Situated just south of Dubrovnik, it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic place for a relaxed family holiday than Cavtat. You can soak up the ambience and culture of the picturesque town as well as enjoy an array of water-based activities. To add to its appeal (if you need convincing) it enjoys a more laidback pace than some of Croatia’s northerly resorts. Sound perfect? It’s pretty close.
How to Cultivate a Family-Friendly Holiday in Croatia
Forget Spain, Greece and the South of France, because if you’re looking for your family’s new favourite holiday destination, it could very well be waiting in Croatia. With its front row seat to the stunning Adriatic coastline, the lovely town of Cavtat, in southern Dalmatia, has as much fun (and sun) as you can handle.
“If you’re looking for a family holiday without the hustle and bustle, Cavtat offers a more relaxed pace than some other northerly resorts.”
Family Fun in Cavtat
There’s so much to see and do in this compact little Adriatic gem, but if you make a start with my suggestions you won’t go far wrong.
For the active family, there’s nothing more enjoyable than an adventure on the not-so-high seas by kayak. A guided sea kayaking adventure is suitable for everyone (children can share with an adult), and for around three hours you’ll explore the jaw-dropping coastline along the promenade and lagoon, then head over to the nearby islands for a picnic lunch, swimming, snorkelling and hiking.
Head Out on a Boat Tour
If you’d rather let someone else do the hard work, there are plenty of choices when it comes to boat tours out of the town’s harbour. Whether your family wants to focus on snorkelling, island hopping, sightseeing or cramming in as many beaches as possible, there’s an itinerary and length of tour to suit. Do one, or do them all!
Sightseeing Around the Town
The wonderful thing about Cavtat is that its history is both tangible and accessible – so even the youngsters will be intrigued. Simply wandering around the Old Town provides a little taste of adventure, with its pretty stone houses and old-world European charm. The architecture of its main attractions can also be very appealing to a young imagination. Don’t miss:
- The Church of St Nicholas on the waterfront, with its soaring bell tower
- The Rector’s Palace, with its massive in-house collection of artefacts
- The fantastic Vlaho Bukovac House, with its unique art works
A Day Trip to Dubrovnik
You’re so close to Dubrovnik that a day trip is most definitely in order. Head off in the early morning or late afternoon to beat the crowds and take the time to explore this fabulous city at your leisure. I highly recommend starting with a walk around the fortifications of the city walls, from where you can take in superb views over the Old Town and out to the islands. Children will love the cable car, which whisks you high above the city to Mount Srđ in the most spectacular way. If you’ve got time, I also suggest taking a boat across to beautiful uninhabited Lokrum Island – full of history for you and adventure for the children!
“In just 40 minutes by boat you can be in Dubrovnik, with its myriad cultural and historical attractions.”
I can’t offer a higher recommendation than the superb Remisens Family Hotel Albatros. It’s just a 15-minute stroll from the town and you can jump on a boat and be in Dubrovnik in 40 minutes. This resort-style hotel is absolutely perfect for families, with plenty of food to appeal to young tastes (and a budget-friendly all-inclusive option), spacious family rooms, onsite sports activities, a separate pool for youngsters and three different children’s clubs covering all ages. There really is nothing left to want.
If you plan on hopping around a bit on your holiday in Croatia, this blog post I’ve written about some other excellent family friendly resorts will provide some inspiration.