Discover the magic of the destination of Dubrovnik - Cavtat

General Info

The destination Dubrovnik - Cavtat is a particularly picturesque area. It will enchant you with its crystal clear sea that will make you want to return here over and over again. The scenic indented karst coastline is dotted with quaint small towns and villages, a magnificent ancient pine forest, and numerous olive groves and vineyards.
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The entire destination of Dubrovnik is characterised by the Mediterranean maquis vegetation which grows in the rocky soil, and the typical plants such as sage, lavender and chamomile. Due to its specific geographical position, this area has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with short mild winters and long, warm summers.

The destination Dubrovnik is the ideal choice for nature lovers because it offers an authentic Mediterranean landscape with a stunning sea and numerous marinas for boating and sailing enthusiasts.

Culture

The destination of Dubrovnik is also distinguished by its folk dancing, locally known as linđo. This traditional dance has remained popular right up to the present day. It is accompanied by melodies played on a folk instrument called the lijerica.

On your visit to Cavtat, Croatia, make sure you experience its beautiful natural surroundings and rich cultural and historical heritage, which make this area one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Adriatic. The wide range of services and amenities on offer has been tailored to meet the demands of modern tourists and will surely satisfy even the most demanding guests.

This Mediterranean town next to Dubrovnik and the beautiful Konavle area is the ideal choice for both relaxing and more action-packed holidays, as there is a wide range of sport facilities and recreational activities on offer. In the evening, visitors can enjoy various entertainment and cultural programmes, some of which have been designed to evoke the spirit of times gone by and acquaint guests with the local traditions that have been preserved right up to the present.

The history of this area stretches back thousands of years to the times of the Celts and Illyrians. Despite the fact that throughout its history this area has been ruled by many different sovereigns, many of them foreign, the local people have managed to preserve their distinctive character, pride and hospitality. In Cavtat, you will be welcomed by people with a big heart who are devoted to their land and all that it means to them, a characteristic of the people that will definitely make you want to visit this beautiful area again.

Cavtat – the peninsula at the heart of the destination of Dubrovnik

The destination Dubrovnik is the ideal choice for nature lovers because it offers an authentic Mediterranean landscape with a stunning sea and numerous marinas for boating and sailing enthusiasts.

Cavtat is the largest town and leading tourist resort on the western coast of Konavle. It is situated on the scenic Rat Peninsula, only 18 km from Dubrovnik.

The entire Cavtat coastline is connected in such a way as to form one large beach. Here, everyone will find something for themselves, be it a pebble beach, the paved sunbathing areas in front of the hotels or the rocky shore. The small pebble coves are perfect for getting away from prying eyes and enjoying one's own oasis of peace. Along the entire Rat Peninsula, there is a pine forest that offers ideal shade during the summer heat, and which also has beneficial effects for people suffering from respiratory problems such as asthma or allergies. The path stretching across the peninsula is perfect for a relaxing stroll.

Here are some of the sites of interest that you should make sure you visit:

The Račić Family Mausoleum

The magnificent Račić Family Mausoleum is located on a hill above Cavtat. This masterpiece was created by Ivan Meštrović, one of the greatest Croatian sculptors of all time, on the orders of Marija Račić. The mausoleum was built back in 1921. Its distinctive feature is the fact that it is made entirely of white stone from the island of Brač. The only other material is bronze, which was used to make the door and bell.

The Birthplace of Vlaho Bukovac

Another place that you should visit during your stay in Cavtat, Croatia, is the house where Vlaho Bukovac, one of the most famous Croatian painters, was born. Today, it hosts a museum and gallery.

The Church of St. Nicholas

The Church of St. Nicholas, which dates back to 1484, is located in the centre of the town. Next to the church, there is an exhibition area with numerous valuable works of art. The gallery is open to the public and is considered to be a cultural monument of national importance.

The Knežev dvor Duke's Palace

While you are in Cavtat, do not miss the Duke's Palace, which is located right on the waterfront. The palace was built back in the 16th century, and today hosts the Baltazar Bogišić Collection of various artefacts and documents. The entire collection includes more than 35 thousand museum, library and archive items

Every year from June to the beginning of September, Cavtat hosts a traditional summer event called Cavtat Summer, which combines cultural and entertainment programmes and presents the cultural heritage of the Konavle area.

Gastronomy

The gastronomy of the area is distinguished by the fresh ingredients that come from its unspoiled nature. The food here is prepared in a healthy manner, and the dishes abound in precious nutrients with a Mediterranean flavour. The area's skilled chefs grill freshly caught fish in the traditional way na gradele – the typical way of preparing fish in the Croatian Adriatic. An old Dalmatian proverb says that a fish must swim three times: first in the sea, then in oil, and finally in wine.

The area offers other seafood that you should definitely try, especially the oysters and mussels which are considered to be some of the most delicious shellfish in the Adriatic. Apart from seafood, the area is also known for its grilled lamb and veal, traditionally prepared under a baking lid (pod pekom). We are sure that the taste of these specialities will remain in your memory for a very long time. To round off this short culinary tour through the Dubrovnik area, we must not forget the rožata and kotonjata desserts, and mantalata and arancina cakes, a feast for both the eyes and the palate. A tasty meal should always be followed by a glass of excellent local wine such as Plavac Mali, Kadarun or Dalmatinka.

Why Cavtat?

The beautiful promenade stretching across the peninsula is ideal for long romantic walks. The Cavtat waterfront is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of your favourite drink with a stunning view of the sea. It is the ideal combination for the holiday of your dreams. The quality of the seawater and the beaches is attested to by the Blue Flag, a world renowned label that is a major guideline for many tourists when choosing the destination for their holidays.

In addition to the usual souvenirs, in Cavtat you can also find wonderful hand-made Konavle folk costumes, which are a truly unique souvenir that will always remind you of your stay in Cavtat, Croatia. It is important to point out that each costume is unique, because they are hand-made from original linen and have traditional Konavle embroidery at the waist and on the sleeves. The Konavle folk costume is distinguished by its beauty, elegance and aesthetic quality. Throughout history, this costume has been used to represent local identity.

Timeless jewellery

If you like jewellery, you can find traditional gold Konavle jewellery in the local shops. Probably, the most famous pieces of jewellery are the so-called Verižice – traditional earrings made of gold or silver, which were originally part of the Konavle folk costume, and which are today admired by lovers of beautiful jewellery worldwide. It is well known that ladies love diamonds, and these earrings are decorated with precious stones, coral or small metal beads. They are made of simple golden rings, perfect circular symbols that represent wholeness, as there is no beginning or end.

The legend of the origin of the name Cavtat

There are two legends concerning the origin of the name Cavtat. One says that the name Cavtat comes from the Latin Civitus Vetus and is associated with the story of the beautiful Cavtislava, the only daughter of the King and Queen of Epidaurus, Kodrun and Amruža. Another legend says that the name Cavtat comes from the Old Croatian verb captiti, which means to blossom.

The islands of Mrkan, Bobara and Supetar, the cave of Šipun, and the River Ljuta are all distinguished by their wondrous unspoilt nature and the secrets they hide. These are part of the area's fantastic natural heritage that will leave you breathless just by looking at it. All visitors to Cavtat can go on organised daily trips to Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful towns in Croatia, the islands of the Dubrovnik and Cavtat archipelago, and to Međugorje and Mostar.

If you are looking for a more action-packed holiday, this area is very popular for diving due to its colourful seabed. Who knows, maybe you might even come across an amphora – for the seabed off the coast of Cavtat is one of the most extensive amphora sites in the Adriatic.