Lopud is a lovely island easily accessible by ferry from Dubrovnik, with the bay of Šunj being a major attraction for its beautiful sandy beach.
The island's one village, also named Lopud, is situated in Lopud bay and is the hub of activity on the island. Visitors can explore the 15th-century Franciscan monastery, relax on the beach of Šunj, or hike to the 15th-century church of Our Lady of Šunj (Gospa od Šunja) for stunning views of the bay and surrounding islands. At the entrance to the harbour, the 16th-century church of the Holy Trinity is a notable example of baroque architecture with Gothic and Renaissance elements.
This car-free island is perfect for those seeking a peaceful holiday in the sun, with opportunities for leisurely walks through the lush vegetation or renting bikes or kayaks for more active pursuits on the sea.
Elafiti Islands Sea kayaking: Full-Day Bike and Kayak tour on Lopud and Šipan
Discover the stunning beauty of the Elaphiti islands on a full-day tour from Dubrovnik that includes biking and kayaking.
You'll be part of a small group and take a ferry to Lopud Island. From there, you'll kayak over to Šipan Island and bike to a seaside restaurant for lunch (at your own expense). You don't have to worry about navigation or directions, as your guide will lead the way including information about the area's flora, fauna, and history.
This tour is suitable for all experience levels. The tour includes all activities, such as kayaking, biking, hiking, and swimming, as well as round-trip ferry transfers.
How to get to Island Lopud
Lopud is located just an hour away from Dubrovnik by ferry. Jadrolinija, a state-owned ferry operator, provides several departures from Dubrovnik Gruž port. Adult one-way summer season tickets can be easily purchased from the ticket office for 4.11 Euro. Children between the ages of 3-12 receive a discount, while those under three years of age travel for free. The ferry departs several times per day (excluding Sundays). View complete Dubrovnik to Elaphiti islands ferry timetable.
Where to buy tickets
Jadrolinija office in Dubrovnik is located just opposite of the pier from where the ferry departs. Keep in mind that the Elaphite Islands are a popular destination among tourists but also locals, especially in August. The number of tickets is limited so if you don't want to miss the first departure, buy them some 30-40 minutes before departure.
When to visit Lopud
The best times to visit Lopud are spring (June) and autumn (September) as there are fewer tourists on the island during these seasons. However, July and August tend to be busier months with both tourists and locals flocking to the island.
Apart from the usual beach activities such as swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling, the mild temperatures of spring and autumn offer an excellent chance to enjoy outdoor pursuits like hiking. With the average sea temperature hovering around 22°C in June and September, visitors can comfortably take a dip in the beautiful Adriatic Sea.
Can you stay on Lopud Island?
Accommodation options on Island Lopud include hotels, villas, apartments, and private rooms. If your travel plans permit it is recommended to stay for a minimum of two days in order to enjoy the island's attractions and beaches fully. Those looking for a more relaxed vacation should consider staying for several days or even a week. Booking your preferred accommodation in advance is highly recommended, especially during the peak season of July and August.