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Welcome to Budva Riviera

Budva Riviera

One of the European tourist scene's best-kept secrets is surely the Budva Riviera, a 22-mile (35km) strip of Adriatic coastline surrounding the town of Budva on Montenegro's west coast. For most people, Montenegro does not immediately spring to mind when considering ideal destinations for a beach holiday in Europe - but for those in the know, it provides the perfect setting for a holiday filled with sun and surf. The Budva Riviera is the heartbeat of Montenegro's tourism industry, attracting 300,000 visitors in 2010, but this figure is only to rise as word gets out of its spectacular jagged coastline, which is home to bays, inlets, caves, small islands and more than 20 beaches - not to mention a vibrant nightlife and plenty of sophisticated restaurants, cafes and bistros. Tourists looking for a piece of sand to call their own will be spoilt for choice, but highlights include Jaz Beach (which hosted a Rolling Stones concert in 2007), Mogren Beach (which gets the most sun), Milocer Beach (which is surrounded by woods filled with rare and exotic tree species, including Lebanese cedar and agave cactus), and Becici Beach (the most famous of Montenegro's beaches, and winner of the 1935 Grand Prix prize for most beautiful beach in Europe).

Information & Facts

Serbian (very similar to Croatian) is the official language of Montenegro, although Albanian is commonly used in some areas. English is widely understood in the capital, Podgorica, and in the coastal resorts.

The official currency is the Euro (EUR). Visitors entering Montenegro with more than EUR2,000 (including travellers cheques or the equivalent in another currency) should declare the amount on entry. Without declaration on entry large amounts may be confiscated on departure. Serbian Dinars are not accepted in Montenegro and should be exchanged for Euros. There are ATMs, which accept international bank cards in major cities and towns, and most of the larger hotels, shops and main restaurants accept Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard, but American Express cards are less welcome. Money can be exchanged at the numerous banks in the towns and cities.

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