Dubrovnik is stately, imposing and magnificent. It’s little wonder that this coastal fortress has provided many a backdrop for historical or fantasy-based television (think Game of Thrones). You could spend day after day exploring the maze of streets, alleys and squares, the honey coloured and red roof topped buildings, the cafes, bars and restaurants and, best of all, the utterly captivating views earned by walking the walls that protect this fortified city.
In the summer months, Dubrovnik is a very busy place and so this holiday is based on a small island less than an hour’s ferry journey from the city but, a million miles away in terms of visitor numbers.
Alongside Dubrovnik, there are few stretches of coastal waters as stunning as that of Dalmatia. This trip combines Dubrovnik with the three “main” islands of the Elaphiti Archipelago, Sipan (pronounced “Shipan”), Lopud and Koločep (“Kolochep”).
Sipan is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands and will be your base for the week. You will be staying in the charming and archetypically Croatian fishing village of Šipanska Luka.
After an active day, dining outside on fresh seafood, fish and traditional Croatian fare could not be a more enticing prospect. Fortunately, your guest house accommodation has an excellent restaurant with terrace seating situated just a peeled prawn shell’s throw from the gently lapping water of the Adriatic.
The sunsets here are unforgettable so why not linger a while with a glass or two of the local wine while the burning orange ball descends slowly into the Adriatic? ‘Tis heavenly.
From this Sipan base, our guides will help you to explore Lopud, Koločep and Sipan itself during a fun-filled activity week. All the necessary equipment is provided so there’s no need to worry about anything other than listening to the guides’ instructions and having a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.
You’ll find yourself exploring the smaller Elaphiti islands by sea kayak and paddleboard as well as cycling on Sipan, hiking on Lopud, and sea kayaking and snorkelling the waters that surround Koločep.
Combine these activities with a day exploring Dubrovnik and plenty of time to enjoy Sipan’s sandy beaches and you’ve pretty much got this part of Croatia covered.
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