The Budva Riviera is one of the most up-and-coming sun and beach destinations in the Adriatic Sea. Located on the dramatic coast of Montenegro, this region is ideal for a blissful beach holiday. This is an affordable and uncrowded destination that has much to offer in the way of beautiful coastal landscapes and pretty architecture.
The Budva Riviera has more than 40 beaches, ranging from picture-perfect sandy beaches to secluded coves. Budva is the largest town in the area, although it tends to attract younger crowds in search of nightlife. Having said that, it is worth visiting the town, as it has a beautiful natural setting and is the departure point for boat trips around the Riviera. You can also arrange a day trip to St Nicholas Island in Budva and enjoy the island’s three award-winning beaches.
The towns of Petrovac and Becici make for a more suitable base for exploring the Riviera, as they combine beautiful historical attractions with stunning beaches and a low-key atmosphere. Make the most of the great beach weather (which averages 25C/77F during the summer months) and head to Petrovac’s crescent-shaped beach or to the nearby beaches of Lucica and Perazica, known for their spectacular natural beauty.
Events you won’t want to miss include the Pasticada Fest in June, and Petrovac Night in August, which offer a combination of music, fireworks, and gastronomic events. August is a good month to visit: you might also like the Fishing Night in Ulcinj, and the Petrovac Jazz Festival. Make sure you check closer to the time to see exactly what’s on when!
Travel and Accommodation
The most popular way of getting to Budva Riviera is flying to Dubrovnik in neighbouring Croatia. This airport is served by regular and budget airlines that connect it with many UK airports. Some of these flights are seasonal, which means that you will have a wider range of options if you travel between June and September. You can then cover the 45 mile drive between Dubrovnik and the town of Budva via private transfer (£85) or by bus and taxi (£50).
Alternatively, you can fly to Podgorica (Montenegro’s capital city, also around 45 miles drive away from Budva) from London Stansted and continue your journey by taxi. On average, the taxi ride from the airport to Budva costs £35.
Accommodation prices range between £35 and £150 per night. Self-catered apartments are particularly good value in the area, and you can find fully equipped studios with sea views for just £25 per night.