I was all set for Budva. I had an image in my mind of the beach, the cafe’s, the accommodation that I had booked for 18 nights in order to have such much needed relaxation time (moving all of the time can get exhausting!). Arriving at 8pm at night after having a great dinner with friends in Podgorica had me feeling pretty positive. Until I made it to my accommodation and everything was wrong. The bed was damp, the toilet wasn’t attached at the base and there was a cockroach infestation. I had to leave the place first thing in the morning as there is no way I would have been able to sleep. This proved a pain with Airbnb being hugely annoying to deal with, meaning I am still trying to get my money back. Oh well, we live and learn I guess and having less money is better than being trapped there!
My next place was amazing, clean and cheaper than the place I left. I showed up at 7am in the morning and they seemed to be waiting for me, giving me a room straight away and making profiteroles for me. Score!
The town was laid back and still waiting for tourists to trickle in. I was correct about the cafe’s at least with lots of places to sit down for a tea and pastry. The beach was average, rocky and not so clean. I didn’t swim in it, though I did watch a beautiful sunset across it.
The old town was a super cool little place with a laid back vibe and filled with many small shops and cafes. It had a funny lay out making it great to wander around as I never knew where I would end up finding an exit or what direction I was facing. The whole city was organised rather strange and so one edge of the old town bordered with the beach and strip of bars where the other borders with a luxury hotel, budget food store and fresh market, as well as the bank area.
I went on a day trip to Sveti Stefan where there was a few amazing beaches. Following the coastline back toward Budva I found some awesome secluded beaches. I spent a few hours in the water here, with less than a handful of people sharing the beach with me. I finally felt like I had found what I came to Budva for, great beaches and amazing mountains, as I could turn around while swimming and see the tall mountains reaching in to the water.
The next day I decided to do some trekking up the mountain. From the Monastery of Podmaine and up a quiet bitumen road. The trail seems to be the local fitness addicts favourite place. I came across a couple runners but all in all it was a very peaceful walk with some pretty spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding mountains.