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by Saron Lease, Croatia Gems Company Founder & Director, 25th March 2024

Guide to Cavtat: When you are thinking about Croatia villas, Dubrovnik is sought-after, but you are surely looking for quintessential Croatian charm close to the city and a vibrant holiday destination – that’s what Cavtat is all about.

When seeking Croatia villas, Dubrovnik locations, one of the foremost is Cavtat bay on the Dubrovnik Riviera as it’s one of the nicest Croatia villa holiday destinations. If you are after the atmosphere and warmth of Croatia’s traditional old towns then Cavtat on the Dubrovnik coast, is for you.

It’s popular yes, but it still retains its many charms because it hasn’t been over developed. Croatia doesn’t allow much development and so it has managed to keep its coastline special. Cavtat doesn’t allow cars into the bay in the summer either so it remains a haven…

Cavtat is essentially two pedestrianised bays with a pretty peninsula in between providing shade for lovely afternoon or evening strolls under the pine trees. You can wander all around Cavtat’s bay actually – it’s nice and flat and hasn’t changed much in the last hundred years. It’s a good walk to work up an appetite or it can be a lovely stroll to help your digestion! The old buildings and churches are just as they once were – only the palm trees along the front have got taller!

There’s lots to do here – take the water taxi into Dubrovnik old town, rent a boat with a skipper and head out to the little islands off the coast. If you want to be more active, join a cliff-jumping group, perhaps an adrenalin-packed fishing trip or maybe some gentle kayaking

These days the jet-set moor their boats here and this lends a rich ambience to the setting – a bit of people-watching is always nice on holiday! A good selection of restaurants, from top end to casual, tempt you along the sea edge although wine tasting at one of the café bars might hold you up!

Where to Stay?

Villas are the best bet in our opinion because they give you that freedom – with so many nice places to eat, why tie yourself down? There aren’t that many Croatia villas here but there are some corkers if you can book them in time:

We’d recommend Villa Cavtat for larger groups of up to 15 – nestled just above the middle of the bay with perfect, pretty views from its balconies, and a pool to luxuriate in, you can’t go far wrong in our opinion… the gorgeous interior is a bonus and the holiday is an immediate success. A great villa for multi-generational groups attending a Cavtat wedding perhaps?

If you don’t need all that room, 5-bedroom Villa Floranneve is set in a lovely private garden, surrounded by Mediterranean trees. Again it has easy access to the bay’s amenities.

For small families 3-bedroom Villa Apartment Capri, is an apartment but with an exclusive pool. It always books up really early, so you need to book at least a year in advance!

Villa Ante is actually an apartment but with a pool exclusively for it alone. 3-bedrooms but with a study with double sofa-bed, so can sleep up to 8 guests and is within easy wandering distance to the old town of Cavtat and all the restaurants and swimming spots.

Our third apartment with a private pool is new Villa Sunchani, named after the sun. It has 2 double bedrooms, sleeping 5 guests, and is an easy walk into the bay.

Villa Topaz is another special villa which rents out as 1 or 2-bedroom apartments, sharing a pool, BBQ etc. It has a beautiful garden and pool with views to the sea and across to Dubrovnik Old Town itself…

Where to Eat?

For a great evening out try Bugenvila Restaurant on Cavtat Riva (sea edge) – a lovely location and dining area with a classy and innovative menu & certainly not standard fare.

And for a sublime evening right on the harbour full of atmosphere, try Restaurant Dalmacija – great food and a fantastic location.

Where to Sunbathe & Swim?

We’d recommend the Peninsula “on the rocks” by the beach bar – you’ll find it…
Or on the left of the old town bay – steps into the sea and chilled out café bar next to you – what could be better…

Croatia villas Dubrovnik – if you’d like to find other Dubrovnik villa locations, feel free to search through our villas. If you don’t find what you want there, do have a look at our ‘By Request only’ villa portfolio. Alternatively, just give us a call or email us and we’ll find a lovely Croatia villa for you.

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