Croatia Sailing Destinations

Croatia sailing destinations: Cavtat

The southernmost town and port in Croatia is Cavtat, small Dalmatian holiday town located only 5.5 nautical miles south-east of a lot more famous bustling city of Dubrovnik. Besides offering much calmer and more relaxing atmosphere, Cavtat is also much older than its close neighbour because it was founded in the 6th century BC as a Greek colony of Epidaurus.

Greeks apparently recognized favourable living conditions of this attractive location which still today provides pleasurable stay for both the locals and visitors. Doubtless, they also took advantage of two broad bays around Cavtat to safely anchor their ships and repose the crew, as it is still nowadays the case with modern mariners. Especially with numerous super yachts which during the summer season occupy the town while waiting their rich guests to land at the nearby Čilipi international airport.

Besides several nice hotels and plenty of antique remains from Roman period, Cavtat offers catchy old town with beautiful stone palaces and residences, together with numberless cafes and fine diners. Notable cultural heritage among many other things include family house – today art gallery of famous Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac as well as interesting art-deco mausoleum of Račić family, built by well-known sculptor Ivan Meštrović.

But focus of life in the town is at the vivid waterfront in the southern Luka Cavtat bay. It provides berths for the boats and is usually occupied by super yachts, but anchoring in the bay is also a good option to consider. If there is too crowded and depending on the weather conditions, another possibility is to sail just around the lovely Cavtat peninsula to the northern Tiha bay and drop the anchor there.