What To Visit
The Elaphiti Islands, also known as the Elaphites in Croatian, are a stunning archipelago northwest of Dubrovnik in the Adriatic Sea. The islands are adorned with Mediterranean vegetation and attract numerous tourists in the summer due to their picturesque beaches and scenery. These islands are not only a popular tourist destination but also a natural and cultural treasure, with historical landmarks, traditional cuisine, and charming local communities, making them a must-visit destination for any traveler exploring the region.
The main islands are: Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan.
Only 5 km from Dubrovnik, has a rich history as a shipbuilding site during the Republic of Ragusa period. With a population of 294, it boasts seven pre-Romanesque churches from the 9th to the 11th century. It has seven pre-Romanesque churches dating back to the times of the Croatian kings, from the 9th to the 11th century.
Also known for: Blue cave and cliff jumping
The second-largest island of the Elaphiti archipelago, is renowned for its sandy beaches and well-developed tourism infrastructure.
The island's center of tourism is the charming village of Lopud, with its array of restaurants, cafes, and hotels. The island's interior is home to a large valley where locals grow olives, vines, oranges, and lemons. In addition to tourism and agriculture, fishing is also a significant industry.
Also known for: Sandy beach – Sunj, botanical garden and Franciscan monastery
The farthest and largest island of the Elaphiti archipelago, boasts two larger settlements connected by a road that passes through the fertile Fields of Sipan. During the 15th century, many aristocratic Dubrovnik families built summer manors on the island, including the impressive Sorkocevic family manor in Sipanska Luka. Today, Sipan's vast beaches, clean seas teeming with fish, rich vegetation, and renowned wine attract visitors seeking a peaceful holiday.
Also known for: Olive oil (Golden island) and fishing village