About Lopud Island

The beauty and uniqueness of Lopud is breathtaking; a circular bay with a beach of white sand and clear water are ideal invitations for every tourist. Lopud has over 1km of marvellous sandy beaches. The fact that no cars are allowed on the island, makes it a natural paradise - noise and air pollution are unknown here.

Lopud is one of the main inhabited Elaphite 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 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 the hilltop Franciscan Monastery (1483) and nearby church which were both fortified in the late 16th Century against Turkish attacks. Around this time many of the other buildings in town were built as Lopud had a 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.

The Elafiti are a group of islands located west of Dubrovnik. They were named from the Greek word Elaphos which means deer, although they no longer inhabit the islands. Supposedly, Elafiti islands are first mentioned in the 1st century by Pliny the Elder in his work of Naturalis Historia. The largest islands of the archipelago are Lopud, Kolocep and Sipan.

All the islands have one thing in common - exceptional beauty. You'll love the peace and quiet of the archipelago, the romantic sunsets and you can enjoy the fun, good food and drinks, and a variety of sports and adventures. Lopud is perhaps the most beautiful of all the islands. Rich history, many churches and beautiful beaches leave every visitor breathless. The Elafiti Islands are quite well connected with Dubrovnik by ferries, you can also rent or charter a boat and there is a passenger ship for tourists in the summer.

This region is very well known for many hours of sunshine. According to meteorologists, on the Lopud island there are on average 2584 sunny hours every year. Converted into days, that is about 215 completely sunny days per year! That kind of climate supports growth of the thick Mediterranean vegetation. Lush forests are dominated by Aleppo pine and Mediterranean maquis. Here you can see many palms, olive and laurel trees also.

Lopud island has a long and interesting history. However, culture and architecture still recall the ancient times. The island has been inhabited for thousands of years. Many remains of ancient Greek, Roman and Slavic buildings and ruins were found on the island. Romanized name of Lopud island is Lafodia. Remnants of old Croatian culture from the 9th and 10th century are still present in the pre-Romanesque chapels: St. Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Peter etc. A total of 36 churches are on the Lopud island. In 1457, Lopud was one of the regional centres of the Dubrovnik Republic. At that time, the island was inhabited by over 1000 people. Today, there are only 400 inhabitants.

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