The “middle” island of the Elafiti trio (geographically and size-wise, at least), Lopud is home to just over 200 people although is considered the most developed of the three islands.
Its name stems from the Greek name for the island, Delaphodia, although it was also named Lafota by the Romans who once had a settlement there. The island became part of the Republic of Ragusa in the 11th century.
The island really only has one village, which is also called Lopud and is located in Lopud bay. Sunj Bay – which is sandy – is located on the other side of the island.
Getting to Lopud
Lopud is easily reached from Dubrovnik. Jadrolinija have daily ferries to the island (one of which stops in Kolocep along the way and continues on to Sipan), which take 55 minutes/1 hour. It is possible to visit Lopud on a day trip from Dubrovnik using these ferries.
What to see and do on Lopud
In a word…relax! This small, car-free island is absolutely perfect for those wanting to get away from it all, seeking to spend a peaceful few days or a week having a quiet holiday in the sun. You can also enjoy your time walking the island’s paths through its lush vegetation (especially on a walk to Sunj bay to spend an afternoon there). It is also possible to rent bikes to navigate the island tracks, or kayaks to spend some time doing something a little more active on the sea! (Ask locally about bike/kayak hire.)
There are a few sights on the island, including a number of churches from the 15th and 16th centuries. The remains of the Rector’s Palace and the ruins of a Fortress are worth a peek; there’s also a Franciscan Monastery that overlooks the village of Lopud which was built in the 15th century. These days, having been privately restored, it can be rented out as a luxury residence. (See below.)
If you’re staying on Lopud, you can of course make a day trip over to Dubrovnik for your cultural and sightseeing fix. Take one of the above mentioned ferries to get there and back.
Accommodation on Lopud
For a relatively small island, there is actually a reasonable number of accommodation options. One of the top hotels on the island is the 4-star, ultra-modern and super-stylish Lafodia Sea Resort. There’s also the smaller but equally chic 4-star Villa Vilina and the 4-star Lopud Residence. The 3-star, historic Hotel Glavovic is located in the centre of the village of Lopud.
As mentioned above, if you’re looking for a super, ultra, top-end luxury option, you can’t go wrong by hiring out the monastery, called Lopud 1483, for your stay.
Some private accommodation options are also available on the island. Check out our Accommodation on the Elafiti Islands section for more details.