Crystal clear waters and pine forests provide a delightful backdrop to the picture postcard village of Cavtat, ideal for those holiday makers wanting to relax and unwind.
Cavtat is one of Croatia’s lesser-known gems oozing in character and charm, it is perched astride a wooded peninsula and just a few kilometres from thriving and easily accessible Dubrovnik. Enjoy a relaxed rhythm of life in the knowledge that the marvels of other part of Croatia, and nearby Montenegro are within easy reach. Cavtat is truly the perfect setting to your perfect escape.
Background to Cavtat
May to October -Cavtat offers a warm climate and enjoyed throughout the summer period. The shoulder months of Months May, June, September and October offer cheaper accommodation and lesser crowds. The months of July and August are hot and usually hit 30 degrees.
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Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Coast Tour by air
Type: Fly/ Coach tour
Ideal for: Discovering Dubrovnik, Montenegro and it’s surrounding sights
Background to Cavtat: Located only nine miles from Dubrovnik, this breath-taking part of Croatia offers tourists the opportunity to enjoy peace and tranquillity while staying within easy reach of some of Croatia's most renowned attractions. This enchanting village features a gorgeous palm-lined promenade with a delightful cluster of pavement cafes and traditional restaurants. A combination of cultural treasures, contemporary hotels, pretty pebbly beaches and crystal clear waters, a holiday in Cavtat is a treasure waiting to be discovered.
Explore the Old Town: Cavtat was established two thousand years ago and the accumulated layers of history have thrown up cultural marvels worthy of investigation. The Renaissance Rector's Palace and the adjacent Baroque St Nicholas church are noted for their respective archaeological collection and impressive wooden alters.
Beaches and Swimming: Like in most places in Croatia, Cavtat beaches are glistening turquoise blue, clean and calm. It’s the perfect spot for families and couples to spend long days under the sun. The main beach is on Tiha bay, but there are a number of others in the near vicinity.
Walk the Ronald Brown Pathway to Strazisce Peak (701m): This is ideal for those who are into their rambling with-inspiring views of the sea and countryside. This route takes around 5 hours and starts in Cavtat taking in beautiful areas few tourists get to see. We strongly recommend that you set off early to avoid too much sun and try a day when the weather is colder or possibly even cloudy because there is little shade. Make sure you wear suitable clothes and bring plenty of water. Details of the route can be found here.
Excursions from Cavtat
Dubrovnik: The ‘pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is the must-see place to visit whilst in Croatia. The old town, a UNESCO world heritage site, celebrated for its outstanding cultural and historical heritage boasts entire streets and buildings perfectly preserved to create an awe-inspiring Roman environment. Walk the city walls for excellent views of the Old Town and the Adriatic or perhaps ascend Mound Srd by cable car for more awe-inspiring views. It’s easy to get to Dubrovnik from Cavtat with buses every hour until late at night. For more information on Dubrovnik, click here.
Mljet National Park: A highly recommended day trip from Dubrovnik, this large area includes two azure salt lakes, surrounded by pine forest. It’s a great place to explore by foot, bicycle and kayak. The waters are also very warm and clear, so having a dip is also highly recommended. To get here there’s a daily catamaran that leaves Dubrovnik’s Gruz port every morning between June and September and leaves again in late afternoon, making Mljet an ideal day trip. Outside these months we recommend visiting using an organised excursion. Entrance fee is payable on arrival.
Elaphiti Islands (Lopud, Sipan & Kolocep): These delightful islands between 20 minutes and an hour from Dubrovnik offers a great island hopping day trip. If a sandy beach is what you’re after, head for Sunj Beach on Lopud Island where a wide horse-shoe bay awaits. Sipan island is a tranquil haven and great for walking and exploring. Kolocep is the closest island and offers pretty beach coves and pine covered hills. Ferries from Dubrovnik Gruz port head to these islands up to 5 times in the summer and only costs around £2.50 each way. More info on Lopud and Sipan can be found here.
Best of Montenegro: With a population of a little under 700,000, this tiny Mediterranean country is a rare jewel, a secret kept by those who have visited. Emerged in tradition, history and culture, the country has remained untouched for centuries. Montenegro is a place that simply cannot be missed. With medieval walled cities such as Kotor and Budva, dating from the 14th century, and to the new resorts catering for thrill seekers, Montenegro has it all. This excursion is available daily between April and October and can be booked through Balkan Escape.
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