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Never Mind the Big Hitters: Exploring Cavtat on your Croatia holidays
Known for its scenery, beautiful blue water and inviting beaches, the Croatian shoreline is one of Europe’s most appealing and alluring spots for a holiday in the sun, and deservedly so. But if you’re looking to escape the more crowded tourist traps, the small harbor town of Cavtat could well be perfect.
In addition to all the benefits a coastal Croatian getaway affords, Cavtat also boasts an intriguing history and several cultural highlights. So, in between relaxing on the beach and swimming in the Adriatic Sea, visitors to this picture perfect piece of paradise have plenty of entertaining things to do.
Into time and culture
From being founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC to coming under Roman rule some 300 years later, Cavtat has witnessed some significant events over the years. However, it only started to attract tourists in the last two decades or so, after wealthy Croatians and working artists established a home for themselves here.
Evidence of Cavtat’s past can be found in the medieval old town, which sweeps up a hillside away from the waterfront. Here you’ll the 15th-century St Nicholas Church and the house of Cavtat’s most famous son, the celebrated Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac.
Elsewhere, the Renaissance-style Rector’s Palace is home to Victorian scientist, lawyer, cultural activist and former Cavtat resident Baltazar Bogisic’s expansive collection of 35,000 ornaments and antiques, which includes tribal art and Roman pottery.
Seeing and relaxing
In spite of its historic and cultural sights, Cavtat’s remarkable location and beguiling landscape is perhaps this town’s greatest asset. Where is Cavtat exactly? Just 6 kilometers away from Dubrovnik airport, positioned on a small peninsula with aged-old buildings on one side, enticing beaches on the other and a pine tree forest in the middle. As a result, it’s an aesthetically outstanding destination and you can visit it with First Choice.
If you’re interested on spending your days by the beach, there are several sunbathing spots to capitalize on. Most of the beaches here are filled with pebbles, but you’ll be able to feel the sand between your toes at Zal, which is just a 20-minute walk away. While you’re by the sea, be sure to go snorkeling or try one of the many water sports on offer. There are also a few secluded coves dotted around for the ultimate in peace and tranquility.
After you’ve managed to rest and repose, take a stroll down the harbor’s tree-lined promenade, sample some local cuisine before enjoying a few evening drinks in one of the upbeat bars.
While beach resorts like Zadar and historic destinations such as Dubrovnik may be the first port of call for most holidaymakers to Croatia, the diminutive yet distinctive town of Cavtat features a marvelous seaside as well numerous cultural delights. It’s definitely one to place on the bucket list.