About the Seven Bay Trail:
- Start: Budva Montenegro
- End: Sveti Stefan Island
- Length: 9 km
- Time: 3-5 hours
- Peak Season: May – September
As we said before, Budva Montenegro itself has plenty of action going on in the beach. There is a collection of nice beaches and coves that surround the beautiful old town. Richard’s Head is a small beach directly in front of old town. Mogren is actually two beaches joined together by a tunnel, and about 200 meters to the right of Richard’s Head. Make sure to take a picture next to the famous “Budva Dancer” which sits elegantly in front of Stari Grad.
Budva Montenegro wasn’t too crowded when we we’re there, but we’ve heard the beaches are packed like sardines in the summer. I can not overstate this enough! We had a completely different experience showing up in October.
If you head the other way now (to the left of old town) you’ll find a long stretch of beach filled with endless bars and water activities. This is the direction you’ll be walking to start the Seven Bay Trail!Rafailovici Beach
The next beach you’ll find as you leave Budva Montenegro is Rafailovici. Once you pass through Slovenska Plaza you’ll reach the Duckley Gardens Apartments.It may look a tad sketchy from the outside, but go through the tunnel under the Duckley Gardens complex.
Here you’ll see many local works of art and history on display which we thought was pretty cool for a pedestrian tunnel! Here’s where it gets a bit confusing though…
Coming out the other side you won’t immediately see Rafailovici Beach. It would be great if you could take a right, but there’s a security gate there for a resort hotel. For this reason, you must take a slight left as you’re leaving the tunnel and walk down the relatively unassuming pathway. From the paved pathway, take the first right you can and head directly to the beach. Also named Becici Beach, Rafailovici is a long, white and sandy, with a much more relaxed scene than Budva. You’ll have to walk for awhile, but on the far end you’ll find some wonderful cafes and bars for food and drinks.Kamenovo Beach
As you head to the next bay, you’ll see a uniquely structured rock sticking out of the ocean. This was an awesome place to stop and swim in between beaches! After the unnamed rock, you’ll pass through yet another long tunnel. Unfortunately, this one was much darker and not as interesting as the tunnel under Duckley Apartments.
Yet, once you finally emerge you’ll be blessed with an incredible view overlooking Kamenovo Beach! Looking out over the beautiful Adriatic Sea, this is the point we finally felt like we’d made it out of the hustle and bustle of Budva. Again, I can imagine the long sandy beach was more crowded in the summer, but we had it all to ourselves that day!Przno Beach
Here’s where your trip from Budva to Sveti Stefan gets a little sketchy again… From the end of Kamenovo Beach you must hike the stairs to the highway. It would be awesome if they built a path that stayed on the beach, but for now it is what it is! Once you get to the highway, hang a right and follow the road until you see Przno Bay. In all honestly, walking the highway was a little frightening with cars and buses flying by. I think we even transitioned to a light jog at one point because the road was so tight. Nonetheless, the stairs will eventually appear so take those down to Przno Beach.
Maybe the smallest and quietest stop on the Seven Bay Trail, Przno is a welcomed change from the loud music and party scene of the beaches before. Local seafood restaurants and cafes hug the coast, and the water is crystal clear! This was by far our favorite stop on the Seven Bay Trail aside from the obvious (Sveti Stefan Island). The joyous colors and local vibes of Przno were the perfect mood setter for the rest of our walk. Take a swim, and even snorkel out a small island offshore before continuing on.Queen’s Beach
If you’re reading this on your walk from Budva to Sveti Stefan, just know that you’re almost there! It’s a wild walk, but the Seven Bay Trail keeps getting better as you go on. As you walk down the hill from Przno you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of Queen’s Beach. This part of the Seven Bay Trail gets is name because it was a favorite of the wife of former Yugoslavian King Alexander Karadjordjevic. You can understand why she loved it so much, as it’s surrounded by gorgeous cypress and olive trees. Unfortunately, this beautiful beach is restricted as it’s part of a private resort. The only way to actually access this hidden paradise is by boat. We weren’t able to see much of the beach, but Aman Resorts also owns Sveti Stefan so you can only imagine how amazing it must be.King’s Beach
Since there is a Queen’s beach then I think you know the King had one, too! Also known as Milocer Beach, this cove is also part of the collection of Aman Private Resorts. The former Yugoslavian King’s Villa is behind it which you can stay in for a pretty penny. You shouldn’t have to pay a fee to get into this beach near Sveti Stefan, but they do charge 25 euros or more for a beach chair in the summer. There is also a beautiful nature park surrounding it which is worth visiting. The bay itself is absolutely stunning, as it’s enclosed by rocks surrounding the multi-colored pebble beach. Would you expect any different for the summer vacation spot of Yugoslavian royalty??Sveti Stefan Island
Finally, we’ve made it all the way from Budva to Sveti Stefan! This magical island has an extensive history that’s perfectly intertwined with that of Montenegro’s coast. Legend has it, a fort was first built on Sveti Stefan Island in 1442. At this time the fort was primarily used to shelter local families from attacks by the Turkish invaders and pirates. It was eventually inhabited by 12 families named the “Pastrovic Clan” who lived there for many years. Local families lived on Sveti Stefan Island up until the early 1900’s, when it was turned into a luxury resort like you see toda
Sveti Stefan Island boasts three separate churches, which are surrounded by the famous stone buildings with red roofs. It is quite the spectacle to see, as people continuously try to stroll into the resort only to be turned away by security. The only way to get onto Sveti Stefan without being a hotel guest is to make a dinner reservation. In the summer, you can also pay 80 euros for a lounge chair private beach to the north. You’re much better off swimming at the beach for free in front of the Sveti Stefan, and taking in the view from water like we did. If you couldn’t already tell, walking the Seven Bay Trail was both exhausting and quite the adventure. Nevertheless, it was all worth it once we caught our first view of Sveti StefDepending on what time of year you go to Budva Montenegro your experience will be drastically different. Visiting in October, we just missed the busy season of the summer months. We heard that it turns into a wild party scene during this time, and the beaches are packed shoulder to shoulder. So where can you go to escape the crowds? Most people make a visit to the island turned luxury resort, Sveti Stefan. It is possible to drive or taxi there easily from town. However, if you’re up for an adventure, walking from Budva to Sveti Stefan is the way to go! The Seven Bay Trail is a full afternoon of exploring several different beaches, and ends at the magnificent Sveti Stefan Island. Here’s all you need to know about the walk!
Brigitte & Jake