The Elaphiti Islands
The Elaphites are a small archipelago Northwest of Dubrovnik. It consists of a total of 13 islands and islets of which only 3 are inhabited. The name, Elaphite islands, was first mentioned in the 1st century! in the work "Naturalis Historia" by the Roman philosopher Gaius Plinius Secundus, also known as Pliny the Elder. The name comes from the Ancient Greek word elaphos (deer) which used to inhabit the islands.
Today, the Deer islands are a popular destination among tourists, but also among locals.
ELAPHITI ISLANDS HIGHLIGHTS
Lopud's sandy beach Šunj is the most popular beach in Dubrovnik county and a place where you should plan to spend a day!
WHEN TO VISIT ELAPHITI ISLANDS?
Tourist season on Elaphiti Islands mainly depends on Dubrovnik's own season, but it isn't flexible as Dubrovnik's. Dubrovnik is best enjoyed in April or early October, and on Elaphites there isn't much to do if isn't mid-summer.
HOW TO GET TO ELAPHITI ISLANDS?
The only way to get to one of Elaphiti islands is by ferry from Dubrovnik port. Please bear in mind that cars aren't allowed on Kolocep and Lopud, so if have arrived by car, parking lot in Gruz port is an excellent option to leave your car.
Video: Dubrovnik Timelapse by Boris Basic