After a hot and steamy summer spent discovering Serbia and my quick getaway to Berlin – I ended the official summer season with my fabulous travel partner, Ms. Jasmin Haas, discovering the wild beauty of Montenegro 🙂
The beginning of our “summer finale” journey started with Jasmin’s one day visit to Belgrade in the last week of August. As you all know by now, one simply cannot enjoy the true essence of Belgrade in just one day – however I was determined to give her a “crash visit” which included:
- Walking through Knez Mihailova street (the most popular pedestrian and shopping street)
- A train ride through Kalemegdan (our exquisite fortress and park to admire the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers)
- Walking through Terazije to get to St. Sava church (the largest Orthodox church in the Balkans)
- Passing by Bulevar (the best place for shopping – yes, we both enriched our shoe collection)
All shopped out and exhausted from walking for hours, we decided to go home and enjoy a quiet movie night in, to recharge our batteries for the excitement of tomorrow. (Naturally, we stayed up until the early hours of the morning giggling and chit chatting).
Our flight the next day was only 50 minutes and despite the airplane being a tiny propeller jet, we arrived smoothly to Tivat International Airport. (A note to anyone flying into Tivat during the summer season: the airport is tiny and immigration takes forever).
My friend Branko picked us up and a quick 20 minutes later, we arrived at our final destination – Budva located in the Budva Riviera.
A bit of information about our exciting destination, the Budva Riviera is located in the centre of the Montenegrin coast extending to 35km. The region spans a 12.5km stretch of diverse beaches including hidden natural gems, which blend a curtain of rocky hills covered in Mediterranean vegetation into a picturesque landscape.
The largest and most popular city within the Riviera is called Budva, a beautiful town featuring a well preserved medieval city (called Stari Grad or Old City), beaches and vivid nightlife. Budva used to be the most popular travel destination for all Serbs when the two countries were one and my family has spent countless summer holidays travelling throughout Montenegro. Budva in particular holds very special childhood memories for my brother and me and I was so happy to share it with Jasmin.
Branko and his parents arranged an apartment for us to rent in the building complex which they live in – ideally located 5 minutes away from the city centre, where we stayed for 9 nights. The Riviera is a seasonal destination and there are many hotel and apartment options for tourists, however in the winter months everything is shut down, so once planning your trip make sure to visit between June – September.
After an exciting morning and once we settled in, we headed to Jaz beach (located in Jaz bay, a 10 minute drive away from Budva city centre) and enjoyed a dip in the cool and refreshing sea before heading into town for dinner and nightlife!
Stay tuned for the next postcard, arriving soon 🙂 and in the mean time, click this link for some photos from our adventure!
- Daily flights with Air Serbia – http://www.airserbia.com
- Visit Montenegro – http://www.visit-montenegro.com/main-cities/budva
- Budva Travel – http://www.budva.travel/en/getting-here-around/the-budva-riviera