My last night in Kotor and I joined the small group of travelers and local Montenegrians in the common area downstairs. Everyone was trying some homemade Rakia (Rah-key-ya) which is a spirit made from fermented fruit and is considered the national drink (very popular in the Balkan countries). It's not very pleasant to drink because it's 55% alcohol, not far off to be able to sterilize your hands. They brought out various 'flavours' apple, quince, plum; I couldn't tell the difference, each just had various lengths of burning sensations.
The next morning I slowly made my way downstairs and checked out. The buses to Budva went every 45 Minutes but I felt like something different.
I plodded off down the road past the bus stations and continue on 5 minutes out onto the main road where I stuck out my thumb. Don't worry, hitchhiking over these parts of Europe is quite safe, it's really popular between Split and Dubrovnik (along the Croatian coast which is about 6 hours) and Montenegrians are even more relaxed people and hitching in Montenegro is even easier. I was picked up by a guy after about 10 minutes. He stopped in the middle of the road, holding up traffic, and didn't move till my seat belt was on, so he seemed like a good sort. He spoke
little no English so it was a very quiet, but a short journey (about 45 minutes); a good entry level hitch.
|The main beach|
|Budva Old town|
|Walkway along to the beaches|
|just see the beaches in the distance|
|Budva's old town|
Downside of course is you can't get over to that little island'y thing as it's privately owned and operates as a hotel/resort.
|It'll cost you 50Euros to sit on this beach, staff enforce this (not kidding)|
|This perfectly manicured beach where staff groom the sand didn't have anyone patrolling so I could chill out here instead.|
Budva would have been a total flop had I not met some really nice people at the hostel. They had traveled extensively and I was able to pick their brain about some locations and hear some great stories. You've got to have some bad places to appreciate the good ones as well.