We’re not big fans of Budva during super crowded summer months, so we decided to spend a weekend during late September.
There are a lot of accommodation options in Budva and most of them are all new and with great facilities. We stayed at a hotel in the center of the city, easily accessible by foot and near the main promenade.
Since we didn’t have much time, we tried to make the most out of our day in Budva. After we had breakfast at the hotel, we visited the Old Town of Budva, a Balkan’s gem with medieval small buildings and narrow sunny alleys. The heart of Budva with its impressive city walls, Mediterranean-style stone houses, small squares, churches and other colorful places is especially attractive when you don’t have to find your way through the crowds.
At this time of the year, the vibe is relaxing and charming. We entered Old Town from the main iron gate and walked to the Citadel. Although the passages are quite narrow, the walls gradually widen to form the Citadel, once a tremendous fortification on the Adriatic, but now a peaceful venue for theatre performances. Entrance fee is € 2.50, but the Citadel is a must for photographers, as you can enjoy wonderful panoramas from its roof.
Right after we left for Sveti Stefan, an exclusive little island, which today is home to Aman Sveti Stefan luxury resort. Set on a UNESCO protected islet, Aman Sveti Stefan is more an exclusive village than a resort. They’ve made sure not to change the architecture and traditional stone cottages of the little island. If you’re not on a short budget, you can choose to stay on the island, or otherwise you can just pay a short visit to it like we did. The guided tour costs 20 Euros per adult and you have to wait for a certain scheduled hour but it’s oh so worth it.