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Budva, Montenegro: Secret Seaside



Montenegro’s meandering coastline, backed by dramatic limestone mountains, gives on to the serene blue waters of the Adriatic. And while Croatia, to the north west, has grown in popularity, few Britons drive two hours down the coast from Dubrovnik to the ancient town of Budva. Founded by the Greeks in the fourth century BC, and then fortified during the Middle Ages, the town forms the heart of the “Budva Riviera”, which runs 22 miles from Trsteno to Buljarica, and is dotted with a series of sheltered coves and eight miles of sand and pebble beaches.

You can start your day by stepping through an arched doorway in Budva’s medieval walls straight on to the town beach. Lined by tables and lounge-sofas, and managed by nearby cafés, this is where glamorous locals come to have coffee and gossip. It isn’t the ideal spot for swimming, but there are several other beaches within walking distance….

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