If you want to see the beauty of Elafiti islands, go on a tour with us:
West from Dubrovnik is Dubrovnik’s most beautiful archipelago, called Elafiti or deer’s islands. They got their name after Greek word Elaphos meaning dear, due to the specifics of his appearance, because they have elongated headlands shaped like horns. Elaphite or dear islands under that name were first mentioned by Plinije the Elder in first century in his work Naturalis Historia.
Green islands with century-old pine forests, lush Mediterranean vegetation, beautiful gardens, parks and beaches are very attractive to tourists, and tourism is the most developed sector of the economy, along with the usual farming – grape and olive growing.
Three eternal guards of the sea and the coast of Dubrovnik, the cradles of the brave captains and sailors of the Republic of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik to the present, which are included in this trip are Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan. Besides them Elafiti islands also includes Sv. Andrija, Ruda, Daksa, Mišnjak, Jakljan, Kosmeč, Golec, Crkvine, Tajan and Olipa, and some people in this group include Lokrum, island in front of the Old town of Dubrovnik.
KOLOČEP (Kalamota), is the most south and the nearest inhabited island to the town of Dubrovnik. It preserves many remnants of the old architecture, scattered throughout the island (the old pre-Romanesque churches, ruins of the basilica, summer houses, guard towers) and it is one of the most developed islands of the Dubrovnik area and one of the favorite holiday resorts of people in Dubrovnik and its guests.
Two biggest settlements are Gornje and Donje Celo, one on the east and the other on the west side of the island, separated from one another 15 minutes walking, and interconnected with winding path through olive groves and gardens.
Interesting fact: two members of the crew of the ships Columbus and Santa Maria were from Kolocep.
LOPUD is the second largest island located between Sipan and Koločep and that is why in the Middle Ages it received the name of “insula media” (lat / middle island).
Lopud is by some archaeological finds inhabited for thousands of years. On the island are found many remains of ancient Greek, Roman and Slavic buildings and ruins. In the 16th Century it had 30 churches, numerous villas, several monasteries and many more people than today. There is Franciscan Monastery from 1483. with a cloister, a defensive tower, walls and church of St. Mary of Spilice which keeps many valuable works of art. Church of Our Lady of Sunj from the 15th century is a valuable cultural monument. At each step there are various medieval fortresses and chapels, which illustrate the history of this island.
The local park was formerly known as garden of the villa from the 19th century. In the garden grow many plants, a predominant is bamboo and various types of cactus, collected all over the world.
Interesting fact: famous sailor and the ship owner Miho Pracat was from Lopud
Sipan is the largest and most remote island in the Elafiti archipelago inhabited from the prehistoric times. With quiet bays, beaches, green cypress, lemon and orange, full of old buildings (churches and summer houses) scattered on a wooded hillside, with a long history twisted with stories and legends is one of the jewels of the Dubrovnik region. There are two resorts on the island: Suđurađ in the east and Šipanska Luka in the west are located in two opposite bays separated only by a field.
Today there are only 450, mostly elderly inhabitants.
Interesting fact: Sipan has entered the Guinness Book of Records as the island with the most olive trees in relation to its size and population.