Cavtat is a little city situated at the very south of Croatia. It is about 20 km away from Dubrovnik in direction south-east. The city is part of the Konavle, the southernmost region in the country. In early days, there used to be a Greek colony here called Epidaurum. Later the city was occupied by the Romans who founded their colony Epidaurus. Already in the 1st century Cavtat had a water supply by means of a Roman aqueduct. Today Cavtat, has about 2.500 residents, their primary occupation is tourism and fishing. The city is one of the leading congress centers in Croatia. The underwater world of Cavtat is very famous for its findings of antique items like amphorae.
Accommodation in Cavtat:
Cavtat has numerous hotels but the famous one is the Hotel Croatia with five stars. The hotel is modernly equipped and it has 980 beds, the hotel offers services like sport, recreation, wellness, restaurants and bars. In terms of private accommodation in Cavtat, there are plenty of apartments and rooms to choose between. There are no campsites but in a small place called Molunat app. 20 km from Cavtat, there are 4 campsites. In terms of activities the city offer different kinds of sports like diving, free climbing, cycling, walking, horse riding just to mention a few.
Cavtat it is cheaper then Dubrovnik, and only 20 minutes bus trip away, so Catvat is and alternative to consider if most of the holiday has to be spend on the beach.
What to see in Cavtat:
The house of Vlaho Bukovac, a famous Croatian painter. It is situated in the center of the city and it contains about 30 most representative works. It also has an exhibition area where exhibitions of contemporary art are often held.
The Mausoleum of the Račić family was built in 1921 by the famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović. The mausoleum is made of white stone from the island of Brač and no other material but bronze. The Račić family was the famous ship-owner family from Cavtat.
The collection of Baltazar Bogošić which is part of the Croatian Academy of Science and Art. Baltazar Bogošić was a scientist and a jurist. His collection contains more than 35 000 items. The most interesting are the old graphics and numismatic collections.
The picture gallery of St. Nicola’s church contains a collection of valuable paintings, sculptures and church pottery.
Where to eat:
Numerous restaurants and taverns in Cavtat offer dishes based on the Mediterranean and Dalmatian kitchen. Some of the most elite restaurants are situated along the coast and they offer different seafood dishes as well as international dishes. Here you get the chance to taste the autochthonous wines like plavac mali, kadarun, dalmatinka and others. Internationally known grapes like merlot or cabernet sauvignon are grown in the area.
How to get to Cavtat:
By Car: take the A1 motorway from Zagreb to the end in Ravca (Ploce), from here, follow the coastal road. From Ravca there is about 160 km to Cavtat. Driving time from Zagreb is about 7 hours.
By Plane: Nearest airport is the Dubrovnik Airport, which is 6 km from Cavtat.
By Bus: From Dubrovnik there is buses leaving every whole and half hours, from 7 in the morning till midnight, last bus leave at 01:40, first bus in the morning is 05:15.