Not so long ago it used to be a quiet coastal town, today, Budva is the capital of Montenegrin tourism and by far one of the loudest and most visitied towns at the Montenegrin coast specially during the summer season. Budva its the oldest settlements in Montenegro and when we say Its life began on the headland two and a half millennia ago we are not lying however not it has turned into a beach resort where yachts, new buildings, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are most of its the attraction . The largest island in Montengro is located only minutes away fro the Budva Old town, offically known as Saint Nicholas locally known as Hawaii island – boat trips to enjoy the beatiful beaches, ice cold refreshments and seafood specialties are offer during the summer months.
In the evening, on the promenade along the beach you will be overwhelmed by the loud music that comes from the cafes, the laughter and screams of children from nearby amusement parks, the scent of the sea mixed with the aroma of delicious barbeque, and beams of light from the disco that stroll through the sky. Budva is a big light show.
Budva seems to lead a double life – one in the old, and the other in the new part of the city. Bordered by the high ramparts and decorated with the architecture, dominantly Venetian, the Old Town guards historical and cultural treasures – Roman necropolis and an altar, antique pylons, pre-Christian basilica and many churches. It contains the open and boiling stage of the “Theater City”; literature evenings and concerts at the Poet’s Square, and exhibitions in the city gallery take place every summer. Outside the old town, the new city is expanding and the number of inhabitants is rising.
The Budva Riviera has sandy, stone and pebbly beaches, and those that once belonged to the royal family. None of them look alike. There are beaches with reddish, colorful or gray pebbles. Some of them have stepped into the sea, some are sheltered by the small bays, some are exposed to the sun, and some are protected with thick pine-tree shades. Some are facing the islets. But behind each of them there is at least one fishing village lurking, ready to provide private accommodation.
veti Stefan is a medieval island which is connected to mainland by an isthmus. The history of Sveti Stefan dates back to the 15th century to be exact 1442 when the local Patrovic tirbes erected the fortress on the island to have a safe refugee from Ottoman Empire who aimed to conquer the Adriatic Sea and attacked Kotor. People from the Budva Riviera came to help and they repelled the Turks and seized their ships and treasure.
With the spoils of this victory, the locals decided to construct a fortified town on the islet of Sveti Stefan. They built a house for each of the 12 local tribes and, importantly, the island is named after a church dedicated to St. Stephan which dates back to the 12th century, who was revered as the town's protector.
Sveti Stefan is ofter referred to as the capital of the Pastrovici tribe. And, in Venetian times (15th - 18th century) Sveti Stefan over time, this town evolved into a hub of trade and administration, commerce going bak and forth between the Republic of Venice and the Kingdoms of the Orient.
However, by 1940's, the islet's population had dwindled to just 20 residents. Recognizing its potential, the Yugoslavian government transformed the deserted fishing village into an extraordinary hotel which opened in 1960,a creation of new history began for Sveti Stefan.
Its glory from then until now to world is presented by actors like Sofia Loren and Carlo Bruni, as well as the presidents of the majority of countries of the world, singer, scientists and many others. English princess Margaret stayed as well as Italian King Umberto II of Savoy, famous world actors like: Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Geraldine Chaplin, Sidney Poatie, Richard Vidmark, Sylvester Stallone, Jeremy Irons… Famous literates Andre Marlow and Alberto Moravia, also stayed in Sveti Stefan, also Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin, famous chess master Robert Fisher, as well as the most beautiful women in the world Claudia Schiefer. The majority of the mentioned “crowned heads” stayed in the villa 118, which is a part of the hotel complex “Aman Sveti Stefan”. For that exclusive villa, the price of staying is negotiated with the leaser. The starting price is 1.500 euros a day.
In 1972. year Sveti Stefan got a reward “Golden apple”, as the most exclusive summer resort in the world. In its immediate vicinity a former king’s summer residence is situated, which is today hotel Milocer.
Hotel Milocer is completely surrounded by the pinewoods. In the immediate vicinity is a gorgeous park, which is made of pine tree alleys, nicely arranged smaller parks with various flowers, two beaches, walking path which along a smaller hill leads you to the hotel Sveti Stefan. A special experience represents a lunch or a dinner in the open-air restaurant of the hotel, which is made of the finest white stone.
Milocer Beach, Budva Such a natural surrounding, like it is the surrounding of Milocer, is ideal for the rest of the tourists with a refined taste. It is a perfect place for the funs of the rest in peace, which is disturbed just with the chirping of some bird or the murmur of the swimmers.