Budva Gay Travel
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The Gay Travel Experience: Budva, Montenegro
Westerners may not know about Budva, but this beach town is frequented by Russian tourists and people from surrounding Baltic states. There is a pervasive Baltic/Russian culture mix here since the region was once part of the Soviet Union.
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Is Montenegro Safe for Gay Travelers?
While in Montenegro, it is important for gay travelers to stay safe by avoiding public displays of affection. Locals are not so comfortable with the idea of homosexuality. To avoid any stares, rude remarks or other type of trouble, it’s best to keep your affection private.
Gay Life in the Balkans: A Story
From what they’ve told me, these Balkan-region gay men can lead happy lives without being open about their sexual preferences. Most err on the side of caution by omitting details about who they are to their family. Some may not have the resources to uproot themselves from their hometowns to move on to a different life and some may simply desire not to do so. It surely is not an ideal situation, but this is often their reality.
Gay Travel to Budva: Where to Stay
Staying near the old town will make it easy to get into the historic area of the city for dinner, parties and of course, Budva’s unofficial gay bar. Accommodations anywhere between south Gospostina and the old town will be perfect.
I stayed in a lovely Airbnb while visiting Budva. It was a renovated studio with a balcony and cost $80 per night. Budva is not the cheapest city given it is a vacation destination, but it isn’t prohibitively expensive either.
Budva Experiences for the Gay Traveler
Most travelers head to Montenegro seeking the clear, blue adriatic waters, you will surely find them in Budva! however don’t surprised that they are bit cooler than the Mediterrranian.
Beach chair rentals will be packed quite tightly along the shore at Mogren beach. They cost between €5 and €10 per person, depending on where you sit. Keep in mind that the beaches in the main Budva area, including Mogren, are quite crowded. If you prefer seclusion, keep reading and I will tell you where to find some awesome gay beaches near Budva.
The beachfront directly in the center of town is not so great because it is quite small and does not have enough open space to relax. I spent only an hour here having a beer after arriving in Budva with my good friend Martin. It is more of a hangout area or spot to dip your feet in the water.
Budva Gay Beaches
If you have a car, it’ll be quite easy to reach the gay beach nearest to Budva. Ratac is a small area along road M2.4, halfway between the towns of Budva and Ulcinj. When you reach Ratac, there is a triangular piece of coastline that juts out into the ocean.
Sveti Nikola Island & Hawaii Beach
Visiting Sveti Nikola Island was one of my favorite days in Budva. My gay friend Martin and I hunted for a secluded spot and enjoyed the clear Budva sea. Get there earlier in the day, as the island closes down at sunset.
Restaurants in Budva
Konoba Portun was my favorite restaurant in Budva. I had some amazing sesame-crusted grilled tuna. The house wine sufficed as it was local Montenegrin wine. Konoba Portun is not the cheapest, but it is well worth the price. The restaurant is located in the old city in and adorable narrow alleyway that you surely won’t forget.
For breakfast or lunch near the beach, check out Astoria Restaurant. Interestingly, Astoria Restaurant is by far better than the café directly adjacent to it. That nearby restaurant that advertises Aperol Spritz is not very good, so skip it and stick to Astoria!
Budva Gay Bars
The unofficial Budva gay bar is Casper Bar. If any other gay travelers are in the area, you will find them at Casper Bar. While hanging out with my good friend Martin, we met a gay Swedish traveler at the bar and chatted for an hour or so.
Budva Travel Tips
At bars or pubs in Montenegro, it is common to receive tiny individual receipts for every drink you order. Waiters expect you to keep these on the table. They count them at the end to compile your total order. I made the mistake of using these as napkins one time!
Gay Rights in Montenegro
Montenegro has many protections for LGBT individuals in place. Workplace antidiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and laws prohibiting hate speech help to protect gay people. These laws were enacted back in 2010 as required Montenegro to be in the running to join the European Union. Same-sex sexual activity is also legal.