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Last updated: 09 May, 2022
Expert travel writer: Jane Foster

The pretty waterfront village of Cavtat, founded by the Ancient Greeks in the 6th century BC, is even older than Dubrovnik.

Sitting compact on a small peninsular, Cavtat overlooks a tranquil bay, rimmed by cafes, restaurants and palms. Stroll the tree-lined path around the peninsular to the hilltop Račić Mausoleum, an Art Nouveau white stone monument by Croatia’s best-known sculptor Ivan Meštrović, then return to the rocky shore for a swim and a chilled beer at the Little Star beach bar.

Regular boats run from Dubrovnik’s old harbour to Cavtat’s quayside, offering a chance to escape the busy city and see a slower-paced, small-town version of Croatian life.  Sailing back in the late afternoon, past the rocky cliffs, lush pinewoods and pebble coves of the mainland coast, is idyllic.

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Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 6+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

From Dubrovnik’s old harbour, runs regular boats to Cavtat (journey time 60 minutes), with stops along the way at Srebreno bay and the village of Mlini.

When to do it

Make a day of it – take a mid-morning boat, giving you time for a stroll around the headland, a dip into the shops, lunch and a swim before heading back in the late afternoon.

Because this is basically a tourist service, weekends don’t tend to be any busier than week days.

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Dubrovnik Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Dubrovnik and Cavtat

Dubrovnik Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Dubrovnik and Cavtat


When your cruise ship docks in Dubrovnik, head out on a private shore excursion to explore the seaside resort town of Cavtat and the Old Tow...

€193 | Rating 4.5 / 5 [26 ratings]

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Villa Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia[9.6 miles]

Slick design, sublime sea views, privacy and discreet luxury at this contemporary hotel, lying within sight of Dubrovnik’s old town.

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Villa Orsula Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia[10.2 miles]

Small luxury hotel and restaurant, in a villa in gardens above the sea, a 10-minute walk from Dubrovnik’s old town.

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St. Joseph’s

Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia[11 miles]

Luxury B&B in a renovated 16th-century building in Dubrovnik’s old town, offering a cosy heritage stay and an ideal base to explore the city.

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Hotel Stari Grad

Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia[11.1 miles]

Small boutique hotel in Dubrovnik’s old town, with a superb roof-terrace restaurant and a small spa.

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