Sveti Stefan is an idyllic place on the coast of Montenegro with a breathtaking view, luxury places, peaceful surroundings and gorgeous nature.
Sofia Loren once said: “It’s just as if I have returned to town from the most beautiful fairy tale of my childhood”.
Today Sveti Stefan is one of the most attractive and luxurious resorts in the world.
Sveti Stefan is a tourist and unique place not only in Montenegro if not in the whole Mediterranean. It’s a rocky island connected to the mainland by a sand isthmus. It’s surrounded by two magnificent sandy beaches and a beautiful park. This spot will provide the highest level of the holiday experience, even for the most demanding tourists.
The island is open seasonally (from October to May the Island is closed). It’s closed to the public, as it belongs to Sveti Stefan resort, known as Aman Resorts. Still, the beaches are open to the public with payment fee. Beachside parking costs 12 EUR. It costs 50 EUR to enter North Beach. South beach is free for the public and you can use it even if you are staying elsewhere.
History of Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan once used to be a fishing village, founded in the 15th century. 12 local families escaped here from the attack of Turks. These people turned the island into a fortress and became a part of the Venetian Republic. The fortress was surrounded by walls to protect the families from nearby villages from Turkish invasion and pirates. Later the town razed down and in the 16th century rebuilt again as a fortress of Venetian Republic.
In the late 19th century people were leaving the island. This helped to preserve the historical buildings which were not maintained anymore.
In the 20th century, near the island, on the mainland was built Villa Miločer. It was a summer residence of influential Serbian family Karađorđević. Since then the resort of Sveti Stefan started to develop. This gorgeous resort became very popular among the famous and rich people, especially in 60’s – 80’s period. Sveti Stefan hosted celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Willy Brandt, Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Sophia Loren, Carlo Ponti, Monica Vitti, Ingemar Stenmark, Kirk Douglas, Jonathan Miller and Claudia Schiffer.
What to do in Sveti Stefan
If you can afford it don’t miss a night in Sveti Stefan Aman Resort. You will receive a luxury accommodation with one of the most spectacular views of the Adriatic sea. The night in this resort will cost you about 800 EUR per night (or more than 1000 EUR in peak season). There are 50 rooms, cottages, and suites, and 8 suits that are part of Villa Miločer (part of the Aman resort), each one styled different, with charm but retain historical elements (original walls, traditional doors, and windows). The resort will pamper you with wellness services (pools, saunas, gym, studios for Pilates and yoga (with a holistic approach), massages), delicious high-quality local food, organic vegetable and fruits, seafood direct from the Adriatic, a variety of cheeses and beef from the north of Montenegro.
Around Sveti Stefan, there are many types of accommodation, also cheaper prices with the gorgeous view of the island.
In case you can’t visit the island, you can have a walk through Miločer park. This place is worth to visit as it once used to be a residence of Karađorđević family and it’s beautiful. The surrounding is filled with olive trees and exotic trees. The road makes you pass Villa Miločer and King’s beach.
Even your kids will love this place not only because of the beach but also of a playground that offers this place.
How to get there
If you travel by bus, you will be charged 2 EUR from Budva, with the journey 30 minutes. You can go on foot about 10 km by the coast from Budva or Bečići and meanwhile admire a beautiful surrounding. Sveti Stefan in Montenegro is a place never to forget. Wonderful beaches, charming views and crystal waters will make your stay unforgettable.
As for a day trip you can consider visiting UNESCO Heritage site Kotor or Balkan’s largest lake, the Lake Skadar.