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Budva is a town in Montenegro near the Adriatic Sea. It is the center of Budva Municipality. With a history spanning 2,500 years, it is one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. Much of the archaeological evidence found places Budva between the oldest urban settlements of the Adriatic coast, dating back to the 5th century BC. A legend recounts that a settlement called Bouthoe was founded by Cadmus, the founder of Thebes, Greece. When exiled from Thebes, he founded the town to find a shelter in this place for him and his wife the goddess Harmonia.
The Adriatic was colonized by the Greeks in the 4th century BC, when an Emporium was founded in the area of Budva. In the 2nd century BC, the area of Budva became part of the Roman Empire. Upon the fall of the Empire and its separation into east and west, the defensive barrier that separated the two powers was naturally across this area, consequently leaving a lasting influence on the history and culture of this town. In the 6th century, Budva was part of the Byzantine Empire, and in the following two centuries, Slavs and, to a lesser extent, Avars began to arrive in the area, mixing with the native Roman population. Budva bay was reportedly known as Avarorum sinus i.e. the Avar bay all through the Avar incursions. In 841, Muslim Saracens, who devastated the area, occupied Budva. In the early Middle Ages, Budva was ruled by a series of Doclean kings, in addition to Serbian and Zetan aristocrats.
The present day Budva is popular with tourists. The coastal area around Budva, named the Budva riviera, is the main attraction of Montenegrin tourism and is known for its preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife.
Things to see, things to do
Once you are in Budva, you can start by observing the historic Old Town, known as Stari Grad. The Old Town of Budva is located on a rocky peninsula set on the southern end of Budva field. Archaeological findings indicate that Illyrian settlements existed at the site of the Old Town before Greek colonization. The site was permanently settled by the Romans, however most of surviving city walls and structures were built in the Venetian rule. If you love history and medieval architecture, this city is for you! It is also car free and pedestrian-friendly, for a lovely stroll through the small streets and cobblestone paths, lined with terracotta-roofed houses.
The entire town is surrounded by stonewalls, typical of most Medieval walled cities of the Adriatic. The average cities were built complete with towers, a citadel, reinforced city gates and more. In the beginning, all of the four sides of the walled city were built with gates in them. However, gates facing the sea were barred up over the years. Porta di Terra Ferma is the main city gate, and it served as the grand entrance to the city from the west. It is also the beginning of Njegoševa Street, the city's main road. The town citadel is located on the southern edge of the city. The 160-meter long ramparts of the citadel, outfitted with eastern and western towers, are complexly linked to the rest of the city walls and face the sea. Austrian stone garrisons make up the most conspicuous structure within the castle, as they separate the citadel from the remaining parts of the walled city. Ruins of the Santa Maria de Castello church, after which the entire complex was originally named, are present inside the citadel, which is the highest point of town.
You can catch a glimpse of the churches in a large public square located to the north of the citadel, which contains all of the churches of the old town. These include the 17th-century St. Ivan church, the Santa Maria in Punta dating back to 840 AD, and the Holy Trinity church built in 1804. After your walk through the old town, you can go shopping at the many stores here and grab a meal at one of the traditional eateries in town. You will enjoy the local wines and seafood freshly caught earlier in the day, along with other tasty dishes like tomato soup, prosciutto with mozzarella salad, lamb and potatoes, and even pizza. Surely a delight for the tastebuds!
Now that you have had you fill of history, it is time to hit the beach! The Budva Riviera has some of the south Adriatic’s most attractive beaches, as well as the most agreeable climate in Montenegro. The best known is the Mogren beach, which is certainly one of the more attractive of the Budva city beaches, nestled at the foot of the cliffs at Spas hill near cape Mogren. Mogren consists of two separate beaches. Mogren I and II are connected by a small easily crossed cave tunnel. The beach stretches from Cape Mogren to the Vidikovac Hotel, and is framed by rugged cliffs and lush greenery. The beach is great for simply lying under an umbrella and sunbathing, along with the occasional drink and snacks along the boardwalk.
Most of the Budva Riviera beaches are located outside the city itself, such as the Jaz Beach, a long and expansive beach west of Budva. Its surroundings serve as a popular venue for concerts and festivals, and even as a campground. Another is the Bečići resort town, which has a wide sandy beach, separated from Budva by the Zavala peninsula.
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