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The largest of the Elaphiti Islands at 12 square miles, Šipan is a charming Medieval Island with scattered palm trees and is just a 8 miles from the city of Dubrovnik. In the 15th and 16th centuries many noble families from Dubrovnik built their summer residences on Šipan (pronounced Shee-pan.) There are two main towns on the island, Šipanska Luka and Suđurađ and there is an abundance of olive and fig trees, vineyards, oranges and pomegranates. The local, high quality wine is sublime.
In the latter, you can see remains of the renaissance castle of the family Stjepović – Skočibuha, whose construction was started in 1529. Also, you should visit the beautiful Pakljena tower which dates back to 1563. We would recommend a visit to Šipan before or after your cruise, as the island is so close to Dubrovnik.
Šipan At A Glance
Flight Time from the UK to Dubrovnik 2hours 30minutes
Population of Šipan 500
What to See in or near Šipan St Stephens Church, Sudurad Port, Sipanska Luka, Lopud Island, Kolocep Island, Elafiti Island, Jakljan Island, Sunj Beach, Veliki Zal Beach,
Towns & Islands to Visit near Šipan Trogir, Solin, Island of Solta, Island of Brac, Hvar Town, Krka National Park, Island of Vis, Island of Hvar
Things to do in Šipan
Cycle around the Island
Sipan Island (pronounced shee-pan) is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands at 11 square miles and ideal for cyclists. The main port is Sudurad (pronounced soodg-er-adg) is connected by road to Sipanska luka, a larger town. In between is a verdant valley of olive and fig trees, vineyards and citrus groves. Bikes are easy to rent from either Sipanska or Sudurad.
Visit the beautiful Elaphiti Islands
A boat trip around these picturesque and peaceful islands is the perfect way to admire this area of outstanding natural beauty. Of the 14 islands only the three largest – Koločep, Lopud and Šipan – are permanently inhabited but the others must be experienced. The islands get their name from the Greek word elafos, meaning deer that were based on some of the islands.
Discover the picturesque Pakleni Islands
If you’re looking for an adventure, visit the crystal-clear waters, hidden beaches and deserted lagoons of the Pakleni Islands (Pakleni otoci), a gorgeous chain of wooded isles that stretches out immediately in front of the town. The name is often translated as ‘Hell’s Islands’, which is believed to come from paklina, a pine resin that was once harvested on the islands to water proof the boats.
Hotels in Šipan
Hotel Božica Šipan Island
Hotel Božica lies in the peaceful fisherman’s village of Sudurad on Šipan Island, just a short distance from Dubrovnik. It has its own private beach for swimming in the glistening blue Adriatic, while the island hosts multiple hiking and biking trails for enjoying the scenery too. The hotel features 26 air-conditioned rooms and suites with modern amenities like minibars, satellite TVs, and Wi-Fi. Guests can look forward to fabulous dining at the hotel restaurant terrace on dishes that feature fresh-caught seafood and locally grown food paired with wine, all while enjoying a picturesque sea view. Boat trips to the surrounding Elaphiti Islands can be arranged by the staff, along with transfers to/from Dubrovnik and the airport.