A bit south of Dubrovnik lies a park on a bay with a lovely view of the city. About 14 kilometers further on, located on a green peninsula, is the seaside resort of Cavtat. Cavtat is ancient Epidauros, from which a busy center of trade developed with not one but two natural bays to serve as harbors. In the town’s center are two patrician palaces that are worth seeing. In the so-called Rector’s Palace – Knezev door – which dates from the 16th century, a museum has been installed. Besides displays of archeological finds, there is also a library containing drawings by Lucas Cranach and Italian masters, among others.
Present day Cavtat lives primarily from tourism. This branch of the economy was temporarily paralyzed by the civil war. The luxurius Hotel Croatia, a ten minute walk from the town center, is a comfortable place to stay.
After 20 kilometers, Cilipi, Dubrovnik’s international airport, comes into view, and, after another 15 kilometers, you find yourself face to face with the border to Montenegro, a constituent state of Yugoslavia.