Villa Bella Vista

Josipa Kosora 6, Cavtat, 20210, Croatia
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The Mausoleum, CavtatThe Mausoleum, Cavtat

Sunset from the Sustjepan Peninsula, CavtatSunset from the Sustjepan Peninsula, Cavtat

Yachts from the Promenade, CavtatYachts from the Promenade, Cavtat

in between downpoursin between downpours

Forum Posts

Motorbike hire

by 7659

I am going to cavtat in june and am looking to hire a motorbike not a scooter can anyone give me help with this

Re: Motorbike hire

by gospar

Hi there,
try with Milenium car rental, as I hear they have motorbike on offer.
I have hired a car in that company last year and they were very friendly and they have nice rates.
web site is http://milenium-rent.hr

Re: Motorbike hire

by gospar

Hi there,
try with Milenium car rental, as I hear they have motorbike on offer.
I have hired a car in that company last year and they were very friendly and they have nice rates.
web site is http://milenium-rent.hr

Travel Tips for Cavtat

Riva

by KristaB

Old palm trees, small fishing boats, tourist boats, yachts of all sizes. There is a lot going on, actually, it's just that everything is done in a special calm way here. Even some funny lovely cheery guys from Ireland tuned in.
Here you can board a Taxi boat to Dubrovnik. I heard people negotiating with the owner about picking them up from Dubrovnik after evening concert (Dubrovnik Summer Festival). So that's possible, too, I guess.

Lokrum Island ~ Island of Kings

by starship

I was not able to visit Lokrum Island but the view of it from a high vantage point in Cavtat was beautiful so I decided to try to learn more about it.

Most likely it gets its title as "Island of Kings" because of a legend which says that Richard the Lionhearted stranded on the island during a fierce storm as he was trying to return home after the crusades in 1192. He was so grateful that he pledged to building a church on Lokrum owing to his survival. The citizens of Dubrovnik pleaded with him not to build a church on the island but in the city of Dubrovnik itself, which he did. A variant of this legend says that he pledged to build a monastery on the island itself.

Today, the only physical structures on the island are the ruins of the Benedictine Monastery which is said to have been built around 1023 and the fortress called Forte Roayle which is a star-shaped structure built by the French around 1806 with a high vantage point for warning of approaching vessels or fleets.

It is said that the name Lokrum comes from the Latin, acrumen, meaning sour fruit and that the tradition of bringing and cultivating exotic plants from around the globe to be planted on the island and this tradition had its begining in the time of the Benedictines.

During the rule of the Maximilan Ferdinand of Hapsburg, he commissioned a mansion built on the island in 1859 along with a magnificent garden laid out in the particular pattern of criss- crossed pathways and all sorts of exotic plantings. Later in 1959 a Botanical Garden was founded on Lokrum where you can see "special and endemic tropic and subtropical plants and other vegetation originating from Australia to South America." Today Lokrum has been named a Nature Reserve and a Special Forest Vegetation Reserve.

Today, except for the monastery ruins, there are no services or facilties on the island such as restaurants, hotels, houses or shops. It is strictly for walking, relaxing, swimming, and capturing beautiful views across the water to the Old Town of Dubrovnik or the far view to Cavtat. The island has rocky shores, but there is an inland, sea-fed lake named "Mrtvo More" or Dead Sea which is popular with swimmers.

Boats to Lokrum Island leave half hour from near the Ploce Gate of Dubrovnik and the ride lasts only minutes. If you visit Lokrum, it is wise to bring water, food and other necessities.

The Church of St. Nicholas

by starship

Beautifully positioned to look out over the waterfront, the Baroque Church of St. Nicholas has a welcoming facade of solid, pale gray stone. Reached by ascending a series of widely spread stone steps, St. Nicholas has a decent amount of artwork by notable artists which would be worth your time to see. Icons of St. Nicholas, and an alabaster relief from the 15th century; works by Benedetto Genarri, and paintings by Sicilian painter, Carmelo Reggi; Croatian painter, Vlaho Bukovac, also has important artwork here and is another good reason to visit.

The church also houses a painting vault (1952) but there is little information available about this feature other than it was founded in 1952 by the Academic Cvita Fiskovic.

Franciscan Monastery

by sandysmith

On the Rat peninsula of Cavtat is the Gothic-Renaissance Franciscan church and monastery - Our Lady of the Snows - named after a Benedictine church that existed on Mrkan (a small island just outside of Cavtat). It was built in two periods: 1484 by Franciscan brothers, and 1502 by a noble Frank Gučetić - its present state. Its tower can be seen reflected in this picture. The main artifact inside the church is a polyptych (beginning of the 16th c.) by Vicko Lovrin (see pic 2) whilst the monastery itself houses an art collection. Above on the hill is the mausoleum where we shall later head for.

frustration

by iaint

"urgh...weather"

I'd booked to stay here for the last night of my Balkan Adventure part 2 as it looked like a classy, quiet seaside resort. It is between Dubrovnik and the airport, so ideal for just sitting around over beers/coffees with the city just round the coast if needed.

Well, my judgment was 100% right. Trouble was the rain was coming down in lumps when I arrived and it carried on that way for my whole stay, apart from a brief respite when I ran out and took a couple of photos.

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