A pleasant boat ride away from Dubrovnik the archipelago of Elaphite islands is a perfect destination for a day trip. Located between Dubrovnik and the Peljesac peninsula to the north, the Elaphites got their name from Greek word "elafos", meaning dear - in ancient times the islands were home to a large deer population. These islands are covered with Mediterranean evergreen vegetation. Only three of the islands are inhabited: Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan. Kolocep and Lopud are entirely car-free, which means they are ideal for relaxed summer holiday.
Islands can be easily reached by Jadrolinija's passenger boat running from Gruz port several times a day. You can also reach Sipan by catamaran Nona Ana which runs during the summer months from Dubrovnik to Luka Sipanska. If you need to take your car from Dubrovnik to Sipan there is a Jadrolinija's car ferry running to the port of Sudjuradj.
The most visited island is Lopud because of its beautiful sandy Sunj beach, which is located on the opposite side from main village (where boat arrive). This sandy beach with its shallow water is a popular summer spot for both local people and tourists during the summer. On the beach you can rent a deck-chairs and parasols. There is a beach restaurant/bar where you can taste light meals and refresh yourself.
The island of Kolocep is situated closest to Dubrovnik and is the smallest of main three islands. It is ideal for relaxing and taking a walks on the paths below through its pine forests. This island has great sandy beaches with clear sea. There are also a number of interesting churches on the island: Church of St Sergius, Church of St Nicholas and Church of the Holy Trinity.
Sipan is the largest island of the Elaphites and has the most inhabitants. This island is popular for its numerous churches.
If you wish to visit each island in one day you should book an organized boat tour departing from Dubrovnik. On historic galleon you will have a time to explore each island with a bit more time on Lopud to enjoy sunbathing and swimming.
You have a choice of taking your private sailing tour (with skipper) which will take you to hidden spots along the islands for enjoying in swimming and sunbathing. If you are more active person take a kayak tour to explore the islands.
Lafodia Sea Resort is a perfect for relaxed summer holiday. The resort offers luxury accommodation in comfortable air-conditioned staterooms each with balcony overlooking the sea. Real luxury can be found at Villa Lopud and two modern apartments. Resort has everything needed for relaxed summer holiday. Guests can refresh yourself in outdoor pool and sunbath next to it.
Besides this hotels there are a range of private accommodation facilities on Lopud. Most are located in private houses on the island.
Bed and Breakfast La Villa offers accommodation in historic building next to the sea. It comprises of eight rooms each with air-conditioning and flat tv.
4* White House Lopud is located some 200 meters from beautiful sandy beach Sunj. This property offers accommodation in comfortable rooms. This house has an outdoor pool and a terrace where breakfast is served each morning. Several restaurants, cafes and shops are located withing a short walking distance from the house.
3* Apartments Ana has several self-catering apartments and studios with all amenities. These apartments are located 10 minutes walk from the harbour and 1 km from Sunj beach.
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