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Elaphite Islands - Tourist InformationHighlights:
- Beautiful nature
- Sand beaches
- Cultural heritage
- Historical heritage
- Nearness of Dubrovnik
Elaphite islands are located north-west of town Dubrovnik. Islands were named after Greek word for deer – „elaphos“. Elaphite islands were first time mentioned in 1st century by Pliny Senior in his piece Naturalis Historia.
Elaphite islands are: Sipan, Kolocep, Lopud, Daksa, St. Andrew, Ruda, Misnjak, Jakljan, Kosmec, Golec, Crkvina, Tajan and Olipa. Some consider island Lokrum as part of Elaphite islands.
Island Sipan is largest island in Elaphite group. It has two settlements, Sipanska Luka and Sudurad,connected with 5,2 km long road. Island Sipan has surface of 16 km2 and around 450 inhabitants. Island is covered with rich Mediterranean vegetation, pine woods and maquis. Island Sipan is listed in Guiness book of records as island with most olives regard to its size and inhabitants number. Island Sipan has 34 churches and 42 old summer houses. Castle of family Vice Stjepovic-Skocibuha was built in 1563.
Island Sipan is connected with Dubrovnik by ferry line Dubrovnik-Lopud-Sudurad. It is also connected with island Mljet by fast boat line.
Island Kolocep, also called Kalamota, is located closest to town Dubrovnik (3 km). Island Kolocep has pine woods and beautiful vegetation. It is southernmost populatedCroatian island. Island Kolocep has a hotel and many private accommodation renters. Monuments on island Kolocep are mostly churches and chapels from 16th century. Fort Kastio is located above the port.
It is believed that two inhabitants of Kolocep were on a Columbo's ship Santa Maria.
Island Lopud is the most developed of Elaphites islands. Most famous beach on island Lopud is Sunj. Surface of island Lopud is 4,38 km2. Settlement Lopud is located on west side of island. Island Lopud has 24 churches, Franciscan and Dominican monasteries, Spanish fort Sutvrac from 1563. Island Lopud is covered with pine woods, maquis, olives... It has few hotels, restaurants, coffee bars and elementary school. Island Lopud has around 270 inhabitants.
Island Daksa is smallest of Elaphite islands, 5ha. It is not populated. There is a lighthouse on north-west side of island Daksa, remains of chapels, monastery.
Island St. Andrew has surface 0,036 km2. It is not populated. It has rocky coast and pine woods on west side of island. First inhabitants were Benedictines who had monastery and church, built by Dubrovnik's family Crijevic. Monastery was ruined in 1667. in earthquake and it was never renovated. Island St. Andrew used to be quarantine for inhabitants of island Lopud.
Legend says that on island Lopud used to live woman Mara who had three brothers fishermen. Her friend Cvijeta's brother Niko was interested in Mara. Mara's brothers saved man John from shipwreck. John was son of nobleman from Dubrovnik and Mara took care of him and they fell in love. John's father did not approve that relationship and John went to monastery on island St. Andrew. Mara used to visit him on island and one night they agreed that he will light a lantern and welcome her, but her brothers and Niko found out about it and followed her. They lighted a lantern in a boat and Mara followed it to open sea. John found her body on island on third night and decided to stay in monastery forever.
Island Ruda has surface of 0,296 km2.
Island Misnjak has surface of 0,025 km2.
Island Jakljan is located west of island Sipan. It has neglected children's resort.
Island Kosmec has surface of 0,024 km2.
Island Golec has surface of 0,1 km2.
Island Crkvina has surface of 0,1 km2.
Island Tajan has surface of 0,111 km2.
Island Olipa is westernmost of Elaphite islands. It has surface of 0,902 km2. It is not populated. It has a stone tower on south coast which is a lighthouse which is used for navigation between passages Veliki Vratnik (between Olipa and Tajan) and Mali Vratnik (between Olipa and Peljesac).