Situated just 17km northwest of the historic city of Dubrovnik, Šipan is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands. The archipelago islands are separated from the coast of the mainland by the Koločepski Channel. Between the 15th and 16th centuries many noble families from Dubrovnik built their summer residences on the beautiful sun-kissed island of Šipan. In total, 44 mansions and 32 churches were constructed during this time. Šipan boasts two main villages that are both located around an extended scenic bay. Šipanska Luka is situated on the west side of the island, and Suđurađ is positioned in the east.
Escape urban life for a while and soak up the laidback vibe and tranquil atmosphere on the island of Šipan. To enjoy an immerse experience visit the picturesque palatial former residence of the Skocibuha family, which is located in Sudjuradj. Explore the typical Dalmatian village of Šipanska Luka, where the locals still follow age-old traditions and customs handed down by ancestors. Learn about the myths and legends of Šipan on a guided tour around many of its natural, historic and cultural attractions. The quaint fisherman’s village of Suđurađ, on the island’s east coast, is also worth exploring.
Embellishing the stunning rural landscape of the island of Šipan are scented pine woods and lush evergreen vegetation. There are also many endemic species of palm trees growing all over the island. Olives, figs, almonds, carobs, oranges and citrus fruit are all cultivated in the southeast region. Take a tour of the breathtaking countryside before venturing to the idyllic island’s peaceful coves. Go swimming and snorkelling in aquamarine waters or just relax and sunbathe. If you want to get an all over tan, head for one of the local naturist beaches. Due to Šipan’s close proximity to Dubrovnik, it’s easy to escape here on a day trip.
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