What do you know about Budva? A small, coastal city in Montenegro? I didn’t know much either. Until one day a friend invited me to go with her and some other friends to celebrate her birthday there. I accepted of course, birthday celebration means party and new, never visited city means adventure, wouldn’t you?
It was just the beginning of September, the closing summer season weekend in Budva regarding shops, bars, restaurants, hotels, apartments, night clubs. Good. We were going to Budva to have fun.
But lets see, Budva is not only fun, it is one of the most ancient cities in Adriatic, 2.500 years old. So, I will give you few facts so this blog post doesn’t end as party blog post only. Hahaha.
According a legend Budva was founded by Greek founder of Thebes back in 5th century BC. He hide in Budva area with his wife, Harmonia when exiled out of Thebes. After that Budva was colonised by Greeks, then later became a part of Roman Empire which was divided into East and West and Budva was in the middle of this division but more on the East as part of the Byzantine Empire.
Soon other nations were arriving, Slavs, Avars and Saracens who mixed with Romans, and succession of Doclean kings as well as Serbian and Zetan aristocrats ruled Budva in Middle Ages.
But the most impact and the best development Budva faced in 15th to 18th century under Venetian Republic. From that time the beautiful and powerful fortification walls are standing around the small city core and defending the centre from the invaders from East back then and hiding its beautiful stone streets and buildings from tourists today.
After Venetian Republic’s fall Budva came under the rule of Habsburg Monarchy for the next 100 years. In 2006 Montenegro left Yugoslavia and became an independent country with Budva as its primary tourist destination.
End of 20th and beginning of 21st century brought a little chaos in urbanisation of the city. The term Budvanizacija (‘Budvanization’) has been invented to denote this chaotic and massive urban growth that was only made to satisfy the insatiable needs of individual land owners and developers and to the damage of its sustainability.
That is what the receptionist told us too when we entered the Vidikovac apartments and brought us to reality after we were drooling over the view (Vidikovac means vantage point) from our apartment. He is a young just-finished-politics-and-sociology non working man working 16 hours at the reception during summer season and trying to earn enough for the ticket to Ireland, the promised land according to him. So the life in Budva for young, educated people is not as fun as we all thought. Nevertheless, he was cheerful and convivial as we heard Montenegrin people are. He helped us to get along affordably with taxi, night clubs, restaurants, beaches and shops.
We really loved the apartment with a wonderful blue flowered wall paper and the royal style chair in the same pattern.
The view was really beautiful, specially at night with lights clearly outlining the citadel walls of the city enter and wonderful and famous 5 star Avala hotel just next to the walls and above one of the 35 sandy beaches. Yes, 35! They are all in Budva Municipality area and are all sandy that makes the sea a little bit muddy but people like it, the beaches are crowded. The most famous beach is probably Jaz beach where Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, Armand Van Helden, Goran Bregovic and other concerts were held. During the day, not so special, during the night possibly better.
The birthday party started in the apartment but ended in the best night club in Budva, Top Hill.
The venue was interesting but although the best and the closing party DJ Lo and DJ Nigel performed it was not that crowded as we wished for. In spite of that we had had a great time, dancing our hearts out and attracting Montenegrin men as if it was a rule. I read and heard talking about them but never thought to live it. Be careful, they are very persuasive and flattery. Luckily for us but sadly for them, my friends and I have a mind of our own and we can take care of ourselves. Emancipation. What can I say.