Saturday, 2 October 2010

Budva, Montenegro

One more card from the swap with Ana, this one here shows Budva in Montenegro.

Budva is a coastal town in Montenegro. It has around 15,000 inhabitants, and is a centre of Budva Municipality. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budvanska rivijera, is the centre of Montenegro's tourism, and is well known for its sandy beaches, diverse nightlife, and beautiful examples of Mediterranean architecture.

Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic sea coast.

There's some interesting trivia about Budva in Wikipedia (Yeah, I know, most of my references are from Wikipedia and it's not always the most correct of sources but it is still the most convenient, so.. sorry if there's incorrect info in this blog.):

Locally, Budva is referred to as the Montenegrin Kuwait, because of its immense number of millionaires, compared to its small population. Following a real estate boom in 2000s, many native families sold their properties in and around Budva to foreign buyers, mostly Russians, Austrians and Italians. Once barren and undeveloped fields of steep hillsides are being sold for hundreds euros per square meter. This resulted in a once poor fisherman's village to become a town with the most millionaires per capita in Europe, about 500 for the population of around 22 000 in whole municipality.

Budva has the distinction of being the smallest town to host a concert of The Rolling Stones. The group held a concert on 9 July 2007, at Jaz Beach, as a part of their A Bigger Bang Tour. The show saw an attendance of some 35,000 spectators, twice the population of Budva town itself. (I used to be a huge fan of the Rolling Stones and I still like them, although I prefer their songs from the 60s and 70s.)

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