Cavtat is a small harbour town 17km down the coast from Dubrovnik. It is a green oasis located on the slopes of two peninsulas, Rat and Sustjepan, with a lovely promenade by the shimmering Adriatic waters, and an attractive blend of old and new architecture. The town was originally the site of a Greek settlement Epidaurus founded in the 4th century BC.
Throughout the last century, Cavtat was an exclusive retreat for wealthy Croatians and a thriving hub for artists. Its most famous son is a celebrated Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922). Bukovac’s former home (5 Bukovceva) has being transformed into a gallery and exhibition space for his work, which is also on display across town – the waterfront Church of St Nicholas has his painting of the four evangelists over its main altar and more work is on display in the Pinakoteka, the art gallery next door.