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.
– 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.