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Kolocep, Elafiti Islands, Croatia

Elafiti Islands | Croatian Natural Beauty

The green, rocky, car-free Elafiti Islands in South Dalmatia include a dozen islets. The inhabited islands are Šipan, Lopud, and Koločep. You can explore the Elafiti Islands on your Croatia Yacht Charter or on a day trip from Dubrovnik. However, if you’d like more time to relax and explore, visit the islands one at a time.

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Elafiti Islands


The weather in the Elaphiti Islands is very similar to Dubrovnik’s weather. Spring and autumns are mild while summers are hot. Temperatures are much lower in winter, early spring, and late autumn (November to March).

Elafiti Islands | Things to See and Do

Lopud Island

  • Sunj Beach. Lopud Island is famous for Sunj Beach, a pristine stretch of sandy shoreline surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Indulge in various water activities, such as swimming and beach volleyball. The beach’s tranquil atmosphere and picturesque surroundings make it a must-visit destination.
  • Franciscan Monastery Ruins. Explore the ruins of the Franciscan Monastery. The monastery, dating back centuries, provides a glimpse into Lopud’s cultural and religious heritage.
  • Car-Free Village Stroll. Lopud is a car-free island. Stroll through the charming village, where narrow cobblestone streets wind their way through traditional stone houses.
  • Botanical Garden of Lopud. Explore the Botanical Garden of Lopud, a well-maintained garden featuring a variety of Mediterranean plants and flowers. Meander through the garden’s pathways, enjoying the fragrant scents and discovering indigenous plant species.
  • Lopud 1483 Fortress. Ascend to the Lopud 1483 Fortress, perched on a hill, to enjoy panoramic views of the island and the Adriatic Sea. The fortress, with its strategic location, served as a defensive structure in the past. Today, it provides an excellent vantage point for capturing breathtaking sunsets.

Sipan Island

  • Medieval Town of Sudurad. Begin your exploration of Sipan Island in the medieval charm of Sudurad. This historic town has well-preserved ancient fortifications, including defensive walls and towers.
  • Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul holds a pivotal role in the island’s history, dating back to medieval times. It is one of the key religious structures on Sipan. The church features intricate detailing, such as ornate carvings and frescoes that showcase the craftsmanship of the past.
  • Traditional Cuisine. Sipan Island is not only rich in history but also boasts a delectable culinary scene. Taste the local cuisine at one of its traditional restaurants such as Gastro mare Kobaš is one to try. Sample fresh seafood and savor local specialties prepared with olive oil produced on the island.
  • Wine Tasting in Sipan Vineyards. Explore the vineyards of Sipan and have a wine-tasting experience. The island is famous for its wine production, and local vineyards offer a chance to taste unique varieties. Learn about the winemaking traditions passed down through generations.
  • Hiking and Nature Exploration. Beyond the historical and culinary delights, Sipan Island invites nature enthusiasts to explore its scenic landscapes. Embark on hiking trails that lead to viewpoints offering panoramic vistas of the Adriatic Sea and nearby islands. Discover hidden coves and beaches, where you can unwind in the midst of untouched nature.

Kayaking and Snorkeling in the Elafiti Islands

Embark on a kayaking adventure around the islands. Paddle through the azure waters to uncover hidden coves and secluded beaches. Explore the untouched beauty of the coastline, passing by rugged cliffs and lush greenery.

Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters surrounding the islands. Put on your snorkeling gear and witness the vibrant marine life that thrives beneath the surface. Schools of colorful fish, underwater flora, and fascinating rock formations create a mesmerizing underwater landscape.

Elafiti Islands Cave Explorations

Take a journey into the Blue Cave on Kolocep Island. Accessible by boat, this cave is famous for its enchanting blue light that illuminates the interior. As sunlight penetrates the cave’s entrance, it creates a captivating play of colors on the water.

Venture to the Green Cave on Sipan Island, celebrated for its emerald-green waters and captivating rock formations. Accessible by boat or kayak, the cave invites you to enter a world of natural beauty. The play of light on the green-hued water creates a serene ambiance inside the cave.


The cuisine in the Elaphiti Islands follows the traditions of many towns in Croatia. Dishes are prepared with fresh, local ingredients combined with good olive oil and wine. While on Sipan, try Konoba Tauris. It is a small family-run restaurant that has been serving various Croatian dishes for over 30 years.

Marinas and Anchorages

Sipan’s main port, Sipanska Luka, is a well-protected harbor. The bay of Sunj on Lopud Island also offers protected anchorage.