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Best Things To Do in Budva, Montenegro on a Day Trip From Kotor

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Budva, Montenegro is a historic, walled city that sits on a south facing, half moon bay on the Adriatic Sea. The Budva Riviera, with beaches extending to both the east and west, is a well-known Montenegro holiday hot spot. Budva is only 15miles from Kotor, which also makes it a perfect destination for a Kotor day trip.


Why Visit Budva, Montenegro

More developed for tourism than Kotor, but with an equally rich history, there are many things to do in Budva Old Town and beyond. The most popular Budva beaches are lined with resorts, shopping centers, fun nightlife and heaps of entertainment earning it the moniker of Montenegrin Miami.

While travelers spending long holidays in Budva will have plenty of time to experience all that it has to offer, visitors on day trips from Kotor will want to plan how to best spend their day!


Planning a Trip to Budva, Montenegro

In this article we are featuring the must-see Budva sights and fun activities for your trip.

Regardless of whether you plan on staying one day in Budva or are spending a week, you will want to make a plan for your time.

Travelers arriving from overseas can start by using our Guide to European Vacation Planning for tips on how best to make their Budva, Montenegro trip plans. Our printable Travel Planner will help keep you organized as you research trip ideas and make bookings!

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4 Best Things To Do in Budva, Montenegro

Budva Beach in the off season, Montenegro

In this Budva travel guide, we are highlighting our top recommended Budva activities for a day. We also share pertinent details – like how to get there, a Budva visitor map and additional Budva travel info, which you will find at the end of the article.

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#1 Explore Budva Old Town

Path to Sea, Budva, Montenegro

Old Town Budva, Montenegro – also called Budva Stari Grad – is the best place for day trippers to start their exploration. It is the oldest part of the city with origins that date to the 5th century BC – making it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coastline.

The streets nside Budva's walled city

The entire Budva Old Town, which is surrounded in protective walls (built by the Venetians), sits on a rocky outcrop. Stari Grad Budva is car-free – making it a perfect place to just wander aimlessly. Within the old city walls of Budva, Montenegro, the cobblestone lanes are filled with souvenir shops, jewelry stores, restaurants and cafes.

Window, Budva, Montenegro

Rather than purposely navigating through the Budva Old City center, we think it is most enjoyable to wander the tangle of narrow streets just to see where each lane leads. Some streets end at windows that overlook the sea, while others open onto pretty squares…and a few continue through the ancient Budva city gates.

Pro Tip: If you want an actual Budva map to find your way through the Old Town, you can pick up one at a Budva tourist info kiosk. 



#2 Visit the Budva Citadel and Churches

Budva Citadel and view of sea

The Budva Citadel and three churches are located on the southern tip of Old Town Budva – and are must-see sights!

Constructed into the sea-facing stone fortifications, the Budva Citadel was built in the Middle Ages. Throughout the centuries, the fort – once called the Castle of St. Mary – was expanded to include towers and a church. For a small fee, visitors can go inside the Citadel of Budva Museum, the church ruins and take in the views from an observation deck.

Standing on the square that fronts the Citadel are three churches: St. Ivan, Holy Trinity and Santa Maria in Punta.

Budva main square Catholic Church

St. Ivan Church (or Church of St. John) is a Catholic church that was built in the 15th century on the site of a former 7th century church. The exterior is decorated in the Gothic style and the bell tower was constructed in 1867.

Budva main square: Orthodox Church

The small church in the square is the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. It was built in 1804 and is adorned in colorful artwork. At the back of the church, Budva visitors are invited to buy candles to light and set in the votive stands.

Budva Monastery, Montenegro

Santa Maria in Punta is the oldest church in Budva, dating to the year 840. The small church was also built directly into the Budva town walls and today includes a café as well as occasional performances and art displays.

Pro Tip: Kotor is also known for an abundance of impressive churches! Get all the details in our article: The 10 Best Churches in Kotor.



#3 Soak up the Sun on Budva Beaches

Path to Budva Beach, Montenegro

Outside of the old city walls, the Budva Riviera stretches along the coast both to the east and west, with numerous coves boasting beautiful Montenegrin beaches.


Old Town Budva Beach (Plaza Ricardova Glava)

Drinks at Old Town Budva Beach, Montenegro

Following the main street away from the square, an old city gate leads to through the walls and onto the Budva Old Town Beach. The small beach has a massive beachfront restaurant that is popular on sunny days. The beach sits under the imposing city walls of Budva, which stand tall and strong against the sea.


Mogren Budva, Montenegro Beach

Shoreline Path to the best beaches in Budva, Montenegro

To the west, a shoreline path wraps around rocks to another small beach, Mogren Beach. Quieter and more serene than the bustling Old Town Beach makes it quite popular with locals and tourists alike.

City of Budva, Montenegro

At the far end is a stellar viewpoint, but we think the best views of the Budva Old Town are from the path between Mogren Beach and the Budva center (near the Ballet Dancer Statue), which is especially beautiful under the glow of the setting sun. Walking a bit further to the west brings you to the remains of the old Mogren Fort/Jaz Bastion as well as the even quieter Calypso Beach.


Jaz Beach in Budva, Montenegro

Even further west, Jaz Beach is a long, mostly sandy beach with clear water and beach clubs plus other amenities. On the east end of Jaz beach is an FKK Beach (a.k.a. Nudist Beach).

However, visitors on a day trip to Budva will find Jaz beach is quite far from the Old Town – and it is best reached with you own transportation.


Budva Riviera Slovenska Plaza

Budva Riviera Slovenska Plaza, Montenegro

The longest beach on the Budva Riviera, Slovenska Plaza stretches for over a mile – from the Greco Beach to Dukley Hotel and Resort. The narrow beach consists of both pebbles and sand – and features shops, food kiosks and sunbed rentals, as well as free places where guests can spread out their own towels and beach equipment.


Sveti Nikola Island ‘Hawaii Beach Budva’

Blue water, Budva, Montenegro

The uninhabited island that sits just south of Budva Old Town is Sveti Nikola. Featuring nice beaches and rustic amenities on the northern end, the southern side has secret caves, hidden coves and rugged terrain for curious explorers. Visitors can get to the island via an inexpensive 10-minute boat ride.



#4 Discover the Budva Marina

Budva Marina, Montenegro

Outside the old city walls is the large Budva Harbor, housing everything from row boats to luxury yachts. Old men fish from the docks, sitting on small stools and just passing the time.

Budva seaside dining near the harbor

Some of the best restaurants in Budva line the entire length of the harbor and continue down to Greco Beach. A few even offer food service at tables on the sand!

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More Things To Do in Budva, Montenegro

Things to do near Budva, Montenegro

Most day trip visitors from Kotor will find that our above outlined Budva activities will fill an entire day. However, there are many more Budva things to do!


Podmaine Monastery

Located on a hillside north of the Budva Riviera is the lush and serene Podmaine Monastery. The small and beautiful monastery dates to the 15th century – and monks still reside there today. 

Visitors can reach the monastery on a short walk or via car to see the impressive interior and intriguing architecture.


Aqua Park Budva, Montenegro

The massive Budva water park complex is located north of town on Toplish Hill. While the main attractions are the slides and pools, there are also on-site restaurants, bars, kids activities and stunning views over the Budva Riviera.


Budva Nightlife

The nightlife in Budva, Montenegro is legendary. The Top Hill nightclub is considered to be one of the best clubs in the Balkans and is a popular spot for Budva party goers. To get to Top Hill Budva, it is a short hike from the Old Town.

Trocadero on Slovenska Beach and Omnia are other popular Budva clubs that features DJs and dancing until dawn.


Budva Shopping

The TQ Plaza Budva shopping center is the largest mall in the city and hosts well-known, international brands. It’s the best mall in the Budva municipality. 

On the other hand, the Budva shops in the Old Town are mostly boutiques and local craft shops geared towards tourist looking for Budva souvenirs.


Budva Casino

Budva, Montenegro is home to numerous casinos, with the Merit Casino Royal Splendid and Maestral Resorts and Casino receiving the highest marks. These popular casinos in Budva are part of larger resort complexes, where visitors can stay, eat, drink and play.


Spa Budva, Montenegro

There are numerous spas in Budva where guests can receive wellness treatments. Many of the city’s luxury spas are found at the upscale resorts along the Budva Riviera.


Budva to Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Best View of Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

The famous Sveti Stefan islet is located 3 miles from Budva just off the Montenegrin Coast. The island is now occupied by the exclusive, 5-star Aman Sveti Stefan Luxury Resort – and it seems that they only welcome hotel guests and people with prior restaurant reservations onto the property.

Visitors who just want a glimpse of the island can certainly make the trek (or take the bus) to the island. The coastline Olive Budva restaurant offers a fine dining option with a view of Sveti Stefan, too.


Budva Tours and Activities

Budva: A window through the wall

Guests visiting Budva, Montenegro in a day will certainly be pressed for time, but adventurers might want to fit in a few fun tours or outdoor activities into their itinerary.


Kotor – Lovćen Cablecar

New in 2023, the gondola from Kotor to Lovcen whisks riders to an elevation of nearly 6,000 feet in 11 minutes. At the summit, explorers can set off on hiking and biking treks or just enjoy the splendid views. More details here!


Budva Boat Tours

Visitors interested in Budva boat trips have a few options – like coastline cruises, island exploration and private tours. There are also opportunities for kayaking and whitewater rafting.


SUP or Kayak Budva

Embark on a 3-hour Stand Up Paddle Board or Kayak tour along the Budva Riviera. Guests will have the chance to swim and snorkel near hidden Budva beaches, too! Get the details!


Budva Whitewater Rafting

A full day adventure, participants go rafting down the Tara River through a picturesque canyon. Get more info!


Extremely limited on time, but want to make the most of your Budva day trip from Kotor? Join a Montenegro coastline tour that explores Kotor, Boka Bay, Perast, and Budva. Find out more!


Visit to Budva, Montenegro: What You Need To Know

Best View of Budva, Montenegro

Before setting off on your day trip from Kotor, we have a few more tips for you!


Budva Weather

The Budva climate is Mediterranean – meaning mild winters and sunny summers. In the summertime, the weather in Budva, Montenegro is hot, with temperatures exceeding 90-degrees Fahrenheit. While the Budva winters are generally mild, it can be windy and rainy from mid-autumn until early spring.


When To Visit Budva, Montenegro

Budva, Montenegro is a year-round destination – but busiest in the summer months when the weather is ideal for swimming in the sea. 

Visitors who would rather avoid the crowds should consider going to Budva in the shoulder seasons – spring or autumn. It is often still warm enough to enjoy the beaches in Budva, but far fewer fellow tourists. 


How To Get to Budva, Montenegro

Budva Harbor

While you can arrive by boat, travelers typically get to Budva by car, bus or plane. 


Budva Airport

There is no airport in Budva, but the Tivat Airport (TIV) is only about a 30 minute drive away. The Podgorica and Dubrovnik Airports are also regional options. Begin your search for the best airfares on flights to Montenegro on SkyScanner.


Day Trips from Kotor: How To Get From Kotor to Budva

For day trippers from Kotor or Tivat, there are a few ways to get between Kotor and Budva, Montenegro – including bus, rental car or taxi. 


Budva-Kotor Bus

We used public transportation to get between the two cities. The Kotor-Budva Bus route takes 45 minutes to an hour – depending on whether or not it makes a stop in Tivat. A one-way ticket from Budva to Kotor costs about €3 and there are numerous daily departures.


Rent a Car in Montenegro

Another option to get from Kotor to Budva is to rent a car. Self-driving allows for much more area exploration. There are several parking lots within walking distance to Budva Old Town. Check out our article to get the Best Tips for Cheap Car Rentals.


Taxi Budva-Kotor

Taxicabs are a quick and easy way to get from Kotor to Budva. The ride takes just over 30 minutes and will cost €20 to €30.


Where To Stay in Budva, Montenegro

Day trip visitors will not need to book a Budva, Montenegro hotel, but for those who are trying to decide between staying in Budva or Kotor will find there is a range of hotels in Budva – from luxury resorts to simple hostels.

Before making reservations, be sure to read our tips for Finding the Best Hotels


Best Budva Hotels

We are highlighting a few of the best hotels in Budva for travelers who decide to stay in Budva, Montenegro for their vacation.


Hotel Splendid Budva

A premier 5-star resort in Budva, Hotel Splendid is a beachfront property with sea view rooms, modern amenities and an onsite spa. Check rates and availability for your stay!


Hotel Budva

A luxury property, Hotel Budva has a prime location on the sandy Slovenska Beach. Guests give it rave reviews for the comfortable beds, breakfast options and superb service. Check rates! 


La Villa Boutique Hotel

Situated in the heart of Old Town Budva, La Villa offers spacious rooms, marina views and exceptional service. Check availability! 


Pro Tip: We recommend searching for hotels on Booking.com. Visitors looking for holiday homes will also find numerous choices for Budva, Montenegro Airbnb apartments. Travelers booking a Budva Airbnb should first read our Airbnb Tips for Guests


What To Pack for a Trip to Budva, Montenegro

Now that you know what to see in Budva and how to plan your trip, we have a few suggestions on what you will want to pack in your suitcase or backpack. We share more advice on our Travel Packing Page – and you can download a Free Printable Packing List, too! 


Budva Beach Wear and Gear

If you are planning a Budva, Montenegro beach vacation, be sure to pack your beach necessities! Your accommodations will likely have beach towels (but it’s a good idea to check first), but don’t forget your swimsuit, plenty of sunscreen, a fun beach hat, maybe snorkel gear and polarized sunglasses

Of course, you will want to bring a beach bag and day pack to haul all your gear to the beach, too!


The Right Shoes

You will most definitely want to pack a pair of flip flops, but remember to pack comfortable shoes for exploring, too. Read our top tips and honest reviews for the Best Travel Shoes!


Travel Camera

Montenegro is stunningly beautiful! We think it is best to capture the beauty of the country with a real camera. We use a Canon Rebel with a 18-135mm lens. We love that it’s easy to use, takes quality photos, and is a DSLR camera at a budget price


Montenegro Trip Insurance

Travel insurance may cover costs for inconveniences – like flight delays or lost luggage, and could also assist if you become ill or get injured abroad. Check what’s covered on the comprehensive policies with World Nomads.


Montenegro Travel Planner and Documents

Remember to pack your must-have travel documents – like your passport, boarding passes and travel planner


Budva, Montenegro Map

Our map of Budva highlights the best things to do in the city. Use this link to Google for an online version of our Budva Map.

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Montenegro Travel Tips

View of the Savina Monastery, Herceg Novi, Montenegro

We have highlighted the best Budva, Montenegro things to do, but we have a few tips for regional travel, as well. 


Other Top Montenegro Destinations

Town of Perast, Montenegro

Budva is a top destination for beaches, but there are other places to visit near Budva that are worth seeing, too. 

Kotor – and it’s amazing hiking trails – is a top place to go to Montenegro. Travelers who are staying in Kotor can also plan day trips to Perast and Herceg Novi


More Destinations in the Balkans

View of the boats in the Harbor, Hvar Town, Hvar Island, Croatia

Visitors who want to see more of the Balkans can easily do so from Montenegro! We love visiting the Balkans and share top travel tips on what to see and do in the most popular destinations

Travelers going to Croatia can use the guides on our Croatia Travel Page – which includes tips for Hvar, Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb (among many, many other places!). 

We also share tips for visiting Bosnia Herzegovina, top destinations in Kosovo, what to see in North Macedonia and sightseeing tips for Serbia


We Want To Know: Do you have any tips for what to see in Budva, Montenegro? What are your favorite things to do in Budva? Give us your best advice in the comments below!


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10 thoughts on “Best Things To Do in Budva, Montenegro on a Day Trip From Kotor

  1. cromercanary

    Great pics! You were right to save money by not visiting the citadel – there’s not much to see apart from a really impressive library and great views from the ramparts.
    Nearby is the entrance to the city wall of Budva, which, while no Dubrovnik, offers outstanding panoramas of the marina, mountain backdrop and all the narrow streets / pretty squares in the old town below.
    And just outside the walls was a gelato stand…with 48 different flavours of the yummiest ice cream ever!! My top memory of Budva! 😉

  2. Oregon Follower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A walk here………….a couple of beer’s there. Now that’s living!!!!!!

  3. Anonymous

    I’m not sure I ever heard of Montenegro before — it has proven to be a wonderful place to explore!!!!!! Although I will probably never have the opportunity to visit there, I can enjoy it through your eyes!!!!!

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