Cavtat, Croatia – 2019 International Finalist
Cavtat, the ancient Epidaurum, the forerunner of Dubrovnik, is a medieval town on the very south of Croatia, the seat of the Konavle Municipality, situated in a picturesque bay enclosed by two peninsulas: Rat and Sustjepan. Cavtat is the only urban center in Konavle built up deliberately.
In historical sources, Cavtat is also mentioned as Ragusa Vecchia, which clearly testifies to the material and spiritual connections with Dubrovnik, particularly evident in its harmonious architecture. During the Dubrovnik Republic, after Dubrovnik, Cavtat was the second most important port, trade and administrative center of the Republic. Today’s Cavtat is a place of pleasant living, quality communal facilities and social standards, primarily for its inhabitants, but also for numerous tourists visiting it.
Cavtat offers rich cultural and historical heritage, which is worth visiting: House and gallery of Vlaho Bukovac, one of the greatest Croatian painters, Mausoleum of family Racic – the work of the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, Baltazar Bogisic Collection – jurist and a scientist of a European fame born in Cavtat, rich underwater archeological sites …
During the year, Cavtat organizes many events and festivals that enrich the cultural life of locals and tourists: Cavtat Cultural Summer, Epidaurus Festival, Cavtat Musical Evenings, Klapa Festival (Traditional Vocal Group), Film festival “Invisible”, Advent in Cavtat, Spring in Konavle, Scents of Christmas in Konavle and Dubrovnik & Konavle Walking Festival are just a few of them.
There are few places like Cavtat that provide to its visitors so much in such a small area. Natural beauty, rich cultural and historical heritage and high standards of tourist offer that comply with the requirements of today’s tourists brand Cavtat as one of the most attractive destinations on the Adriatic. This is confirmed by this year’s choice of Cavtat as one of Top 10 Europe’s best tourist destinations, selected by voters in the competition carried out by the organization European Best Destinations. This prize show us that our efforts of branding Cavtat the place, as our tourism slogan says, a place „WHERE LIFE IS A SIMPLE PLEASURE…“ are on a good way.
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