The last Croatian town in our Ultimate Balkan Road Trip itinerary was Cavtat. It is believed that without Cavtat, there would be no Dubrovnik. According to History, this small town on the Adriatic Sea coast, located just 20 kilometers south of Dubrovnik, played an important role during the 7th Century, when refugees from the original Greek town Epidaurus, escaped from the Aravs and the Slavs and established the city of Dubrovnik.
Cavtat was not originally part of our road trip itinerary. We were still inside the Old Town of Dubrovnik when we made the online reservation to spend a night in the town, before crossing the border to Montenegro.
What to Do?
Even though we didn’t stay very long, I don’t think Cavtat will be stealing much of your time. Walking the entire town doesn’t take more than an hour. We went on to discover the old town narrow streets made of stone, which are quite similar to the ones in the neighboring cities, but with a lot less people and a lot less monuments.
However, along the harbour promenade there are landmarks of interest. The statue of Valtazar Bogišić, a Serbian pioneer of sociology, the Monastery of our Lady of the Snow, the Church of St. Nicholas and a statue of Frano Supilo, a Croatian politician and journalist who had an important role in the formation of Yugoslavia.
The house of the famous Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac is also located in Cavtat, and even though we didn’t visit, you may consider it when you visit this small coastal town.
Watching the sunset over the bay of Cavtat was the highlight of our short trip to the town. There were boats and ships sailing the bay, the sun reflecting on the crystal clear water and we could barely hear any noise. It was peaceful indeed.
Where to Eat?
It took us a while to choose which restaurant to pick. We were running short on Kunas and our pockets would be empty after this meal. It was going to be our last moment in Croatia, so we’d rather seize it instead of saving just a few bucks. We wouldn’t be needing the Croatian currency anymore.
Outside the promenade, on the way back to where I had parked the card, we found a restaurant that seemed quite good, in fact, we were invited in by the owner who was right at the entrance displaying seafood and fish he had fished that day. Konoba Kolona was the name.
We sat down and the owner offered us the first drink on the house. The portions of food were small, yet, heavenly delicious. Konoba Kolona became immediately one of our Top 5 restaurants throughout our entire Balkan road trip.
Stay tuned for the next part of The Ultimate Balkan Road Trip
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