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Budva’s riviera is situated in the central part of the Montenegrin coast. Its superficies is 122 km2, and its population is 17.000 inhabitants. It is located between 42 10′ – 42 20′ north latitude and 18 49′ – 19 00′ east longitude. On 25 kilometers of the coast there are threaded 17 small and large beautiful sandy beaches, starting with Jaz on the north an ending with the beach in Buljarice in the far south of the Budva’s Riviera.
The legend, according to Greek mythology, says that Budva was established by Cadmo, the son of the Phoenician king Agenon. He was expelled from Thebes and arrived by ox-drawn car in this area where he started Budva.
The old town of Budva lies on a little island that was linked to the land by a sandbar and in time turned into a peninsula. It is surrounded by ramparts originating from the XV century including a medieval fortification system with city gates, defense walls and towers. Inside the walls the town is a combination of narrow streets and little squares with valuable monuments of different Mediterranean cultures that marked its development: – The St. Ivan’s church, VII century, has pictures and icons by Venetian artists from the XV – XVII century.
There is a library in the church and an archive where valuable examples of the old church books are kept. – The Church of St. Mother of God, Mary in punta, was built by the Benedictines in 840. – The St. Sava church originated from the period of Nemanjici in the XIV century. It was first mentioned in 1413 in the Charter of the Zeta’s ruler Balsa III. – The St. Trinity church is from 1804. There is a grave of Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, a famous writer, in front of the church. The church is located in the old town in front of the Citadel. Today Budva is a center of tourism and a city of theatre, festivals and celebrations. It is a summer stage for cultural productions.
The walls of the old town of Budva begin on the edge of the sea coast. The town´s history has become myth and legend. Within its ancient walls, life teems in this historical setting. Fortresses and squares become stages under the open skies. Internal spaces of churches become galleries and concert halls. Writers and poets from around the world converse with art admirers on the Poet’s square. In hidden wine shops you can rest enjoying the music of seaside bands , fish, squid, mussels, good wine and romantic atmosphere.
The hyper-urban generation participates in collective madness in the numerous coffee bars. You should simply enjoy the Budva night life, follow the rhythm dictated by your heart and you will certainly have an excellent time. Perhaps, a little shopping could get you in a good mood. While enjoying the nightly hustle and bustle and watching the gracious girls in Old Town, the biggest pessimist would have to believe that beauty will save the world.
Beaches in Budva
The varied relief is a real treasure. Too many coves, cliffs, islands, and reefs (the largest island is Sveti Nikola, two kilometers long), and particularly the existence of 17 lovely beaches are of great importance for developing holiday centers. That is a distinctive tourist area is seen in the fact that Becici (800m, different colours and granulation) was proclaimed by international experts (Paris, 1935.) the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean. Since it represents a natural heritage, the beaches of the Budva Riviera are under special protection.
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