Sveti Stefan Island - the most important information
The Sveti Stefan peninsula is one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. It is located only 10 kilometers from Budva. The peninsula is known for its architecture, natural beauty, sandy beach and streets that have retained their historic appearance.
History of the Sveti Stefan island
According to legend, the settlement was formed after the Turkish siege of Kotor. Pashtrovici attacked Turkish galleys on Jaz beach. They decided to build a fortification and 12 houses on the peninsula from the obtained booty, one for each tribe. They also built a church dedicated to St. Stephen and decided that he would be the protector of the city. The fortification was built not only to serve as a defense against Turks, pirates and other enemies, but also as a shelter and asylum for women, children and the elderly, during enemy attacks. The peninsula experienced great development in the first half of the 19th century, when the number of houses was over 100. With 400 inhabitants, there was no more room for everyone.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Sveti Stefan lost its economic and political power, the number of inhabitants decreased by 1954 and only 20.With great prosperity and a shape similar to today's, the peninsula took over in 1954. A group of architects and artists then began the adaptation of the houses, they moved the remaining 20 inhabitants to the mainland and already in 1957 the peninsula turned into a unique city-hotel. The Sveti Stefan peninsula then became the most attractive and luxurious hotel complex in the Mediterranean.
What to visit on the Sveti Stefan island?
Although the peninsula is small and space is limited, there are places you can visit during a walk around the peninsula.
- Villa Milocer - a former summer house of the Karadjordjevic dynasty.
- Praskavica Monastery - built in the 11th century, named after the local name for peach.
- Duljevo Monastery - built in the Middle Ages, is known for the products that the nuns make themselves from goat's milk.
- Razevici Monastery - founded in the 13th century, and named after the river not far from it.
How to get to the Sveti Stefan island?
Sveti Stefan is 10 kilometers away from Budva.
- You will arrive by car in about 15 minutes by car on the main road E65 / E80 .. During the ride you will have beautiful landscapes passing by the most beautiful beaches in Budva.
- By bus from Budva you can easily reach Sveti Stefan. Buses run every 10 minutes and the ticket price is 2.5 euros.