Cavtat is a beautiful village in Croatia, close to Dubrovnik. In fact, Dubrovnik airport is located right next to the settlement. It’s a great location to visit, especially if you are renting a car. With this Cavtat, Croatia, things to do guide, we will give you a couple of pointers on the best and most fun things to do in and around of the village.
The city was originally founded by the Greek explorers in 6th century BC. It has later become under Roman rule and after the fall of the Roman Empire, it was under heavy Italian influence. Due to this, the village has a great history to it.
Additionally, due to the vicinity of Dubrovnik Airport, you should consider Cavtat as an alternative to staying in Dubrovnik. It’s a much more relaxed and less touristy stay, perfect for anyone who prefers the small town mood.
Best Cavtat Croatia Things to Do
The Racic Mausoleum of Cavtat
Located inside the cemetery of Cavtat you will find the Racic Mausoleum. The Mausoleum was created as the resting place for the famous shipbuilding family of Cavtat, the Racic family. The gothic building is the work of Ivan Mestrovic, the famed Croatian architect.
It should also be noted, that the cemetery is situated on a small hill. When you are visiting the Mausoleum, you will be greeted with great views of the city and the Adriatic sea.
Day Trip to Dubrovnik
The very popular city of Dubrovnik is within arm’s reach when staying in Cavtat. With its world-famous Old Town, and picturesque streets the city is a must-see in our Cavtat things to do list. We recommend at least half a day in Dubrovnik to fully experience the location and see everything.
Getting to Dubrovnik from Cavtat is easy. It’s only around a 30-minute drive if you rent a car in Cavtat. However, there are other options if you don’t have a car, or just don’t want to take it. One of the best ways to travel is by Ferry. There is regular service with a one way ticket around 50 kuna. The ferry will give you a new perspective to see and enjoy the landscape. You can also use the regular bus service between the two cities.
Visit the beaches
Cavtat has many beaches and a Croatian holiday can’t be complete without spending a considerable amount of time at the beach. Be prepared the shoreline around the village is not sandy, but rather filled with small pebbles. We recommend some kind of feet protection.
We especially recommend the following beaches for your holiday.
- Beach Rat Cavtat (rocks)
- Ponta in Cavtat (pebbles)
- Beach Žal (pebbles, the main beach of Cavtat)
Sea Kayaking in Cavtat
You can enjoy some great sea kayaking while in Cavtat. It’s one of the best things to do if you want to explore the shoreline. You will be able to do it from a whole new perspective while on the water. Finding hidden beaches and coves is amazing and easy with the sea kayak.
You can rent the kayak and explore by yourself or go on a guided kayak tour. Either way, it’s always good to remain active even on holiday. For this reason, we highly recommend incorporating the sea kayak into your vacation if you are staying at Cavtat.
For more info check out the offical site for sea kayaking.
The House of Vlaho Bukovac in Cavtat
This is the home of the famous Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac. You can visit the museum in the three-story building to get familiar with the works of the artist. As an extra, you will be able to download the app of the museum for your phone to serve as a personal audio guide.
Enjoy the seafood of Croatia
Cavtat has many restaurants where you can just sit down and enjoy a great meal. Being a seaside village, it’s the perfect opportunity to dive into the sea-food offerings of Croatia. Although you are already 30 minutes away from Dubrovnik, you can expect very similar prices as in the big city.
Check out our guide to the most beautiful places in Croatia.