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A postcard-pretty harbour town, flanked by pine forests and beaches – across the water from the medieval towers of Dubrovnik.

A necklace of beaches

Cavtat’s sleepy coastline is a mix of quaint little cafés and sandy beaches. It sits right in the middle of a horseshoe-shaped bay, which makes the warm, Adriatic water especially calm for swimming. It’s all linked together by a charming coastal path, which runs through pine woods.

Antiquities to see

The town was built in the Middle Ages, on the site of a Roman city – you can still see what’s left of its amphitheatre. Have a coffee in the town square, and take in 15th-century architecture including a Baroque church. And you’re just 40 minutes by boat from the fairytale old city of Dubrovnik.

Lots of island-hopping

This corner of Croatia is blessed with hundreds of islands. Lokrum, 35 minutes away by boat, is a real treat – the Emperor of Mexico once used it as a holiday home (and it’s still inhabited by his peacocks!). The whole place is a nature reserve and, as well as peaceful forests and pristine beaches, there’s a Benedictine monastery.

Insider Tip

Boats run between Cavtat and Dubrovnik every half an hour or so. The journey takes about 40 minutes, but if you fancy a quicker route, you can get there by road in half that time.

Best beaches

Right in the town centre, Cavtat Beach is a good-sized stretch, with sunbeds, showers and changing rooms on hand. The beach is mainly pebble, but there’s a sandy bottom off-shore. And along the coastal path to the south, you’ll come across Pasjača Beach, a hidden-away sandy cove with especially shallow, calm water.

Top sights

There’s an imposing Franciscan Monastery by the harbour. Inside, it’s filled with ecclesiastical art, including a picture of St Michael from 1510. Or, you could hike up the hill to St Rok cemetery and see the Racic Mausoleum – designed by one of Croatia’s most-famous sculptors.

Out and about

At the Cavtat Diving & Watersports Center you can try high-octane sports like parasailing and jet-skiing. Cycling is really popular here, too – it’s easy to hire bikes from one of the places in town and enjoy a ride along the coast.

Eating and drinking

Strolling down the waterfront promenade, you’ll pass colourful seafood restaurants which do familiar favourites as well as traditional Croatian. There are bakeries in the town square selling freshly-produced pastries for lunch. And Dubrovnik has a few fine dining places too.

Shopping

Postcard places and souvenir shops line the main promenade, here, and there’s a market in the town centre most days. It’s usually full-to-the-brim with fruits, vegetables and little handmade trinkets. Dubrovnik, meanwhile, has designer boutiques to browse.

Nightlife

Bars in Cavtat tend to be quiet and frequented by locals. Things liven up in high season, when you’re never short of a karaoke night at one of the pubs clustered around the harbour. And Dubrovnik has chic bars and lots of Irish pubs, as well as couple of big nightclubs.

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Cavtat is a town on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, close to Dubrovnik. It’s about 40 minutes by car from Dubrovnik airport.

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