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Budva

Rick Steves doesn't talk about it much in his book, but has anyone been to Budva? If so, what are the sights to see and how much time would you recommend spending there?

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I was staying in Dubrovnik and took a one day tour : http://www.amico-tours.com/group-excursions/-montenegro-377.html

From memory Budva is a small town of about 10 000 people and pretty nice.
I liked walking around Stari Grad (old city) and did go the beach. Had a nice lunch close to the ocean with a surprisingly delicious Montenegrin beer. Sadly, I do not have much info to share since it was a quick day trip. But I thought the price of Amico was reasonnable. I prefered Budva to Kotor...but for no specific reason. How long would you stay in a small coastal town? You can see most sights very fast...but perhaps you can just relax and enjoy the beach. I would have stayed more than a day....if I could have...

Wiki has a nice page about it: http://wikitravel.org/en/Budva

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It depends on what you enjoy doing and seeing, and how much time you have. I have a friend who spent a couple of days hiking around Budva. It has a picturesque old town, and Sveti Stefan is nearby. The entire Montenegro coast is spectacular.

We stayed in Budva for one night in 2009, on our way to Albania, and would have enjoyed more time there. We actually stayed in Becici, just south of the main part of Budva (a long walk, but walkable). Becici has a gorgeous beach, with lots of hotels lining the beach and some luxury resorts. If you're looking for some beach time, this would be a good place. http://wikitravel.org/en/Becici

We were on a budget so we stayed about a block from the beach, in a great little hotel called Stella di Mare. One of our favorite memories is our dinner there. On the way from hotel to beach, we passed a place called Restaurant Palma. We were starving, as we hadn't eaten since breakfast, so we each ordered a mixed grill and salad. For 25 euros total, we each got a huge platter with a chicken breast, pork chop, kabob, hot dog, two sausage links and a sausage patty, plus French fries and grilled vegies, and our salads and 2 beers. Everything was delicious. We could not possibly finish it all! One of our most satisfying dinners ever. Unless you are a vegetarian, I would highly recommend looking for this restaurant if you're in Becici. It's on a street perpendicular to the beach, dead-ending at the beach. The street leads up to a group of hotels including Stella di Mare.