Welcome to my Montenegro Photo Diary!
We had the privilege of visiting Budva last month during our two month stint in Europe, thanks to Budva Tourism. Montenegro is a real gem! Before visiting Montenegro, I knew very little about the country. We flew in from Rome and stayed for five nights in Hotel Adria, located in the heart of Budva. Budva has so much charm, some of which can found in Old Town Budva, but the city really comes alive at night, and the people here truly know how to have a good party.
Here are some of my photos from our trip & a little guide to what we did and loved. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments!
Old Town Budva
I’ve seen quite a few old towns around the world, and Budva’s Old Town is definitely one of the cutest. It’s quite small, but you can find a range of unique boutique stores, their oldest church, and the Montenegro museum. We had a guided tour of the Old Town, which can be seen in it’s entirety in about one hour.
We also visited the Citadela, which has amazing views over the town and ocean. It’s the perfect place to dine, and watch the sun set in Old Town.
We took a day tour out of Budva to see more of Montenegro. First, we visited the town of Cetinje to see the house of the former King, King Nikola. The house is now a museum and you can take a guided tour to learn more about the King, his family, and Montenegro’s history.
We then drove through the mountains to reach a spot where we tried authentic Montenegrin food, and also dressed up in the traditional attire! We ended the tour in Kotor, which is a beautiful town only thirty minutes from Budva. In the below images, you can see the view over Kotor. It really was breathtaking.
Dukley Beach Lounge
Dukley Beach Lounge is a waterfront lounge bar with incredible views. It is the perfect place to unwind in the later afternoon and was only a five minute drive from our hotel. Since leaving Australia I had been craving Asian cuisine for days! We decided to try out the large sushi platter, fried octopus & saffron risotto. I had rather low expectations for the sushi, but after trying it I would definitely recommend it to others!
Aman Sveti Stefan
Aman Sveti Stefan is a gorgeous five star hotel located just fifteen minutes away from Budva’s Old Town. It’s a very exclusive hotel built on a heritage site of Budva. If you enjoy privacy and want a five star experience, this is the place to stay. There are limited rooms so it generally sells out over Summer. If you decide to make a visit, make sure you book in advance!
Sunsets over Budva
The thing about Budva is that the mountains allow you to get amazing views over everything! We saw sunset twice from the highest possible points. I don’t even know the name of this particular spot, but if you look up from Sveti Stefan you might spot a tiny church with a cross, on the highest point of the mountain. Just tell your taxi driver to take you there because that’s where we were!
We enjoyed sunset from two different spots in the mountains, and I would definitely recommend doing this as colours of the sunset combine so perfectly with the city. I also just love watching cities turn from day to night, and seeing all the lights come on.