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The location of Cavtat
The Croatian town can be found on the shores of the Adriatic, in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. It is located south of Dubrovnik, in a protected bay surrounded by the Sustjepan peninsula.
The history of Cavtat
The beautiful area was inhabited as early as in the ancient times: The Southern Dalmatian town was established in 6 BC by the Greek who named it Epidarius. During history, Cavtat was governed both by the Romans and the Byzantines, then the Avars and the Slavs brought destruction to the town. They rebuilt it in the medieval times and then it became part of the Republic of Ragusa in the 15th century – it was also the most important port in Dubrovnik. After the failure of the republic in 1808, Cavtat came under French and then Austrian dominion. The town became part of the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs and then Yugoslavia in 1918. Today, locals make a living by growing figs and grapes, winery, fishing and tourism.
The climate of Cavtat
The Southern Dalmatian holiday resort is characterised by a pleasant Mediterranean climate. The average temperature is 16° Celsius; summers are hot and dry, while winters are incredibly mild. The temperature of the sea may even reach 29.7° Celsius in July. The wettest period is in November. The temperature of the sea may even reach 26.1° Celsius during the warmest period, which is ideal for those who love swimming.
The main sights to see in Cavtat
If you would like to spend as much time in nature as possible, you should visit Lokrum Island with its lush Mediterranean flora. You can admire a botanical garden, a fort providing an amazing view and the shallow saltwater lake Mrtvo More here. The most important sights in Cavtat include St Nicholas’ Church and the childhood home of the most famous Croatian painter, Vlaho Bukovac. You can explore several ancient buildings and Renaissance palaces in the old city.
The gastronomy of Cavtat
Fish, vegetables and olives have a key role in the cuisine of Cavtat. Many restaurants offer meat and fish dishes baked in the oven and serve them with delicious local red wines like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Plavac. If you are looking for a great gastronomic experience, the Galija Taverna – which is among the most famous restaurants in Cavtat – is a good choice. They serve fish dishes, shrimp, lobster, oyster, octopus, sea urchin and clams.
Beaches in Cavtat
As for beaches, Rat with its shallow waters is one of the best places to go. It is 100 metres long and 5 metres wide and is ideal for families with children. They have lounges, restaurants, and you can try snorkelling here as well, which will be an unforgettable experience!
The 250-metre-long and 1-metre-wide beach is mostly covered with concrete, but there are some pebbly and rocky parts. There are also shower cabins, lounges and restaurants on the beach. Lifeguards guarantee the safety of beach-goers.
Boat hire in Cavtat
Besides Cavtat, Dubrovnik – located app. 20 kilometres further – is also worth visiting. Get to know the nearby ports and their excellent services!
The port in the western part of the old city can accommodate boats up to 60 metres long. The depth of the water is 1.5–4 metres. Even though the port is well-protected, we should still be careful with the western wind. Information about sailing in Cavtat, or rent a boat in Cavtat.
ACI Marina Dubrovnik
The port, which can be found 6 kilometres from the famous old city of Dubrovnik, offers 425 berths on the water and 140 on the land. They accommodate yachts with a maximum length of 60 metres. The well-equipped port welcomes sailors during the whole year. They provide water, electricity, shower cabins, currency exchange and laundry services; if you get hungry, you can also choose from several restaurants.
Port of Dubrovnik
The port is located only 3 kilometres away from the old city of Dubrovnik. They don’t have any limits in terms of yacht size; the depth of water is 42 metres. You can find everything that you may need in the near vicinity including cosy cafés and restaurants. Information about sailing in Dubrovnik, or rent a boat in Dubrovnik
If you sail to Cavtat, you must also visit other amazing holiday resorts in the area like Dubrovnik, Slano, Žuljana, Lumbarda, Sobra, Suđurađ and Lokrum Island – they all offer exciting sights and unforgettable gastronomic experiences! Find yacht routes in Dalmatia or choose another yacht charter in Dalmatia.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Cavtat. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Cavtat shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Cavtat shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Cavtat, and cruise around Cavtat
Day 1. Cavtat – Dubrovnik (Marina Frapa) 19,62 km (12,19 mi), Day 2. Dubrovnik – Slano 24,86 km (15,44 mi), Day 3. Slano – Žuljana 45,07 km (28,01 mi), Day 4. Žuljana – Lumbarda 23,55 km (14,63 mi), Day 5. Lumbarda – Sobra 43,08 km (26,77 mi), Day 6. Sobra – Suđurađ 27,82 km (17,29 mi), Day 7. Suđurađ – Lokrum-island – Cavtat 31,44 km (19,53 mi)
Day 1. Cavtat – Lokrum-island 9,21 km (5,72 mi, Day 2. Lokrum-island – Bar 99,12 km (61,59 mi) , Day 3. Bar – Budva 29,54 km (18,35 mi), Day 4. Budva – Tivat (Porto Montenegro) 46,25 km (28,74 mi), Day 5. Tivat – Kotor 15,29 (9,50 mi), Day 6. Kotor – Herceg Novi (Harbor) 25,22 km (15,67 mi) , Day 7. Herceg Novi – Molunat (Uvala Smokvica) – Cavtat 44,29 km (27,52 mi)