Budva is the administrative centre of Budva municipality, which includes the neighboring towns of Bečići and Petrovac, and has a population of 16,095 (2003 census). The town itself has 14,458 (2003). The beach in Bečići has in 1935. won the Grand Prix in Paris for the most beautiful beach in Europe. It is 1950 m long.
Geolocation Length: 18052'09"E; Latitude: 42017'02"N
The Old Town in Budva has many different tales and stories of its origin. Scholars and historians believe it to have originally been an island, which later joined the shore to form a sand isthmus. The Old Town, along with the city of Budva was said to have been discovered by a Greek sailor by the name of Boutoua. Eventually the Roman Empire took over the whole Montenegrin coast influencing it greatly.
Much of the architecture in the Old Town is of Venetian design. Doors, hinges, windows, balconies and many other small but noticeable things seem to hold the Roman style of the Republic of Venice. There are also three main churches in the old town. The first is St. Ivan's which was built in the 7th century, second St. Mary's of Punta dating from 840 and the third, The Holy Trinity, which was built in 1804. The venetian walls of the Old town are a famous tourist attraction.
The Old Town is also famous for the earthquakes it suffered in 1979, where the whole town had to be rebuilt; it took eight years (until 1987) for it to be finished.
Address of the Hotel
Hotel "Splendid - Conference & Spa Resort", categorized as a five star hotel, is the main Congress hotel Address: Hotel Splendid – Conference & Spa Resort; Becici bb, 85310 Budva, Montenegro; Tel: +382 33 774774, Fax: +382 33 774600, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.montenegrostars.com; www.splendidspa-montenegro.com
HOW TO REACH BUDVA & BECICI
Budva is connected to inland Montenegro by two - laned highways. There are two ways to reach Budva from Podgorica – either through Cetinje, or through the Sozina tunnel (opened 2005). Either way, Podgorica, the capital and main road junction in Montenegro, is around 60 km (37 mi) away.
Budva is connected to the rest of coastal towns of Montenegro by the Adriatic Highway, which extends from Ulcinj in the far south to Herceg Novi, and on to the Croatia.
You must drive on the right side of the road. Speed limit in the inhabited areas is 40 km/h, and outside the inhabited areas is 80 km/h unless shown otherwise. The use of dipped headlights is compulsory all day long. The use of safety belt is mandatory, whilst the use of cell phones is forbidden.
Petrol station is in Budva. Most of the stations are open 24 hours a day, except those in smaller areas which are open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tivat Airport is 20 km (12 mi) away. There are regular flights to Belgrade/Jat Airways& Montenegro Airlines and Zurich/Montenegro Airlines, and the following airlines operate seasonally to/from Tivat Airport: Air Moldova (Chiṣinǎu, seasonal), (Belgrade), KrasAir (Moscow - Domodedovo), Montenegro Airlines (Belgrade, Copenhagen, London - Gatwick, Moscow - Domodedovo, Paris - Charles de Gaulle, Pristina, Rome-Fiumicino, Skopje, St Petersburg), Moskovia Airlines (Moscow-Domodedovo) Rossiya (St Petersburg), S7 Airlines (Moscow-Domodedovo), Transaero Airlines (Moscow-Domodedovo).
Podgorica Airport is 65 km (40 mi) away, and has flights throughout the year to Belgrade, Budapest, Zurich, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Paris, Rome, Vienna and London. Buses run between Podgorica and Budva year round and costs € 6, and taxi from the Podgorica airport to Podgorica station is € 15. Taxis from Podgorica station to Budva run € 50 to € 100. (Fix a price beforehand, do not just accept the meter!). A taxi from Tivat to Budva will cost € 9
Dubrovnik airport (DBV) in Croatia is around 80 km away from Budva, and maintains flights to many European destinations throughout the year, providing a good alternative to the Montenegrin airports.
BY SEA (NAVAL TRANSPORT)
There are three ports – Bar, Kotor and Zelenika, and marinas in Budva, Bar and Kalimanj near Tivat. All marinas offer berthing services for yachts, whilst from ports there are regular ship and ferry lines to Bari (Italy) and occasionally to other ports. More informations on naval transport can be found directly with the operator (Barska plovidba), numerous travel agencies (Merkur, Jadroagent, Intours, Vektra Bar, etc.).
Budva is very well connected by bus with cities within Montenegro and major cities in neighboring countries. Buses are usually on schedule though the schedules vary from season to season, with more buses running during the summer. There is no good online source for the frequently changing schedules so it's best to call the bus station directly at +382 33 456 000.
The bus station is a 20 minute walk, or € 5 or € 3,2 or €1 taxi ride, depending on the taxi you hail, from the old town.
Buses to Sarajevo run daily at 8:10 (Balkan Express minibus) and the journey takes about 7 hours, stopping at Podgorica and other cities. €16.5 one-way.
Buses to Herceg Novi (and vice-versa) run daily approximately every 30 minutes. The journey takes 1.5 hours and costs around €6 one-way.
Buses to Dubrovnik continuing to Split run 3 times a week. There are daily buses during the summer in the morning (check current bus schedule for accurate time) which can get full quickly so arrive early to get a ticket. The journey takes around 3 hours. There is a spectacular view from the bus during this route.
In the summer, Olimpia Express run reasonably priced shuttle buses from just outside old town to Jaz beach (every 2-3 hours), Petrovac (every 2 hours for € 2 one-way), and Sveti Stefan (every 30 minutes or less for € 1.50 one-way). You can also get into Inter-City-Busses, for example Igalo-Bar etc.
Getting to Budva & Becici by train is not preferably. The railroad Belgrade – Bar is the only way and than you have to continue from Bar to Budva & Becici by car or bus.