Sipan Holidays & Tours

The largest of the Elaphiti Islands which lie just off the coast of Dubrovnik, Sipan has a population of only a little over 400 permanent residents, but it offers plenty to enjoy as a place where many prominent families from the city built their grand summer palaces in the 15th and 16th centuries to enjoy as chic retreats. While it’s conveniently linked by ferry making it easy to reach for a day trip, there are multiple reasons to stick around. The main port is Sudurad which is connected by road to Sipanska Luka a few miles away. In between are many hidden bays, the open sea, citrus groves, vineyards, and fig and olive trees. These two towns are the largest and most significant settlements, both with interesting histories, lovely local people, and delicious Dalmatian eats.

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Where to Stay in Sipan

The sleepy village of Sudurad is stretched along the harbour and dominated by a 16th-century castle that belongs to a wealthy Dubrovnik family, the Stjepovic-Skocibuha. Sipanska Luka is a very active fishing village where you’ll see fishermen hauling in their catch every morning, with the local cat population following. There are just two hotels in all of Sipan, a three-star property in Sipanska Luka and a four-star establishment in Sudrurad, although you will find private accommodation too. If you want more restaurant choices, choose the larger town of Sipanska Luka.


Things to do in Sipan

  • Cycle on Sipan Island

    Cycle Your Way Around The Island

    The beautiful island of Sipan 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.

  • Boats in Sipan

    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 Sipan – 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.

  • Pakleni Islands

    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.


When to visit Sipan

The best time of year to visit Sipan is between May and October. In July and August, the island will get quite busy but you can enjoy pleasant weather and fewer crowds in May, June, September, or October, which are ideal for sightseeing, hiking, and cycling. May and June can be a bit too chilly for swimming in the sea but in September and October, the water temperature will be above 20 Celsius, making it comfortable for refreshing dips.


Sipan FAQ

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How many days do you need in Sipan?

While it is possible to visit on a day trip with the ferry ride just 80 minutes from Dubrovnik, it’s best to spend at least two full days, including an overnight here. That will provide enough time to visit both of its towns, which sit on opposite sides of the island, enjoy hiking or cycling, as well as sunbathing and swimming. You’ll also have an event to sample the local food and wine, something you won’t want to miss. Even a whole week here, with time to relax and perhaps dig into a good book, is enjoyable.

What is the best time to visit Sipan for tranquillity?

If you’re looking for plenty of tranquillity with opportunities for quiet contemplation away from the crowds, come early in the season. May is ideal for sightseeing and simply enjoying the peaceful nature of the island, while the second half of September is perfect for that and swimming in the sea with the water warmed up from summer’s heat. Avoid July and August which bring the highest visitor numbers to the island.

What are the essential sites to see in Sipan?

While the star of the show on Sipan Island is Mother Nature’s impressive work, including the many beaches edged by clear turquoise waters, the towns have plenty to offer. In Sudurad, don’t miss the remnants of the early 16th-century Renaissance castle that belonged to the wealthy Stjepovic-Skocibuha family from Dubrovnik. The 16th-century Pakljena Tower is also well worth visiting. It was built to help defend against invading pirates. In Sipanska Luka you’ll find the 1577 AD fortified church of the Holy Spirit with several paintings that date to the 15th century. 

Is Sipan worth visiting?

Sipan is worth more than a day trip so there’s no doubt that it’s worth visiting. With its picturesque bays and beautiful beaches, magnificent architecture, welcoming people, and extraordinary food, you’ll have plenty to do although it’s also enjoyable just to sit, relax, and soak up the spectacular scenery. It’s a place that needs to be experienced to understand just how atmospheric it really is, a must for those that are looking for the authentic, where time stands still and only the moment matters.


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