Croatia has one of the most beautiful coasts globally, which is why many Europeans spend their summer cruising some of the country’s most beautiful islands.
So, of course, the Elaphites fit the description. This small archipelago at the south of Croatia, northwest of Dubrovnik, seems to be the go-to destination for many looking for a getaway.
This archipelago counts only 850 inhabitants, but it becomes quite lively during the summer warmer portion of the year.
The Roman author Pliny the Elder, was the first famous person who mentioned the islands, and they named them after deers who used to be regular inhabitants of the island.
The fun fact is that there probably never were deers there, but the noble Romans used to have parties on the islands, which means they might have been under the influence.
There are 13 islands in the complex – the eight larger ones count Olipa, Tajan, Jakljan, Šipan, Ruda, Lopud, Koločep, and Daksa. Tourists rarely visit the five smaller ones, but you have to know them – Sveti Andrija (St. Andrew), Mišnjak, Kosmeč, Goleč, and Crkvine.
Šipan is the largest island, and it’s located further away from the coast. Its population counts about 400 inhabitants, and you can visit the island by traveling with Jadrolinija. Lopud is the second biggest, and it’s an absolutely fantastic choice for those who enjoy a beach filled with sand. You can stay in the famous Lafodia hotel!
Finally, if you’re visiting Dubrovnik, the closest choice for you would be the Koločep island, famous for its pre-Romanesque buildings.
Why Should You Visit The Elaphiti Islands?
These islands are perfect for those looking for a quiet, peaceful place to relax at. First, the wonderful smell of the pine trees and the sea will absolutely overwhelm you.
Next, you can visit vineyards and take a peek in a few small monasteries, and after that, make sure you speak to the island’s native people – they’ll surely know the best place to eat.