Tivat and Budva

Kotor isn’t the only town in Montenegro


Much akin to the Monte Carlo of Monaco, Tivat is a water man’s paradise (pictured above). The clean, whitewashed town is set on the side of a gorgeous harbour, as million-dollar yachts line the marina and beautiful people stroll the promenade. It’s a great spot for a stellar sunset and some relaxation, but nothing in particular to fill your schedules with if you’re planning it as a destination in its own.


Actually much alike it’s smaller brother, Tivat, Budva doesn’t really have much going for it. Come summer, it’s heaving with half-dressed middle-aged Britons, Lads On Tour and scantily clad females gunning for the tropical climes, without the price tag of Ibiza or Malaga or Mykonos. That’s not to say that it’s a place to avoid, but I’m told recent years have seen it lose much of its charm.

What was once a sleepy seaside town with a beautiful walled fortress that gave way to rambling stoney alleys, is now a built-up holidayers playground. Old cottages have given way to high rises and towering apartments, and while this isn’t always a bad thing, you only have to look so far as the side of one of Budva’s hills to note a hotel development that resembles something between a mismanaged beehive and a prehistoric village with a project manager that kept changing his mind about what way the sun would rise. And it’s this kind of eyesore that will hit you with a $1000 price tag, just to stay in its hideously ugly hallowed halls. Unfortunately, the development in Budva seems to only have just hit its stride too. Everywhere you look there’s a crane hoisting building materials to somewhere, making more room for the tourists to overpopulate its shores.

In off-season, it’s ostentatiousness is glaringly obvious too, and it seems too overbearing to even hold itself in check. However, if you are to brave Budva, off-season is the time to embrace it. Its waterfront almost becomes endearing in its ghost town-like quality, the water is still as warm as a lukewarm bath, and there is a reason people flock here in the masses. It’s beautiful, the people are lovely, and the atmosphere is humming.


Looking across Budva, the new developments dwarf the Citadela (the brown speck on the far left)

Citadela: It’s certainly been polished up for the tourists, but the old school charm of this walled fortress can still be seen behind the gleaming cover. The smell of freshly-baked bread wafting from the tiny bakeries is the scent you should be following.

Relax beachside: Even in September, the water is still warm. You might be the only one shedding off for a dip, but you’ll probably see the older Montenegrans running in to the waves in the name of fitness, or  a cheeky dare.



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