Cavtat is a picturesque town on the most southern tip of the Dubrovnik Riviera. Sandwiched between a classic Renaissance town on one side, and beaches on the other, the town is also surrounded by fragrant cypress forest. If you’re looking for an authentic Croatian holiday experience in 2018, Cavtat is an ideal choice. The town dates back to the 15th century and features a picturesque harbour, gorgeous pebbled beaches and a pretty town centre. The town’s narrow streets wind around plenty of lovely sights and attractions, including museums and architectural finds. Set to the south of the vibrant Dubrovnik, Cavtat has a more laid-back atmosphere in comparison but has no shortage of things to do and see.
A major draw of Cavtat is its wonderful climate, with plenty of sunshine around the year between March and October. The region has mild winters and warm autumns and springs, with temperatures staying between 13 and 21 degrees Celsius. If you’re looking for ideal sunbathing weather, book your holiday for July or August, which sees the mercury soar to up around 25 degrees Celsius. Cavtat is a great destination for holidays in Croatia if you’re a fan of water-sports, with the sea reaching staying warm at around 21 degrees Celsius during the summer period.
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Cavtat is one of the most charming destinations in Croatia, with a perfect balance of tranquil beaches, winding ancient streets and lush green trees. Cavtat has a rich heritage and culture as well as sunny beaches, making it ideal for those looking for a balance between a cultural break and a sun, sea and sand holiday. There’s a wide selection of things to do here, from visiting historic attractions to sunbathing, shopping and water-sports. Some of the top historic attractions include the famous baroque St Nicholas Church, the Renaissance Rector’s Palace and Bukovac House, a museum which was formerly the birthplace and early home of Croatian artist Vlaho Bukovac.
As with much of Croatia, Cavtat has a wide and distinctive selection of food available. The country has a culinary identity that is mainly split between two cultures, that of Central Europe, and the mostly seafood-based cuisine from the Mediterranean. If you like a drink, you’ll enjoy the varied range of wines and strong spirits on offer here too. In Cavtat you can choose from dining either at a restoran (restaurant) or a konoba (tavern), with the taverns offering a more relaxed, simple appeal. For Croatians, the main meal of the day is lunch, or rucak, while dinner, or vecera, is often smaller and less complicated. As Cavtat is well-accustomed to welcoming foreign tourists, restaurants offer a comprehensive selection of food around the day, making it easy to keep refreshed throughout the day. If you’d like to get better accustomed with the wonderful gastronomy of the region and sample the main Croatian specialities, visit some of the most popular restaurants in Cavtat, including Dolium, Konavoka, Cavtat and Bugenvilla.
If you’re searching for the right place in Croatia for your next family holiday, Cavtat is an excellent choice. The town’s peaceful blue seas and serene pebble beaches, coupled with far fewer crowds than many other main tourist resorts in Croatia, make it an ideal option for a family break. With a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home as you soon as you get to Cavtat. There are also many opportunities to meet plenty of other families so that your kids can play together. Some of the best family activities in the area are based on and around the water, including swimming, snorkelling and even paddle-boarding. You can buy reasonably-priced snorkelling masks at many shops in Cavtat and take a trip to the nearby Rat Peninsula, located beneath Cavtat’s old town area close to the harbour, to see some incredible corals and small fish. If you have the option to, it’s good to time a family holiday between June and September to make best use of the gorgeous summer weather and the festival season. During the peak period, Cavtat hosts a number of live music performances, sports tournaments and cultural events which are good fun for all the family. Another fun family activity is to visit Dubrovnik, Croatia’s foremost tourist destination, for some shopping and to visit the city’s famously beautiful harbour.
If you’re looking to keep active on your Croatian holiday, Cavtat is a lovely location that caters to all your adventure needs. There are boat trips departing frequently to nearby islands, with plenty of picturesque swimming spots to enjoy a dip in the warm waters. There’s often a waterpark with sea kayaking, inflatables, a diving and boating club. Other active things to do include taking long walks and hikes around the countryside, playing tennis on the well-maintained local courts, mountain and terrain biking, water-skiing, both shallow and deep sea fishing and wakeboarding.
Cavtat’s coastline has a range of picturesque pebble bays and glittering ocean waters. The palm-lined bay has plenty of well-sheltered rocky coves to explore, some of which have beach bars and good amenities. Cavtat offers beautiful views over the sea, making this an ideal destination for booking a romantic waterside hotel with sea views to impress your significant other.
Cavtat has a relatively compact but vibrant nightlife scene, with a selection of clubs, bars and pubs to visit and plenty of people to meet. In spite of the fact that there’s only a small number of clubs and discos in the town, it’s easy to find evening and night-time entertainment including places to drink, enjoy live music and dance. The Caffe Bar Delfin is located beneath the St Nicholas Church and is usually the first bar that visitors come across when you first come into the harbour and promenade. More peaceful and quiet than other bars as it’s the first bar in the row, this is a good evening venue if you’d prefer a quiet beer and a conversation. The Amoret Bar is one of a number of cafes and bars which overlook the bay and is situated beneath St Nicholas’ Church. This bar has great music for dancing and keeps things fresh with a playlist that features lots of different styles. The Beach Bar Cool faces west toward the water, offering some incredible views of the bay. This is a good choice for a buzzing party atmosphere and great music, making it one of the most popular nightlife spots at the weekend.
If you’re planning a special Croatian couple’s getaway in 2018, Cavtat’s picturesque winding streets, lush greenery and tranquil beaches make the perfect setting for making incredible memories with your loved one. Couples that enjoy a culturally enriching holiday will love Cavtat’s rich heritage and lifestyle, with a good selection of historic attractions and fun things to do as a couple. Several local attractions combine history and art, making this a fascinating setting for art and architecture-loving couples. These include the baroque St Nicholas Church, Renaissance Rector’s Palace and the Bukovac House, where one of Croatia’s foremost artists, Vlaho Bukovac, was born. Cavtat is also a great choice of destination in Croatia for fuss-free, get-up-and-go couple’s holiday as you can simply stroll down to the promenade for the best spot to enjoy a refreshing drink and watch the world go by.
Cavtat has a long and rich heritage that dates back to the 6th century BC, when the original city was founded by the Greeks as Epidaurus. Many civilisations have come and gone from Cavtat including the Byzantines, Avars and Slavs. When you visit Cavtat you’ll want to immerse yourself in the wonderful culture by visiting the famous historical sights and attractions in the area, which include the Old Town, St Nicholas’ Church, a monastery and traditional houses. Cavtat’s main claim to fame is being the birth place of Vlaho Kukovac, a renowned master of Croatian art. This majestic building now exhibits his works and other memorabilia relating to the artist’s life, including personal belongings of the Bukovac family. Another cultural highlight is the Baltazar Bogisic collection, housed in the Prince’s Palace. This collection serves to preserve the legacy of Cavtat intellectual and scientist, Baltazar Bogistic. At the library you’ll find priceless books, archived materials and artistic gems that used to belong to the Bogisic family. The Racic Family Mausoleum dates from 1921 and is situated in the St.Roch cemetery. The family of wealthy ship-owner Racic built this mausoleum from white stone bussed in from Brac Island, which was sculpted into the shape of a dome, while the bell and door are cast in bronze. A beautiful and fascinating cultural highlight, the mausoleum features poignant sculptures that chart the different stages of human life.
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