If you are a seaside enthusiast who loves leisure travel throughout the coastlines of Europe, come to Montenegro for more exotic experiences. In comparison with beach destinations in Greece, Italy, and Portugal, traveling in Montenegro can be cheaper if you know the way around this beautiful Balkan country. Here are 7 ways to experience Budva Town in Montenegro for less than 5 EUR or 6 USD.
Adore the breath-taking Dancing Girl Statue
One must know when traveling to Budva that the Dancing Girl Statue is the symbol of the city and she appears in many places on travel posters and fliers. The topless girl holding a ballet pose on on top of a rock above the ocean, with a picturesque panoramic of Budva behind her, certainly makes a great spot for photographers.
Swim and sunbathe on several beaches
There are several popular beaches in Budva that are ideal for swimming and sunbathing such as Dukley and Greco. Mogren Beach is crowded, but if you walk further around the Citadel passing by the Dancing Girl Statue, you will spot a more private beach with stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Enjoy seafood in many restaurants along the seaside
Around the bay, there are a bunch of seafood restaurants crowded with tourists and locals. Porto restaurant offers seafood at a reasonable price. If you are looking for something cheaper, check out Mogren restaurant (also bar and terrace) in front of Mogren Hotel and Beach. They sell tasty, massive burgers for only 4 EUR (about 4.5 USD).
Visit a church or cathedral
There are several churches in Budva that you can enter for free including the Church of Saint John, the Church of the Holy Trinity and Church of Saint Sava. In front of the Church of the Holy Trinity, you can also find the tomb of a famous writer and politician Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa.The Catholic Church of St.John is the largest and oldest one of all dating back to the 7th century, with the Belfry added to the northern side of it in the 19th century. Inside this church you will find the Madonna of Bulva, a symbolic icon that is believed by the locals to protect the town.
Walk along the Budva Citadel
If you want to hike up and along the citadel and fortress of Budva, it’s possible to access it with the entrance fee of 2 EUR (about 2.26 USD). Known as the early settlement of the Greeks during the 5th century BC, the fortress nowadays houses several art exhibitions and an open-air theater. The citadel offers great views of Budva, but you can also just hike along some parts of the surrounding walls for free.
Explore the old town (Stari Grad)
If you have more time than 1-3 days and would like to know the town more, explore hidden bars and shops. Surrounded by old city walls, the old town can be entered from the main gate or several small gates found in the walls. It is very neat with plenty of narrow streets and some small squares, but is easy to navigate. The old town has an unique, calm and cool atmosphere. There are numerous things you can do around here while strolling around the small narrow paths of Stari Grad. Have a cup of coffee in the morning, enjoy lunch at a local seafood restaurant, listen to folk music late in the evening at Torine Club or Maine Club, or walk around the bay at night.
Have a short trip to Sveti Stefan
From Budva you can take a local bus (leaving every twenty minutes) that takes you from the old town to Sveti Stefan. The ticket costs 1 EUR (about 1.13 USD) each way. Sveti Stefan reminds me of a small Dubrovnik, Croatia because of its stunning beaches and a small island connected to the mainland by a narrow path above the sea. The nearby Sveti Stefan Fortress offers short hiking paths where you can walk up and take in the panoramic view.
Getting to and from Budva
There are regular and cheap bus connections between Budva, Podgorica and Kotor for less than 5 EUR (about 5.65 USD) each way. Online bus schedules for connections throughout the whole country can be checked online via Busticket4.
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