The Budva Riviera (Montenegrin: Будванска Ривијера, Budvanska Rivijera) is a 35 km (22 mi) long strip of the Adriatic coast surrounding the town of Budva in western Montenegro. It is part of the Montenegrin Littoral geographical region. It is located roughly along the middle of the Montenegrin coast, and is a center for Montenegrin beach tourism. There are 12.5 km (7.8 mi) of beaches which lie along the Budva Riviera. The centuries old dance of the sea waves and the coast-line has made a unique arrangement of oval inlets with strands, at the spots where fine soft zones meet the steep cliffs which are made of hard limestone. This unrepeatable beauty of constant changes provides dual satisfaction coming from magnificent beaches and steep cliffs. The beaches of Budva are covered with sand of high quality. They are spread over 38km of jagged coastline with many inlets, shelters, sandy beaches, capes and small isles.
Mogren I and II beach
One or two beaches stretch from the cape called Mogren to the Avala Hotel belvedere. Their natural environment place Mogren into the category of most attractive beaches, with sand of medium particle size, both on the beach itself and in water. The beach is well exposed to sun and southerly wind. From the back, it is protected by the hill of Spas covered in dense pine and oak woods. The beach is accessible by a narrow path going through Avala hotel complex. It is not more than 150 m (492 ft) away from Budva’s old town. Mogren consists of two sandy beaches of total length of 350 m (1,148 ft), connected with a tunnel in the rock. They were named after the Spanish sailor Mogrini, who landed on the beaches after a shipwreck, As a sign of gratitude, he built St. Anthony’s church. A small fee (one euro as of 2005) is collected at Mogren’s entrance, to keep the beaches not too crowded for guests at Avala hotel.
On the narrow path which leads to the beach, there is one section completely dedicated to divers and risk takers. Almost at the half point of the path, there is a little outlet into the sea, sandwiched between rocks, giving risk takers about 3 m (10 ft) of width to dive safely into the water. This area is called by people from Budva, Kanal, which has no meaning but in English it means literally Canal. These divers have built up quite a reputation in Budva because of their rambunctious and hilarious acts.
Jaz Beach is one of the three great potentials of Montenegrin seaside. It is situated in the Mrcevo field as its background with the seasonal Drenovstica river running through it. It is from both its sides protected by the hills of Grbalj and Straza. The beach is 2.5km away from Budva on the way to Tivat. There are two parts of this beach, one is 500m long, and the smaller one which is used by nudists is 300m long. The beach is pebbly and the sea bottom at its beginning, but it becomes sandy as the water gets deeper. The sand gives the water a wonderful turquoise shade. In the background of the bigger part of the beach, in the Mediterranean vegetation and greenery, there is a campsite with the capacity of 2000 sites. This beach is a protected natural area of the first category.
It spreads out from the city port to the Park hotel, the total length is about 1600m. It was declared a bathing beach in 1920, and some slovenes who spent their vacation in Budva in 1935 called it Slovenian beach and it is still called so. The beach is pebbly, as well as the sea bottom. In its background there is the same named hotel with apartments, annexes, restaurants, cafes, well managed parks with different kinds of Mediterranean vegetation.
This is a small sandy beach beneath the path leading to Becici, near the tunnel which is 80m long.
It is considered to be one of the most beautiful and largest beaches on the south part of the Adriatic Sea. It is sandy, 1950m long and goes from Zavale to Djevistenja. In 1935 it was rewarded Grand Prix (Golden Palm) in Paris. How significant Budva beaches and the quality of their sand were, shows the fact that the Czechs made an exhibition of the sand from these beaches for advertisement purposes. As a part of the background there is a complex tourist settlement. It can be considered to be a bathing zone, sport zone, the zone for recreation and relaxation in well managed parks, with different sport terrains, and of course the zone of all kinds of accommodation capacities.
The Kamenovo Beach is the first one in the succession of about 16 smaller, very attractive beaches of Budva Riviera, at the line towards Perazici valley. It is situated between Becici and Przno. The beach is and the sea bottom are sandy. This makes crystally clean water look turquoise at one and azure in the next moment. It is oriented towards south-east with a big number of sunny hours. Kamenovo beach is easily accessed because of the vicinity of the high way. It is 730m long.
It is situated in front of the vivid, typical sea shore settlement, what gives the beach a special charm. It spreads out from Przno Cape to Milocer Cape. Przno is the combination of partly sandy and partly rocky beach, which is 350m long. There are olive groves of extreme value in its background, because of which the whole locality has been enlisted in the protected natural reservations.
It is situated beneath the former summer resort of the royal Karadorevic family, which was built in 1934 and it is separated from the high way with a wall with two gates, one leading to Przno, and the other one to Sveti Stefan. The beach is 380m long, and in the background there is Milocer forest spreading out in the area of 18 h. There are rare exotic tree species, like Lebanese cedar, tropical Mimosa, Japanese medlar, cactuses, agavas… The Milocer beach is a sandy beach of high category and together with beautiful background and exclusive hotel it is a perfect work of nature and human hands.
It is situated immediately next to Milocer beach and fits in this environment because of its attractiveness. The beach is 1000m long, with cypress and olive trees in its background. It was the favourite beach of Queen Maria Karadordevic and that’s how it got its name.
Sveti stefan beach
At this, for many people the most attractive spot of all the Adriatic coast, we come across a very rare natural phenomenon – the tombola. It is a sandy isthmus that connects the coast with the crag, on which Sveti Stefan, the exclusive town-hotel is built. There are two sandy beaches on the left and on the right side of the tombola. The sand is reddish and the beaches are 1170m long. In the background there are restaurants, cafes, a hotel, a diving club, a parking lot. All this is situated in a park that is arranged in a Mediterranean style. Sveti Stefan is the only deluxe location at the Montenegrin seaside, and its exclusiveness has been famous in the world for a long time. The most popular people come here gladly to spend their vacations. Some of the guests were Villie Brant, Bobby Fisher, Sofia Loren, Monica Viti, Ingemar Stenmark, Sylvester Stallone, Claudia Schiffer. Among the recognition’s that Sveti Stefan was awarded, is the prize Golden Apple (1964) from Life magazine.
Drobni pijesak beach
The terrain towards south, towards Petrovac, is such that it caused forming a few small, pulled in beaches. They are accessible only from the sea. The Drobni sand beach is distinctive for its beauty. It is situated in a hidden valley and it is 250m long. As its sand is yellow-white it reminds of tropical beaches, and as the background is overgrown with olives and maquis it is called “wild”. There is a spring of drinking water and a few restaurants on the very beach. Drobni sand is a favorite vacation area of many people.
Perazica Do beach
It is situated beneath the Rezevici monastery, by the high way. It is a small sandy beach in the valley deeply pulled in the dry land. There is a magnificent hotel called As in its background. There is a small pontoon for landing of boats.
This beach with reddish sand is about 600m long and is one with the biggest number of visitors in Budva Riviera. It has a special charm because of the two isles Katic and Sveti Nedjela, which are true challenges for the lovers of sea depths. Petrovac beach is a protected natural reservation. Its bathing part is rimmed with a promenade, cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops. Hotels Palas and 4th July are in its background.
This is a wonderful bathing locality which is still almost untouched despite the great number of visitors. The beach is 500m away from Petrovac. It has the shape of a small bay. It is 220m long, it is sandy and so is the sea bottom. The sea is very shallow and there are cypresses and pines in its background. There are also two restaurants.
Buljarica is a tourist complex, third for its importance on the coast-line and very significant for Montenegro as a whole. Buljarica Field and the slopes of Dubovica Hill are very convenient for development of all types of tourism. The Buljarica Bay spreads out from the Resovo Brdo Cape to Dubovica and it is the largest beach in Budva Riviera. It is 1 km away from Petrovac towards Bar, about 2250m long, pebbly. There are a few auto camp sites and rest homes in its background.
Trsteno Valley is one of the most beautiful beaches in the region of Donji Grbalj and is one of the nine most beautiful beaches of Montenegrin coast. It is deeply pulled in the dry land and so is protected from high waves, storms and south wind. The beach which is 200m long, with fine sand, clear azure sea water, sandy sea bottom, untouched natural environment presents only a part of what expects you on Trsteno. You can get there by asphalt road which connects Trsteno to the motor way Herceg Novi – Bar.
The island of St. Nikola
The St. Nikola’s isle is the most popular picnic attraction in Budva. The shores of the isle go steeply into the sea. There are many hidden inlets which are a challenge for eccentrics, adventurers and romantic souls. There are three sandy beaches, the total length of which is 840m. The isle is overgrown with various Mediterranean vegetation what makes the beaches and inlets attractively “wild”. It is convenient for daily as the visits at night. It is less than 1km away from Budva. During the season you can get there by boats which daily go there leaving from Budva beaches.