We sojourned for six restful weeks in Pržno, a small beach community on the Budva Riviera in Montenegro. When initially searching online for a place to hang our hats for a month and a half, we wanted a nice beach that was accessible on foot to walking paths, restaurants, small markets and other beaches. We chose to avoid Budva, Montenegro’s biggest and most visited coastal town, in search of something low key and serene. . .and we found just that in Pržno.
The unique charm of Pržno is worthy of description –
Half of the modest sized beach is framed by white stone homes with crawling bougainvillea and blue shutters, inspiring all of the romance and beauty of an untouched Mediterranean village. The other half of the beach is dominated by a drab and tasteless Resort & Casino, architecture from a bygone Communist era.
Pržno is a 10 minute stroll from a string of surreal, gorgeous coves, as well as Montenegro’s most iconic landmark islet, Sveti Stefan. And yet, despite its proximity to these place as well as its own handful of upscale restaurants and modern accommodations, Pržno still retains an old world fishing village atmosphere.
In six weeks we watched Pržno go through a transformation that we’ve seen up and down the coast of Montenegro in the spring (for before/after pics, see this blog). Beach chairs and changing stations have replaced litter and decaying dinghies, restaurants and cafes have opened their doors and written their specials on chalk boards. But in Pržno many things have remained the same – local men still gather for espressos in the morning before heading out to fish and the afternoon a few of the older ones sit on the stone wall against the beach mending their nets and skinning and gutting the day’s catch.
We’ll always look back incredibly fondly at the countless hours spent enjoying the view from our balcony and we’ll never forget the sounds of Pržno in the spring – water lapping up against the hulls of fishing boats, the squeal of kids playing in the waves, the braying of two donkeys that graze on the hill near the beach, the sound of jackhammers and new construction projects, the purr of outboard motors and the whistling of espresso machines.
- We stayed in the Budva Springs apartments in Pržno and would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone. The owners, Simo & Vesna are friendly, kind and accommodating. The apartments are well designed, well equipped, clean and comfortable. These apartments are less than a minute from the beach, a small market and several great restaurants, and a ten minute walk to Sveti Stefan. Budva proper is a pleasant 5 mile walk or a 10 euro cab ride away. You can find listings for these apartments on their website and through airbnb here.