Budva, Montenegro with kids. Things to do in Budva. Balkans
Budva, located on the Adriatic Sea, is one of the major sea resorts in Montenegro. We heard that during summer it is full with tourists. But as we made our first Balkan trip with our 8 months old daughter in May and June, we were there still before the tourist season started. Still it was very hot and the temperature was constantly above 30 °C.
The legend says that Budva was founded by Cadmus, son-in-law of Aphrodite. On the other hand, archaeologists discovered the evidence that Budva existed as an Illyric settlement already in the 5th century BC.
Its cobbled charming narrow streets and defensive city walls make it look like Dubrovnik. However, we must say that we didn’t like visiting Dubrovnik and enjoyed staying in Budva very much.
What to see in Budva
The Old Town, city walls, and citadel. The Old Town (Stari Grad) is build in medieval style. The fortifications have towers, gates, and citadel. The whole town is encircled by defensive city walls.
But the Old Town is not just about cobbled streets, cafes, restaurants, and small shops. You can find here as well three squares, museums, and many churches, for example the Church of the Holy Trinity with a beautiful Baroque carved iconostas.
As we were travelling with a baby, we were more interested in visiting Budva’s picturesque beaches. Believe us, they are really spectacular.
Plaža Ričardova Glava
We can’t forget this beach and find it trully special, as it is located in front of the walls of the Old City.
From Plaža Ričardova Glava there is a path leading you to two beaches: Mogren I and Mogren II. They are connected with a tunnel and one of the safest and cleanest areas. Moreover, those beaches are sand beaches, not so common in Montenegro, where, as well as in Croatia, majority are stone beaches.
While walking the path don’t miss the Ballerina Statue and the beautiful view of the Old Town.
For the fans of Astrid Lindgren, we have a small surprise. It was Budva where some scenes from the movie Pippi in the South Seas were shot. We must say Budva is quite popular among film directors. More information you can find here: https://sharemontenegro.me/zvijezde-koje-su-snimale-u-crnoj-gori-milena-dravic-jeremy-irons-pipi-duga-carapa/
Tips for parents travelling with small babies:
- In Montenegro it may get really hot, so remember about sunhats and sunscreens. If you are using a baby carrier take some scarf from light material to cover your baby’s legs and an umbrella.
- Plan your sightseeing for the early morning hours. You will avoid crowds and heat at the same time.
- It is better to chose a baby carrier or warp to carry your kid, as not all places are accessible with a stroller.