Budva (map) is a coastal tourist resort in Montenegro. It is often called “Montenegrin Miami”, because it is the most crowded and most popular tourist resort in Montenegro, with beaches and vibrant nightlife.
Budva is on the central part of Montenegrin coast, called “Budvanska Rivijera“. It has developed around a small peninsula, on which the old town (map) is situated. It is base for mass tourism, while in its near vicinity there are luxury resorts such as Sveti Stefan (map) and Miločer (map).
There are as many as 35 beaches in the Budva area, mostly rock and a little sand (8 beaches are marked with blue flags).
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Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. Greek colonization of Adriatic began in the 4th century BC, when an Emporium was established on the site of Budva.
Although Budva is notable for its long history and its well-preserved Old Town, it is not primarily known as a destination for sightseeing or cultural tourism. Unlike Kotor or Dubrovnik, Budva has an image of a crowded beach resort, with a lively and vibrant atmosphere and a very active nightlife.
Budva appears to be undergoing poorly planned, unchecked growth with towering unattractive apartment buildings and hotels being built wherever there is open space – which includes building directly on the beach.
Some tourists may find Budva disappointing and cheesy because of the over-crowded beaches filled with chairs, umbrellas and loud music in some places. Prices for food and accommodation are also well above what can be found in less popular resorts.