Ancient remains, Renaissance palaces and villas make up the historical nucleus of Cavtat, a town south of Dubrovnik. In ancient times it was known as Epidaurum and today is the tourist and cultural center of Konavle, the southernmost region of Croatia. Visit the house of Vlaho Bukovac, a famous artist and see his collection of paintings and artwork. It is a town of beautiful beaches and luxury hotels along with a traditional way of life and customs that welcome you. Once you have familiarized yourself with the town of Cavtat, go on an excursion to Dubrovnik, the island of Mljet or the Elaphite islands.
- Population: 2015 in 2001
- Geographical location: Sothern Dalmatia
- Climate: Mediterranean
- Average summer temperature: 25° C
- Average winter temperature: 9° C
In ancient times, Cavtat was known as Epidaurum, while the current name of Cavtat comes from “Civitas Vetus” as it was known by its inhabitants. In 614 the Slavs penetrated into Cavtat forcing the majority to move to Dubrovnik. It was at that time that the inhabitants, who fled to Dubrovnik, named it Cavtat, “Civitas Vetus”. In the 15th century, in 1426 to be exact, Dubrovnik purchases the town of Cavtat from Duke Pavlovic. From then on Cavtat became the second center of the republic and had an important role in the social life of the republic. Later on, as the century progressed, the town was devoted to culture and Vlaho Bukovac was born, one of the most famous Croatian painters. Recognizing its qualities and natural beauty, Cavtat focused on tourism.to top
Enjoying gastro delicacies in Cavtat is guaranteed since there is an abundance of fine, fresh fish and seafood specialties. All that is combined with fresh vegetables or freshly cooked vegetables. And after such a fine meal, once can enjoy rozata, a delicious, authentic Dubrovnik dessert which is made from cream milk, eggs and sugar and is served with caramel syrup.
If you are looking for something simpler, sit down at any one of the seaside cafes and have a sandwich or even pizza with a refreshing beverage. There are also restaurants that offer simple pasta meals.to top
Cavtat and the surrounding area offer many sports activities. So aside from the usual swimming and sun tanning you can also enjoy the sub-marine world and all the things it has to offer. There are hidden remains of sunken Roman ships which today give you the opportunity of reliving the past, especially if you are a deep-sea diver. If you are not, perhaps this is a good time to start learning.
You can also go trekking in Konavle, the region that includes the Dubrovnik hinterland and makes up the southernmost region of Croatia. There are not many inclines, so you can rent a bicycle at one of the hotels and enjoy a relaxing bicycle ride in the surrounding area.to top
Fun and night life
During the day, if you get bored of swimming and sun tanning, we suggest you head towards Cilipi, where folklore shows are held every Sunday. You can also embark on a jeep safari and familiarize yourself with Konavle from an entirely different perspective.You should definitely visit the old houses in Konavle to catch a glimpse of how people once lived. The night life in Cavtat is typical of any small town along the coast where local cafes easily turn into places for having fun, in the company of others and music that will make you want to dance. to top
How to get there?
- By car:
- Cavtat-Zagreb 610 km (366 km highway)
- Cavtat-Dubrovnik 22 km
- Cavtat-Split 225 km
- By plane: www.croatiaairlines.hr (Dubrovnik airport 8 km)
- By bus: www.akz.hr
- By train: www.hznet.hr (to Split)
- Local and international ferry: www.jadrolinija.hr
The beaches in Cavtat are mainly concrete, in other words concrete terraces as a result of the hotels and apartments in Cavtat, but don’t worry because there are rocky beaches where you can enjoy the crystal blue sea and even find a hidden corner of your own.
Should you decide to explore the beaches in the area, which are mainly rocky or concrete, each one is special in its own way.to top
What to see?
The birth house of Vlaho Bukovac
The birth house of one of the most famous Croatian painters was proclaimed a cultural monument in 1969. The architecture, the fact that it is located in the very heart of Cavtat as well as the artistic legacy of the painter make this house a true cultural pearl. The appearance of the house is not much different than the rest of the houses built in Cavtat towards the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century, even though the painter himself made a few touch-ups.
The Racic Family Mausoleum
By visiting the mausoleum of the famous Racic family, a well-known shipowning family, you will witness the symbolism which represents the lifetime of humans: birth, life and death. The entire mausoleum is built using Brac white stone (from the island of Brac) except for the door and the bell which are made of bronze. The mausoleum is situated such that it is a nice detail between the sea and the cypress trees, and it was made by the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.
Knezev dvor -The Collection of Baltazar Bogisic
Baltazar Bogisic (1834-1908) was a lawyer and scientist with a significant European reputation, and throughout his career, he collected various artifacts and documents and files. Today the Collection contains more than 35,000 objects. The numismatic collection particularly stands out with 2,700 objects. There is also an extensive library dating back to that period and is considered as being one of the most valuable monument libraries in Croatia. Bogisic’s collection is located at Knezev dvor in Cavtat.
The monastery is located in the village of Pridvorje, in the central part of Konavle. In the lowlands, a Renaissance, or to be more specific, an early Renaissance monastery was built. Since there were many pilgrimages to this particular monastery, it has a rich collection of alms, the most beautiful of which is the Pridvorje crucifix, made out of wood.to top