Authentic Croatia & historic Dubrovnik

Emma Savage on 30 April 2019
I recently visited Croatia, staying on the Dubrovnik Riviera in a pretty little resort called Cavtat. I was looking for somewhere authentic, unspoilt and yet close to the historic city of Dubrovnik, which I wanted to explore. Cavtat did not disappoint, in fact it exceeded my expectations. It is a harbour town, with little restaurants dotted along the harbour front overlooking the crystal clear water. I spent some time exploring the town with its little houses built into the hillside, and enjoyed walking around the peninsula before settling down with an ice cream and watching the boats bob in the water.

My hotel, the Cavtat Hotel, is a 3*+, small and friendly option, within a couple of minute's walk of the harbour. The hotel was very comfortable, and made for an excellent base from which to explore. There is a swimming pool overlooking the bay, a spa centre and restaurant. The rooms were very comfortable and mine had a stunning view of the sea!

We took a boat to Dubrovnik - these are like water buses really, as they stop in a couple of locations along the way, to pick up more passengers and drop people off. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes to reach the city walls. Dubrovnik is everything you hope it will be and more; historic, stunningly beautiful and spectacular from the sea as you approach it. We bought a ticket to walk the city walls (this is one of the most popular things to do). You can walk all the way around or choose to stop half way if it is too far for you. The views are beautiful and there are cafes dotted along the walls should you need refreshment.

If you love Game of Thrones, like I do, then do ensure you book on a tour which is specifically about the television series. The guide will take you to many filming locations, help you recreate scenes if you want to, and the highlight is that you get to sit on the iron throne at the end of the tour!

We spent 4 nights in Cavtat and this was perfect as it was early season and not really sunbathing weather. However, in the warmer months, I'd recommend staying longer so you can enjoy the crystal clear waters and sunbathe on the beaches.

If you would like more information about Cavtat, Dubrovnik or Croatia, do get in touch with me, I would love to help you plan your next trip.