20 km from Dubrovnik, the capital of South Dalmatia, is the city of Cavtat, one of the most famous resorts in Croatia. The city is spread over two peninsulas, Rat and Sustjepan, and everyone who comes here for the first time is struck by its picturesqueness. The harmony of the world here is quite obvious. The magnificent Mediterranean nature, gentle sea waves, picturesque rocky shores are conducive to a leisurely, contemplative rest, which brings health to the body, and peace to the soul.
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Cavtat is like a “toy” old town on a peninsula with Mediterranean nature. Picturesque paths for walking along the sea, many well-groomed pebble beaches and reconstructed hotels – all this makes Cavtat a popular tourist center. The town has an abundance of restaurants and bars to suit all tastes, while Hotel Croatia has a nightclub and a casino.
How to get to Cavtat
You can get here from Dubrovnik in several ways: by bus number 10, which arrives at the main square of Cavtat (about 35 minutes on the way, ticket price – 33 HRK), on tourist boats (45 minutes on the way, ticket price – 65 HRK) and on taxi (20 minutes). Prices on the page are for July 2021.
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A bit of history
Lovers of antiquity will find here a lot of interesting things for themselves. The history of Cavtat begins in the 7th century BC, when the Illyrians founded a city called Epidaurus on this site. It was here that numerous trade routes intersected, and the strategic position of the city was very advantageous. In the 4th century, Epidaurus was hit by a massive earthquake and nearly destroyed. But its surviving center became the residence of one of the bishops. And then times and rulers changed, the city was almost destroyed and only in the 15th century it was reborn to become part of the Dubrovnik Republic with a new name – Cavtat.
Hotels and apartments in Cavtat
The city lives mainly due to tourism, this became especially noticeable after 2000, when the government program to attract tourists to Croatia began to be implemented. Hotels in the city meet international standards, their staff is welcoming and well trained. Regardless of the number of “stars” on the sign, any hotel offers its guests a decent level of accommodation and service. You can also stay in one of the many private villas equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay.
Cuisine and restaurants
Many restaurants offer to try the cuisine of different countries of the world, but preference should still be given to Croatian cuisine. Meat dishes prepared according to local recipes are extremely tasty, and smoked pork ham and grilled young lamb meat are simply unforgettable. Assorted different varieties of local fish, excellent local cheeses, vegetables cooked with olive oil produced here will not leave indifferent even the most picky gourmet. And one of the local desserts will complete the wonderful gastronomic picture: walnut pie, candied fruit or magnificent cakes. Lunch will not be complete without a glass of local wine, which has so many types that there is a suitable one for every dish. The names of the dishes are as old as the city of Cavtat, and they sound truly magical: “visovacka begovice”, “wandering”…
The beaches in Cavtat are mostly pebbly, bordered by thickets of pines and cypresses, whose aroma permeates the air. For environmental cleanliness, they are marked with the Blue Flag of the European Union. Each beach offers vacationers a variety of activities and sports options. Cheerful rides on the waves on the “banana” and water skiing, diving and sailing on a yacht, tennis and beach volleyball – you can’t list everything. Few people will refuse the unique opportunity to dive into the depths of the sea in order to find the “wreckage” of former civilizations: after all, the city of Epidaurus was not only destroyed by an earthquake, it was partially submerged. Therefore, the chances of emerging from the water with a unique archaeological find in hand are very high here.
Entertainment and attractions in Cavtat
Cavtat has preserved its rich historical heritage: the Princely Court, the Vlaho Bukovic Art Gallery, the Racic Mausoleum, the Baroque St. Nicholas Church and the Monastery of the Virgin Mary of the Snow. The city walls and fortifications also partially survived. Not far from the monastery, the remains of city streets and the ruins of an amphitheater have been preserved.
The architecture of the city has absorbed the features of the styles of all eras that the city has experienced, and now it is a living illustration of its centuries-old history: Renaissance, Classicism, Baroque, Gothic coexist here. The most striking buildings date back to the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. They are made mainly in the Renaissance style with elements of the Gothic. On the embankment is the princely palace, one of the most striking buildings. Now it houses an interesting exposition of antiques, many of which, without exaggeration to say, are unique. There is also a library and a collection of archival documents, the value of which for science is indisputable.
While in Cavtat, one cannot ignore the mausoleum of the Racic family. It is where the majestic Greek acropolis once stood. Of undoubted interest are such buildings as the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, built in the Baroque style and striking in the beauty and harmony of lines, the chapel of St. Roque. Walking through the streets of the city, you can plunge into a bygone reality, looking at the remains of a building belonging to a bygone era.
Not far from the city is the Prevlaka amusement park where you can go rock climbing, play paintball or just walk around the old fort.