During our recent trip to Croatia we stayed in a beautiful place called Cavtat (pronounced ‘tsav-tat’).
Known for its beaches and history, Cavtat’s Old Town is considered a hotspot for the rich and famous who arrive on their mega yachts in the summer, making it a must visit destination if you’re staying near Dubrovnik or passing by.
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Location of Cavtat
Just 30-minutes south of Dubrovnik and 20-minutes north of the Croatian border, Cavtat’s Old Town sits on a peninsular stretching directly out towards Dubrovnik. Because of its location, it’s ideal for those who want to explore more than just their resort.
Better still it’s only 10 minutes from Dubrovnik Airport which beats the four-hour journey to one of Croatia’s islands (even though I’m sure they’re worth the trek!).
Cavtat spreads either side of the peninsular, and despite our hotel being situated to the far right of the peninsular, we could still walk into the Old Town in as little as 25-minutes.
How to see Cavtat Old Town
The best way to see everything is to start by the tourist office at the bottom of the Old Town, follow the path to the right which leads all the way up the right hand side of the peninsular, and follow it back down the left hand side to arrive in the Old Town.
It’s one big loop that probably takes no more than one hour to walk at a comfortable pace.
If you want to explore more of Cavtat, not just the Old Town, simply follow the paths around and enjoy getting caught up in the surroundings. There’s plenty to see, and they’re lit at night!
What to do in Cavtat
Whilst the town isn’t packed with things to do, exploring will take up a lot of your time. One of my favourite moments was wandering up a slope into the higher part of the town, where we came across a beautiful church and cemetery overlooking Cavtat from one side and the mountains from the other.
Every few hundred feet along the harbour front you’ll find either a slope or steps up to the higher ground, so the more remote part of the town is easy enough to get to.
Another thing I’d recommend is taking some time out for water-sports. We hired paddle boards for one hour for 120 Kuna on one occasion and hired a double kayak for one hour for 50 Kuna on another occasion.
We did this in the bay nearby to our hotel, which anyone can access as the two beaches are both public. Just follow the path from the Old Town towards the right hand bay of Cavtat and you’ll find a Water Sports shack on the very first beach.
For more things to do in Cavtat, check out TripAdvisor.
Where to eat
Cavtat’s cobbled harbour is lined with restaurants offering every meal at every price imaginable. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort so didn’t need to eat out, however one night we did pop over to the town for a cheap dinner.
Spaghetti, focaccia and two soft drinks cost us about £22. If you have a bigger budget I’d recommend eating at one of the restaurants with a good view and listen to the live music. There are plenty to choose from!
Where to watch the sunset
Cavtat is renowned for its breathtaking sunsets thanks to its position on the Croatian coastline. There are plenty of restaurants and bars dotted about with a nice harbour view, but if you follow the peninsular’s path up to the top you’ll come across a beach bar called Little Star.
As it’s built into the rocks it’s easy to miss, so keep an eye out! The drinks aren’t the cheapest, but you’re paying for the view. It can also get busy here so I’d arrive an hour or so before the sunset to grab a good table. You won’t regret it!
Tips for your visit
Visit this town both during the day and in the evening if you can. During the day the weather is (usually) glorious so you can wander the streets and enjoy a cold drink, and during the evening the moored super yachts light up the bustling town.
If you drive, make sure you have Croatia’s Kuna currency to enter the town. There is a barrier which stops you from getting in unless you pay. That said you can walk in freely, so if you’re staying nearby there’s no need to drive.
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Cavtat is such a beautiful little spot in Croatia. If you get the chance to go even just for the day, make sure you do!
Have you been to Croatia before? What other parts of the country should I add to my must-visit list?