The Elaphiti Islands
This secluded paradise is an archipelago consisting of several islands: Šipan, Koločep and Lopud being the biggest, with ten smaller ones: Daksa, Sv. Andrija, Ruda, Mišnjak, Jakljan, Olipa, Kosmeč, Goleč, Crkvine and Tajan. Long ago, deer used to inhabit these islands, but, unfortunately, nowadays there are none.
Many tourists from Dubrovnik choose this archipelago as their daily trip destination. For sailors on sailing boats or yachts, the Elaphites provide a whole week of fun and pleasure. If you and your friends sail on several boats, it can be especially exciting to make the islands your race field and organize private sailing races. You can enjoy the evenings if you sail to ports or anchorages in front of Šipanska luka and Suđurad on the island of Šipan, or if you use the anchorages of Kalamota, Koločep or one of the many beaches of Lopud. Lopud is located between Šipan and Koločep and offers a wide variety of beaches, which is why it is the most visited island of the archipelago.
The local gastronomy is enriched by fruits and vegetables that grow almost spontaneously on the islands. Specialties made of carob, both liqueur and cakes are a must-try. As there are numerous historic sites situated on the island, cultural heritage lovers will particularly enjoy the archipelago. There are many small pre-Romanesque churches, chapel ruins and remains on the island of Koločep, as well as a Franciscan monastery on Lopud. In addition, many summer residences previously owned by Dubrovnik aristocracy are also located on the island.
I wish you a calm sea, a fine wind and a strong mast!