About Lopud Island
The beauty of Lopud is breathtaking; a circular bay with a beach of white sand and clear water attract the visitor and indeed Lopud has over 1km of sandy beaches.
Lopud is one of the main inhabited Elaphiti islands, located a short ferry crossing from Dubrovnik's Gruz Harbour. There are frequent sailings in the summer so it is an easy day trip option; however, you may consider staying here to get away from the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik. There is just the one main settlement on the island which looks over to Sudurad on nearby Sipan Island. There is a choice of accommodation, some shops and a nearby beach. Places of interest include a hilltop Franciscan Monastery (1483) and nearby church which were both fortified in the late 16th century against Turkish attack. It was around this time that many of the other buildings in town were constructed thanks to Lopud's wealthy merchant fleet. The best beach (Sunj) is a short walk but worth the effort as the path takes you through lush vegetation heady with the scent of aromatic herbs.
Elaphiti is a group of islands located west of Dubrovnik. They took their name from the Greek word Elaphos, meaning deer, although they no longer inhabit the islands. Supposedly, the Elaphiti islands are first mentioned in the 1st century by Pliny the Elder in his work 'Naturalis Historia'. The largest islands of the archipelago are Lopud, Kolocep and Sipan.
All these islands have one thing in common - exceptional beauty. You'll love the peace and quiet of the archipelago, the romantic sunsets, a place where you can enjoy good food and drink, and a variety of sports and adventures. Lopud is perhaps the most beautiful of all the islands due to its rich history, many churches and beautiful beaches. These islands have the benefit of being well connected by ferry to Dubrovnik, you can also rent or charter a boat and there is a passenger ship for visitors in the summer.
This region is well known for its many hours of sunshine. According to meteorologists, there are, on average, 2584 hours of sun every year on Lopud (around 215 days). That kind of climate supports the growth of thick Mediterranean vegetation: lush forests, dominated by Aleppo pine and Mediterranean maquis; palms and olive trees.
Lopud island has a long and interesting history. Many remains of ancient Greek, Roman and Slavic buildings and ruins have been found on the island. You can also see remnants of Croatian culture from the 9th and 10th century in its pre-Romanesque chapels. In 1457 Lopud was one of the regional centres of the Dubrovnik Republic, then 1000 people lived on the island; now there are only 400 inhabitants.
Where to stay
The Hotel Lafodia is surrounded by sea and palm trees illuminated by reflections from crystal-clear waters; Lafodia is one of the best and most praised hotels in the Dubrovnik region.