Modern, tourist-focussed Bečići is perfectly complemented by the charms of the old walled town of Budva, with its selection of cafes, restaurants and shops, which is just over a mile away along the coastal promenade, or, if you prefer, by a small train. Founded in the ninth century and destroyed and rebuilt several times, Budva is believed to be one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans. There was a Hellenic colony here as far back as the 4th century BC. The fifteenth century fortifications, protruding into the sea, include medieval ramparts and towers. Elsewhere, the architecture shows Venetian influences. The old town was built on a little island, connected to the mainland by a sandbar, which, over the centuries, has silted up to become a peninsula. The white stone walls and red-tile roofs are interspersed with bougainvillea and oleander. Walking out of Bečići in the other direction, you reach the old fishing village of Rafailovići, with its pleasant cafes and restaurants.