You may remember a few weeks ago I posted my playlist from Montenegro as the Sea Dance Festival left me with some unforgettable memories. Unfortunately I lost pretty much all of my pictures so I was delighted when I realised that my trusty Fujifilm XE-1 was by my side during one of our gyros filled excursions.
I’ve been a fan of Montenegro in general ever since watching The Brother’s Bloom so when the opportunity to see one of my favourite bands (The Prodigy) arose I simply snapped at the chance. We stayed in a town called Budva which is over 2,500 years old and is home to just 14,000 people. It’s surrounded by the Adriatic Sea and forms part of the Budva riviera which is home to some of the cleanest seas and rivers in Europe.
Budva is the epicentre of Montenegrin tourism, known for its well preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. The medieval walled city, known as Old Town was a welcome surprise as it felt like walking through a scene from Game of Thrones. Small boutiques and narrow alleys, paved streets and traditional Montenegrian wine all came together for an unbelievable experience.
Montenegrins themselves are pretty hedonistic. I love that one of their main goals in life is to relax and enjoy themselves as much as possible. Because the country is used to fighting and endless wars the mentality of the older generation is a little bit jaded yet everyone we met under the age of 30 seemed to be on our level.
BUDVA AT NIGHT
Budva at night is a completely different place and there’s a certain buzz of expectation in the air. Don’t be surprised to see scantily dressed Russian tourists as Montenegro is one of the most popular destinations for Eastern European visitors and don’t get distracted by the club reps who will try every trick in the book to get you into their open air nightclubs and bars.
We managed to stay off the beaten path and relax on a little private beach that was opposite all the commotion. Sometimes you just have to sit down and take in the moment to truly appreciate it and in that sense Budva gave me exactly what I was looking for.
Wedged between the gorgeous Tara Canyon and the coast, Budva is a stunning and historic city in it’s own right. From what I’ve seen it’s young and ambitious population are a welcome addition to European culture and with growing popularity of Sea Dance festival I’m expecting great things.
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