Budva is a city on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro. According to legend, Budva was founded in the time of gods and heroes when Kodmo (Phoenician hero and founder of Thebes) came to this city with his wife Harmony after they were expelled from their place of residence. The town of Budva (Butoa) was named after the oxen who brought them by car to the state of Illyria. To create a haven for weary travelers, the gods demolished the mountain for seven days. At the end of their journey, they asked the supreme god Zeus to turn them into snakes to stay forever in the bushes surrounding the city. That’s why many travelers call Budva a romantic city and a city where long lasting love begins. The slopes of Mount Lovcen surround the town from the north and descend to the sea. Gard is surrounded by the open sea from the south. The city is full of bays, islands, sandy beaches, capes and caves. The Statue of Ballerina is one of the symbols of the city. Many sandy beaches are known in the world Jaz, Mogren and Slovenska beach. St. Nicholas Island is located across from the Old Town and is a favorite picnic area for tourists and locals alike. It is connected by a sand pond to the coast. On the island is St. Nicholas Church and the cemetery where the crusaders were allegedly buried after the epidemic. The bathing and sunbathing season in Budva lasts from April to October because of the Mediterranean climate and the many sunny days of the year. Olives, vines, oranges, almonds, lemon and pomegranate are grown in the fields around the city.
Numerous conquering phodes and earthquakes have shaped the history of this city. Next to each other are the Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity and the Cathedral of St. John (which houses Our Lady of Budva, or the icon of the Madonna) and the Church of St. Mary in Punt, founded in the 9th century by the Benedictines. In the Old Town there are remains of foundations from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The Budva necropolis near the Old Town bears witness to these times. After the 1979 earthquake that struck the city of Budva, valuable pieces of gold jewelry of the finest filigree work were found. They are now in the City Museum with other interesting exhibits.
The surrounding area of Budva is rich in old monasteries (Podstrog above Budvansko polje), home to the highest church officials. The famous Montenegrin poet Bishop Petar II Petrović Njegoš stayed in the silence of the monastery walls overlooking the sea, where he wrote some of the Gorski Vijenac verses. The story of Praskvica Monastery there says that the drinking water is so delicious in this area that you feel after drinking water that you have eaten a juicy peach.
The old part of town is a place to go out and walk with numerous narrow streets and squares. On one of the towers at the corner of the walls of the Old Town stands the coat of arms of the lion (a symbol of the ancient Venetian Republic). In the southeast of the old town is the Citadel (the site of a former ancient necropolis).
At the beginning of the 21st century, the city experienced a tourist expansion, adapting its services to world standards due to the influx of foreign tourists and visitors.
An interesting excursion is to the villages of Pasrovici along streams that lead to the sea with old stone houses upstairs that have openings. Once upon a time, women from these openings threw hot water at enemies. The villages are famous for sailors.
Another interesting excursion is to the island of Sveti Stefan, which is a result of the rare marine occurrence of the “raffle” (sandy cover that connects the coast with the cliff on which it was built). On both sides of the cliffs there are beautiful beaches with sand of reddish color.