The most mesmerizing sights that one can enjoy in the Dubrovnik area are not on the land necessarily, but instead, await to be discovered aboard your own private luxury yacht, cruising along the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic to the Elaphite islands. This picturesque archipelago in the vicinity of Dubrovnik comprises 13 islands, islets and rocks, all closely bound to Dubrovnik and its past. In Greek, "Elaphite" means Deer, which may either mean that there was deer on the islands once, or it is because the archipelago, on the map, somewhat resembles a deer in jumping motion. The Elaphites appear as constant guardians of the sea and the coast; they have always been the home of the captains and sailors of the Dubrovnik Republic, as well as the present day Dubrovnik.
For a traffic free walk down the seaside and some truly remarkable samples of Preromanesque sacral architecture, Koločep, or as locals call it, Kalamota, will be the one to visit. Lopud is a seaside promenade with cafés, shops and restaurants, cozy, sandy beaches, beautiful monasteries and charming chapels, wine yards and olive groves, cliffside walks and an altogether well preserved island lifestyle. Regular traffic in Šipan allows for more exploration, too see the exemplary piece of the Dubrovnik Summer Residence architecture or savor some excellent local fish and seafood specialties. The rugged coast of each island is a web of rocks, caves, hidden beaches and coves, so you never have really to step foot on land if you prefer not to!
Soak up the gentle sun and the scents of the Mediterranean while enjoying the view of fascinating, intact nature. Don't hesitate to jump in and explore the refreshing Adriatic, quaint bays, underwater caves and grottos. Your skipper can suggest a nice tavern or restaurant for your lunch so be sure to try some of the delicious fresh seafood and Mediterranean specialties readily available.
A great day on the water awaits!
Boat options: Jeanneau Cap Camarat 755, Jeanneau Leader 805/8, Jeanneau Prestige 36, Sunseeker Portofino