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Lopud Island

Lopud Island Holidays

Holidays to Croatia come in various forms. Whether you want to soak up city vibes, spend time on the beach, or hike through wild forests, there's a region to suit. However, Lopud Island holidays encapsulate them all. This car-free island off the coast of Dubrovnik has classy bars, beautiful beaches and plenty of opportunities for sporting activities, including hiking, cycling and kayaking. And because it's only a short ferry journey away from Dubrovnik, you can explore the cultural city then escape to a more peaceful place to call home.

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Get to know Lopud

Just under 5km in size, Lopud Island isn't huge, but it's intensely charismatic. It's growing in popularity with people taking holidays to Croatia, as more and more visitors realise how tranquil it is. The island's relaxed lifestyle is a huge draw; you can escape from Dubrovnik's bustling streets and enjoy a slower tempo. There's only one village on the entire island, so you'll quickly find your way around. There are plenty of walks on the island, both along the shoreline and through lemon, orange and pine trees. As well as gorgeous beaches, there are interesting buildings to explore. The 15th-century monastery and church is a wonderful scene, as the classic architecture contrasts with the mountainous backdrop.

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Cross the island for Sunj Beach

The reason most people choose Lopud Island holidays is simple: Sunj Beach. And getting to the beach is just as much of an experience. You can walk across the entire island in 25 minutes, weaving your way through pine forests. You'll then see Sunj Beach unravel itself for a kilometre, tucked against a postcard-perfect horseshoe bay. Unlike many stretches of coastline in Croatia, the picturesque beach is made up of sand and stays exceptionally shallow for more than 100m out to sea. Because of this, it's warmer than usual, making it perfect for families with young children. If you want to snooze on the sand, you'll find plenty of parasols and sunloungers, as well as good restaurants.

See the Adriatic Sea from another angle

Lopud Island is one of the Elaphite Islands, and the best way to see them all is from the water. Thanks to the calm Adriatic Sea, water sports are incredibly popular and it's easy to find a kayak or boat to rent. Sea kayaking is one of the best activities for holidays to Lopud Island; Croatia, in fact, is known for its excellent conditions. You can paddle up Dubrovnik's shoreline and stop off wherever you please. After seeing the city sights, you may want to head out to the islands. There are plenty to explore, and many have hidden caves and secluded beaches to discover. If you don't fancy paddling in a kayak, you can either hop on a boat tour or hire one privately.

Make the village feel like home

It's easy to fall in love with Lopud. An array of Dalmatian stone houses and traditional waterfront restaurants congregate around the fishing harbour, while an old fortress creates an impressive silhouette against the blue skies. Once the last ferry leaves to Dubrovnik, you'll notice the island takes on a more relaxed pace. People head to the restaurants and bars along the harbour, settling down for an evening of great food, drinks and spectacular sunset views over the Adriatic Sea. If you're having a few drinks, choose from the local wines, PeljeĊĦac and Plavac Mali. When the evening's in full swing, you might be lucky enough to hear traditional Croatian folk music played live by the locals.

Spend some time in Dubrovnik

As Dubrovnik is only 55 minutes away on the ferry, it's worth setting a day aside to explore the medieval city. You can't visit without walking the city walls: the terracotta tiles are so distinctly Croatian, and the views over the city and surrounding sea are indescribable. It takes a couple of hours to get around, but there are bars and places to stop en route. The cobbled streets below have plenty of bars and restaurants tucked away, so be nosy and take time to disappear down side alleys. To finish off the day, take the cable car to the top of Mount Srd, where you can watch the beautiful sunset.

A holiday to Lopud Island is exactly what's needed to calm the mind and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can soak up the warm sun on a unique beach, before settling into island life just like a local. There's the chance to be active, with many opportunities to cycle or walk around the island, or head to the sea for some water sporting fun.