Just like some grounded stone boat, Sveti Stefan “anchored” in the middle part of Budvanska Riviera. A former fisherman village, mentioned in documents for the first time in 1442, since 1960 represents a world famous town-hotel with comfortable villas and luxurious apartments. According to tradition, the Pastrovici erected this settlement using the treasure they had grabbed from the Turks in the XV century. Centuries latter the town of Sveti Stefan became the residence of Pastorvici. Their court, called ‘bankada’, was having sessions and making decisions there. This tradition is still alive.
Famous villa 118By being engaged in fishing and olives the former residents of this island, forced by a hard living and poverty, were leaving it. In search for a better life they were moving towards Constantinople and latter even towards America and the far away Australia. At the end of the Second World War, the island was almost deserted. Thanks to the idea of the distinguished Montenegrin painters like Lubarda and Milunovic, the town-hotel welcomed its firs guests forty years ago. Soon afterwards, it was given the title of one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. The statesmen, high officials, industrialists, film stars, the best sportsmen are its clientela, especially in the prestigious and the legendary villa “118”, where the daily rent goes up to 1.500 dollars.
“… Just as if I have returned to town from the most beautiful fairytale of my childhood” said Sophia Lauren, the Italia film star, when visiting Sveti Stefan.