Bečići are that beautiful little settlement in Montenegro blessed with beautiful beaches and a unique view that even lights up in the evening – The Sveti Stefan island.
Bečići turned in record time from a secluded village into an attractive vacation spot with modern hotels and pristine beaches.
The narrow peninsula Zavala separates Becici from Budva. The Zavala peninsula has also become a famous landmark shared by both Budva and Bečići. It connects both places with a short tunnel on the peninsula. Walking from the direction of Budva, the path splits outside the tunnel. One path leads through the hotel complex, out on the Bečići beach, and the other to the tip of the peninsula.
Tourists who decide to wander from Budva to Bečići can decide whether to cross the additional 1950 meters along the paved path to Rafailovići or to “set up camp” at the beach. The beach is the crown jewel of Bečići. One of the many distinguishing features of the beach in Bečići are the pebbles. Shaped by centuries in the sea and washed ashore by waves. These pebbles are intriguing artifacts to children and grownups.
Despite the weather, visitors wander the beach looking for the perfectly shaped pebble. You can find a variety of different shapes. From hearts, long ovals, circles, or even egg-shaped and sized. However, the shape and smoothness of the stones are not the only qualities attracting visitors. The pebbles come in endless colors including white, grey, brown, green and even brick red. The variety of the pebbles, as well as the incredible view of the Sveti Stefan island, is what makes it one of the most attractive beaches on the Montenegrin coast
What is interesting about Bečići?
The most interesting feature of Bečići is the unique peninsula named Sveti Stefan. This island is a playground for the rich and famous. During its time Sveti Stefan has accommodated many celebrities and important people. Elisabeth, the Beckham family as well as TV star Silvester Stalone are only some of the famous guests of Sveti Stefan. The island is currently owned by Aman Resorts – a luxurious getaway with a fantastic location and breathtaking view.
History of Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan was first mentioned as the capital of the community Paštrovići. After their independent status since the 12th century, the Republic of Venice proclaimed the Peštrovići as their protectorate in 1423. The Peštrovići accepted the Venetian sovereignty because they feared an attack from the Ottoman Empire. In return for ceasing piracy against Venetian ships, the Venetian Republic liberated Paštrovići from any tribute to Venice and granted them considerable autonomy. According to a legend recounted by Stjepan Mitrov Ljubiša, the town fortification was funded after Paštrovići looted Turkish ships moored in front of Jaz during Barbarossa’s siege of Kotor in 1539.
In the 15th century, the fortified village was built to defend against the Turks and became a haven for pirates of the Adriatic. Initially, the island with its fortress had 12 families. In the 1800s, a village came to be established on the island with a population of about 400 people. Villa Miločer, built between 1934 and 1936, was the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadordevic (1900–1961) of the Karađorđević family of Serbia. It was refurbished as part of the Aman Sveti Stefan resorts that opened in 2008–2009.
The villa, surrounded by 800 olive trees, is laid out over a 32-hectare (79-acre) plot.
Subsequent to the villagers being moved to the mainland by the authorities, the island village became an exclusive resort frequented by high-profile elites of the world.