Old Town is the trademark of Budva. Originally built on an island, a sand isthmus developed between it and the main land and so it became a peninsula. Old Town Budva is a unique architectural and urban unit that was already mentioned as a settlement in ancient times. According to these sources, Budva is over 2,500 years old and one of the oldest urban centres around the Adriatic Sea. The walls of the Old Town were, and still are, as much of an attraction to residential homes as for tourists, who come to visit from the furthest parts of the world. They were built in the Middle Ages when this region was ruled by the Venetians.
The Old Town twice suffered from natural disasters when strong earthquakes struck, first in 1667 and again in 1979. On your first visit to the Old Town of Budva, you might think that you have entered a labyrinth, with lots of narrow streets, squares, walls and towers from the late Middle Ages. Today, the ground floors of many houses have been converted into art galleries, shops, cafes, boutiques, Within the Old Town is the city fortress, Citadela, dating from the 5 th 6 th century AD, which is now used as the summer stage for the famous Theatre City cultural festival. In the Old Town are also the churches of St. Ivan (a monumental three-nave basilica, built in the 7 th century AD), St. Mary's of Punta (the oldest building, dating from 840 AD) and the Holy Trinity (built in 1804).
The hotel-town of Sveti Stefan is today best known as a jet-setter's summer residence. Connected to the main land by a sand isthmus, such islands are very rare and called "tombolo". The famous Pastrovici tribe used this location in the 15 th century to defend itself against their enemies and even today gun openings and guns remind one of those times. The interior of the hotel-town is made up of narrow, winding streets. There are small picturesque squares, three churches and the hotel apartments are in elegant houses of Mediterranean style.
Sveti Stefan today breathes with a spirit of the summer residence for elite tourists and those seeking the exotic. When, at the end of the 1940's, a decision was made to turn the island into a tourist facility, Sveti Stefan started writing a new chapter in its long history. Its fame, up to the present, comes from its illustrious visitors, such as actors, singers, scientists and the presidents of many of the countries of the world. At Sveti Stefan, visitors have included the British Princess Margaret, former Italian King Umberto II Savoy and famous actors Sophia Loren, Carlo Bruin, Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Geraldine Chaplin, Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Sylvester Stallone, Jeremy Irons the list goes on. Famous writers Andre Marlow and Albert Moravia, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, celebrated Chess Grandmaster Robert Fischer and one of the world's beautiful women, top model Claudia Schaeffer. Most of the mentioned crowned heads stayed in the famous villa 118, which is part of the town-hotel complex Sveti Stefan. The price of accommodation for this exclusive villa is negotiable, by bargaining with the lodger and a starting price of around 1,500 EUR per day.
In 1972 Sveti Stefan received the Golden Apple prize for being the most exclusive summer residence in the world. In close vicinity is Hotel Milocer, once the summer residence of the King. Today, Hotel Milocer is completely surrounded by a pine forest, with marvelous parks made of colonnades of pine trees, neatly kept smaller parks with colourful flowers, two beaches and footpaths that lead along a small hill overlooking the town-hotel Sveti Stefan. Having lunch or dinner in the gardens of Hotel Milocer, with its refined white stoned walls, is an especially charming experience. Such natural surrounding have made the neighbourhood around Hotel Milocer an ideal location for tourists with a more refined taste. It is the perfect place for lovers enjoying a break in this quiet area, disturbed only by the chirping of birds or the hubbub of bathers.
The attractive island of Sveti Nikola is popularly called 'Hawaii near Budva' and is another one of the many attractions of the Budva coast. According to some sources the island was once connected to the town with an isthmus called 'tunja'. The easiest way to arrive on the island's beaches or its many bays is by taxi-boat or dinghy. Once you reach your destination, clear transparent seas await you with the blue skies, sunrays and the scents and tastes of the Mediterranean. Day trips to the island offer bathing or exploring depending on your own preference, with the simplest being just to enjoy the sea, the peace and the Mediterranean atmosphere. Today, part of the island is private property but there is a new restaurant, two well kept beaches and the building of a marina is planned. The island is full of wild life: fallow deer, rabbits, deer, birds as well rare plants and is covered by thick conifers, pine and juniper forests. A large part of the island reminds one of the remotest regions of the world looking for a new Robinson Crusoe.
Once called Kastel Lastva, Petrovac is a small but pretty town by the sea, approximately half way between Budva and Bar. It was first mentioned as an inhabited place between the end of the 18 th and beginning of the 19 th century. The town, located on a sandy bay, is surrounded by a thick pine forests. Originally it was primarily a fishing village but the pine forests and olive groves, the warm clear sea and the beautiful beaches have made Petrovac a place to which visitors return year after year for their holidays. Lucice beach is full of visitors during the summer months but despite this popularity its attractiveness has remained largely unspoilt. The beach is only 500 metres south from the centre of town. Nightlife in the town runs mostly from the Petrovac promenade towards the hotel Rivijera. During the summer the cafes are full of young people enjoying the sounds of modern music and dance coming from the open terraces and disco clubs.
The City Museum of Budva is located in the heart of the Old Town. Although Budva's history dates back over 2.5 millennia, it has only had a museum for the past twenty years. The town museum offers visitors articles depicting Budva from the very beginning of its establishment up to the present. There are various artifacts with Hellenic marks, vases, jewelry, decorations, tools and silver as well as artifacts made of glass and clay with unusual shapes and designs. Silver cutlery and other pieces that lay undiscovered for years are now kept in the museum of Budva. These artifacts bear witness to the life and historic conditions of this part of the Mediterranean and the ethnic genesis from the mixture of many different cultures: Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs and others.