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Sightseeing in Elaphiti Islands - what to see. Complete travel guide

Elafiti archipelago is located in the immediate vicinity of the continental part of Croatia, so its islands are easily visible from the coastal area of Dubrovnik. This picturesque l archipelago includes 14 islands, only three of which are inhabited. Many travelers visit the archipelago as part of the excursion; however, the island definitely deserves more attention and study. Both active travelers who will be able to see the unique historical and natural attractions and fans of relaxing holidays at chic wild beaches would enjoy vacations.
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The most picturesque island of the archipelago is Lopud ; in the last century, it began to attract attention of the aristocratic families. Here, along the waterfront, they built their luxurious villas, which have managed to survive to the present day; today these mansions are priceless architectural monuments. In addition to elegant mansions and a relaxing stroll along the promenade, the small island provides an opportunity to walk around the fabulously beautiful pine forests. They occupy a large part of the territory of Lopud.
Near the port area of Lopud you can see the surviving part of the great ancient fortresses that a few hundred years ago has defended the island from invaders. There is also the Franciscan monastery, which is also worth visiting. Among the natural attractions, the central park of Lopud is notable. It was founded on the site of the former botanical garden. The garden area was significantly expanded and complemented with beautiful sculptures; today it’s open for everyone. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The Elaphiti Islands are situated close to Dubrovnik and they were inhabited in ancient times. Scientists suppose that Greek colonists were first to inhabit this strategically advantageous … Open
The largest island of the archipelago is Sipan that is home to over 500 people. During the exploration of the island the ruins of ancient settlements, which were built during the reign of the Roman Empire, were discovered. Now absolutely everyone can see the surviving elements of the old houses and the thermae. Excursions around the island cover the most interesting archaeological areas. Among the interesting natural attractions of the island, gorgeous orchards and vineyards are notable. The picturesque island is perfect for exploring the life and traditions of the indigenous population.
Daksa1 The third largest and one of the three inhabited islands of the archipelago is Kolocep that is home to about 150 residents. Picturesque pine and olive groves, as well as several archaeological areas, where the ruins of ancient buildings were discovered, are among the island’s hallmarks. The ruins of nine ancient churches built in the 9th-11th centuries were discovered there too. The southern point of the island is very popular among hikers; there you can see the amazing lighthouse and a lot of unusual rock formations.
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Fans of excursions will surely enjoy exploring uninhabited islands of the archipelago as each of them has interesting landmarks that are worth visiting. The length of Daksa Island is only 500 meters, so it is very comfortable to explore it on foot. During the Second World War period, some tragic battles took place on Daksa, but nowadays no one wants to remember about the sad past. A beautiful lighthouse remains the main landmark of the island. It is located in the northern part of the island.
Elafiti islands Stony Ruda Island is not distinguished by a variety of flora and fauna. Magnificent caves and rocks remain the main attraction point of this small island. There are also several interesting hiking trails in different parts of the stony island. Despite the fact that Jakljan Island is also a formally uninhabited one, a wonderful resort for children was established there several years ago. Unique nature remains the biggest advantage of this tiny island. Clean environment and charming shallow beaches also never cease to attract new and new visitors to this wonderful place. Tajan Island charms travelers with its beautiful nature – the island is almost completely covered with lush flora. There is also an unusual occulting lighthouse on the island, and it is very interesting to see it work.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Elaphiti Islands
♥   Castle 'Lovrijenac' , 17.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Stolac' , 41.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Blagaj' Mostar, 60.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Ljubuški Fortress' Ljubuški, 61.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Fazlagić Tower' Gacko, 66.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Elaphiti Islands
♥   Forest Park 'Velika i Mala petka' , 14.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Mljet' , 41.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Lovćen' , 82.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Sutjeska' , 95.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Biokovo' , 97.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Elaphiti Islands from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Forte Rose

From the series “Famous Abandoned Military Bases and Forts”
It is incredibly exciting to visit and explore the three-storey building. Here, you will find many bunkers, stairs and platforms for the installation of military equipment. Curious guests can walk through the narrow corridors and steep stairs. Not far from the fort there is a complex system of catacombs, which will also appeal to lovers of independent historical research. Surrounded by the old forts, there are now several small hotels, so you can spend a few days in this interesting and picturesque area. … Read further
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