Hidden Gems

Explore the Adriatic with boat hire in Croatia

By Jenny Wilson
on  December 09, 2015

The coastline in this part of the world is simply spectacular, surrounded by clear waters dotted with picturesque islands. Boat hire in Croatia allows you to explore these stunning sights, many of which are nearer the mainland than you might think.

Sailing Croatian islands - Private yacht experiences

The Elaphiti Islands are just a short hop from Dubrovnik and can actually be seen from the mainland. An archipelago of eight small islands and five tiny islets, they are a popular destination with city dwellers looking for some peace away from the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik. Only three of the islands are inhabited: Kolocep, Sipan and Lopud. Sipan is the furthest away and the largest, with a population of just over 400. Many noble families built holiday homes here in the 15th and 16th centuries, some of which still remain. You can also see the ruins of several churches, some of which date back to Roman times.

Lopud is a much smaller island, with just one main settlement, but the big attraction here is the landscape. In addition to lush vegetation this island is home to one of the best beaches in the country: Sunj. The clear shallows and delightful sandy shores make this a firm favourite with visitors.

Kolocep is the closest island to Dubrovnik and is perfect for a day trip. With two beaches, the remains of several pre-Roman churches and stunning olive groves and citrus gardens to wander through, there are gentle delights to be enjoyed here.

Whether you choose to admire them from afar whilst in Dubrovnik or to get a little closer with a boat trip, the beauty of the Elaphiti Islands is unmistakeable.

Hiring a boat in Croatia - Island sailing sights

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