Near Dubrovnik there is the archipelago of thirteen larger and smaller islands and islets known under the common name of the Elafiti. Among them three inhabited islands are of particular interest. Starting from Dubrovnik westwards these are Kolocep or Kalamota (as it is called by its inhabitants), Lopud and Sipan.
These three islands form an array protecting Dubrovnik coast from offshore waves. The layout of their southern cliffs facing the winds is breathtaking while the northern side rests in the calm waters of the Kolocep Channel.
These islands, being a nature park, give pleasure to the eyes and soul of every traveller seeking peace and relaxation. So close and yet so far, so wild and yet tame. On these islands without traffic, surrounded by turquoise blue sea, you can enjoy a walk through the forest paths, rest on sandy and stone beaches, taste fresh seafood in restaurants and taverns. You can soak up the smells of the sea and pine forests mixed with scents of vineyards and olive groves. Here you will find numerous old churches, castles, villas, towers and fortresses from ancient times which testify to their rich and turbulent past. These were the islands of Dubrovnik aristocrats, sailors and captains, fishermen, coral divers and farmers. You are reminded of that at every step and every breath.
There are many simple ways of getting to these islands. They are but 4 – 8 nautical miles away from Dubrovnik. Many excursion boats offer a one-day cruise around the Elafiti while a regular boat line connects them to Dubrovnik several times a day.
If you really want to see the Mediterranean as it once was, and still enjoy the benefits of comfort and safety of modern times you simply must visit the Elafiti. If you enjoy solitude, fishing, diving, rowing or prefer flying a parachute, ride a jet ski, bike ... The Elafiti offer you everything in tune with nature.