Stari Grad

Top choice in Budva

Budva's best feature and star attraction is the Stari Grad (Old Town) – a mini-Dubrovnik with marbled streets and Venetian walls rising from the clear waters below. Much of it was ruined by two earthquakes in 1979, but it has since been completely rebuilt and now houses more shops, bars and restaurants than residences.

At its seaward end, the Citadela offers striking views, a restaurant and a library full of rare tomes and maps. There's a cluster of interesting churches in Trg između crkava, the square in front of the citadel. Nearby is the entry to the town walls.

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2. Budva Museum

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This archaeological and ethnographic museum shows off Budva’s ancient and complicated history – dating back to at least 500 BC – over four floors of…

3. Trg između crkava

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Literally the 'square between the churches', this open area below the citadel provides a visual reminder of the once-cosy relationship between Orthodox…

4. St John the Baptist’s Church

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Budva's largest church was built towards the end of the 12th century, and served as its Catholic cathedral until 1828. Parts of it possibly date from as…

5. Holy Trinity Church

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Constructed in 1804 out of stripes of pink and honey-coloured stone, this Orthodox church has beautiful frescoes covering its interior walls.

6. Main Gate

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The remains of the emblem of Venice – the winged lion of St Mark – are still visible over the main entrance to Budva's Old Town.