Once you have finished your breakfast we will have you transferred to the port of Gruz to take a one-hour boat ride across to the island of Lopud.
These days Lopud is a charming quiet place with fantastic beaches, with no cars or traffic and home to a permanent population of just under 300 Croatians. However, in the past, Lopud was a very important port, with great strategic importance. In the 17th century, it is said to have had a population of 14,000 people, mostly involved in seafaring. In the 18th to the early 20th centuries, it was part of the Republic of Dubrovnik, but before that, the French, English and Austrians all took turns in occupying this strategically located island.
The walk explores the island’s momentous maritime past via atmospheric ruins of a fortress, a palace, churches dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries and a restored Franciscan monastery. There’s the added advantage of enjoying the gorgeous beaches and the Med before returning to Dubrovnik in the afternoon.
Walking: Moderate / 9.5km / 3hrs
Elevation: +316 / – 316m
Accommodation: Dubrovnik in an ensuite room