Holidays to Cavtat are your ticket to a necklace of beaches, a Medieval town and a bustling harbourfront.
A coastal city
Cavtat, on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is a laid-back coastal city with movie-star good looks. It’s set on a pine-cloaked headland and has 2 bays hemmed by a necklace of beaches. Its old town crams Medieval churches and grand mansions into its cobbled streets, and the harbour lines up pavement cafés, bars and ice-cream parlours along the prom.
Top sunbathing spots
When it comes to sunbathing, there are concrete bathing platforms dotted around the peninsula, backed by tall pines. The water here makes great snorkelling territory, and there are plenty of watersports to try your hand at. There are a handful of pebbly beaches, too, and if you’re desperate to feel the sand between your toes, the beach at Zal is only a 20-minute walk away.
Medieval old town
Away from the waterfront, you’ve got a tranquil Medieval town that sweeps up the hillside. You’ll find stone mansions built by wealthy Croatians, Baroque churches, a Gothic palace and a striking octagonal mausoleum. Cavtat is also a popular haunt with artists, so the galleries here are first-rate.
Close to Dubrovnik
A half-hour bus ride gets you to the city of Dubrovnik, once the summer pad of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, and these days a magnet for Hollywood A-listers. The shopping’s out of this world, with designer boutiques and little jewellery shps. And from the top of the Medieval walls, you get views of the Adriatic Sea and the old town’s terracotta rooftops.