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Location of Budva
The coastal area called Budva Riviera near the town itself is the centre of tourism in Montenegro. The largest island of the southern part of the Adriatic Sea, called St Nicholas Island or “Hawaii of Budva” is also located in this area.
History of Budva
Budva is among the oldest towns in the region; it is more than 2, 500 years old. The town has been part of the Roman Empire and then the Byzantine Empire as well. Later, it was governed by the Venetians for almost 400 years, between 1420 and 1797. After the fall of the Venetian Republic, Budva came under the dominion of the Habsburg Monarchy. During the Napoleonic Wars, the Montenegrin forces, in an alliance with Russia, took over. The French ruled between 1807 and 1813, and then the town was managed by the Russian Empire. The town established its identity in the middle ages. They introduced developments later as well, mainly following the earthquake in 1667. Along the Montenegrin shores, next to Kotor we find the only town completely surrounded by walls. Thanks to its amazing historic centre they often refer to it as “Mini Dubrovnik”.
Weather in Budva
The resort in Montenegro is characterised by a typical Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and dry, while winters are mild but wet. In July, the temperature might get as high as 27 °C. We can expect most of the precipitation to fall in November and December. Due to the pleasant weather, we recommend that you visit the town between May and October.
Main sights Budva
The coastal town offers several sights to visit. The most important ones include the Fortress of Saint Mary or the Citadel, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Church of Santa Maria in Punta. The town is a great starting point when exploring Saint Nicholas Island, the island of Sveti Stefan or Lake Skadar nearby. The latter is really unique, as it is the largest lake on the Balcan Peninsula. We recommend its excellent routes for hikers and cyclists as well.
Gastronomy of Budva
If you visit Budva, the restaurant Jadran next to the old city is one of the best options. Beside fresh fish, shells and crabs, you can also try some great Italian dishes. The restaurant Porto offers delicious food as well as the finest wines from the region. Visit the local market where you can choose from a wide variety of fresh and quality products.
Beaches in Budva
Slovenska Plaža is the largest beach in Budva with a length of 1, 600 metres. It is a pebbly beach with some sandy parts as well. They have lounges, changing rooms and showers, too. If you like doing sports, you can find basketball and volleyball courts on this shore segment, divided into several parts. You can even play bowling.
Mogren Beach, which is located app. 200 metres from the old city, consists of two pebbly parts that are connected by a tunnel. They offer lounges, and you can rent a paddleboat or a kayak on the 350-metre-long beach. The crystal clear water is perfect for scuba-diving. The remains of the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua can be found on the beach called Mogren II.
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Before setting sail, it is definitely worth going on a pleasant walk in the port near the old city.
Port of Budva
This protected port is also known as Dukley Marina Budva. It has 300 berths and can accommodate boats up to 40 metres in length. The maximum depth is 4 metres, If you get hungry, there is a bar and the restaurant at the site of the port. The excellent services include a laundry, a refuelling station and maintenance. Information about sailing in Budva, or rent a boat in Budva
Port of Bar
It is the largest and most important port in Montenegro, in the southern part of the country. The place is also known as Luka Bar. The port consists of several sections: the port for scheduled vessels, the port for private vessels, for commercial vessels and a military port. There are more than 600 berths for vessels up to 35 metres. The depth of the seabed is 8 metres. There is a restaurant on-site, WiFi and maintenance are available. Furthermore, a sailing school also operates in the port. Rent a boat in Bar.
The port of Herceg Novi
The port of D-Maring Portonovi has 238 berths for ships as long as 120 metres. The depth of the water is 20 metres. They offer great services, such as a refueling station, cosy cafés, cocktail bars and restaurants. Information about sailing in Herceg Novi, or yacht charter in Herceg Novi
Port of Kotor
The port of Kotor is also known as Luka Kotor or Cattaro. It can accommodate a maximum of 30 boats, up to 30 metres in length. The maximum depth of the seabed is 8.5 metres. The protected port offers many high-quality services. It has drinking water, electricity, a laundry, a bar and a restaurant. You can refuel and do maintenance. Moreover, you can even get medical help if needed. Information about sailing in Kotor, or yacht rental in Kotor
If you sail to Budva, do not miss out on the other coastal towns of Montenegro: Pržno, Sveti Stefan, Petrovac, Buljarica, Bar, Uljinc and the Saint Nicholaus Island are all perfect destinations.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Budva. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Budva shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Budva shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
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Day 1. Budva – Pržno 4.68 km (2.91 mi), Day 2. Pržno – Sveti Stefan 1.98 km (1.23 mi), Day 3. Sveti Stefan – Petrovac 7.46 km (4.63 mi), Day 4. Petrovac – Buljarica 2.99 km (1.86 mi), Day 5. Buljarica – Bar 15.78 km (9.81 mi), Day 6. Bar – Uljinc 26.10 km (16.22 mi), Day 7. Uljinc – Sveti Nicola island – Budva 50.60 km (31.44 mi).
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Day 1. Budva – Bigova 20.59 (12.80 mi), Day 2. Bigova – Tivat (Porto Montenegro) 29.40 km (18.27 mi), Day 3. Tivat (Porto Montenegro) – Herceg Novi (Harbor) 13.76 km (8.55 mi), Day 4. Herceg Novi (Harbor) – Cavtat (Harbour) 44.80 km (27.84 mi), Day 5. Cavtat (Harbour) – Dubrovnik (Orsan) 19.93 km (13.39 mi), Day 6. Dubrovnik (Orsan) – Sudurad 15.26 km (9.48 mi), Day 7. Sudurad – St Nicholas Island – Budva 95.03 km (59.05 mi).
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