Discover Budva’s Bečići – what to do, where to stay, how to get around and where to eat in Montenegro’s top beach resort.
Budva’s Bečići (pronounced Be-chi-tchi) Beach is Montenegro’s most popular seaside resort.
It’s where you can relax and recharge your batteries. The hardest decision you'll have to make is whether to lounge by the pool or lounge by the sea.
It's where you can spend your evenings strolling the promenade and lingering over seafood dinners with the moonlight reflecting off the Adriatic Sea.
And it’s where families can enjoy effortless summer holidays of sea, sand, sun and fun.
Bečići’s enormous 2km-long (1.25mi) beach and proximity to Budva are the main drawcards for this location. You’ll find lots of things to do in Budva, like the 2,500 year-old old town, Budva Aqua Park and Top Hill nightclub. But Budva is busy and noisy in summer. Staying in Bečići offers you a quieter ambiance to stay in with the conveniences and attractions of Budva just 2km away.
There are lots of good-quality hotels to choose from here and it’s only a 20-30 minute walk along the seaside promenade to Budva. If you don’t feel like walking or driving into Budva, you’ll find also a range of restaurants and activities right in Bečići.
Bečići is a central location for exploring other top destinations in Montenegro. It’s a 30 minute drive (longer in July and August due to traffic) to Kotor, an hour to Lake Skadar National Park, one and a half hours to Lovćen National Park and around three hours each to Durmitor or Biogradska Gora National Parks.
Bečići Beach is a 2km (1.25mi) long stretch of fine pebble and sand beach between Zavala Cape (Dukley Hotel and Resort) and Rafailovići. In 1935 Bečići won the Grand Prix prize as the most beautiful beach in Europe and it’s the beach that’s made Bečići such a popular holiday destination.
If you stay in one of Bečići’s seaside resorts, your hotel will have its own section of beach with loungers that you can use. If you choose more boutique accommodation or a self-catering apartment or villa, you’ll be able to hire loungers and umbrellas for €7-10 a pair per day. You’ll also find spaces where you can park your towel for free, however two common complaints about Bečići Beach are that the public areas (free areas) are crowded and there’s lots of litter in the busiest months of July and August.
You’ll also find a range of activities, like peddle boats and parasailing, on Bečići Beach.
Hotel Mediteran has an aqua park that has 7 pools, a lazy river, slides and sunbathing areas.
Address: Aqua Park Mediteran, Jadranska Magistrala, Bečići
Phone: +382 33 424 000
Opening hours: 11am - 7:30pm daily
Entrance: €15 for adults and €7.50 for children under 14
The hills directly above Bečići are one of Montenegro’s most popular paragliding launch spots. You can take a tandem flight with a local instructor and fly over the coast and land in Bečići.
This is a Serbian Orthodox church just off the beach in Bečići. The original 14th century church was dedicated to Saint Thomas (Sveti Toma). It was replaced with this new one and dedicated to Saint Stefan Štiljanović in 1910, and the church holds relics of Saint Stefan Štiljanović. Locals gather here for Saint Stefan Štiljanović Day on 17th October and for Saint Thomas’ Day on 19th October.
Address: Bečići bb
There are two casinos in two hotels in Bečići:
You can join tours to see attractions around Montenegro from Budva or Bečići. This makes it easy to do some sightseeing, especially if don't have a rental car. Some of these tours start in Kotor, but have pick-ups from Budva, Tivat and Herceg Novi. If you want to do a tour that starts from Budva, you can easily walk, get a bus or take a taxi to the pick-up point in Budva.
This tour takes you to some of Montenegro’s most wild and dramatic scenery. You visit the Tara Canyon, the second-deepest canyon in the world, and can zip line across it, then visit the Black Lake in Durmitor National Park. To end, you visit Ostrog Monastery, built into a sheer cliff and Montenegro’s holiest site.
This tour takes you to Njeguši village to try rakija and prosciutto, then on to the Petar Petrović-Njegoš mausoleum in Lovćen National Park. A walking tour in Cetinje is followed by lunch and a boat trip at Rijeka Crnojevića and ends with a walking tour of Budva.
This day cruise combines the beauty of the Bay of Kotor with a fun cruise and plenty of swimming. The cruise takes you to Our Lady of the Rocks, the Blue Cave and for lunch at a beachside restaurant.
Rafting through the Tara Canyon is one of Montenegro’s top activities. The rapids are biggest in the spring and slowly get smaller throughout the summer. Whenever you go, this a really fun activity with lots of beautiful scenery and tasty, local food!
If you have a rental car you can also drive yourself to Tara Canyon and join a rafting tour from there.
Ostrog Monastery is the holiest site in Montenegro, and it’s one of the most-visited Orthodox churches in the Balkans. The church, dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog, is built into a cliff 900m above the plains below. This tour takes you to visit the monastery (make sure you read this page for tips on visiting) and for lunch in a traditional restaurant nearby.
Since it’s such a popular summer holiday destination, you’ll find several good package holiday options from the UK to Bečići. There are lots of reasons to book a holiday package to Montenegro:
Here's a range of recommended package holidays in Bečići:
This five star resort is right on the beach front in Bečići. It has several outdoor pools, indoor pools, a wellness centre, a casino it’s a 20 minute walk to Budva old town. With almost everything you need onsite, this is a great hotel for both couples and families.
Falkensteiner Hotel Montenegro is an upmarket and stylish four star hotel on the hill above Bečići. Since there’s just one pool and it’s a 200m (downhill, then uphill) walk to the beach, it’s better suited to adults and families with older kids. If you’ve got little kids I’d recommend staying closer to the beach since you might end up carrying the tired kids themselves as well as all their paraphernalia, like buckets, spades and floaties, back up to the hotel after a morning on the beach.
Iberostar Bellevue Hotel is an all-inclusive resort that’s nestled in against the forest of Zavala Cape at the north end of Bečići. The resort has outdoor pools, an indoor pool and tennis courts, and it’s beach front so the beach is only a few steps away.
Hotel Mediteran is one of my favourite hotels in Bečići and it’s an ideal place for family holidays. The onsite aqua park keeps kids entertained for days and there are more adult-friendly hotel pools too. The hotel also has an indoor pool with Jacuzzi, spa centre and it’s just a few steps from the beach.
Hotel Tara is a modern three – four star hotel 100m from the beach in Bečići. Set just back from the beach, there’s a private beach area with loungers for hotel guests and a beach bar, where you can get snacks and drinks. There’s also an outdoor pool with a children’s area.
Montenegro Beach Resort is a three-plus star resort. With its beach front location and two outdoor pools – one a children’s pool – it’s a good choice for an easy, relaxed summer holiday. They also offer all inclusive, so all your meals are included in the price of your holiday.
If you’re looking for a beach holiday in a good-quality hotel or resort, Bečići is a great place to start. There are several large four and five star hotels right on the beachfront that have pools, spas beaches, basically everything you’ll need to relax on a beach vacation.
With a beach front position on Bečići Beach, this five star resort is the ultimate place for a beach holiday. It has both indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and a hotel beach just a few steps from your room.
This hotel is a lower-priced option just off the beach, but still a short walk from the shore. Hotel Mediteran has its own water park, making it a popular choice with families.
Closest to Budva, the Iberostar is an expansive all-inclusive resort with lots of outdoor activities on offer.
Formerly the Queen of Montenegro, the Falkensteiner Montenegro is great for a beach holiday on Bečići Beach. This four star hotel is the ideal place to relax with a spa, pool, great views and a hotel beach.
Ponta Nova has luxurious rooms and apartments on the cliff in Rafailovići at the southern end of Bečići Beach. From here you have fantastic views of Bečići and Kameno Beach is also on your doorstep.
Self-catering apartments and villas are a great option for families and groups wanting to be able to relax in a more private space. You’ll find lots of good-quality apartments and villas just off the beach in Bečići. If you’re planning to rent a car for your stay try to find a place with a parking spot. Street parking is hard to find, particularly in July and August.
Eukaliptus is a block of well-appointed studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments just five minutes’ walk from the beach.
Aparthotel Anatolia is great for families. The spacious apartments have good-sized kitchens, balconies and bathrooms with washing machines – very handy when you’re travelling with kids. There’s also an onsite restaurant and shared pool, and the beach is a five minute walk from the apartment.
Harmonia Apartments offer the comfort and space of self-catering in the high-end development of Dukley Gardens on Zavala Cap, overlooking Bečići Beach.
Luka Villa is a three-bedroom villa with a private pool set in the hills above Bečići. The exposed stone walls and sea views make it a relaxing, classic Montenegrin hideaway.
You’ll find lots of good restaurants in Budva, like Merkur for good-value local cuisine, Konoba Stari Grad in the old town or Taste of Asia for pan-asian meals. But if you don’t feel like going into Budva, you’ll also find lots of beach bars serving pizza and pasta. You’ll also find traditional restaurants in Bečići and Rafailovići, at the southern end of Bečići Beach.
At the far end of Bečići Beach, in Rafailovići, Porat is a seaside restaurant where you can get fresh Montenegrin-style fish and seafood along with meat and vegetarian dishes.
Worth leaving the seaside promenade for, this family-run restaurant is consistently ranked among the top restaurants in Bečići for its excellent Montenegro-style meat and seafood dishes, fair prices and friendly service.
if you’re looking for modern and fine dining cuisine head over to Dukley Beach Lounge in Dukley Gardens. This is an upmarket restaurant, so you can expect to pay more than at other restaurants in the area, but the food is excellent.
If you’re looking for upmarket seafood, Dukley Laguna Beach is an excellent seaside restaurant in Dukley Gardens. They have a private terrace with just one table (early reservation is recommended) which is ideal for romantic dinners and special occasions.
Read More: Restaurants in Budva
Bečići is on the E65/E80 Adriatic Highway that runs the length of the Montenegrin coast. If you’re flying in, you can hire a car at any airport and drive yourself to Bečići.
Distances from airports:
If you fly into Dubrovnik in the peak months of July and August you can face long queues at the Croatia-Montenegro border, the Kotor Bay Ferry, through Tivat and Budva, so it can take much longer to get to Bečići than usual. If you’re travelling during these months it’s worth flying into Tivat or Podgorica airports, even if it’s a bit more expensive. It’s particularly hard to plan your departure back to Dubrovnik airport when you don’t know how long the trip will take.
Flying into and out of Dubrovnik is quick and easy the rest of the year and you'll find a wide range of flights to this airport.
Bečići is so close to Budva and the beach, you don’t need a rental car if you don't feel like driving. You can easily get around in taxis and on public transport. If you want to do some sightseeing around Montenegro you can hire a car or join tours.
It’s easy to get overcharged by airport taxis so booking your airport transfers in advance is a must to save you money and hassle on arrival. You can also use local taxis from Budva to get around once you've checked in.
Budva Taxi Phone Numbers:
There are two local buses from Budva which stop in Rafailovići, the south end of Bečići. All buses depart from the Budva centre bus stop which is at the roundabout on Mediteranska Ulica opposite Perla Restaurant.
Route: Centre – Opština – Stadion – Boreti – Hotel Admiral – Rafailovići – Kamenovo – Pržno – Sveti Stefan (Hotel Adrović) – Blizikuće – Reževići – Skočiđevojka – Perazića do – Petrovac (Centre)
Budva – Petrovac Timetable:
06:10h, 08:10h, 09:10, 10:10h, 11:10h, 12:10h, 13:10h, 14:10h, 15:10h, 16:10h, 17:10h, 18:10h, 19:10h, 19:30h, 21:10h, 23:10h
Petrovac – Budva Timetable:
06:50h, 09:10h, 10:10h, 11:10h, 12:10h, 13:10h, 14:10h, 15:10h, 16:10h, 17:10h, 18:10h, 18:50h, 19:50h, 20:10h, 22:10h, 00:10h
Ticket price: €2
Route: Centre – Opština – Stadion – Boreti – Hotel Admiral – Rafailovići – Kamenovo – Pržno – Miločer – Sveti Stefan
Budva – Sveti Stefan Timetable:
06:00h, 06:30h, 07:00h, 08:00h, 08:30h… every 10 minutes until 22:00h
22:15h, 22:30h, 22:45h, 23:00h, 23:15h, 23:30h, 23:45h, 00:00h, 00:30h, 01:00h, 01:30h
Sveti Stefan – Budva Timetable:
06:30h, 07:00h, 07:30h, 08:00h, 08:30h… every 10 minutes until 22:00h
22:15h, 22:30h, 22:45h, 23:00h, 23:15h, 23:30h, 23:45h, 00:00h, 00:30h, 01:00h, 01:30h, 02:00h
Ticket price: €1.50
You can walk along the seaside promenade from Budva to Bečići. This path actually goes all the way to Sveti Stefan, but to get to Bečići you walk along the promenade from Budva old town past Slovenska Plaza. When you get to Dukley Gardens on Zavala Cape, you go through the tunnel and you’ll come out in Bečići. The path continues along Bečići Beach to Rafailovići and then there’s another tunnel which leads to Kamenovo Beach.