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Villa Bacev

Gruda, Konavle Valley, Dubrovnik

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At a glance

  1. Sleeps 6
  2. 2 Double Bedrooms
  3. 1 Twin Bedroom
  4. 3 Bathrooms
  5. Air Conditioning
  6. WiFi
  7. Beach 6km
  8. Restaurants & Shops 700m
  9. Dubrovnik Old Town 30km
  • Ground Floor: Entrance hall. Cloakroom (WC). Living room (TV) with French windows to pool terrace. Dining room with patio doors to terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to side terrace. Utility room (washing machine).
  • First Floor: Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (with separate shower) and patio doors to balcony. Twin bedroom (A/C). Shower room. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room.
  • Outside: Steps from parking area lead up to the terraces, garden and villa. Dining and sunbathing terraces. Lawned garden area. Inbuilt barbecue.
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 4m, uniform depth) with corner steps.

The likeable little town of Gruda sits at the heart of the picturesque Konavle Valley and offers all the amenities for an easy holiday: grocery stores, supermarkets and a handful of coffee bars and restaurants.  Villa Bacev, a bright and colourful villa, is to be found in a residential area within walking distance (700m) of Gruda, making it a good choice for friends or a family with older teenagers.  

From the parking area, steps lead up to Villa Bacev and its pool and garden. Ample terracing around the villa and pool creates a lovely space for dining alfresco and poolside lounging, with a small lawn behind the pool adding a spot of greenness and a place for children to play. To the rear, a substantial barbecue/wood oven, conveniently close to the kitchen, will be in use on many an occasion we are sure. Inside, the open plan living accommodation is light and airy with doors opening out on to the terrace. Upstairs, the three bedrooms are decorated in bright colours, with each one having access to their own facilities.

Easy access to the surrounding area makes Villa Bacev a good option for those seeking to explore and enjoy outdoor activities. The crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea can be reached within 15mins and are ideal for sea kayaking, diving, and of course swimming – head to Cavtat and Molunat amongst others. The Konavle Valley itself, with its verdant green landscape of vineyards, fields and cypress trees, is the most scenic setting for walks, bikes rides and horse riding. And finally, mention must be made of the World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik, reached by way of a straightforward drive (35mins) or a highly enjoyable boat ride from Cavtat – an unmissable day out for everyone.

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Great Things to Do Near Villa Bacev

The Arboretum at Trsteno

A visit to Trsteno, just north of Dubrovnik, is worthwhile to view the remarkable Arboretum established there about 500 years ago. It is said that seafarers and merchants from here were encouraged to bring back plants, saplings and seeds from their worldwide travels to be planted in this botanic garden which of course have established themselves over the centuries. The entrance to the Arboretum is guarded by a huge 500 year old plane tree.

Dubrovnik - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Make a day trip (or two) to Dubrovnik… This fabulous city has become a tourist hot spot and it is easy to see why.  The historice city centre is incredible and well worth exploring more than once.  Walk the city walls (great views) to get a feel for the old city, watch the boats in the harbour, stroll along the Stradun (the main courseway in the Old Town). For a different perspective of the city try the open-top Cabrio Bus City Tour hop-on hop-off service. This covers more of the modern city which gives a better overview of Dubrovnik from many differing viewpoints. Or take the Cable Car to the top of Srd Hill for the most spectacular views over the city and beyond.  

Konoba, Peka, Rozata

Konoba is the word for a traditional style restaurant, serving local dishes in a traditional setting (wood tables, stone walls), always delicious and home cooked!  Peka is a way of preparing dishes (meat, fish, vegetables| in a bell shaped pot which is placed in an outdoor fireplace with ashes covering the peka (lid). Rozata is a custard pudding flavoured with lemon zest rose liqueur and caramel, and comes from Dubrovnik.

Ostri Rt - the southernmost point of Croatia

This cape is the very southernmost point of Croatia and marks the Croatian side of the entrance to Montenegro’s spectacular Bay of Kotor. This narrow sliver of land was, until recently, military property and, as such, inaccessible to the public. Right at the end of the cape is a ruined Austro Hungarian fort dating from the mid 1800s. At the moment it is possible to gain access to the moody ruin, which is largely intact, and to envisage what life might have been like there 15 years ago. Prevlaka beach is a great place to relax as well, small but with a couple of beach bars and kayak rental (summer only).

Horse Riding in the Konavle

An 11km tour of the region on horseback is offered at the Kojan Koral stables in Popovici. Running through olive groves, pine forests and along the coast, the trail usually last for about two and a half hours. It’s suitable for beginners and upwards, 16 years and over. 

Take a boat trip from Cavtat to Dubrovnik

The easiest way to visit the city. Board one of the boat trips leaving from Cavtat for a scenic cruise along the coast and arrive right in the heart of the Old Town. The journey takes around 30 minutes and gives plenty of photo opportunities en route.  There are also direct boats to Dubrovnik (which are slightly cheaper).  An alternative way to reach Dubrovnik is by bus.  There are buses from Cavtat (about 4 times a day).

Watch the sunset in Cavtat

Cavtat’s waterfront promenade, with its cafes and restaurants, is the perfect place to watch the sun go down over the sea.  There is a good choice of restaurants in the town, both informal and more formal for those special occasions.

Traditions of the Konavle Valley

Housed in the main square in Cilipi, in a building that used to be the village treasury, the Country House is recreation of a typical village house from back in the day. The collection holds about 500 items such as folk costumes, embroidery and other textile handicrafts, jewellery, musical instruments, arms and an assortment of everyday items. Traditional folk music and dancing takes place in Cilipi on a Sunday morning after Mass. Sit on the steps of the church of St Nicholas in Cilipi and watch the locals in traditional dress, noted for its silk embroidery, performing folk songs and dancing. A market is held afterwards selling traditional handicrafts. You need to buy a ticket (which includes a drink). The traditional dress and embroidery are important socially and culturally to the people of the Konavle. You will see examples displayed in public buildings and private homes either ornamentally or in practical usage such as tablecloths, napkins, pillowcases etc. And of course you can purchase the embroidery in local shops!

Islands in the Sun - Lokrum, Kolocep, Lopud, Sipan

Croatia is known for its many islands off its long coastline and the area around Dubrovnik is no different and easily accessible by boat.  The nearest is Lokrum, a protected nature reserve of lush forest.  The Elaphiti Islands, Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan, can be visited individually or all together as part of an island cruise.

Swimming in Cavtat

Stroll along the waterfront at Cavtat and around the peninsula, and you will discover many spots for swimming – there are a number of swimming platforms and various access points to the rocks and sea.

Peljesac Wine Trail

Head north past Dubrovnik and visit the Peljesac Peninsula, which produces the king of Croatian red wines, plavac mali.  The dry, inhospitable terrain produces flavourful grapes, hand harvested due to the difficulty in accessing the vines.  There are numerous places on the peninsula to try and buy.

Visit a local Winery by train

The Konavle Valley is home to a lot of small wineries, family owned vineyards which produce some great yet relatively undiscovered wines (certainly difficult to buy in the UK). One way of discovering some of them is to join the wine train, a tourist train excursion that visits 4 vineyards and takes in the traditions of the valley.  The joy of staying in the valley is that you can revisit the vineyards very easily. The most famous grape in the region is the Malvasia which is a Konavle indigenous variety. It is not certain how it arrived in the area, whether it was brought over by the ancient Greeks or actually originated from this region.

Cadmos Village Adventure Park

Cadmos Village adventure park features three levels and 4 zip-lines, fields for archery and paintball, giant swing, bicycle service and the first treehouse in Croatia. Activities are suitable for families and children, as well as adventure seekers. Cadmos Village is situated in the picturesque Konavle region near the village of Komaji, hidden in unique oak woods. There is also an eco-restaurant offering local cuisine, run by its own solar system!

Blue and Green

Should never be seen, except when you are in the Konavle Valley and Dubrovnik….You could fill a paint chart with the many shades of green found in the valley, from the olive trees and vines, to the dark green cypresses. The sea provides the variety of blues (emerald, turquoise, aqua, silverly), all of which look so vibrant under the blue sky.

Views from Sokol Grad

For stunning, far reaching views over the Konavle Valley, there is no better place than Sokol Grad. Built to protect the hinterland from invading Turks from the Ottoman Empire and the Venetians of the Venetian Republic, this solid and imposing fort is open to the public. There are lots of stone steps to climb but the view at the top is worth it.

Go Quad Biking!

This is also offered from Kojan Koral in Popovici. The half day tour runs to Cilipi for a visit to the traditional Konavle house there and continues through the Konavle countryside crossing the river Ljuta a couple of times before picking up the route of a disused railway line and returning to base for a typical, traditional Croatian snack.

Renaissance summer villas in Zaton

Just north of Dubrovnik is the pretty coastal village of Zaton. Formerly a popular dormitory town of Dubrovnik aristocracy and wealthy merchants, it features a number of Renaissance summer villas along its waterfront. These days it has a lazy, bohemian feel, with a number of galleries and, locals say, one of the best restaurants in the area.

Further Afield

Drive East and over the Croatia-Montenegro border and discover Herceg Novi, a beautiful coastal town dating from the 15th Century. Stop here and have a spot of lunch and relax on the beach... or... carry on slightly further and explore the towns and spectacular views of the Bay of Kotor where there is a variety of smaller beaches.  Or head over the mountains into Herzegovina and viisit the Kravica Waterfalls.These 25m falls cascade into turquoise blue waters over rocks and lusciously green trees, where visitors can paddle and swim and enjoy the incredible scenery. The natural pool is not very deep so it is ideal for little ones, but the crashing falls and the deeper water closer to the rocks also make for a great natural playground for adults.

Cycling in the Konavle Valley

There are several marked cycling trails in the Konavle region which offers both flat routes and hilly/mountainous ones. Bikes can be hired by the day from companies in Cavtat and the tourist office can provide maps.

Vlaho Bukovac House, Cavtat

This is the childhood home and museum of Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922), the most important Croatian artist of his time. The building, a stone structure over 2 floors with an entrance courtyard and spacious back garden, preserves the architecture typical of Cavtat houses from 1800. The interior features recently uncovered early murals by the artist himself as well as many paintings, drawings, furniture and personal items from throughout his life, covering periods he spent not only in Cavtat but also Zagreb, Prague and Paris.



Gruda 2 mins 
Cilipi 10 mins 
Gruda 10 mins 
Cavtat 20 mins 
Dubrovnik 35 mins 
Herceg Novi (Montenegro) 35 mins 


Pasjača 10 mins 
Molunat 15 mins 
Plat 20 mins 


Dubrovnik 10 mins 
Tivat (Montenegro) 1 Hr 30 mins 
Split 4 Hrs 30 mins 
Times are approximate

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