Sveti Stefan, Montenegro: Attractions & Beaches
The world famous Sveti Stefan is a picturesque island in the Adriatic Sea and a real highlight in Montenegro. The dream beach overlooking the islet is also unique and is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Montenegro. This former fishing village was completely renovated as a hotel in 2007 and today with its impressive appearance it provides the entire Montenegrin coast with an exceptionally beautiful and proud charm. During a visit to Sveti Stefan beach you can expect a view like you know it from travel magazines and so it is hardly surprising that every year countless visitors from all over the world come to admire this spectacular attraction up close.
In this travel guide we give you all the important information about Sveti Stefan in Montenegro. In addition, we show you the most beautiful pictures, give useful tips and share our experiences with you.
General information about Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan is a tiny little island of only 1.64 hectares, actually it is a peninsula connected to the mainland by a causeway. It is located about 10 kilometers from Budva and, thanks to its imposing setting, has become a landmark for Montenegro. Holidaymakers also love the resort of the same name, which attracts with unique ambience! Just opposite the island are really great beaches and also a vacation settlement with beautiful apartments and hotels was built here on the slopes of the resort.
The history of Sveti Stefan goes back to the 15th century. In the past it was a small, fortified fishing village, which partly served as a shelter in times of war. About 400 inhabitants are said to have lived in this historic old town of the small island at that time. It has its name from the church of St. Stefan, which, like several other small churches, is still here today.
The Hotel Sveti Stefan
It was not until the middle of the 20th century, 1950-1960, that the small old town was completely renovated as part of a hotel project, preserving its original character with pretty stone cottages, romantic alleys and typical red roofs and shutters. Celebrities and politicians from all over the world, like Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor have been guests here. Since 2007, the entire island of Sveti Stefan, together with Villa Milocer on the mainland, has become a complex of the Aman Sveti Stefan Luxury Resort, a high end top-class 5-star hotel.
The beaches of Sveti Stefan
Real highlights, accessible to all vacationers, are the wonderful beaches of Sveti Stefan. Often described as pink sandy beaches, they are, however, rather very fine pebble beaches that really glow a delicate pink when the sun shines. The entrance to the left side cove is also open to non-hotel guests and is even free of charge. The bay on the right side is only accessible to hotel guests, or you can rent two sunbeds with an umbrella for about 120 euros per day.
Beautiful and a real highlight is a walk along the picturesque waterfront. From the walkway you can enjoy a fantastic viewpoint of Sveti Stefan, which with its stone houses and red roofs forms a particularly spectacular contrast to the turquoise sea. Also worth seeing is Milocer Beach, the so-called Queens Beach, a private beach in a spectacular setting, just a 5-minute walk from the village.
Best accommodations in Sveti Stefan
In the vacation settlement of Sveti Stefan, just across the island, you’ll find a great selection of fantastic places to stay. Most of these accommodations are privately owned apartments, but nice hotels have also settled here. If you are looking for a recommended accommodation, then we can give you these tips along the way…It’s worth a look!
- 4-star Hotel: The Hotel California is located in a prime location on Sveti Stefan Beach. Fantastic is also the breakfast, which can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the peninsula!
- Vacation Apartment: The beautiful Apartments Sunset Beach are a real insider tip! Here you can enjoy the sea view directly from your bed, the beach is only 10 steps away and the view is just amazing.
- Apartment: The Sound of the Sea Apartment inspires with great facilities, cleanliness and good location, not far from the sea; a lovely apartment for a vacation in Sveti Stefan.
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