Karlovačko pivo is found almost everywhere in Croatia. I know, I should have put this tip in a "Croatia" page but it was very hot and that was the first we drank arriving from Montenegro. We found it was excellent : light but fruity, with just enough bitterness. A great beer. It was not very different from Nikšičko pivo, found in Montenegro but to compare, we should have tasted them side by side.
Walking around the peninsula
Cavtat has a little peninsula. Old Town is on one side and beaches are on the other side. There is a path that takes you around the whole thing, and you will get some great views of the surrounding areas. It is a very relaxing walk.
Rock Pool at Cavtat
The esplanade leads into a path that goes for several kilometers around the waterfront, up the hill and around the corner. We walked the trail for a half hour and found it most interesting, some old houses , farmland and an interesting waterfront. This little rock pool looks as though it has been here for centuries. Rain clouds were fast approaching and we had to quickly return to the town and the safety of a nice restaurant.
Walk North of Cavtat Town
A short walk to the north of the seside town brings you to an area of luxuriant vegetation and excellent views of the beaches and back to the town. If you continue walking you will come to an area of upmarket hotels. We were there late October and the peak tourist season had passed which enabled us to enjoy a peaceful amble through this area.
Cavtat was here first!
Cavtat is the croatian form of Civitas Vetus, the area of the Roman town Epidareus. Epidareus was ruined by Slavs and Avars in the seventh century, and legends say that the inhabitants fled to the safe area of Ragusa, which later became Dubrovnik. Much later Cavtat was rebuilt as a medieval town, but there are many monuments from it's early history, and more to be found in ongoing investigations. Remnants of the old aquaduct are still visible.
Cavtat, a small town of approximately 2000 inhabitants, is the administrative center of Konavle municipality in Dubrovacko-Neretvinska county. This is the southernmost area of Croatia, with borders to Bosnia & Hercegovina and to Montenegro. The name Konavle is derived from konali, that is canals, because of the aquaduct and the canals irrigating the Cavtat hinterland.
This was my second visit to Cavtat, the previous one was appr. 30 years ago. One of the things I remembered most from my first visit can be seen on this photo: Lemon trees. I remember picking lemons and oranges right from the trees in december! That was great for me, coming from the winter in Norway in the second half of the 1970-ies! We had been driving down from Beograd though Montenegro, having a Central European climate, and all of a sudden, we were in a totally different climate zone :-)
Another one of my memories was eating in an outdoor cafe the day before Christmas Eve. And I remember walking along the beautiful promenades of Cavtat and wading in the ocean. Sea temperature was 18 C, and the locals thought I was crazy when I said I wanted to take a swim :-)
Today Cavtat is mostly a tourist town, perfectly situated only 5 km from Cilipi airport, close to Dubrovnik and with great possibilities for bathing, sunbathing and water sports.