Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Podgorica to Budva, Montenegro

We have been away a week on our month-long European vacation, and we caught a bus from Podgorica to Budva on the coast of Montenegro where we had only a night before our onward bus trip into Croatia to Dubrovnik.


Budva was undoubtedly the best seaside resort and stop-over we had on our trip. It is not a huge town, at the foothills of the mountain range and looks a little bit like Camps bay, Cape Town. There is a stunning old walled city and our hotel was just inside the walls. The back droor of the hotel fronted onto the small beach where we sat on lounger chairs, swam in the Adriatic Sea and sipped cocktails that were not overpriced. Outside the walled city the seaside resort boasted about a kilometre promenade with dozens of restaurants, shops and cocktail bars as well as a large fleamarket where we had the good sense to buy some rock shoes after agonising over the pebbles on the beach and the rocks that make up the seabed as you step in.

Budva, Montenegro

The walls of the old city

Our Hotel Astoria just on the inside of the walled city

Cute alleys and passages filled with shops and restaurants

At the back of our hotel was the beach and the Adriatic sea

Some of the fortress ramparts

The waters were crystal clear and reasonably warm

First swim in the Adriatic

Cocktails on the pebble beach

We had a beer in every city - local is lekker (Pivo = beer in Montenegran)

The pebbles on the beach

Comfortable hotel room

The prices were cheap/affordable in Budva. I booked for paragliding off the cliff too but they cancelled due to cloud sitting on the top

We took a cruise around the bay and to the little island

Dinner alongside the water's edge

Yummy breakfast - the first eggs and bacon of the trip

Bus trip to Dubrovnik, skirting the huge Bay of Kotor with little island in the middle

Heading through passport control from Montenegro to Bosnia and then to Croatia - we drove in 3 countries that day

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