I had the pleasure of a stay in Cavtat (Croatia) last week. It’s impossible to capture the beauty of this bucolic Adriatic town in words or pictures, but I’ll do my best!
Cavtat is a small town, with stunning traditional houses and opulent flowers flowing over every wall. You can stay in the heart of the old town, as we did (less than one minute’s walk from the harbour) or in one of the larger hotels. I would personally advise staying in an apartment,as they are better located and you have an excuse to try out the incredible local restaurants! I was enjoying my meals far too much to take pictures but would recommend Bugenvila or Restaurant Dalmantino for local food. Croatia’s good climate means you can enjoy the most piquant array of fruit and vegetables with every meal.
If you love sandy beaches, you won’t find them in Cavtat! There are plenty of sunbeds available to hire but we chose to sit on the large, smooth rocks which line the coast. For those of you who love to swim, I will never cease to rave about the beauty of the Adriatic sea. The temperature is comfortable on a sunny day and you can admire the beauty of Cavtat from its topaz waters.
You can visit Dubrovnik easily from Cavtat; it’s around 40 minutes by boat, or you can take a bus. I prefer the boat, simply because it’s astonishing to arrive into this palatial city as many have been doing for centuries before.
My tips for Dubrovnik:
- Walk the city walls. Try to arrive in the morning, before it gets busy; tickets cost 100HRK per person (about £10) and will also let you visit Fort Lovrijenac, where you can take in incredible views of the city and Adriatic sea. I absolutely loved the Fort, it was built in approximately 1000AD and has such a majestic feel to it. If you watch ‘Game of Thrones’, you’ll recognise the location!
- Before you visit, check out if any cruise ships are due to arrive. As a small but unbelievably beautiful city, Dubrovnik is swamped by tourists from cruise ships on a daily basis. We picked a day when 700 were expected but in the summer months, they will arrive in their thousands. This results in overcrowding and a more exhausting experience of the city! Check this website to help plan your visit.
- Venture deep into the side streets to find good restaurants. The restaurants near the Port and Stradun (main street) are overpriced and generally always busy. We found a lovely restaurant in a shady terrace by doing this; I can’t remember its name but there are plenty of similar places to be found!
Cats & Cocktails of Cavtat
I’m not really a cat person but I fell in love with the numerous street cats and kittens that roam the streets of Cavtat!
Conversely, I am most definitely a cocktail person and consumed more than I care to remember, during my holiday. My favourite bars for cocktails in Cavtat were definitely Kamen Mali and Ancora Wine & Tapas Bar.
I hope this has given you an insight into both Cavtat and Dubrovnik! If you want to know any more about these beautiful places, please let me know.