The archipelago of 13 islands spreads from Dubrovnik to Pelješac peninsula. It is an oasis of cypresses, pines, grape vines, olive, lemon, orange and fig trees, carobs and almonds, with hidden coves, sandy and pebble beaches, as well as a rich cultural heritage. Islands of Lopud, Koločep and Šipan are populated. Good ferry connection and small distance make them an excellent place for vacation close to Dubrovnik and a popular seaside resport for Dubrovnik guests.
The name comes from the Greek word elaphos (deer). The legend has it that the islands were grazing ground for herds of Helios, the Greek god of Sun and when seen from above, they resembled a stretched deer. Another interpretation states simply that deer used to live here.
The island where Dubrovnik nobility used to erect villas still enchants with Mediterranean vegetation and beaches. Town Šipanska Luka is on the western side, and Suđurađ on the eastern side. Cultural heritage includes the 16th century villa of the Stjepović- Škočibuha family with a fortified tower in Suđurađ; the late Gothic St Stephen’s Church with the painting of Our Lady with the Child by Venetian painter Pantelone. From the former 30 churches, is worth visiting ruins of pre-Romanesque St Peter’s Church on Veljem hilltop, St John’s Church in Šilovo hamlet, St Michael’s Church in Pakljena with remains of Benedictine monastery, and Renaissance church of the Holy Spirit near Suđurađ.
Most visitors come to Lopud to visit a famous sandy Šunj beach. But you can also take a walk on the waterfront and across the island to enjoy cultural heritage and natural beauty. The island known for many captains and seafarers can be reached from Dubrovnik Gruž port and the ride last for approx. 20 minutes. Popular for daily trips, Lopud is turning into a serene summer resort near Dubrovnik.
Closest to Dubrovnik but without noise, stress and cars. Also known as Kalamota, it is an oasis of Mediterranean traditional life style. It is possible to visit a family to see traditional production or carob rakija or go night fishing. The island has two sandy coves with the hamlets of Gornje and Donje Čelo connected with a 3 km long promenade. Inhabitants are particularly proud of a maritime historical fact: two of thier sailors were on board of Columbus’ship Santa Maria.
You can book your private day tour by motorboat here: https://dubrovnikboats.com/
Or join many of the shared day tours from Dubrovnik.
Text is taken from Dubrovnik – The Riviera and islands by J. Žilić, D. Pek and F.Kozina