Nestled between Dubrovnik and the Peljesac Peninsula are the beautiful, laid back Islands of Lopud and Sipan. Part of the Elafiti archipelago, they are the largest of its 12 neighbouring islands.
Rural and car-free, Lopud is celebrated for its golden sandy beach, stunning lush scenery and an excellent family hotel. Sipan, the largest of the two though even more relaxed, boasts Roman villa remains, a 15th century Gothic duke’s palace, hidden beach coves and two fine boutique hotels. Come to Sipan or Lopud to unwind, recuperate and let life gently pass you by on these two perfect island escapes.
Background to Lopud & Sipan
May to October -Lopud and Sipan offers a warm climate and enjoyed throughout the summer period. The shoulder months of Months May, June, September and October offer cheaper accommodation and lesser crowds. The months of July and August are hot and usually hit 30 degrees.
When to go
Lafodia Resort Hotel
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Dubrovnik Explorer Cruise
Ideal for: Visiting Dubrovnik and it’s beautiful neighbouring islands
Departure dates: Every Sunday between 17/4/16 and 16/10/16
Ports of call: Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, Trstenik, Sipan, Dubrovnik
Ships Available: A+, A
7 Nights from £319 pp
Things to do in Lopud & Sipan
Lopud: Arriving on the island of Lopud by ferry from Dubrovnik(duration: 50 minutes), an air of tranquility will hit you. Holidays on Lopud comprise of relaxing on the sandy beach, exploring the 30 churches and eat out one of the various restaurants on the bay. You’ll soon understand why this stunning car-free island is so popular with couples and families wanting to get away from it all.
One of the island’s best features is its golden sandy beach (something of a rarity in Croatia), located on the east side of the island at Sunj Bay. It can be easily reaches by a 20 minute gentle stroll via the footpath from the island’s main village. Enjoy picnics, relaxing and swimming on this stretch of stunning coastline.
Hotel Lafodia offers a wide range of activities and rental opportunities. Explore the island by kayak or bike or get the adrenaline pumping with water and jet skiing.
Sipan: Sipan Island is easily reached by ferry from Dubrovnik from Dubrovnik with up to 5 departures a day in the high season (duration 1 hour 15 minutes).
Once a favourite with the Dubrovnik Aristocracy and still retains its air of splendour. Home to plentiful stone houses, grand mansions and stunning little churches, Lopud’s easy-going atmosphere is a world away from nearby Dubrovnik. On the island you’ll be met with vast olive groves and vineyards as well as its two main centres; Sudurad, where the fantastic Hotel Bozica is located and Sipanska Luka, where the newly renovated Hotel Sipan is found.
Sipan is deal for ramblers as there’s an array of excellent trails around the islands. You’ll be sure to pass orchards, olive groves, pine forests and a number of churches. Or for the active, explore the island by bike or kayak which are available for rental from both of the hotels. Sipan island is also an excellent choice for scuba diving, with both hotels offering a number of classes and courses.
Excursions from Lopud & Sipan
Neighbouring Island Hopping: Lopud and Sipan are two islands part of the Elaphiti archipelago. The other inhabited island is Kolocep, a car-free island with two picture-postcard villages set around little bays. Kolocep is on the ferry route from Dubrovnik to Lopud and Sipan, which means you can easily visit it as a day trip from where you’re staying. Hotel Lafodia also offer a three Island cruise, which gives you access to some of the lesser known spots of these beautiful area. Details can be found here.
Mljet National Park: A highly recommended day trip from Lopud and Sipan, this large area includes two azure salt lakes, surrounded by pine forest. It’s a great place to explore by foot, bicycle and kayak. The waters are also very warm and clear, so having a dip is also highly recommended. Unfortunately there’s no public ferry from these two islands to Mljet that is suitable for a day trip, however all three hotels offer an excursion, which is highly recommended.
Dubrovnik: The ‘pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is the must-see place to visit whilst in Croatia. The old town, a UNESCO world heritage site, celebrated for its outstanding cultural and historical heritage boasts entire streets and buildings perfectly preserved to create an awe-inspiring Roman environment. Walk the city walls for excellent views of the Old Town and the Adriatic or perhaps ascend Mound Srd by cable car for more awe-inspiring views. It’s easy to get to Dubrovnik from Lopud and Sipan, with up to five ferry departures a day. For more information on Dubrovnik, click here.
Korcula (from Lopud): Renowned for being the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo, Korcula offers a rich history and excellent beaches. Its fascinating Old Town is of course a little smaller than Dubrovnik’s but is still a wonderful place to explore. Hotel Lafodia on Lopud island offers a full day excursion to Korcula, which includes all travel, guide and wine tasting at a local cellar. Details can be found here.
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