While I was exploring Montenegro, I was fortunate enough to spend time in the enchanting town of Budva. I was staying in the capital city of Kotor, and I made it a point to visit Budva.
It is a magical seaside town in Montenegro that is bursting with a relaxing atmosphere, charm, and a fascinating history. Most tourists and cruisers will only stop off in Kotor, but those who stay longer tend to venture into Budva.
If you plan on visiting Montenegro, I strongly suggest a visit to Budva. It is a beautiful coastal town with a population of less than 20,000. The beaches and views of the Adriatic Sea are outstanding, and it also has a great nightlife. A visit to Budva is both an enchanting and relaxing way to spend more time in Montenegro.
Budva is 2,500 years old, and makes it the oldest settlement along the Adriatic Sea. The medieval walled city is beautifully preserved with a labyrinth of winding stone streets.
Within the old fortified walls, the town itself is small but very pretty. It showcases the same Venetian style architecture, and city planning as you will find in Kotor. There are many shops, galleries, and cafes within the town walls; and have I mentioned already how charming it is?
🚌 When I visited Budva, I had taken a bus from Kotor’s central bus station, which took less than an hour. The city of Budva is not in the Bay of Kotor, but along the Adriatic Sea, and the landscape and views are quite different. There are several great resorts and hotels that can make for a relaxing getaway, just to experience more of this town’s magic.
Inside the city walls is the Citadella, a stone fortress that was constructed last century in 1936. It was built by the Austrian Army, and used for their troop’s residence during WWII. It was a favorable location for the fortress to be built, as the views of the sea were advantageous for the military.
Today, the picturesque views from the Citadella are seen by visitors, and they are absolutely breathtaking. The Citadella also houses a library, the town museum, and lovely places to dine with gorgeous Adriatic Sea views.
Jardan Kod Krsta
While I was exploring Budva, my favorite place for a meal was at Jardan Kod Krsta. It was on my radar of places to eat while traveling throughout this part of Europe, and is noted as the most popular restaurant in Budva.
For four decades, Jardan Kod Krsta, a family run restaurant has been Budva’s most famous place to dine. In fact, some locals will say that if you have not eaten at Krsta, you have not visited Budva! This favorable restaurant serves daily fresh seafood, clams, and crabs with everything cooked over a hot coal grill. Krsta also offers a full International cuisine menu, if you want to skip over the seafood.
For my full review and restaurant information: Jardan Kod Krsta | Budva’s Most Famous Restaurant
In addition to Jardan Kod Krista, the food in Montenegro that I ate was heavenly. The seafood especially was incredible considering Kotor, Perast, and Budva are along the Adriatic Sea. I had eaten many excellent dishes, and if you are interested in dining, please check out my food journal of Montenegro: What I ate in MONTENEGRO – A Food Journal
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