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Budva.

Beautiful old town on the Adriatic.

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View over Budva.

Beautiful Budva.

Our original plan was to try and do day trips to Cetinje and Budva from Podgorica, but we spent more time in Podgorica than we had intended, so we ended up just doing the day trip to Budva. We got to Budva by bus. The scenery on the way was beautiful: lots of mountains, a hilltop castle, a beautiful view over the rooftops of Cetinje and as we neared Budva great views over the town. Budva has a lovely, but small old town, a famous statue and lots and lots of beaches. It also has a sizable, but not very remarkable new town. We looked at the old town and the statue and had a very refreshing swim in the wonderfully cool Adriatic Sea.

Budva is believed to be one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Coast. According to legends it was founded by a Phoenician prince, Cadmus and his wife Harmonia after they fled from Thebes. Budva was under the control of the Byzantines from the beginning of the sixth century until the twelfth century. After that it was under Serbian control until the Venetians took over at the beginning of the fifteenth century. Most of the buildings in the old town were built during the Venetian Period.

Things to Do.

Budva Marina.

Just before the marina there was a little beach. We had a very pleasant swim there on our way back to the bus station. The marina itself is a mixture of fishing boats, boats offering cruises to tourists, pleasure crafts and boats that take you across to Sveti Nikola Island - a beach resort nicknamed Hawaii by the locals.

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Budva Marina.

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Budva Marina.

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Budva Marina.

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Budva Marina.

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Budva Marina.

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Beach.

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Statue.

The Old Town.

Budva old town is a walled town with several gates. It has a main square, Trg og Crkava, home to several churches and the citadel. It also has some beautiful old narrow streets. It is not a huge old town, but it is well preserved. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars here, too.

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The Old Town.

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The Old Town.

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The Old Town.

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The Old Town.

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The Old Town.

The Old Town Streets.

One of the highlights of the Old Town is just wandering aimlessly around the narrow old town streets. You can get a different perspective of them if you walk the city walls. Despite the influx of tourists, the streets are peaceful and pleasant for a wander.

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The Old Town Streets.

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The Old Town Streets.

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The Old Town Streets.

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The Old Town Streets.

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The Old Town Streets.

The Citadel.

I paid 3 Euros to visit the citadel of the Old Town. This was built by the Austrians in 1836. The best bit about the citadel are the views from it over the sea, the Island of Sveti Nikola and the new and old towns of Budva. Inside the citadel there was a small library and some exhibits ab!out the history of Budva.

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The Citadel.

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The Citadel.

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The Citadel.

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The Citadel.

Budva's City Walls.

I paid 1Euro 50 cents to walk the walls of Budva's old town. This takes around 20 minutes. You cannot walk all the way round. The views from the walls are lovely. You can look out towards Sveti Nikola's Island, look out across the marina or look inland across the colourful narrow streets of the old town.

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Budva's City Walls.

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Budva's City Walls.
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Budva's City Walls.

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Budva's City Walls.

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Budva's City Walls.

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View from the city walls.

Trg og Crkava.

This is the main square of Budva Old Town. Here you can visit the Church of John the Baptist with its towering bell tower. This church dates from the seventh century. Inside in the north altar it houses an icon of the Virgin Mary which is said to have protected Budva from plagues, pirates and other horrors since the fourteenth century. Nearby is the Church of the Holy Trinity which at around two hundred years old is the newest of the Old Town's churches. Also in this square you can find the Church of Saint Mary of Punta, which was built on the site where Spanish sailors placed an icon of the Virgin Mary and two burning candles. The Church of Saint Sava, like the Church of Saint Mary of Punta, forms part of Budva's fortifications.

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Trg og Crkava.

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Trg og Crkava.

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Trg og Crkava.

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Trg og Crkava.

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Trg og Crkava.

The Dancing Girl Statue.

We walked away from the Old Town on the opposite side from the marina and the bus station and, as we wandered along the coastline walkway, we encountered the beautiful, graceful dancing girl statue. She stands on a rock and the more flexible among us may have a go at joining her and imitating her pose. My husband had a go too just to keep us less flexible folk in the picture, too. No-one knows the true history of the statue, though legends claim she was the daughter of a wealthy Budva resident who drowned in the sea off Budva.

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The Dancing Girl Statue.

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The Dancing Girl Statue.

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The Dancing Girl Statue.

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The Dancing Girl Statue.

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The Dancing Girl Statue.

The Prince English Pub: Cosy Bar.

Every day of our stay in Montenegro was incredibly hot, so a nice refreshing drink was very much welcome. We followed the signs for the English pub. It was located down a side street. It was a peaceful, pleasant pub with good service.

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The Prince English Pub: Cosy Bar.

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The Prince English Pub: Cosy Bar.

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The Prince English Pub: Cosy Bar.

Transportation .

Bus to Budva.

We took the bus from Podgorica to Budva. It was fairly cheap. There are frequent buses. Journey time takes between one and a half and two hours. The scenery on the way was stunning. You travel through the mountains and there are great views overlooking Budva as you arrive.

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Bus to Budva.

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Bus to Budva.

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Bus to Budva.

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Bus to Budva.

Shopping.

A Trip to the Market.

Budva Old Town has lots of cafes, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. There was also a little market selling lots of souvenirs and bric-a-brac, though the highlight of it for me was the gorgeous kitten which posed for my shots.

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A Trip to the Market.

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A Trip to the Market.

Posted by irenevt 01:26 Archived in Montenegro

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