The Elaphite Islands – Islands in the sun close to Dubrovnik

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The Elaphite Islands are one of the most popular trip destinations in Croatia. The archipelago of thirteen islands is situated to the northwest of Dubrovnik, and our tours include three inhabited islands – Šipan, Lopud and Koločep. The reasons for their popularity are simple – they are a paradise – greenery, sandy beaches, and a rich cultural heritage. This island-hopping tour is the perfect getaway from crowds. You just need to decide if you want to take a private speedboat or a group boat tour.

The Elaphites are a group of islands with untouched nature, hidden bays, and an exceptional Mediterranean cuisine. These islands near Dubrovnik are first mentioned in the 1st century by Pliny the Elder in his “Naturalis Historia“. Down the centuries they had a major role in the history of Dubrovnik, visible still in their rich cultural heritage. The name of the islands comes from Greek word “elafos” meaning a deer. There are no longer deer on the islands, but you will see plenty of other interesting things. The islands were a favourite location for the aristocratic families of Dubrovnik, many of whom had their summer villas there. Famous sailors from all around the world recounted legends about these islands. Here nature is so beautiful that it cannot be conveyed in words. If you need to choose a description it would be paradise on earth – it may sound like a cliché, but it is no less than the truth.

No matter if you are taking this island-hopping tour to the Elaphite Islands with your friends, family or a soul-mate you will have a great time. If you want peace, you will find it in hidden bays. For those who want fun, you can try a game of “picigine” on the Šunj beach on Lopud. The food is local and fresh with full Mediterranean flavours. And the sunsets… sunsets are magnificent.