Old Town Cavtat
What is for sure, is that Old Town Cavtat is definitely famous for its rich history, starting from times Greeks and Romans ruled Europe. Throughout the city, one can find remains of ancient town such as old walls and ruins, as well as, buildings surviving from the old Dubrovnik Republic. Besides history, for decades, this old town, with its newer buildings, has been a popular vacation destination, with long, sandy beaches surrounded by Mediterranean flora, and the clear Adriatic Sea. Both the city's cultural and touristic values have made one of the most visited locations in the Dubrovnik area.
History of Cavtat
Old Town Cavtat dates back to the time of Greeks, with it being build and destroyed numerous times throughout its really long history. Actually, the original name of the settlement that was Epidaurus, but it got changed once the Republic of Ragusa (old Dubrovnik Republic) acquired the city around the 15th century. Cavtat has Latin origins as its neighbour Dubrovnik, meaning old city, and is short from Civitas Vetus. Ruins and remains of the ancient town still can be found throughout and around the city as it was built upon them during Republics rule. You can see old walls and forts, as well as mosaics, friezes, and tablets. Probably most notable ancient remains are old streets, stairs and parts of the old amphitheatre. Besides ancient history, the cultural value of this Croatian city is architecture done in Renaissance and Gothic styles. Some of the buildings dating back to Renaissance is Saint Nicholas’ church, dedicated to the Lady of Cavtat, and the Franciscan monastery, which you should definitely visit. What should be an unmissable part of your vacation here is visiting the Rector’s palace. It is the library with around 22,000 rare old books, the collection of drawings and coins, as well as other valuable items from the time of strong Dubrovnik Republic. In this palace, which is part of Baltazar Bogisic’s, world famous scientist, heritage is the Lapidary. There you will find even more relicts from the ancient times. Also, this is the place where you can see Vlaho Bukovac’s famous painting Carnival in Cavtat.
Other side of Cavtat
If you are on the other side looking to spend a relaxing holiday in Croatia, Cavtat can also offer you that. Even in the early 20th century, Cavtat was a popular vacation destination for people from other Balkan countries. Its popularity only has grown with time, and now it is visited by tourists wanting to enjoy Adria and Croatia, or those that are taking a break from busy Dubrovnik. Currently, as part of a newer town, there are five hotels, but also quite a number of private apartments and rooms with great comfort. People recommend booking private apartments, not for price, but to more closely feel and experience the spirit of Cavtat. The coast of Cavtat is long, with sandy beaches. The town has exit to the Adriatic Sea, which is in this part extremely clear and perfect for swimming, as well as other sea activities. Do not be surprise when you see a lot of people playing water polo, as it is popular sport there. Due to the geographical position of the town, there are a few nice bays and the city harbour. Alongside the coast, there is a number of cafes, bars, and restaurants with amazing local and international specialties. You could also take time to look around souvenir shops, you may find interesting souvenirs to take with you. What is for sure is that there is something for everyone and it is hard to have a boring day while spending a vacation here.