Travelling to Lopud for the first time
Travelling to Lopud? Are you staying in Dubrovnik for several days? Are you looking for a one-day getaway? Or maybe you are seeking a perfect holiday base from where you can explore Dubrovnik and surroundings? The National Geographic establishes Lopud island as one of eight beautiful “under the radar” European islands to visit. Check out our step by step guide to The Island of Lopud, which we will update on weekly basis, and find out all that you should know about this Dubrovnik’s gem.
Lopud is one of those rare places on Earth with untouched nature, fresh air, and hidden beaches. Wondering where you can unleash all your tensions and set your mind (and body) on full “sit back and enjoy” mode? In that case Lopud should be on your “to-do list”. And if you are a coming with kids, this especially applies to you. There are no cars on this island whatsoever. You’ll find few tractors, electric bikes, small golf cars and even buggies. But no cars. Therefore, leave all your worries about traffic at home. Everything is more or less 20 minutes distance.
Travelling to Lopud qn no.1:
Where is Lopud situated?
The island of Lopud is situated about 7,5 nautical miles north-west from Dubrovnik port Gruž (55 minutes drive by regular ferry or about 15 minutes drive by speedboat). It’s a part of the Elaphiti island group, known for lush Mediterranean and subtropical vegetation and rich history. If you are searching for it on a map, check out it’s location here.
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The easiest way to get to Lopud?
The cheapest way to get to the Island of Lopud is from Dubrovnik’s port Gruž. It is easily reachable by our regular ferry called Postira. Ferry schedule for the year 2020 is available here. You can buy tickets in the Jadrolinija office which is located in Gruž port, or online. The cost of a return ticket is HRK 46 (around EUR 6 ), and you can pay it only in Croatian currency. For children, up to 3 years of age ferry is free of charge, and those from 3 to 12 years of age have a 50% discount. The ferry starts its trip just across the road of the Jadrolinija office. You should also know that this ferry is a piece of history and has a big impact on our lives. “She” is a 57 years old “lady” which connects the Elaphiti islands with the mainland. Her salon scent and retro look will take you back in time.
You can get to Dubrovnik by plane, bus or car. Our airport is situated 22 km away from Dubrovnik, and from here you can take a shuttle bus (~45kn), or taxi (you can check out Plavi taxi, Cammeo taxi, Eko taxi, Dubrovnik taxi, Uber and Bolt) to the main bus station. The main Dubrovnik bus station is located in the Gruž district (you have a short walk to Jadrolinija office). Except for international lines, local lines run from here too.
During the high-season, we recommend buying tickets half-hour before departure time or online. The first ferry departs at 10:00 a.m. (at 9:00 or 9:30 on Sundays, depending on the time of the year). Grab a seat on the upper deck early, and you will have a beautiful view of the surroundings. Onboard, you will find a cafe-bar where you can have some refreshments and take a chance to chat with locals.
However if you prefer to travel in smaller groups , you can get on island by private speed boat or on one of those “hop on-hop of” excursions. If you are interested in private transfer options from Dubrovnik airport or Dubrovnik Gruz harbour please contact us.
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What should I bring to Lopud?
Although you can find several ATMs on the island, we recommend that you bring some cash (HRK) with yourself. Most of the shops and restaurants accept cards, but some of them don’t. Most caffe bars and pastry shops except cash only. If you need to exchange euros on the island, you can do it in the Post office. In summertime two grocery stores are open, with a basic choice of groceries and cosmetics. However, you can’t buy everything there, including meat products. So, if you are staying several days on Lopud and plan to cook, the best option is to buy groceries in the Konzum store which is located in Gruž, near the main bus station (10 minutes walk from the departure place).
July and August are the busiest months in Dubrovnik. June and September are months with fewer crowds, pleasant weather, and warm temperature, therefore, the best months to visit Croatia.
Our national currency is kuna. Although we are part of European Union, we still don’t accept euros. There are exchange offices, banks or post offices where you can get kunas. You can check currency exchange rate daily on Croatian National Bank website.
Emergency:+ 385 112 – common EU emergency number, + 385 194 – emergency ambulance
Hospital: General Hospital Dubrovnik – +385 20 431 777
Police: Police Station (Ante Starcevica 13) – +385 20 443 777, + 385 192 – emergency police
*note to reader: I took these photos during the wintertime so expect deep blue sky, turquoise sea and sparkly yellow sand during the summertime
Hi! My name is Ružica (Rosy), I’m a historian, art historian and licensed tour guide who is madly in love with Lopud island. I’m totaly amazed by its peculiar history and with nowdays way of life. I take it as my mision to present why is this one of the most interesting places to live in.
Images & story by Tour Guide RosyThe first thing you will notice arriving at Lopud harbor is the 15th century Franciscan monastery, which was left to decay for more than a hundred years. The restoration of the Monastery took almost twenty years. It was supervised by a...
Looking for Lopud tour guide? Our new family member Ružica (Rosy) is certified tour guide for Dubrovnik and surroundings. From the summer 2020 she offers a number of exciting tailor made tours on Lopud, Elaphiti islands and Dubrovnik area. Romantic boat tours, foodie tours, day trips to Bosnia and Herzegovina… Take your pick.