Budva Riviera - Historical survey
Archeological finds from Vranjaj Cave and from Lustica Peninsula testify to the beginnins of civilization in this area as early as the Neolithic and early Bronze Age. Vranjaj Cave is today the oldest prehistoric archeological site in Budva Riviera and reveals an area where the cultures of various prehistoric stages intertwine:from the Neolithic impresso culture, through the Aenolithic Ljubljana-Dalmatia group, Bronze Age-Cetina, to late Hallstat, whose most reliably determined representatives are the Illyrians. The remains of exceptionally valuable pottery from this site are stored in the Homeland Museum of Budva. By reconnoitring the Budva surroundig area and Lustica Peninsula the existence of numerous tumuli has been established, mogila-tumulus. The most recent discovery is a complex of four tumuli “Devojacke grede", above Budva, above the village of Podi, at the edge of the village Kamenovo, 400 m above sea level, from where there is a magnificent view of the whole bay and the entrence to Boka Kotorska Bay. A local legend linked with this site tells about the meeting and conflict between wedding parties above the Devojacke grede and susequent suicide of two young girls who jumped into the gorge near the tumulus itself.
In the 3rd century A. D. , after the victory over the Illyrians, the Roman Empire took hold of this area. Although systematic archeological research has not been carried out, plentfull material evidence testifies to the strong influence of Roman civilization on this area. Namely, there is a very strong indication of the existence of ancient settlements on various sites of the municipality of Budva. The marine research which cast light on a series of precious finds tell a special story about that;first of all the amphorae which date back to the period from the 4th century B. C onwards. Following the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 this area was dominated by Byzantium. The Slavic trribes quite densely inhabited this area in the 7th century, at the time when the virst state parishes emerged in the teritory of the Byzantine Empire. In the beginning they were subject to the Byzantine Empire, but gradually acquired independennce and political autonomy. The parish of Dracevica was established in the territory of present-day Budva Riviera.
Visit page Budva Smestaj for more information about Budva. You can also visit Smestaj u Budvi page for familly accomodation in Budva. You can find there a lot of photos of beaches, the best restaurants and places in Montenegro.