Island hopping is a great way to explore the beautiful islands of the Dubrovnik archipelago and experience the real Mediterranean island life.
The Elafiti island group lies northwest of Dubrovnik and consists of six islands and dozens of small islets. The three most popular islands to visit are Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan. No cars are allowed on Kolocep and Lopud, making them an excellent place to relax and enjoy some quiet time.
There are less than one thousand people in total living on the three main Elafiti islands, so you can imagine how quiet and small they are. In the past, the elite of Dubrovnik built their summer houses on the Elafiti islands, to escape the hustle and bustle of life in Dubrovnik. We can totally understand why they choose these beautiful islands and you will too, once you have visited them.
Most island cruises start in Dubrovnik so, if you arrive there on time before your cruise, you will have a chance to visit this wonderful city as well, something we highly recommend.
One of only three inhabited islands, Kolocep is only about 20 minutes away from Dubrovnik but it is a completely different world. There are two towns on Kolocep; Gornje Celo and Donje Celo. The towns lie 3km apart from each other and are connected by a lovely promenade. The island is covered with thick pine forests, olive groves and vineyards, and you can find dozens of hidden coves all along the shore, with lovely pebble and rocky beaches and there is even a sandy beach. There are plenty of interesting hiking a cycling paths that reveal ruins of old churches and other ancient monuments.