Best local dish:
Traditional Croatian dishes are cooked over an open fire and many local restaurants still prepare food this way. Due to its location on the water, there are many fresh seafood options in Cavtat and squid ink risotto is a very popular local dish. Olive oil is produced all around Croatia and is the base of many sauces and salad dressings, and a sweet delicacy from the region is walnut cake – a must-try for those who love dessert.
Cavtat has over two thousand years of history to discover. Visit the nearby village of Cilipi to immerse yourself in the traditional culture of Cavtat and the wider Dalmatian region. A village known for its preservation of folklore, ancient customs and rich hand-made costumes, Cilipi celebrates its history by performing time-honored local songs and dances each Sunday from early spring to late October.
In Cavtat, walk through the old town and take in the beautiful architecture. The Prince’s Palace is one of the city’s must-see landmarks and is now a museum that offers visitors a glimpse into the area’s past.
Kamen Mali is undeniably the most popular beach in the area and a favorite among the locals. In the summer months you will see many people jumping off the rocks into the shallow water which is a tradition from local folklore – take part at your own risk! Gradska Plaža is found very close to the town center and is an excellent choice for families, with tanning beds and shaded areas. For a quieter option, Bubbly beach is best visited by boat so often deserted. Drop anchor and take your yacht’s tender to the shore to enjoy this tranquil spot.
Take a day trip to the small town of Mlini. One of the most beautiful ports in Croatia, this small fishing village offers unbelievably beautiful scenery, where dramatic mountains meet crystal blue waters. Just a short sail away by yacht, you can drop anchor in the serene bay and head ashore to explore this picturesque place.