Cavtat holidays

Cavtat holidays

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Cavtat holidays are all about slowing down, with great food and wine, Renaissance art and culture, hidden rocky coves, and crystal clear waters - all surrounded by swathes of citrus groves and pine forests. This tiny terracotta-roofed harbour town sits on a narrow peninsula, at the southernmost tip of Croatia, just half an hour from Dubrovnik. So when you’re not winding down on this strip of coastal bliss, you can hop on a bus, ferry or taxi to explore the set of King’s Landing from Game of Thrones. We have so many beautiful holidays in Cavtat to make your trip one to remember.

Things to do

Between forests of fragrant cypress trees and secluded rocky coves, a palm-fringed promenade leads to the narrow streets of its Old Town. The allure of holidays to Cavtat is as much to do with its rich history and local culture, as its impressive soul-stirring scenery. Follow your taste buds around the fresh seafood restaurants, sip Plavac Mali (indigenous Dalmatian red) in quaint wine bars, and soak up the impressive Renaissance architecture. There are so many things to do here that make Cavtat one of Croatia’s true hidden gems. 

Secluded coves

Without a doubt, it’s the tiny secluded coves that make holidays to Croatia so popular, and Cavtat breaks have some of the best. Top of the list is the tiny but gorgeous Beach Pasjaca. A raw beauty surrounded by steep cliffs, it can only be accessed by steps carved into the stone. For this reason, it’s rarely crowded, and a great spot for romantics. Sustjepan Beach is the best place for snorkelling and kayaking and offers a fantastic view of the port.

Art and culture

Cavtat is home to some fantastic cultural sites, like the house of Vlaho Bukovac – the birthplace of the world-renowned Croatian modern artist. Inside you can learn about his life and see 30 of his paintings. You should also poke your nose around the impressive 15th-century church, St Nicholas', the Račić Family Mausoleum, Our-Lady-of-the-Snow Monastery, and the Baltazar Bogišić Collection.

Fresh seafood

A holiday to Cavtat is perfect for those who want to try classic Croatian delicacies. For fresh, mouthwatering seafood, stroll to Ključice beach, home to the Rokotin restaurant. Here you can enjoy spectacular views, and traditional Dalmatian dishes, from grilled meat and fish to the best octopus salad you’ll ever taste. Then wash it all down with a local Konavle red wine. Cavtat also serves up an impressive selection of vegan, gluten-free, and lacto-free options.

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Map of Cavtat

5°C - 31°C

July and August are the best months to visit Cavtat if you want to spend your time on the beach. June, September and October are also pleasant, with temperatures around 23°C.

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City explorers: Lying on the southeastern part of the Dubrovnik coast, overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Cavtat is Croatia’s hidden gem. Known as the capital of the Konavle municipality, Cavtat brims with fascinating architecture and history. Stroll through the Old Town’s pebbled streets, visit St Nicholas Church and its Pinacoteca, and climb up to Ivan Meštrović’s majestic mausoleum for stunning views.

Beach lovers: Croatia is blessed with crystal-clear waters and honey-coloured coves, but it’s Cavtat that takes the game to another level. Its pebble beaches sit along the waterfront promenade, making them easy to get to on foot. Žal and Rat are the most popular among visitors, with pine tree crescents surrounding their shores. If you prefer a more secluded getaway, venture south towards Pasjača and Obod.

Water sports enthusiasts: Whether you’re a water sports enthusiast or want to try something new while on holiday, Cavtat has it all. Scuba diving, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding – you name it. If you want to spend a day out on the water but would prefer a less adrenaline-filled activity, you can rent a boat or a jet ski for breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea.

Art connoisseurs: Cavtat is the birthplace of Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac, famous for his painting ‘A Flower’. Bukovac studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and returned to Zagreb in the late 1800s. Today, the house where he was born is now a museum dedicated to his work, with beautiful frescoes on the walls.

Fast facts for Cavtat

Language: Croatian is Cavtat’s official language. English is also widely spoken. 

Currency: The official currency used in Cavtat is the Euro (EUR).

Local time: Cavtat is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Cavtat’s closest airport is Dubrovnik Airport, located about 5.8km away.

Flight time from UK: The flight time from the UK to Dubrovnik Airport is around 2 hours 45 minutes.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at the official website for tourism in Cavtat and Croatia.

Visa / health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Getting around Cavtat

On foot: The best way to explore Cavtat is on foot. You can walk around the Old Town along the waterfront promenade, lined with palm trees and restaurants. 

By bicycle: If you want to rest your feet after a day of sightseeing, you can rent a bike to explore Cavtat. There are plenty of cycle routes in and around the Old Town and coastline.

By car: Getting around Cavtat by car is possible, although be prepared to navigate its narrow streets. If you want to visit nearby Dubrovnik, 30 minutes away, there are plenty of car hires to choose from.

Events in Cavtat

Epidaurus Festival: Established in 2007 by Croatian pianist Ivana Marija Vidovic, Epidaurus Festival takes place in September every year. It’s a celebration of art in all its forms, from drama and literature to music and folklore, offering a platform for internationally acclaimed artists to showcase their talents.

Cavtat Summer: Held every year between late June and early September, Cavtat Summer brings the village to life with fantastic music and dance performances. Jazz, classical, Dalmatian and folk groups take the stage during this fun-filled event, which peaks in the first week of July with the Summer Carnival.

Cavtat safety and security

Visa / Health: For up-to-date advice on entry requirements please visit the FCDO website.

Cavtat weather

Temperature: 5°C to 31°C

Cavtat’s climate is Mediterranean, with warm, dry summers and cooler winters. January is the coldest month, when temperatures are between 5°C and 11°C, while July is the hottest, with temperatures between 23°C and 31°C. 

Best time to visit:

July and August are the best months to visit Cavtat if you want to spend your time on the beach. June, September and October are also pleasant, with temperatures around 23°C, meaning you can enjoy Cavtat without it being too hot and crowded.  

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