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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.
Sipan At A Glance
How to get there: Fly into Dubrovnik airport, take a ferry or Catamaran to Sipan Island
Population of Sipan: 500
What to See in Sipan: St Peter’s Church, Church of the Holy Spirit, Beaches, Pakljana tower
Towns or islands to visit near Sipan: Dubrovnik, Mljet, Jakljan, Lopud, Olipa
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Things to do in Sipan
Cycle Your Way Around The Island
The beautiful island of Šipan is the largest of the 14 Elaphiti Islands, and it is also a popular destination for sightseeing day-trippers. To maximise your time on the island, hire a bike in town and explore the quaint villages, olive groves and lush countryside, on a scenic two-wheeled road trip from Sudurad to Sipanska Luka. The two main towns are situated on opposite ends of the relatively small island, and can be easily accessed.
Enjoy A Boating Adventure
Take to the calm, crystal clear waters and enjoy a boat trip around the tranquil and stunning archipelago. Of the 14 Elaphiti Islands, only the three largest – Koločep, Lopud and Šipan – are permanently inhabited. Hop aboard a boat and sail away to a secluded bay or cove. Alternatively, you can island hop in search of the perfect idyllic spot where you can relax, sunbathe and swim. The spectacular rolling scenery offers plenty of photo opportunities.
Discover The Beauty Of Pakleni
The Pakleni Islands comprise of a chain of beautiful wooded isles that stretches out directly in front of Hvar Town. It’s easy to transform a day trip to the islands into an exciting adventure. Explore the deserted lagoons and shady coves that are surrounded by shimmering turquoise waters that invite you to dive in. Go in search of a secluded beach, or venture into the lush green landscape that is embellished with fragrant pine trees.
Restaurant in Sipan
Konoba Kod Marka
A popular restaurant with both tourists and the locals, serving up a variety of fresh fish and meat dishes. Whilst tucking into your meal, you can take in the sea view as you sit by the waterfront.
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