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Sipan Holidays

An hour from Dubrovnik lies the beautiful island of Sipan. This peaceful and relaxing island is the largest of the 12 islands that make up the Elaphiti archipelago.

Sipan boasts Roman villa remains, a 15th century Gothic duke’s palace, hidden beach coves and two fine boutique hotels. Come to Sipan to unwind, recuperate and let life gently pass you by. Both Sudurad and Sipanska Luka are true cliches of traditional Croatian fishing villages, occupied by friendly and boast wonderful restaurants serving authentic Mediterranean cuisine.

Sipan Basics 

 

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Getting there - Fly from London and all main regional airports from the UK to Dubrovnik Airport (DBV). Flight time is typically 2hrs 30 mins to 3 hrs. Transfer to Sipan takes around 1 hour.

 

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When to go - Sipan offer a warm climate and enjoyed throughout the summer period. The shoulder months of May, early June, late September and October offer cheaper accommodation and lesser crowds. 

 

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Getting around - Sipan has two villages on either side of the island. A local bus connects the two together or it's a 40 minute walk.

 

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Weather - The months of June, July and August are hot and usually hit 30 degrees. Early May and October is generally around 20 degrees.

 

What to do in Sipan

 

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Sipan Island: This beautiful little 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) or you can opt for a private transfer which combines car and speedboat.

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.

Day Trips from Sipan

 

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Neighbouring Island Hopping: Sipan is the largest of the Elaphiti archipelago. The other inhabited islands are Lopud and Kolocep. Both are car-free islands with picture-postcard villages set around little bays. Lopud and Kolocep are on the ferry route from Dubrovnik to Sipan, which means you can easily visit it as a day trip from where you’re staying. Hotel Lafodia Sea resort on Lopud island also offers a three Island cruise, which gives you access to some of the lesser known spots of these beautiful area. Details can be found here.

 

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Mljet National Park: A highly recommended day trip from 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 the hotels offer an excursion, which is highly recommended.

 

Dubrovnik

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 Sipan, with up to five ferry departures a day. For more information on Dubrovnik, click here.

 

Korcula

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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