In the country of Montenegro you will find the coastal town of Budva. The coastal area around the town is called the Budvanska rivijera and it is the centre of Montenegro’s tourism. You will see this coastal town has many examples of Mediterranean style architecture, sandy beaches to lounge on and a fabulous nightlife to lose yourself in. Historically this beautiful coastal town which is about 2,500 years old is one of the oldest settlements to be found on the Adriatic coast.
As you wander around Budva you will see there are many interesting places that you can visit. One such place that you may find interesting is that of the Old Town or Stari Grad. This Old Town can be found on the peninsula in Budva’s centre. The old town itself lies on a little island which used to be linked to the mainland by a sandbar. As time passed the sandbar eroded and the peninsula was formed. Today you will see that the Old Town is surrounded by ramparts which originated during the 15th century. These ramparts include a medieval fortification system with city gates, defensive walls and towers.
The Old Town consists of numerous narrow streets and alleys. You will also find lots of small squares with precious monuments depicting the different Mediterranean cultures which have left their mark on this town. You can enter in Old Town from one of five different entrance doors.
Another landmark in Budva that you might like to see is that of the Dancing Girl Statue. This statue can be found outside of the Old Town on your way to Mogren beach. There are many folk stories about this statue’s origins. Some of these stories say this statue is of young girl who drowned here while other stories say that this is just ordinary statue made to enhance the looks of the town. Regardless of these stories you will find this is an excellent spot to take picture of Budva with a panoramic view of the Old Town in background.
To see more of Budva’s history you should venture to the Budva Citadel. This citadel can be found in the southern part of the Old Town. The entire citadel was reconstructed after an earthquake which occurred here. Around the citadel you will be able to visit the Museum of Budva which has many interesting historical items from Budva’s past.
For those who are interested in seeing religious buildings you will find the Church of Saint John to be most interesting. This church was the Seat of the Budva bishopric until 1828. Even though the church was fully built by 1867 the church’s belfry was added to the north side of the church after this date and today you will see that it still exists without any lasting damages.
Among preserved monuments in the church you will find the most important ones include the icon of “Madonna in Punta”. The church also has rich archives and a fabulous library. Among its various holdings the Chronicle of Budva is the most comprehensive source of data and events which occurred in Budva between 1796 and 1842.
As you see Budva is a wonderful place for you to holiday. There are many more sights to see and activities for you to experience. To see and experience all that Budva has in store for you, you should think about coming here as soon as you can, after all why wait any longer.