On the "Coast of a Thousand Islands" there are moments of joy, inspiration and relaxation for everybody, but nowhere else do we feel the riches of the past living in the present to the same extent as in Cavtat, a small town in the immediate vicinity of world-famous Dubrovnik.

It is hard to say what delights the visitor most: the variety of its Mediterranean vegetation, its picturesque quiet bays, the emerald hue of the eternal sea, the unspoilt beauty of the islands which stretch out towards the open sea or the region's legend-wrapped past itself.

Cavtat combines all the elements of beauty. It emerged from the ruins of the old Greek colony of Epidaurum, and has preserved its rich cultural and historical heritage: from more recent monuments like the Rector's Palace, the baroque church of St. Nicholas, the Franciscan monastery, the Bogisic scientific collection, the Vlaho Bukovac art gallery (currently undergoing renovation), the Racic family mausoleum - the work of the sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, to monuments of its more ancient past: the archaeological finds of the pre-Slavic period, the city walls and ancient roads on which once Roman legions marched and caravan trains travelled.

Today, Cavtat is one of the most attractive tourist resorts on the Adriatic coast, a place where nature and both ancient and modern architecture blend in perfect harmony.





2008 MHSC