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Budva
Budva
(Montenegrin Cyrillic: Будва, pronounced [bûːdv̞a] or [bûdv̞a]) is a Montenegrin town on the Adriatic Sea, former bishopric and present Latin Catholic titular see. It has around 14,000 inhabitants, and it is the centre of Budva
Budva
Municipality. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budva
Budva
riviera, is the center of Montenegrin tourism, known for its well-preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Budva
Budva
is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast.

Contents

1 Names 2 History 3 Local government 4 Demographics 5 Cityscape

5.1 Old Town 5.2 Outside the Old Town

6 Tourism

6.1 Beaches 6.2 Nightlife 6.3 Other

7 Culture

7.1 Education 7.2 Sports

8 Transport 9 Climate 10 Twin towns – sister cities 11 See also 12 References 13 Sources and external links

13.1 Official sites 13.2 Photos

Names[edit] In Serbian the town is known as Будва or Budva; in Italian and Latin as Budua; in Albanian as Budua and in ancient Greek as Bouthoe (Βουθόη). History[edit] Extensive archaeological evidence places Budva
Budva
among the oldest urban settlements of the Adriatic coast. Substantial documentary evidence provides historical references dating back to the 5th century BC.

Illyrian helmet from Budva
Budva
(4th century BC)

The Old town in 1615.

A legend recounts that Bouthoe
Bouthoe
(Βουθόη - Vouthoe) was founded by Cadmus, the founder of Thebes, Greece, when exiled out of Thebes, finding a shelter in this place for him and his wife, goddess Harmonia. Greek colonization of Adriatic began in 4th century BC, when an Emporium was established on the site of Budva. In the 2nd century BC, the area of Budva
Budva
became part of the Roman Empire. Upon the fall of the Empire and its division into east and west, the defensive barrier which separated the two powers happened to run across this area, subsequently making a lasting impact on the history and culture of this town. In the 6th century, Budva
Budva
was part of the Byzantine Empire, and in the following two centuries, Slavs
Slavs
and, to a lesser extent, Avars began to arrive in the area, mixing with the native Roman population. Budva
Budva
bay was reportedly known as Avarorum sinus (Avar bay') during the Avar incursions. In 841, Budva
Budva
was sacked by Muslim Saracens, who devastated the area. In the early Middle Ages, Budva
Budva
was reigned by a succession of Doclean kings, as well as Serbian and Zetan aristocrats.

The Venetian walls of Budua (Budva) on a 1900 postcard

Circa 1200, it became the see of a Roman Catholic Diocese of Budua, which lasted until 1828 and was nominally revived as a Latin titular bishopric. The Venetians ruled the town for nearly 400 years, from 1420 to 1797. Budva, called Budua in those centuries, was part of the Venetian Republic region of Albania Veneta
Albania Veneta
and was fortified by powerful Venetian walls against Ottoman conquests. According to the historian Luigi Paulucci in his book "Le Bocche di Cattaro nel 1810" (The Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
in 1810), most of the population spoke the Venetian language until the beginning of the 19th century. One of the most renowned theater librettists and composers, Cristoforo Ivanovich, was born in Venetian Budua. With the fall of Republic of Venice
Republic of Venice
in 1797, Budva
Budva
came under the rule of the Habsburg Monarchy. During the Napoleonic Wars, Montenegrin forces allied with Russia
Russia
took control over the city in 1806, only to relinquish the city to France in 1807. French rule lasted until 1813, when Budva
Budva
(along with Boka Kotorska) was ceded to the Austrian Empire, which remained in control of the city for the next 100 years. A union of Boka Kotorska
Boka Kotorska
(and Budva) with Montenegro
Montenegro
took place for a brief period (1813–1814), but from 1814 until the end of World War I in 1918, Budva
Budva
remained under Austria-Hungary. The southernmost fortress in the Austro-Hungarian empire, Fort Kosmač, was constructed nearby to guard the road from Budva
Budva
to Cetinje. After the war, the Serbian army entered Budva
Budva
after it was abandoned by Austrian forces and it came under the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In 1941, with the beginning of World War II, Budva
Budva
was annexed by the Kingdom of Italy. Budva
Budva
was finally liberated from Axis rule on 22 November 1944 and incorporated in the Socialist Republic of Montenegro (which was a part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia). A catastrophic earthquake struck Budva
Budva
on 15 April 1979. Much of old town was devastated, but today there is little evidence of the catastrophe – almost all the buildings were restored to their original form. Montenegro
Montenegro
became an independent country in 2006, with Budva
Budva
as its primary tourist destination. Local government[edit] The municipal parliament consists of 33 deputies elected directly for a four-year term. Following the last local election held on 16 October 2016, the ruling DPS lost its absolute majority, the new local government being formed by a coalition of opposition parties.

Party/Coalition Seats Local government

Democratic Party of Socialists

12 / 33

Opposition

Democratic Montenegro

7 / 33

Government

Democratic Front

7 / 33

Government

Montenegrin

3 / 33

Opposition

Socialist People's Party-Demos

2 / 33

Government

Social Democratic Party

1 / 33

Government

Social Democrats

1 / 33

Opposition

Demographics[edit]

Ethnic groups (2011)   Montenegrins (48.19%)    Serbs
Serbs
(37.71%)   Others (14.10%)

Budva
Budva
is the administrative centre of Budva
Budva
municipality, which includes the neighbouring towns of Bečići
Bečići
and Petrovac, and has a population of 19,218 (2011 census).[1] The town itself has 13,338 inhabitants. Ethnicity in 2011 (Municipality):[1]

9,262 Montenegrins (48.19%) 7,247 Serbs
Serbs
(37.71%) 210 Russians
Russians
(1.01%) 167 Croats
Croats
(0.87%) 2,332 Others (12.22%)

Cityscape[edit] Old Town[edit]

Churches in Old Town

Old Town by night

The Old Town of Budva
Budva
is situated on a rocky peninsula, on the southern end of Budva
Budva
field. Archaeological evidence suggests that Illyrian settlement was formed on the site of the Old Town before Greek colonization of the Adriatic. While the site was permanently settled since Roman era, most of existing city walls and buildings were erected during the Venetian rule. The entire town is encircled with defensive stone walls. The fortifications of Budva
Budva
are typical of the Medieval walled cities of the Adriatic, complete with towers, embrasures, fortified city gates and a citadel. Originally, there were gates on all of the four sides of the walled city. However, sea-facing gates were closed up over the years. The main city gate is Porta di Terra Ferma, the grand entry to the city from the west. It is also the beginning of the city's main thoroughfare, Njegoševa Street. There are also four more gates on the north wall, facing Budva
Budva
marina (Porta Pizana, Porta Pizana 1 and 2, and Porta Pizanella), and one small gate facing the southwestern beach of Ričardova glava. The layout of the town is roughly orthogonal, although many streets deviate from the grid, resulting in somewhat irregular pattern, with many piazzas connected with narrow streets. Today, the entire city within the walls is pedestrian-only. The town citadel is situated on the southern tip of the city. Originally known as Castle of St Mary, fortification was continually rebuilt and expanded through Middle Ages, reaching its final form during the Austro-Hungarian rule. The sea-facing 160m long ramparts of the citadel, complete with eastern and western towers, are intricately connected to the rest of the city walls. Austrian stone barracks form the most prominent structure within the castle, separating the citadel from the rest of the walled city. Ruins of the Santa Maria de Castello church, after which the entire complex was originally named, are located within the citadel. A large public square is located to the north of the citadel, containing all of the churches of the old town - St. Ivan church (17th century), Santa Maria in Punta (840 AD), and The Holy Trinity
Trinity
church (1804).

The Old Town suffered extensive damage in 1979 earthquake; repair and reconstruction took eight years (until 1987), but traces of the damage are now hardly noticeable. Today, it is a prime visitor attraction of Budva, packed with tourists during the summer months. Its narrow cobbled streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops. Outside the Old Town[edit]

Budva
Budva
mountain view

Miločer

Petrovac

Although confined to the walls of the Old Town for most of its history, Budva
Budva
started significant expansion into the adjacent Budva field in the 20th century, with the development of tourism industry. Hotels started springing up near the Old Town and to the west of it, along the 1600m long Slovenska beach, including the landmark Avala hotel (built in 1939), the Mogren hotel, and the Slovenska plaža hotel complex (built in 1984). Development near the Old Town and along the longest city beach was done in a planned and sustainable manner, with parts of Budva
Budva
built in the SFRY
SFRY
having all the characteristics of a well-organized resort town. Most of the hotels and facilities built during this period are situated to the south of the town's main traffic artery, a portion of Adriatic Highway
Adriatic Highway
(E65/E80) that crosses the city parallel to the Slovenska plaža beach. However, the rest of the Budva
Budva
field, to the north of the Adriatic Highway, developed in a less uniform manner. The western part of Budva field, containing a civic center (an area featuring local government offices, schools, sports center, police and fire station, health center and bus station), Rozino, Dubovica and Golubovina neighbourhoods, was developed relatively in accordance with principles of urban planning. In contrast, the eastern part of the Budva
Budva
field, and slopes of the hills surrounding it, saw the emergence of the chaotic urban sprawl. Spontaneous growth begun in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as a combination of high demand and inability of the state to enforce urban planning, as the Breakup of Yugoslavia
Breakup of Yugoslavia
took place. This trend continued into the 2000s, with prices of real estate skyrocketing following the Montenegrin independence. Overwhelming demand, fueled by the influx of foreign capital (in large part from Russia), meant that all the undeveloped lots in the Budva
Budva
field and surrounding hills were quickly being turned into construction sites. Local and state authorities have failed to keep up with the developers, resulting in the unfortunate lack of urban planning in much of the area. Thus, large parts of Budva
Budva
are connected with an irregular grid of narrow streets, and have overall inadequate infrastructure. This trend continues even today, with limited land forcing developers to turn to building towering high rises in place of small detached residences that made up for majority of Budva
Budva
field in the early 1990s.

Left: Praskvica Monastery, Centre: Reževići Monastery, Right: Podmaine Monastery

The pressures of the real estate market and neglect of urban planning have resulted in chronic and severe lack of parking space, and frequent traffic jams during the summer. Even the water and electricity supply have failed to keep up with the explosive growth in the 2000s, but those issues have since been addressed. A testament to the urban sprawl, the city bypass (Obilaznica, a crescent road that circles the northern ends of Budva
Budva
field, with ends connecting to the Adriatic Highway) is a bypass only in name, as it now a busy urban street, swallowed by the city's expanding urban area. The term Budvanizacija ("Budvanization") has been used regionally to denote a form of chaotic and massive urban growth, tailored to the needs of individual land owners and developers, without regard for sustainability or environment. Tourism[edit] See also: Budva
Budva
Riviera (region)

Sveti Stefan, near Budva

Tourism is the main driver of the economy of Budva. It is a significant tourist destination on the eastern Adriatic, and by far the most popular destination in Montenegro. During the 2013, Budva recorded 668,931 tourist visits, and 4,468,913 overnight stays, thus accounting for 44,8% of tourist visits to Montenegro, and 47,5% of its overnight stays.[2] Although Budva
Budva
is notable for its long history and its well-preserved Old Town, it is not primarily known as a destination for sightseeing or cultural tourism. Unlike Kotor
Kotor
or Dubrovnik, Budva
Budva
has an image of a crowded beach resort, with a lively and vibrant atmosphere and a very active nightlife. Beaches[edit]

Jaz Beach, near Budva

Mogren Beach

The Budva
Budva
Riviera has some of the most attractive beaches of south Adriatic, and the most pleasant climate in Montenegro. Mogren beach is arguably the best known and most attractive of the Budva
Budva
city beaches, nested beneath the cliffs of the Spas hill, between cape Mogren and the Avala hotel. The beach is separated from the city by the slopes of Spas hill that plunge to the sea, and is only accessible by a 250m long narrow path along the cliffs. Other city beaches include the small Ričardova glava ("Richard's Head") and Pizana beaches, next to the Old Town, as well as the 1.6 km (1.0 mi) long Slovenska plaža (Slav beach), that makes up the most of the city's coast. However, majority of the beaches of Budva
Budva
Riviera are outside the city itself. Jaz Beach
Jaz Beach
is a long and spacious beach west of Budva, its hinterland serving as a popular concert and festival venue, as well as a campground. Bečići
Bečići
resort town, with its long sandy beach, is situated south-east of the city, separated from Budva
Budva
by the Zavala peninsula. Further to the south, numerous small beaches and towns, make up the more high end and exclusive part of Budva
Budva
Riviera. This is especially true for the famous Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan
town, but also for other smaller Paštrovići
Paštrovići
settlements in the area, that once were unassuming fishing villages. The area of Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan
and Pržno, including Miločer resort with its park and secluded beaches, is considered the most exclusive area of the Montenegrin coast. The town of Petrovac and the undeveloped Buljarica
Buljarica
field occupy the very south of the Budva
Budva
municipality. Sveti Nikola Island
Sveti Nikola Island
is located opposite of Old Town, 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) across the Budva
Budva
bay. It is a mostly undeveloped island with some beautiful beaches. Well connected to the mainland with water bus, it is a popular excursion site for tourists visiting Budva. Nightlife[edit]

Budva
Budva
by night

Budva
Budva
is well known regionally as the capital of nightlife of the eastern Adriatic. The first discothèques in Budva
Budva
started to emerge during the 1980s, as hotel-attached dance clubs. However, the clubbing scene mushroomed in 1990s, with numerous open-air clubs opening along the Budva
Budva
sea promenade. This trend continued into the 2000s, with Old Town and its promenade hosting a large number of bars, pubs and restaurants, and two big clubs, Top Hill and Trocadero, dominating the clubbing scene. Other[edit] Budva
Budva
is home to the Adriatic Fair (Jadranski sajam), the only specialized exhibition venue in Montenegro. It hosts numerous trade fairs throughout the year, including the only auto show in Montenegro, held annually in autumn. Gambling
Gambling
tourism is also popular in Budva, as many hotels have attached casinos. Maestral hotel and casino in Pržno are particularly popular among international gamblers, but other large hotels have also attracted players from European countries. The 2006 James Bond
James Bond
film Casino
Casino
Royale is partly set in the eponymous casino in the fictional Montenegrin Hotel Splendide, thus giving a boost to Budva's profile as a gambling destination. Budva
Budva
marina, nestled to the north of the Old Town city walls, contributes to the image of Budva
Budva
as a nautical tourism destination. Luxury yachts dominate marina berths during the summer, overshadowing small fishing vessels owned by the locals. Budva
Budva
marina was host to periodic boat shows, but in recent years it has been losing primacy to the larger and more luxurious Porto Montenegro. Budva
Budva
was the host of the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship
Class 1 World Powerboat Championship
Grand prix in May 2008.

Panorama of Budva
Budva
Old Town

Culture[edit]

Budva
Budva
dancer

Among the cultural events and establishments in the city, the annual cultural event Theatre City ( Budva
Budva
Grad Teatar) is of particular importance. Founded in 1987, and held in July and August every year, this festival transforms the entire Old Town into an open-air venue for a programme of theatre, musical, literary and visual art events and performances. Another popular event in Budva
Budva
was the Pjesma Mediterana ("Song of the Mediterranean"), annual pop musical festival, held in Budva
Budva
from 1992 to 2010. Its format was similar to that of Sanremo
Sanremo
Music Festival, featuring a competition of previously unreleased songs. The song contest attracted popular performers from the EX Yugoslavia region. However, the festival was cancelled in 2011 due to lack of funds, and has not been renewed since. In 2014, the Sea Dance Festival
Sea Dance Festival
was organized at Budva's Jaz Beach
Jaz Beach
for the first time.[3] A spin-off of the popular Exit festival, Sea Dance is set to be an annual event. Jaz Beach
Jaz Beach
rose to prominence as a popular concert and festival venue with The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
concert held on 9 July 2007. The show was part of their A Bigger Bang Tour and attracted a crowd of some 35,000 spectators, twice the population of Budva
Budva
town itself. Madonna staged a show at the same venue on 25 September 2008, while Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz
and Armand Van Helden
Armand Van Helden
performed at Jaz beach during the "Live Fest" in August 2008, along with Goran Bregović, Dino Merlin
Dino Merlin
and Zdravko Čolić. Budva
Budva
Carnival
Carnival
is a three day long festive event in Budva, happening annually during late April or early May. It has been organized every year since 2003, and although a recent carnival, it has attracted significant regional attention. Budva, together with nearby Kotor, was host to the Federation of European Carnival
Carnival
Cities (FECC) World Carnival
Carnival
City Congress in May 2009. Budva
Budva
city museum is one of the prominent cultural institutions in the city, featuring permanent archaeological and ethnographic exhibits. Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša memorial home is another significant institution, honoring the legacy of the famous native of Budva. Budva
Budva
occupies a significant place in the history of the cinema of Montenegro, as it was home to the Zeta Film, the Montenegrin primary motion picture company from the Yugoslav era. The now-defunct company has produced numerous Yugoslav movies, including pictures by the famous Montenegrin director Živko Nikolić. Zeta Film was privatized in 2004, and its building was converted to a nightclub, leaving Budva without a single movie theater for a decade. On May 30, 2015, a brand new four screen multiplex cinema opened in TQ Plaza shopping mall. The city has occasionally provided the backdrop for international movie productions. The 1964 movie The Long Ships was shot in and around Budva, and the prop from the movie, a large 4m tall cracked bell, has been permanently displayed in front of the Old Town walls, becoming one of the local landmarks. Recently, Budva
Budva
has been the setting and the filming location of the locally produced, and regionally very popular TV series Budva
Budva
na pjenu od mora (Budva, on the sea foam). Education[edit] Budva
Budva
has two elementary schools and one high school. In 2009, city administration founded Knowledge Academy (Akademija Znanja), an institution envisioned to act as a university center and introduce higher education to Budva. The Knowledge Academy building, situated in the Rozino neighbourhood of Budva, is currently home to Budva
Budva
city library and private Business and Tourism faculty, and serves as the center of higher education of the municipality. Sports[edit] FK Mogren
FK Mogren
is the most popular football club in Budva, and the sports club with longest tradition in the city. Founded in 1920, it competes in Montenegrin First League, winning the championship in 2008-09 and 2010-11. The club also won the Montenegrin Cup of 2008. Stadion Lugovi, the home ground of FK Mogren, will probably be relocated in the near future, as it is situated on a very valuable land lot, right next to the Slovenska beach. OFK Petrovac, from the eponymous town, is another significant football team from the Budva
Budva
municipality. Another popular sport in Budva
Budva
is volleyball, with Budvanska Rivijera volleyball team being successful in domestic and international competition. Mediteranski sportski centar (" Mediterranean
Mediterranean
sports center") is the main indoor sport venue of Budva, and is the home of Budvanska Riviera volleyball team and RK Budvanska Rivijera
RK Budvanska Rivijera
handball team. Water polo
Water polo
is a very popular sport in Budva, as on the rest of the Montenegrin coast. VK Budva is the city's water polo team, competing in the regional Adriatic Water Polo League. Budva
Budva
is the hometown and residence of Nikola Sjekloća, one of the most successful Montenegrin boxers. Paragliding
Paragliding
is a popular summer activity in Budva. Steep 700m high hills provide perfect setting and stunning vistas for paragliders, with the hamlet of Brajići being the usual launching point. Transport[edit] Budva
Budva
is connected to inland Montenegro
Montenegro
by two-laned highways. There are two ways to reach Budva
Budva
from Podgorica
Podgorica
– either through Cetinje, or through the Sozina tunnel (opened 2005). Either way, Podgorica, the capital and main road junction in Montenegro, is around 60 km (37 mi) away. Budva
Budva
is connected to the rest of the coastal towns of Montenegro
Montenegro
by the Adriatic Highway, which extends from Ulcinj
Ulcinj
in the far south to Herceg Novi
Herceg Novi
in the north, and on to Croatia. Tivat Airport
Tivat Airport
is 20 km (12 mi) away. There are regular flights to Belgrade
Belgrade
and Moscow
Moscow
throughout the year, and dozens of seasonal and charter flights land daily at the airport during the summer season. Podgorica
Podgorica
Airport is 65 km (40 mi) away, and it has regular flights to a number of European destinations throughout the year. Urban transport consists of Mediteran Express buses, which operate between Budva
Budva
city center and Sveti Stefan. This line services a large portion of the Budva
Budva
urban core, as well as some small towns between Budva
Budva
and Sveti Stefan. The frequency of this line is high during the summer months, and it is very popular among tourists. The closest train station is Sutomore. This stop on Belgrade–Bar railway is some 30 km (19 mi) away from Budva
Budva
city center. Climate[edit] Budva
Budva
has a typical Mediterranean
Mediterranean
climate, with warm summers and mild winters, and 230 sunny days in a year. Budva
Budva
has the typical Mediterranean
Mediterranean
rainfall pattern, which results in wetter winters and drier summers. Daytime highs in the summer range from 24 to 32 °C (75 to 90 °F) and from 8 to 14 °C (46 to 57 °F) during the winter months. The mean summertime temperature is 25 °C (77.0 °F) and 9.3 °C (48.7 °F) in the winter. The temperature of the sea reaches up to 25 °C (77.0 °F) in the summer months, while it keeps between 17 °C (63 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F) in the autumn. Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

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See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Montenegro Budva
Budva
is twinned with:

San Remo, Italy Novi Sad, Serbia Velika Plana, Serbia Gornji Milanovac, Serbia

Makarska, Croatia Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, since 2001[4] Ohrid, Macedonia West Palm Beach, Florida, United States, since 2012

See also[edit]

List of ancient cities in Illyria Roman Catholic Diocese of Budua

References[edit]

^ a b c "Montenegrin 2011 census". Monstat. 2011.  ^ "Tourism statistics 2013" (PDF). Monstat. 2014.  ^ "EXIT festival will be held in Novi Sad
Novi Sad
and Budva". B82. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.  ^ " Banská Bystrica
Banská Bystrica
Sister Cities". 2001–2008. Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 

Sources and external links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Budva.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Budva.

Official sites[edit]

Official website Official website of Budva
Budva
Tourism Organization Budva
Budva
tourist guide Official tourist guide Budva
Budva
travel agent Budva
Budva
tourist guide Budva
Budva
Riviera tourist guide

Photos[edit]

Budva-riviera.com fotokate.pl Photo-Montenegro.com Budva
Budva
photo gallery Budva
Budva
photos Balkan History Library – Budva

v t e

Budva Municipality
Budva Municipality

Towns

Budva Petrovac

Villages

Bečići Boreti Brajici Buljarica Celobrdo Drobnici Kaluderac Katun Reževici Krstac Kuljace Kuljace Dapkovici Lapcici Markovici Pobori Podostrog Prijevor Pržno Rijeka Reževici Stanišici Sveti Stefan Viti Do Zukovica

Former Villages

Blizikuce Brda Ðenaši Ilino Brdo Markovici Duletici Novoselje Pobori Gornji Radenovici Tudorovici

Geography

Budva
Budva
Riviera Buljarica Jaz Katič Sveta Neđelja Sveti Nikola Island Sveti Stefan

Hotels

Hotel Splendid Sveti Stefan

Events

Pjesma Mediterana

Sports clubs

Budvanska Rivijera Budva FK Mogren OFK Petrovac

People

List of people from Budva

v t e

Seats of Montenegrin Municipalities

Andrijevica Bar Berane Bijelo Polje Budva Cetinje Danilovgrad Gusinje Herceg Novi Kolašin Kotor Mojkovac Nikšić Petnjica Plav Pljevlja Plužine Podgorica Rožaje Šavnik Tiv

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