Budva: It’s all about Boats, Bars and Bags!


Wander behind the medieval walls that surround the coastal town of Budva in Montengro and it will feel like any other town but just outside the walls, there’s a quirkiness that offers another outlook on the city.

Three things stand out… boats, bars and bags!


Budva is all about boats

Big boats, small boats, boats of any and every size. Budva is a definitely a mecca for boats sailing in the Adriatic.


Budva port


You can’t miss the very impressive large cruisers taking the front row berths from where they sit and watch everyone walk by immersed in dreams of a life on the sea!  Many have Russian names which are lit up at night. Their toys..jet skis and runabouts…are either on the back of the boat or moored alongside!


Boats in Budva


Boats in Budva


Boats in Budva


Just around the corner, the smaller, local boats moor. Some are fishing boats but many are used as taxis to take people to the nearby island or for tours around the bays.

Boats in Budva



Budva is about bars

The town’s walls provide a prefect backdrop for the many bars that are set up under them.

Most were fairly empty when we were there as summer was not in full swing but I can imagine that on a hot,  still summer’s night these would be over flowing with people enjoying the live music.


Bars under the walls in Budva


Bars under the walls in Budva


Small bars inside the wall offer a completely different feel. Quieter and more intimate, they were often found under the shade of grape vines or umbrellas.

Drinks are cheap.. A beer will cost E1.50 whilst a gin and tonic varied from E3-E5 depending on which bar you were at. I’m not sure about the strength of the gin but…

Wine is also very cheap…$A1.50 a glass for a drinkable white wine.

city bar


town cafe  bar_



Budva is about bags!

After a few days of people watching, I noticed one thing and it was all about the boys! In Budva you must have a man bag! Sorry but you just don’t cut it unless you do…young or old it seems to be compulsory wear!

As we moved up the coast, we realised this is very common in this part of the world, so wear yours with pride!!


Bags in Budva

Bags in Budva

My bag is better than yours!


Bags in Budva

The man bag brigade!


 Does Budva remind you of a town you have been to?






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44 Responses to Budva: It’s all about Boats, Bars and Bags!

  1. Muza-chan August 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Beautiful photos 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman August 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

      Thanks Lili.

  2. Sophie August 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Isn’t Montenegro wonderful? I was in Budva 9 years ago, but was too busy keeping an eye on my then 3-year-old, to notice much besides the boats and the quirky little shops. I remember Budva as a cool, laid-back kind of place. Can easily see myself returning, on my own, perhaps – just to hang about and soak up the atmosphere.

    • Jenny Freedman August 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

      It’s definitely an interesting town Sophie…one for adults more than kids!

  3. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans August 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    I’ve never been to Montenegro but I’ve heard great things! I would love to go on a boating holiday someday to someplace like Montenegro or Croatia. And it’s interesting that “man purses” or “murses” as I call them, are so popular there!

    • Jenny Freedman August 2, 2013 at 5:55 am #

      The coast of Montenegro and Croatia is perfect for a boating holiday. Murses is an interesting name..I have not heard it but it makes sense! Yes, they are very popular in both Croatia and Montenegro. Thanks for commenting on the blog Dana.

  4. Jennie @ Got My Reservations August 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    Your post was beautiful with all the photos of boats, and then I discovered you had a wicked sense of humor. Man Bags:The Photo Essay. 😉

    • Jenny Freedman August 2, 2013 at 6:02 am #

      Thanks for your kind words Jennie! What can I say…man bags are in!

  5. noel August 2, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    that’s so funny the main things you spotted, big fancy boats, cheap, booze and men with man purses…lol the town looks lovely on its own though, would love to visit

    I’m inviting you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays it runs a whole week starting on Mondays, come link up with us 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman August 2, 2013 at 6:07 am #

      I hadn’t thought of it that way Noel. I wonder what it says about me! The town is lovely and I will write seriously about it one day. I have planned to join your photo link on several occasions Noel but each time Monday has passed with out me realising…one of the joys of travel! One day It will work out…it’s a great idea.

  6. Lisa Goodmurphy August 2, 2013 at 2:58 am #

    I hadn’t heard of Budva before but if it’s on the Adriatic then I would love to visit. Can’t think of anything that I would like more than spending a summer in that part of the world. Love the man purses – I guess they have caught on quicker than North American men that you can carry more in a bag than in your pockets!

    • Jenny Freedman August 2, 2013 at 6:12 am #

      Yes Lisa, Budva is on the Adriatic and was the starting point for our trip to Montenegro and Croatia. It’s been fabulous spending a couple of months here.I’m not sure what they carry in their bags but sometimes I think my husband needs one!

  7. [email protected] August 2, 2013 at 3:46 am #

    I kinda expect the boats and the bar – but not the man bag! Too funny!
    Those boats are serious toys! I guess this is a destination for the deep pocket cruisers — and those who love man bags:)

    Seriously, I have not read and seen much photos of Montenegro so this was an interesting read for me. I hope you have more post about it.

    • Jenny Freedman August 2, 2013 at 6:18 am #

      I love your description of the boats…it’s so true! Some of the boats we saw here and all along the coast are unbelievable (and some very tasteless!) I do have a few more posts planned on Montenegro… I just need to slow down the travels to write them!

  8. Marcia August 2, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    I laughed when I read the headline of your post. I read it through slowly — I didn’t want to race ahead — and tried to imagine what kinds of bags I’d see. I sure wasn’t expecting man bags!
    Each time I see pics of Montenegro — even the name sounds delightful — I want to visit. Thanks for the tour of Budva.

    • Jenny Freedman August 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed the surprise at the end Marcia! The coast of Montenegro is beautiful and hopefully I will post some more information on it soon!

  9. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} August 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Perhaps the men need the bags to hold the huge wads of money required to buy those boats? I did read that man purses are on the rise everywhere since males need a handy place to stash their iPads.

    • Jenny Freedman August 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

      I think you could be right Michele! I couldn’t even begin to imagine the running costs for these boats! Man bags make do make sense! I’d love not to carry the camera, ipad etc and let the men carry it all!

  10. budget jan August 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    The checking out the bag shot is a classic – well caught. As you know I love boats and water and wine at $1.50 a glass – I’m there 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman August 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

      Montenegro is a country you’d enjoy Jan…and not just because of the cheap wine!!

      • budgetjan August 4, 2013 at 6:55 am #

        I know I would love it – and the cheap wine. I am commenting from my brand spanking new MacBook Air!

        • Jenny Freedman August 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

          Congratulations…that’s fantastic! hope you’re having fun with it!

  11. Salika Jay August 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Boats and bags seem like the thing in Budva. Bars look quite laid back and nice. I like the last one and the one beside the wall. Nice photos Jenny!

    • Jenny Freedman August 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

      Thanks Salika. The Adriatic coast is certainly home to many boats …and bags. The bars were fun too!

  12. Marlys August 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    It reminds me of “home”, so Mediterranean, with their boats and yachts. Love the man-bags!

    • Jenny Freedman August 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      It is so very mediterranean here Marlys…except for the man bags!!

  13. Turkey's For Life August 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Love all these photos. Buva definitely looks like my type of place because I love the contrasts between luxury marinas and little fishing harbours. I’d no doubt sample a few bars, too, of course. 😉

  14. Krista August 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I love Budva – it is such a beautiful place for walking AND eating seafood. 🙂 Lovely photos!

  15. Mary {The World Is A Book} August 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Budva sounds rich and fun or something from the South of France. I love the pictures. I haven’t heard much of Montenegro so this was enlightening and now I want to go. Cheap booze too? I had to laugh at your man purse collections. I’ve seen them on a rise in Los Angeles. Maybe it really is to hold all the money and electronics.

  16. Lisa Wood August 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    The water is stunning, and I so could easily stay on one of those boats! They are beyond amazing….love the Man Bags. We don’t have that here in Australia so it seems weird to see them wearing them so very proudly 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman August 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      The man bags were new for us too Lisa, especially seeing most of the men wearing them but after a while I wished my husband had one instead of me carrying all his bits and pieces in my bag!!

  17. Jackie Smith August 4, 2013 at 3:39 am #

    We are in our missing the Med and Adriatic mode and the photos in this post plunged us further into ‘homesickness’ Great shots and a wonderful tour!

    • Jenny Freedman August 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      Thanks Jackie. There’s so much more to come if I could only find time to write about it. It will at least keep the memories going for both of us when I do!

  18. OCDemon August 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I like the man-bag photos. Sometimes pockets just aren’t enough!

    • Jenny Freedman August 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

      Thanks Eytan. I can completely understand that pockets may not be enough.Just wondering if you use a man bag? Thanks for the visit.

  19. jill August 6, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    Hahaa, nice observation about the men and the man-purse. I don’t think I’ve been to anyplace where a manpurse is that popular.

    • Jenny Freedman August 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

      We hadn’t either Jill which is why it stood out for me! Glad you enjoyed it!

  20. Karen (Back Road Journal) August 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    I love traveling with you. This was a fun post…you had me laughing at all the men with their man bags.

    • Jenny Freedman August 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

      I saw Budva as a bit of fun so I’m glad you enjoyed it Karen!

  21. Heather August 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    This looks like a place I need to visit! The plethora of boats reminds me of California, the outdoor bars remind me of Budapest and the man bags remind me of Shanghai. Sounds like a fabulous combination!

    • Jenny Freedman August 15, 2013 at 5:44 am #

      Great Heather. I must say that I didn’t notice the man bags when I was in Shanghai. I might have started something here!

  22. Rupert John August 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    Really beautiful pics. I love these all. Budva is a great place to watch out.

  23. Sand In My Suitcase August 30, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Luv all your pics of those man-bags! George once had a very nice leather “man-purse” Janice bought for him, but “lost” it after friends teased him about it. Too bad. Now his wallet, sunglasses, keys, etc. go into Janice’s purse, dragging her shoulder down. Janice thinks man-bags are a great idea!

    • Jenny Freedman August 31, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

      Thanks George and Janice! Your scenario is sounding very familiar! Sometimes I wish my husband had one but he does carry my bag every now and again when it gets too heavy (says she nursing a sore shoulder!!)

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