The Elafiti islands with the beautiful, sandy
beaches, are approx. 20 minutes by boat from Dubrovnik.
Boats are leaving from Dubrovnik's Gruz harbor.
There are fourteen islands in the Elafiti group.
The larger and more important islands in the group
are Kolocep (1.35 km2), Lopud (4.63 km2), Sipan
(16.5 km2), Jakljan (3.45 km2) and Olipa (0.8
km2). Only three of them are inhabited (Kolocep,
Lopud and Sipan), with a total of about one thousand
The main natural feature of these
islands are their woods. Except for small cultivated
areas they are almost completely covered by pine
and high maquis, with all the ingredients of evergreen
Mediterranean vegetation. Close to the villages
these woods have in places become parks.
coastline with lovely bays, beaches, picturesque
cliffs and other forms are a worthy accompaniment
to the vegetational wealth of the Elafiti. Friendly
island inhabitants operate small restaurants,
in which you can enjoy the native kitchen and
Despite the proximity to Dubrovnik, because of
their untouched nature, it seems to be they are
at the end of the world.
Interesting note: Jadrolinija ferry MV. Postira, connecting Dubrovnik with Elaphites islands, is a very interesting little ship. The
Postira was built in Pula in 1963, survived the terrible war and still serves
as a vital ferry from Dubrovnik to the people of the Elaphite Islands. Because
of her age, this ship now has an intrinsic value as a tourist attraction in her
own right as she is a classic design from bygone times!
Photo and the note by Nick Staveley Stanley.