The Elaphite Islands
While the sun is not at sleep, the Elaphite Islands guard its keep, and the sun lavishes them with its golden glare, perfecting their beauty in a twilighting sunset, a perennial performance for couples in awe enhancing the Dubrovnik dream forever more.
The Elaphite or as their name suggests Deer Islands consist of large number of reefs and rocks and eight islands and five islets, namely: Daksa, Koločep (Kalamota), St. Andrija, Lopud, Ruda, Šipan, Mišnjak, Jakljan, Kosmeč, Goleč, Crkvine, Tajan and Olipa. They are located just west of Dubrovnik and give a special touch to that part of panorama, especially at sunset, when they seem the most beautiful. The view best enjoyed from Dubrovnik hills Srđ and Petka, and some parts of the Lapad peninsula.
Only three islands in the whole Elaphite archipelago are inhabited; Koločep (Kalamota), Lopud and Šipan. The others are just a play place oasis for the gull rarely disturbed by the lonesome visitor in search of tranquil isolation.
To get to any of the inhabited Elaphite islands is fairly easy as ferry boats go on a regular basis leaving out of Dubrovnik's port, the Port of Gruz. And if you would like to go to the other islands or maybe even take a cruise on the Adriatic you can always rent or charter a boat or a sailboat .
Koločep, Lopud and Šipan are the islands chosen by the many families of The Dubrovnik Republic aristocracy for their summer manors. Some of these manors stand there today unfaded in full beauty reflecting a rich history of the islands and their owners. Each of these islands is like a special pearl, each similar to the other but still somehow different.
Koločep (Kalamota) - is the smallest of the three settled Elaphite islands, closest to Dubrovnik, this island is like a near by dream.
Lopud - The island in the middle as it has been called since time out of mind is located between Kalamota and Šipan. This is the most visited island in the Elaphite archipelago, mainly for its amazing Šunj beach.
Šipan - The Golden Island is the largest of the settled Elaphite islands, the sight of many Dubrovnik Republic aristocratic manors. Šipan has things to show and is all, except shy.