Lopud – an island for body and soul recovery
The island of Lopud is among many must-visit islands when in the southern Croatian coast.
Calm and harmonious life
Settled northwest of Dubrovnik, between the other two Elaphiti islands called Koločep and Šipan, Lopud is home to just over 200 permanent residents. It is covered in exuberant subtropical vegetation which gives it a Mediterranean vibe, and especially the scent. You will find lemon and orange trees, pines and cypresses, lavender, as well as palm trees everywhere on the island.
Although Lopud is the second largest and the most developed of Elaphiti islands there is only one village, located in the bay. You could say the local residents lead a pretty calm and harmonious life despite the numerous visitors coming from all over the world. You will find no cars on the island as there are no actual roads. There are no golf courts either, so don’t be surprised when you see a golf vehicle driving along the promenade. For locals, it is the main mean of transport.
Many curiosities and sights to explore
The unique 15th-century Franciscan Monastery named Gospa od Špilice has been renovated in 2018 and it offers amazing views so we recommend a visit. Lopud has numerous churches from the 15th and 16th centuries. As you walk along the island you will easily find and enter some of them. There are also remnants of the summer manors and palaces dating from the end of the 16th century. When you look at them, it’s almost as if you can see them in their once full splendor.
You will be amazed by the gastronomic offer of the local restaurants. Fresh fish and seafood are always on the menu. Among many others, good food is a great incentive to book our Elaphiti island tour. After you’ve filled your belly, you can take a stroll along the boardwalk. The impressive Đorđić-Mayneri family park, founded by the Venetian baron Augusto Mayneri, is a perfect place to cool during the summer heat. You can also visit the art pavilion “Your Black Horizon”, a unique architectural and lighting installation.
The most famous sandy beach in the Dubrovnik area, Šunj, is settled on the south side of the island and surrounded by pine forest. It is suitable for children, relaxed sunbathing, snorkeling, and drinking cool drinks in the café bars. A true summer feel! We hope a visit to Lopud sounds enticing enough to you because this harmonious island makes us keep coming back.