This fantastic old town a few miles south of Dubrovnik has got much of the ambience of Dubrovnik but none of the crowds. It has got a lovely sea front and enough tourist infrastruture to make it a good alternative as a base for touring Dubrovnik, Montenegro or, for the more intrepid, heading into Bosnia (easy ride to Mostar). There are one or two decent hotels in the town though they are not cheap. We found a place called Castelletto on the hillside above the seafront. It is run by a couple of Brits who refurbished the place recently and it's is really good value for money. Try and arrange to be there when they do their "lamb under the bell", a Croatian speciality which really draws a crowd.
Dubrovnik Airport is 5km from Cavtat;
Hotel Castelletto: Put od Cavtata 9A Cavtat;
tel: +385(20)479 547;
fax: +385(20)479 548;
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