Lopud Island is situated 7 nautical miles northwest of Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic Sea. Lopud is one of the three inhabited islands of the Elaphites archipelago. With only 1.8 square miles (approx. 4.5 km²), Lopud is a quite small island but still the second largest island of the Elaphites, between Koločep and Šipan. It is also called “island in the middle”. Lopud is a car-free nature paradise, an oasis of calm and tranquillity. Lopud can be reached by boat from Dubrovnik, Kolocep, Orašac, Sipan and Zaton.
The village of Lopud
The only settlement on the island named Lopud is inhabited by approx. 200 people. Lopud village is a picturesque village in the northern wide and gentle bay lined with palm trees and huge oleander bushes. There are two small sandy beaches and a little harbour. In Lopud village along the sea front you will find everything you need for daily life: two or three corner shops, a post office, a cashpoint, some cafés, konobas and restaurants, an ice cream parlour, a walk-in clinic, some souvenir shops. Along come two monasteries and several churches and ruins.
Lopud’s daily life
Lopud’s daily life rhythm is closely tied to the Postira ferry boat connecting up to 4 times per day Lopud, Koločep and Šipan with Dubrovnik and with each other. Upon the boat’s arrival, the whole village gets busy: Merchandises will be unloaded, tourists arrive on Lopud and leave it and Lopud locals come home or go to Dubrovnik… Once the Postira has left Lopud’s small harbor, quiet and tranquillity come back to the island – new arrivals head for their holiday accomodation, locals on their way home stop over in a seashore café and the corner shop owners place the freshly baked breads and food into the shelves…
Best time of the day
When the last Postira has left the island, the best time of the day begins. Restaurants lay there terrace tables and tourists staying on Loupd return to their holiday accomodations in order to prepare for the evening. Refreshed from the beach, take a stroll to the promenade, sit down on a restaurant terrace, enjoy a glass of Plavac Mali or Dingac (famous Croatian red wines of the region) and watch the stunning sunset over the sea while waiting for dinner to come. After a delicious meal make a little after-dinner walk towards the small harbour and don’t forget to stop over at the ice cream parlor. On your way back to your accomodation let yourself enchant by the calls of the little owl, smell the sweet scents of the many mandarine and lemon trees, let the glowworms lighten your way and enjoy the milky way> above you…