Cara and the neighbouring bay of Zavalatica are like two sides of a coin. One side being the old farming village with its church and extremely old cypress tree in the courtyard, the other side being the developing seaside village which looks to tourism for its income. The less than 600 inhabitants tend to their olives and Posip grapes or offer warm hospitality in traditional restaurants and cafes and in the rental of holiday accommodation.
Why Stay in Cara?
- Impressive views from your bedroom window; Cara over the vineyards and Zavalatica, over the expansive Adriatic.
- Central positioning on the island, so no town or attraction is too far away.
Top 5 Things To Do in Cara
- Whilst in Cara you must sample a glass or two of the very popular Croatian wine Posip. The grapes produce a golden-coloured wine with a very pleasant fruity aroma. Look for signs advertising vino for sale, or stop at the large wine cellar on the road to Zavalatica. Or join Gaby’s wine-tasting tour which visits the Cara vineyards and winery in the village.
- Marvel at the huge cypress tree that has been growing for some 500 years in front of Cara’s Parish Church of St Peter. It was built in the sixteenth century. Inside hangs a painting by the Venetian painter Leandro Bassano.
- Just a few steps from the main road is the old graveyard and pretty church of Our Lady in Cara Field. Many pilgrims flock to this small church each year, drawn by the legend that in 1686 a young shepherd girl saw a vision of Our Lady. The church also hosts the celebrations for St James Day on 25 July.
- Catch a performance of the Kumpanija on one one of the village’s saint days. The Kumpanija is a gallant sword dance representing the people’s defence of their village, centuries past. A set of complicated dance steps paced by the drums and bagpipes, reach a pinnacle with the waving of a large flag. At the end, girls join the dancing celebration.
- The unpopulated hidden paradise bay called Zitna is located to Zavalatica Bay. The crystal clear waters provide perfect swimming and snorkelling opportunities.