Sightseeing is a good way of being familiar with the culture of Cavtat, a luxury village of medieval origin only 15min away from the amazing city of Dubrovnik. Museums, monuments and cultural activities are the order of the day here. Known in the past as ‘Epidaurus’, Cavtat has all the charm of a place with an eventful history plus the exclusive services of a world-class tourist destination offering lots of things in the way of traditional culture, art and peaceful holidays.
What to do and what to see in Cavtat
- Vlaho Bukovac House Museum: The leading art gallery in Cavtat is housed in the place where Vlaho Bukovac, one of the most important Croatian painters, lived to the south of Dubrovnik. The museum holds a permanent exhibition of his most representative works, and temporary exhibitions and art events drawing distinguished visitors.
- Prince’s Palace: This impressive Renaissance building is one of Cavtat’s icons. It houses the Valtazar Bogišić art collection, among other cultural treasures.
- Franciscan Monastery: Located in the heart of town, the Franciscan Monastery is one of Cavtat’s main sights. Built in the fifteenth century, it stands at the northern tip of today’s Waterfront Promenade, lending the area a majestic atmosphere, courtesy of its sober architectural features.
- Church of Saint Blaise: The Church of Saint Blaise, built in 1843, is in the heart of the old town as part of the Franciscan Monastery. It stands next to the local cemetery, framed by all forms of vegetation: palm trees, manicured gardens and stone pine forests.
- Church of Saint Nicholas: Together with Saint Blaise, Saint Nicholas is among the most important religious buildings in Cavtat. Inside it houses paintings by Vlaho Bukovac, like the one above the altar, dedicated to the Four Evangelists. Next to the church there is an art gallery.
- Racic Family Mausoleum: Crowned by a white dome, this funereal building stands out amidst the village houses and mansions. Decorated with all kinds of slim silhouettes representing everything from gargoyles to angels, this mausoleum in the cemetery is one of the treasures bequeathed by the Racic family to Cavtat.
- Amphorae sites: Opposite Cavtat, on the islands of Mrkan, Bobara and Supetar, there is the largest underwater site for amphorae in the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. Some of the amphorae date back to the first century BC.