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With a fine selection of pebbly coves and bays, relaxation is just a stone’s throw away during holidays in Cavtat...
Equal parts harbour, history, forest and crystal-clear Adriatic waters, Cavtat is an exciting holiday destination where sun-soaked days meet intriguing sightseeing opportunities. Just half an hour down the road from Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, chic, relaxed Cavtat is a great base from which to visit the UNESCO-listed city.
The peninsular location of Cavtat means you are never far from the sea. There are so many splendid sea views that you might even find it disorientating at first. But don’t worry - Cavtat is quite small and you will soon get your bearings on this fashionable yet historic destination.
Beaches are pebbly in this part of Croatia, with gentle, impossibly clear waters that are great for bathers of all ages. Water sports are also available, although you can always find a quiet cove where it’s just you, a good book, the sunshine and the hushed melody of birds tweeting in the trees and the sea turning over the smooth pebbles. The nearby beach resorts of Mlini and Plat are also blessed with an abundance of lovely bays and coves, so consider booking car hire in Cavtat to see more of this glorious coast.
If you are a fan of all-inclusive holidays, Cavtat offers a splendid range of hotels where all your needs are met, as well as some fantastic local restaurants and bars. Head for the palm-lined promenade along the harbour in old town to discover a fine selection of welcoming bars and distinguished eateries – the service and food might be top notch but Cavtat remains a great-value holiday destination, so you don’t need to panic when the bill arrives after your sumptuous feast by the sea.
For those looking for peaceful and sophisticated sunshine holidays, Cavtat could be the dream ticket. Finding cheap holidays to Cavtat is easy when you use the TravelSupermarket search tool. As well as an array of low-cost holiday options, we can show you the best rates on car hire in Croatia, plus any other holiday extras you might need.
Find out when the weather is at its holiday best with our quick guide on when to go to Cavtat…
The holiday season in Cavtat gets going in May, when average daytime temperatures begin to push past 20C. July and August see the hottest temperatures (around 30C) and are the busiest months in Cavtat. So for fewer fellow tourists and cheaper holidays than those of July and August, consider travelling in June or September.
The summer months buzz with activity as the calendar of annual events heats up along with the weather. Here are a few of the biggest attractions…
Cavtat Summer; June-September: From traditional dance and classical music in ancient venues to street performers enthralling the crowds under the Croatian sun, this summer-long event has something for everyone.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival; July-August: This is the oldest cultural festival in Croatia and it’s well worth the 30-minute journey by road (or 40 minutes by boat shuttle) from Cavtat. Music, theatre, film, fiction, dance, and concerts are crowned by a spectacular set of fireworks.
Epidaurus Festival; September: The month of September enjoys a soundtrack of music from all genres, with young musicians sharing the stage with national and international performers.
It might be small, but Cavtat dishes up a large portion of fun and excitement, whatever you are into…
Kids and teens: There are many coves and bathing platforms around the peninsula, but if the younger members of your family insist upon building sandcastles then you can head to sandy Zal beach, just a 20-minute walk from the centre of Cavtat.
Romance: Hire a boat from Cavtat and go in search of a romantic spot along the coastline. There are rental agencies in Cavtat that allow all-day hire and will show you the ropes before you set off.
Active types: Diving and water sports are available in Cavtat, with the clear local seas and sunken attractions tempting divers from around the world. Horse riding can also be arranged during your holiday in Cavtat.
Free and cheap: Visit the Church of St Nicholas in Cavtat - getting a pre-tour workout on the many steps - to see both the lovely church interior and the works by Croatian artists displayed there, including a number by renowned local Vlaho Bukovac.
Nightlife: In Cavtat, nightlife is mostly low-key drinking and dining on the magnificent waterfront. Some hotel bars offer evening entertainment.