The largest of the three islands in the Elaphiti archipelago, Lopud is dotted with traditional stone houses and shady cypress groves, overlooking the neighbouring islands of Kolocep and Sipan.
Once the home of Dubrovnik’s naval fleet, Lopud has a rich and varied history dating back to Roman times. Today, the island is home to under 300 inhabitants, many of whom make a living through organic farming, fishing and wine making – enjoying the island’s slower pace of life. With no cars permitted on the island, Lopud’s natural environment has remained unspoilt and the island’s quiet villages and historic ruins make for an interesting day of exploration. The main settlement on the island surrounds the port of Lopud, overlooked by the monastery’s imposing bell tower and the atmospheric ruins of the fortress. Cycle across the island and spend a day on the sands of Šunj Bay, Lopud’s best beach, or spend time in the company of a local historian, exploring the numerous church ruins that dot the island – relics from an earthquake in 1667.
Bringing contemporary art to this quiet corner of the Adriatic, Your Black Horizon Art Pavilion is an interdisciplinary project by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect David Adjaye, commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Nestled amongst the sloping terrain of cypress trees, cacti and olive groves, Your Black Horizon Art Pavilion merges the fields of art and architecture into an “interlocking equation”, wherein ephemeral visual images and architectural formulations exist simultaneously.
Wellness is an integral part of the Lopud 1483 experience. Practice yoga or quiet meditation within the confines of the monastery’s sacred garden, or indulge in our signature menu of spa therapies, performed by our in-house specialists and visiting practitioners.
With a private staircase that descends the monastery’s sea wall and leads to the waters of the Adriatic, open water swimming and stand-up paddle boarding are a refreshing way to start the day. Explore Lopud’s unspoilt coastline on a speedboat or yacht charter, anchoring in a deserted cove for a picnic lunch. As night falls, retire to the atmospheric ruins of the fortress for an open-air cinema experience.
With its enviable location just off the Croatian coast, our team can arrange a host of activities in the surrounding area to suit every taste and interest. Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Dubrovnik old town, sampling one of the many world-class restaurants as dusk falls over the Adriatic, or take a boat trip to nearby Lokrum Island to explore the fortress and botanical gardens. Spend a day enjoying the sun-drenched vineyards of the Peljesac Peninsula, visiting the region’s artisan oyster farms en route.
Take to the water and explore the island’s rocky coastline by sea kayak, join an expert guide to fish the waters of the Adriatic or embark on a romantic sunset cruise along the Dalmatian coast. Back on land, our team can arrange horse riding or mountain biking in Konavle, exploring the local villages and shaded orchards of Croatia’s stunning countryside.