Budva has always been recognized as an attractive tourist destination, which, especially during the summer months, is a place of beautiful events, night and day entertainment, the most attractive accommodation offer, beautiful beaches, gastronomic delights, concerts and spectacles.
What is less known is that Budva offers even more, that it is actually a cultural treasure of this climate, and that Budva’s hinterland represents an unexplored treasure.
In recent years, more than ever before, the importance of being in nature, connecting with it and exploring rural areas, culture and history of those regions has come to the fore. Bearing in mind the requirements of the modern tourist, the focus of the Budva tourist industry, as well as the locals, is the development of rural areas that present the spirit of tradition of this part of the Riviera.
Unique hiking trails of different lengths
Lovers of nature and active vacations can visit these areas on unique footpaths of different lengths, from which there is an enchanting view of the open sea practically all the time, which is especially special at sunset. In addition to the existing, well-maintained, pedestrian paths with a length of about 50 kilometers, in 2022 completely new paths with a length of about 30 kilometers will be laid out, which are very attractive considering that they pass by several religious buildings, including the Praskvica and Reževići monasteries, the church of St. Sava.
It is difficult to find a smaller area with a larger number of cultural monuments, mainly monasteries and churches, dating back to the 11th century, although there are traces of life on the Budva Riviera from the time of the ancient Greeks, Enhelians, Illyrians and Romans. One of the most famous walking tours is the tour through Paštrovići, which provides an insight into part of the beauty of Budva’s hinterland, and the period outside the main tourist season is ideal for such a walk.
From the Vojnići monastery, built in the 15th century, you can walk to the village of Kuljače, where there is also the Duljevo monastery, which was built during the reign of Emperor Dušan on a very picturesque plateau. A little further, there is the unique Rustovo women’s monastery, which was built on the plateau above St. Stefan, from which there is a view of the vast open sea. You can walk further to the village of Čelobrdo and then along the famous Jegor road all the way to the centuries-old Praskvica monastery. In these places, you will be greeted by a warm atmosphere, wonderful hosts and the peace we are all looking for.
In 2022, the tourist organization of the municipality of Budva started the implementation of the project of GPS recording of pedestrian paths and the creation of a mobile application of the paths, which was completed at the beginning of 2023.
The first phase of the project included a tour of the footpaths by a certified professional who made an electronic GPS record of them and elaborated the signage. The implementation of this phase increased the number and length of marked trails and thus improved the tourist offer in the hinterland of the Budva Riviera, as well as the quality of the offer of active tourism.
These GPS records were used to create a mobile application of hiking trails with a total length of about 82 kilometers, which is called “Budva Trails” and is available to users for free download via the App and Play Store and for online and offline use, and it has also been translated into Russian. And the English language.
In this way, lovers of nature and active vacations were able to get to know the hinterland of the Budva Riviera faster and easier and the possibilities of visiting this, insufficiently explored, part of the municipality. In the coming period, additional development of this type of tourism and arrangement and signaling of additional trails in the hinterland of Budva are planned.
A healthy natural environment, traditional cuisine, fresh local fruits and vegetables, spring water, the possibility of enjoying walks in the hilly and mountainous part of the coast and getting to know the history and culture of this region, proximity to the most beautiful beaches on the Budva Riviera – these are just some of the reasons why Budva villages are called the pearls of the Adriatic coast that must be visited.