de Budva
Heart of the nightlife in Montenegro, Budva is a resort crowded with Russian tourists who meet there to enjoy its beautiful old fortified center, beaches and especially its many bars and clubs! But don’t worry, the festive atmosphere of this small town also attracts many backpackers, especially as Budva is well situated to make a trip to the private island of Sveti Stefan, and is less expensive than its neighbor Kotor.
Where to stay in Budva ?
We strongly recommend Montenegro Hostel Budva, the only hostel in the center of the historic old town, inside the city walls ! The setting is really beautiful and also very lively with many bars surrounding the hostel. Each room has its own kitchen and its own bathroom. Given the non-existence of a common space in the hostel, backpackers usually meet up in front of the main door of the hostel, in the beautiful alleys of the old city! Everybody brings its own drink, that they buy at the grocery store in the area. The hostel also offers several tours, including a tour to the Tara Canyon for rafting (see our page about rafting in the Tara Canyon). You need to find at least 4 participants and must arrange well in advance with the owner of the hostel to book the tour.
The nightlife in Budva
The paradox of Budva is that the city is known for its parties, bars and clubs, but they all close at 1am. Exception : 2 clubs stay open, but they are not outdoors and they charge you 5€ to get in. So, to enjoy, start the party early!
Another paradox : you will notice that Russian tourists never dance even if the music is on and quite loud throughout the city until 1am, they just sit and drink around a table.
You will find cool little bars in the old town (Stari Grad), while the biggest clubs are located along the harbor. These usually have extravagant themes : you will find a mini Eiffel Tower, a boat-shaped bar, etc. Drinks prices are ok (2.5 € a beer).
What to do in Budva?
- Walk around the city will take you maximum 1 hour, it is very small. Do not miss a stroll on the ramparts of the city to enjoy the view (despite the smell of piss probably due to the nightlife).
- Relax at the beach, there are two beaches nearby Budva. We recommend that you make a nice 10 minutes walk to Jazz beach from the city center. You will pass a statue which is the symbol of the city.
- Of course party !
- Take the bus (20 min , 1.50 ? A / R) to go to the beach of Sveti Stefan island, a privatized island that belongs to a hotel and is therefore not accessible. However, you can swim and walk on the beach, where you can take beautiful pictures of the island! In addition, this beach is less crowded than those of Budva.
Where to eat in Budva?
You will find many small street snacks that are not very expensive : excellent pieces of pizza and great sandwiches for just 2 €. Also you will find many small bakeries that sell local specialties like baklava , etc.
We’ve also tried the Porto restaurant where we had a mix of grilled meat for 3 people. It was delicious, but we probably paid the tourist price.
We’ve been recommended to eat at the Mercure Hotel, which is not too expensive, but we didn’t get the time to try it.