Budva is the tourist mecca of Montenegro, a town everyone wants to visit and stay in. Budva is located on a peninsula (a long time ago it might have been an island). Because of its harmony, tightly packed houses with church towers, public buildings and narrow streets, the old part of Budva is irresistibly attractive.
Budva is an old town, one of the oldest in the Adriatic. According to legend, the founder of Budva was Cadmus (the son of Phoenician king Agenor) who embarked on a search for his sister Europa. He travelled in an ox-driven carriage (the Greek word buthoe, bus means “ox” and gave the name to the town) and conquered the Illyrian lands. In the 5th century B.C. there was a market in the town area where local Illyrian people exchanged goods with the Greeks. A diocese was founded here as early as in Byzantine times. Since the location of the town is of strategic significance, its history has been very eventful. All the powers in the eastern Adriatic ruled the town at one point or another – the Romans, Slavic, Venetians, French and Austrians. Logically, due to the constant danger of conquest, the town was surrounded by a wall with four doors, just like Kotor – two towards the sea (Murava and Porta Pizana), one facing east, and one towards the land. As the southernmost Venetian possession, Budva was often attacked by pirates. On several occasions, they managed to penetrate the walls and pillage the town. Since the area behind Budva used to be closed, it was a refuge for many refugees who sailed from all sides. This was a kind of quarantine for those who waited to sail further from Budva. The old town pulsates with vibrancy. Everything is open until late in the night – stores, cafes, restaurants, museum and even churches. This is also true of the modern part of the town which stretches towards the north and east, along the shore of the bay. Unfortunately, the modern part of the town is less aesthetically pleasing than the old town, and construction has not waned during the past decade. The port, which was turned into a marina, has a harbour’s office, marina Budva office maritime border crossing, police station, customs, petrol station and nautical equipment shop.