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Lopud is one of the Elafiti isles which lie a few nautical miles off the coast from Dubrovnik. It is a carfree paradise with pure white beaches, scents of mandarin, orange and lemon, olive groves, vineyards and crystal clear waters. The best places to stay on Lopud are perfect for soaking in the calm and tranquillity.
In former times Lopud was the seat of the vice rector of the republic and as such was a fashionable destination for the local elite. This glamorous past is illustrated by the many grand ruins that litter the island.
Most of the historical buildings were destroyed as a result of an earthquake in 1667. It is a truly evocative experience to explore the remains of the palaces, churches and monasteries. The church of Our Lady of the Cave retains a rich collection of altar paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries.
The main settlement on this sparsely populated island is Lopud village with its cafes, restaurants and hotels. Inland is mostly lush, luxuriant vegetation and lovely walks. Giorgi-Mayneri botanical park boasts plants collected from across the globe and many ancient specimen trees.
Lopud is also famous for Sunj beach; a crescent-shaped expanse of fine sand, it is regarded as one of the best in Dalmatia and particularly recommended off season to sample the Adriatic at its best!
The best places to stay in Lopud are very hard to book in the peak summer months, so we suggest you either plan well ahead or else try to visit during quieter periods, when the weather is just as nice, but the crowds are nowhere to be seen.
For excellent value
- Refurbished in 2004, La Villa sits on the shore of the Adriatic overlooking the Dalmatian coast, with the botanic garden behind it. The restaurant offers the best catch of the day accompanied by the finest Croatian wines. La Villa is an idyllic getaway and ideal base for walking, swimming, bicycling, sea kayaking and snorkelling.
- Villa Vilina is a boutique hotel, formerly part of the owner's family estate and vineyard dating back to 1792. It prides itself on its privacy, luxury and refinement and is a honeymoon favourite. Plus there's an a la carte restaurant on the terrace with magnificent views over Lopud Bay.
Best Hotels in Lopud
La Villa, Lopud 8 rooms from $81Lopud
An idyllic stone cottage B&B on the waterfront. Contemporary boutique rooms in bright colours, gorgeous open terraces with sea views, excellent table d'hotes with produce straight from the garden. Snorkelling, diving, exploring. An active beach holiday in a remote spot.Views - Great views from hotelSights nearby - Franciscan monasteries and medieval churches, 16th-century Renaissance gardens of Trsteno Arboretum, 24km NW of Dubrovnik.Remote - Just 220 inhabitants on the island, no cars, and village stone cottages.Kayaking - A great way to explore the Elafiti islands.Recommended by - I Escape
Villa Vilina 15 rooms from $155Dubrovnik, Lopud
A beautiful stone house on Lopud Island with stunning sea views in a privileged location. Simple traditional rooms, some with private balconies, roof top terrace and pool, excellent restaurant and BBQs, and immediate access to the sea. An ideal spot for a peaceful romantic getaway or wedding.Views - On the water's edge the hotel has fantastic sea views.Romantic Break - A romantic paradies on a small island.Swimming Pool - Roof top pool with views.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.