If you are looking to spend a day away from the city crowds and to relax on just one island rather than go island hopping then I would recommend you go to Lopud.
This beautiful island is only 4.5 square kilometers in size but is a feast for your eyes. Slopes of rich Mediterreanean vegatation including cypress pines, promenade dotted with palm trees, stretches of sandy beaches and no cars to disrupt the noise of lazy summer days will provide you with the perfect setting to completely relax.
There is only one settlement on the island, the town of Lopud (same as the island) is home to just over 200 permanent residents.
What we love about Lopud
- Its easy to get to by local ferry
- Its car free
- Has sandy beaches including Šunj which is one of the most popular beaches in the region
- Has good restaurant options
Places to eat
There are a number of restaurants to try, I havn’t eaten in any in a while so can’t recommend but I have had guests eat at both Restaurant Obala and Restaurant Dubrovnik and have praised the food and service.
If you have a sweet tooth then definately pop by the Pastry shop thats operated by Hotel Lafodia. Its not located in the hotel itself but on the main promenade. Delicious pastries, cakes and ice cream.
Located on the opposite side of the island to Lopud town, this large stretch of sandy beach is one of the most popular beaches for boaters and those looking to escape Dubrovnik’s pebbly peaches. You can walk to Šunj beach or hire a buggy to get you there. There is a restaurant and cafe on the beach if you are thinking of spending most of the day lounging on the beach.
Your Black horizon
A special art pavillion – Your Black Horizon by authors Olafur Eliasson and David Adjaye has been located on the island since 2007. Your black horizon is a room-sized installation comprising a thin horizontal line of light that emerges from a narrow gap in the black walls at eye level. The light continually changes colour, passing through a full daily cycle of the colours of the local sky every fifteen minutes.
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Your black horizon is housed in a pavilion designed by architect David Adjaye. The pavilion was realised on the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni in Venice, Italy, in 2005, and moved to Lopud in 2007.
The Art pavillion is open daily from 10-19 and entry is free.
How to get there
If you are planning a full day on the island then go by local ferry line which is operated by Jadrolinija. Ferry takes just under an hour to get to Lopud. Ferry tickets are 23 kuna per person and you buy them from the Jadrolinija ticket office in Gruz harbour before you get on board the ferry or you can buy them online thru their website.
From Dubrovnik: 10:00, 14:00
From Lopud: 15:00*, 18:50
*makes an additional stop arrives in Dubrovnik at 16:20
Sundays and public holidays
From Dubrovnik: 9:00, 11:55
From Lopud: 17:55, 19:55