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Cavtat

  • Yachts, beaches and a beutiful promenade make up Cavtat, only 18km away from Dubrovnik

    Cavtat

  • Cavtat promenade is full of life in Summer time

    Cavtat promenade

  • View of Cavtat

    View of Cavtat

  • Franciscan Monastery in Cavtat

    Franciscan Monastery


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Cavtat - The Yachtsmen favourite leisure spot

View of CavtatCavtat is a unique place on the Adriatic, an ancient small town located only 18 km (12 miles) away from Dubrovnik, in a densely wooded area where the white walled buildings are interwoven with evergreen pine and cypress trees.

 

The charm of Cavtat is in the ambience of buildings dating to the old Dubrovnik Republic, which build this place according to the regulation plan and gave it the looks it has today.

The most of Cavtat historical buildings belong to the modest and beautiful Renaissance period with traces of Gothic. The Rector's palace, bastions, walls, squares, the church of St. Nicholas, Church of Our Lady of Cavtat, and the Franciscan monastery, all have those same Renaissance and Gothic characteristics.

 

On the same spot where Cavtat lies today in the ancient times dwelled the mighty Epidaurum. In the 7th century Epidaurum was burned to the ground by the Avars and only in the 15th century after Dubrovnik Republic bought Konavle, Cavtat was rebuilt on the ruins of Epidaurum.

As a result, even today in some places of Cavtat you can see the remnants of the old streets, the amphitheatre, and many other archeological finds dating to the old Epidaurum.

 

Some say that Cavtat is all about its beautiful promenade that serves as a berth for luxury yachts and powerboats. There are numerous bars and coffee bars on the promenade with their tables in the open featuring the view of Cavtat Bay. There is no better feeling that pleasuring in the natural shade of a coffee bars terrace, sipping on the coffee, and observing life taking its course in Cavtat.

Cavtat's promenade features many small shops that sell jewellery, local paintings, souvenirs, and other tourism related goods.

With its many restaurants by the sea, beaches and bathing spots, walking tracks and trails, Cavtat is one of the most interesting towns in the whole Dubrovnik Region.

 

Interesting sights in Cavtat include the mausoleum of the Racic family. The work of Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic made in white Brac stone, the collection of Baltazar Bogisic in the Rector's Palace which consists of many thousands of rare books and incunabula's, an enormous archive collection of immense value, a numismatic collection, and other.

Cavtat is also a birth place of Vlaho Bukovac, a famous Croatian painter. In the house of Bukovac, today a memorial museum, you are able to visit the atelier of this amazing Croatian painter.

 

Cavtat - Mausoleum of the Racic Family

Mausokeum of the Racic FamilyIvan Mestrovic

At the cemetery, on a hill above Cavtat, Croatian famous sculptor Ivan Mestrovic built for the Racic family in a mausoleum from white Brac stone . The mausoleum was erected in 1921. Racic family belong to a line of famous sea- captains of Cavtat.

Whereas the mausoleum is built from Brac stone, the only other material used is bronze, of which the door and bell were made. The bronze bell in the cupola bears the inscription "Know the mystery of love and though shall solve the mystery of death and believe that life is eternal." The interior of the mausoleum contains relief's depicting the stages of life.