Cavtat could be one of the best kept secrets near Dubrovnik, Croatia. We visited this small village with the tons of beaches, during our trip to Dubrovnik.
The buildings have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic.
Where is Cavtat?
It is a small village by the sea, 30 minutes (20km) from Dubrovnik, Croatia.
It is considered an alternative stay for Dubrovnik for 2 main reasons:
- It is very close to Dubrovnik (30 minutes by bus) and closer to Dubrovnik airport
- It has lots of options for beaches and is far more serene
Things to do in Cavtat
The village is small but has some pretty nice options for a small range of things, apart from “spreading” yourself on a different beach per day.
Note: Prices for drinks, coffee, beverages and food are better than Dubrovnik.
The House of Vlaho Bukovac
This is the actual house of the painter Vlaho Bukovac. A 3 storey building with a really nice front yard, secluded with high stone walls.
It is located in Bukovceva 5, Cavtat. Make sure to double check the opening hours. We googled it only to find that is closed from 13:00 to 16:00 but that was not true. The Museum was open during these times.
The museum offers an app you can download and use it as an audio guide as you go through the different rooms.
You can see art presenting all the stages of the paintings oeuvre, as part of the museum’s permanent exhibition.
This was the childhood home of the one of the most famous Croatian painters and you can even see the tools he used.
The Racic Mausoleum of Cavtat
The Mausoleum is inside the Cavtat cemetery and the whole atmosphere is really Gothic. Travelers who like to explore cemeteries in their trips will find this place to be really interesting.
The building has an octagonal shape with a fine dome and beautiful bas reliefs. It is the masterpiece of the famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic.
Cavtat Seaside Promenade
That is a walk that you definitely take.
The route starts from the port of Cavtat and continuous in a circular way all around the hill, but always next to the sea.
Along the promenade you will see many small beaches where people love to relax and swim off the rocks (better to have swim shoes).
A couple of bars are found along your way and you can have refreshments or lunches.
You can return from the same point or just go through the car parking and find yourself to the bust terminal again. Yes, you are right. The circular route gets you to that point, which is just 1 minute from the Cavtat harbor.
Either way you can walk towards the other side of the seaside promenade that ends at the steps of the Hotel Croatia. A shorter but equally nice route.
Sea Kayak in Cavtat
As water sports are a popular way to spend your holidays in Dubrovnik, same stands for Cavtat with sea kayak being the king.
There are sea kayak stations to rent a vessel and start paddling, exploring the coastline.
Guided Tours for Cavtat
There are not many tours for Cavtat, but the village is part of organized wine & sightseeing tours from Dubrovnik. These are some ideas to consider for more fun.
- Konavle Valley: Private Half-Day Tour with Wine Tasting
- Private Tour: Old Town, Konavle Valley and Sivi Soko
- Dubrovnik Riviera Panoramic City Tour
Get to Cavtat by Bus
Take suburban bus number 10 from Dubrovnik (leaves every 30 minutes). After 30 minutes it will drop you at the bus terminal. After 1 minute of walking you find yourself in the harbor with all the stores, restaurants and other sightseeing’s at your disposal. Ticket fee is 25 kuna p.p. (around 3 euro).
If you got the Dubrovnik 7 days card you may have a free ticket already.
Get to Cavtat by Ferry
You can always take the ferry from Dubrovnik to Cavtat if you don’t want to sit in a bus. Price is 50kunas (one way ticket) or 80 kunas (return ticket).
Boats & ferries leave from the Old City harbor and there are plenty of them. Just buy the ticket at the kiosks in front of the boats.
How to Get from Cavtat to Dubrovnik
In the same way you came… There is a bus towards Dubrovnik every 30 minutes. Just be at the bus terminal, pay the ticket fee and that is all. In 30 minutes you will be inside the Dubrovnik, close to the old city.
You can disembark at the station near the Cable Car of Dubrovnik and combine both activities. There is no stop outside the Cable Car and you will have to walk a bit (5-7 minutes) to get to the tickets booth.
Weather in Cavtat
Mediterranean weather with hot summers and mild autumn and spring. Ideal for long term vacations.
Where to stay in Cavtat?
These hotels below are popular for Cavtat. For the complete range of hotels and apartments, click here.
Cavtat is a fantastic place to stay either for your vacations or to enjoy it as a day trip from Dubrovnik.
Make sure to get there early enough to book a sea lounge and an umbrella for the sun.