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Budva (Budua): the main tourist destination in Montenegro

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Originally the ancient part of the city of Budva-Budua (today called Stari Grad) was located on a small island. This island was joined to the mainland by a strip of sand which then went on to form today’s peninsula where the city stands.

The city of Greek origin was, according to tradition, founded by Cadmo. Later it became a free municipality and bishopric. Starting from 1442 Budva was subjected to Venice and remained part of the Venetian domains until the fall of the Republic of the Serenissima. Budva subsequently came under Austrian control and remained so until the First World War. After the First World War the city became part of Yugoslavia.


The entire historic center was almost completely destroyed during the 1979 earthquake and was faithfully rebuilt stone by stone in the Venetian style, following the plans and maps in the Austrian historical archives. In memory of the Venetian domination, the city is still surrounded by beautiful 15th-16th century walls with 2 gates (sea gate and land gate), ramparts and towers. Inside the walls there is the medieval city characterized by narrow streets, houses and churches, including the three-nave cathedral of Sv. Ivan, the churches of Sv. Trojice (built in 1804), of Santa Maria in Punta (9th century) and Sv. Sava (14th century).

At the tip are the mighty fortifications of the citadel. A Venetian castle, a pivot for the city’s defenses. To the north, along a short and scenic pedestrian path along the rocky coast, you reach the beautiful Mogren beach. In the bay of Budva there is also the small island of Sveti Nikola.

About one kilometer south of the old town is the long pebble beach of Slovenska Plaza. Budva is one of the most popular tourist towns on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro thanks to its mild Mediterranean climate and numerous sandy beaches. About ten kilometers south of Budva is the pretty hotel-village of Sveti Stefan.

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