Budva is considered to be one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic coast, and it is thought that the history of this town goes back to the 5th century BCE. When you approach Budva, it is hard to imagine this: the coast has been developed into a strip full of resorts, hotels, the beaches are packed in summer, and there is all kinds of fun can be had in casinos, amusement parks, and the like. Approaching Budva from the north, you see its harbour protected by the old town, full not just with fishing boats but also luxury yachts, before you reach the city gate. Once inside, the difference with the outside world is enormous.
Narrow alleys with marble pavement make this a very romantic city, even though it is not always easy to appreciate. The size of the old town is so small, that it is totally flooded by tourists during the busy summer months. It is only when you filter out all the disturbing factors, like noise coming from the many shops, the chatter of people around you, and the flashy signs for restaurants and bars - there are more establishments than actual houses - that you start to see the true value of this coastal town. While the town has had various rules since the Greeks and the Romans, the Venetians who held the town between the early 15th until the end of the 18th century, had the biggest impact.
While there are no canals in Budva, the streets remind you of the famous city on the northern end of the Adriatic, and so does the architecture of the houses. The walls surrounding the city were made by the Venetians, and offered protection against the Ottomans. And indeed, when you see the walls, integrated with the cliffs that rise steep from the sea, you can easily imagine the formidable protection this combination offered against any invaders. Budva was heavily damaged by an enemy against which no protection is possible - earthquakes - but it was rebuilt again. The old town does not only count several churches of varying interest, but also the citadel which can be climbed for great views all around the old town, as well as the coast and its packed beaches. Here you, once again, realize the special place the old town of Budva occupies in the midst of holiday pleasure offered everywhere around.
Personal travel impressions both in words and images from Budva Old Town (Montenegro). Clicking on the pictures enlarges them and enables you to send the picture as a free e-card or download it for personal use, for instance, on your weblog. Or click on the map above to visit more places close to Budva Old Town.
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