Dubrovnik excursions – ELAPHITE ISLANDS – LOPUD

Dubrovnik excursions – Elafiti is a string of islands that spreads out from Lapad, named after the Greek word for the deer – elaphos. Throughout history, the Elafiti islands relied on the city of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Republic that owned the islands since the 11th century. 

Although it has a total of 15 islands and islets, only these three islands have been settled since the earliest times, evidenced by the remains of Illyrian forts, as well as Greek and Roman toponyms. The knowledge of the sea and marine skills improved the conditions of life on the Elafiti, which led to their flourishing in the 15th and 16th century. 

Island of Lopud – the naval superpower

Lopud (Italian Mezzo meaning middle) got its name because it is in the middle  of the three inhabited Elafiti islands. The island has been inhabited since the pre-Roman period. Greeks called it Dalafot, and the Romans gave it the name Lafota from which a Croatian name for the island, Lopud,  was derived from. Slavs had it settled in the 9th century. Lopud was one of the regional centers of the Dubrovnik Republic, with over 1000 inhabitants, its own trade fleet and shipyard. 

This remarkable island is well known for the sandy beach of Šunj on the southeastern side. Numerous Dubrovnik noblemen built their summer houses here. Furthermore, there are 24 churches and two monasteries (Franciscan and Dominican) here. The Franciscan monastery with the church of St. Mary Špilica lies at the very entrance to the harbor. 

There are plenty of sunny days, sandy beaches and palm trees on Lopud. Protected from automobile traffic, it is less than a 1 hour drive away from Dubrovnik. The largest settlement on the island has only a few hundred inhabitants. It is characterized by beautifully designed old houses, lush gardens and parks full of flowers, all of which points to the peaceful way of life. Islanders are fishing their own  fish, and growing their own vegetables and tropical fruit – lemon, orange and kiwi.

For those looking for an active holiday and adventure, there are kayaking tours organized all through the main summer season.  Adventure by rowing starts on one of the sandy beaches and continues underneath dramatically high cliffs, colorful rocks, hidden caves and lonely coves. In Suđurađ and Šipanska Luka you can explore the underwater world while diving or snorkeling. http://www.karakatravel.hr

Art Pavilion

Thanks to the international foundation of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, which is chaired by the world renowned collector of contemporary art – Francesca von Habsburg, Lopud hosts Art Pavilion “Your Black Horizon”, which had put the island at the world’s tourist-artistic map as an inevitable destination for all those that enjoy the contemporary art combined with summer delights. This Artistic Pavilion, a joint work of Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and the London architect David Adjaye, combines art and architecture. Its distinctiveness is primarily an adaptation of the individual location and the environment in which it is located.

Karaka’s Elaphiti cruise will take you to the Lopud island where you will, first hand, experience the beauty of this magnificent place. https://karaka.info/meetings-and-events/