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Introduction

The pronunciation of this is very important. If you get it wrong, nobody will understand where you are talking about. The C at the beginning is like the “ts” at the end of “cats”. Never like a k as in king. So, think Tsavtat!

Cavtat is the southernmost coastal resort in Croatia and south of Dubrovnik, either 25 minutes by bus or 40 minutes by Adriana regular boat line which is a great way to visit Dubrovnik passing by the bays of Mlini, Srebreno, Plat and the beautiful waterfront villas. The boat line arrives and departs from the centre of Dubrovnik at the old town harbour at the Ploce Gate end of town.

Cavtat is built around a U-shaped Bay, protected to each side by a wooded peninsula. The old town centres on a seafront promenade lined with bars, restaurants and small shops, not forgetting some majestic palm trees. Sailors love this spot and there are always some stylish yachts and motor craft moored here. Famous BBC television reporter Martin Bell, OBE has a soft spot for Cavtat and it was his favourite place for a few days off when reporting from the Balkan conflict almost 30 years ago.

About Cavtat he said “there is more than a touch of Saint Tropez about it. Away from the bustle of Dubrovnik yet close enough to visit, Cavtat is utterly charming”.

The famous realist painter Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922) was born here. There’s a statue to him on the waterfront and his birthplace is now home to the Vlaho Bukovac Gallery. Whether he was the inspiration for painters, who knows, for there are a number of small art studios and galleries in the streets behind the seafront “Riva”.

The impressive Racic Mausoleum (made from the famous white stone from the island of Brac) was designed by Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic (who trained in Paris with Rodin). It stands on the highest point of the town’s cemetery and is well worth the walk up there via a lovely winding path through the woods. The views are superb and the mausoleum has some interesting items. Open in summer usually 1000-1200 and 1800-2000.

Another famous person to have lived in Cavtat was Tino Pattiera, a Croatian Dalmatian-Italian tenor opera singer who was born here. He died in Cavtat in 1966 and is buried there. One of the hotels we feature, the charming Hotel Villa Pattiera, was once his home.

Beaches in Cavtat are a mix of small pebble and stone decks located to the east of the town near the large hotels or at at the northern end of the Riva near the church of Our Lady of the Snow.

The sea water around Cavtat is especially crystal clear and this is a good area for snorkelling and diving due to the number of Roman amphorae on the seabed and portions of old wrecks.

Cavtat makes a really good choice as a base for exploring the Dubrovnik Riviera and the tradition of the inland Konavle Valley nearby – and famous Dubrovnik itself yet in a more relaxed location. There are some excellent fish restaurants here.

 

Did you know?

  • Cavtat was founded by ancient Greeks from the island of Issa (Vis in Croatian) and the settlement was originally called Epidauros. In 228 BC it was taken by the Romans.
  • During the Balkan conflict, Cavtat was occupied for one year from October 1991 by the invading Yugoslav Peoples’ Army. There was minimal damage in Cavtat mostly restricted to hotel ruination. It is interesting that Dubrovnik, under 30 minutes away, was never occupied.
  • Although Dubrovnik airport is around a 10-minute transfer away (making for very easy arrival and departure,) the nature of landing and take offs means that Cavtat is rarely troubled by excessive aircraft noise.
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Getting There

Cavtat can be reached by flights to Dubrovnik and then via road transfer (approx. 30 minutes).

Flights from the UK to Dubrovnik operate from London's Gatwick and Stansted airports in addition to Bristol, Edinburgh, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Belfast international, Newcastle and Leeds Bradford. Airlines include British Airways, Croatian Airlines, easyJet and Jet2.

There is also a regular boat service from Dubrovnik to Cavtat (and return). The boat arrives and departs from the centre of Dubrovnik at the old town harbour (approx. 40 minutes).

Events

Events

Check with us for specific dates for all events as they are announced locally.

Sundays - There is a regular excursion to the old village of Cilipi (around 15 minutes) drive where the traditional folklore dances of the Konavle Valley are performed with dancers in original costume

Jul-Aug - Cavtat Summer Festival features an unusual mix of live music concerts and klapa (Dalmatian male a capella choir)

May-Oct  - Water polo is more than a sport in Cavtat , it is part of the town’s heritage and has a very successful team. Enjoy practice games in the sea arena

Aug-Sept - Epidaurus Festival – an eclectic mix of theatre and musical concerts

June-end Sept - Along the Riva (seafront promenade), live music on many evenings playing classical and contemporary songs

Aug-end Sept  - Cinema under the Stars shows films in the lovely open air cinema. Original language (usually English) with Croatian subtitles

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Cavtat is an exceedingly pretty town, and is a great place to base yourself in if you’re after all the sights and culture of Dubrovnik but don’t want the hustle and bustle. It is very easy to travel from Cavtat to Dubrovnik by bus or boat. Cavtat hosts a summer festival (from June to September) with many cultural performances – music, dance and street performances. There is also a Summer Carnival over two days in early July each year.

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Cavtat is an exceedingly pretty town, and is a great place to base yourself in if you’re after all the sights and culture of Dubrovnik but don’t want the hustle and bustle. It is very easy to travel from Cavtat to Dubrovnik by bus or boat. Cavtat hosts a summer festival (from June to September) with many cultural performances – music, dance and street performances. There is also a Summer Carnival over two days in early July each year.

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