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.
A private staircase descends the monastery’s sea wall, leading to the waters of the Adriatic. Start the day with a refreshing open water swim, or explore the coastline by stand-up paddle board. Discover Lopud’s unspoilt bays 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. Charter a boat for the day to explore the clear waters and hidden coves of the archipelago, visiting 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 Croatia’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.
With limestone streets and ancient walls dating back to the 9th century, the UNESCO world heritage site of Dubrovnik old town lies just a short speed boat ride from Lopud Island. Discover the city’s hidden secrets with a privately guided tour, or sample one of Dubrovnik’s many world-class restaurants as dusk falls over the old city.
Explore the Elaphiti Archipelago by boat on a day’s yacht charter or an island-hopping speedboat trip, stopping for a picnic on a deserted Croatian beach.
Spa treatments and yoga can be arranged by prior request, with expert therapists on hand to provide a range of bespoke treatments and therapies.
Hike and cycle the quiet roads and trails on Lopud island, paddle board directly from the property or go scuba diving in the clear waters of the Adriatic.
Visit the oyster farms of Ston, the Peljesac wine region or discover the art of Dalmatian cuisine with a private cooking lesson at LOPUD 1483.
Discover Lopud’s rich history and ancient churches in the company of a local historian, or take a day trip to UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik old town, just 40 minutes away by speedboat.
The influence of the TBA21 art collection extends beyond the monastery. Experience one of the collection’s finest installations with a visit to Your Black Horizon art pavilion.
Lopud has a small handful of restaurants serving local Croatian cuisine and there are some exceptional places to dine, just a short boat ride away. Our team will be happy to advise and make reservations.