Sipan Island, Croatia – largest of the Elaphiti Islands
Sipan is the biggest but least developed of populated island from Elafiti archipelago 17 km away from Dubrovnik, Croatia. Sipan island has surface area of 16,5 km2 and it is divided from shoreline by 1.5-3km wide Kolpcepski canal.
Sipan highest peak is Velji vrh on 245 meters above sea level, located on northeast of island and it been made of two limestone cresps.
Island has population around 500 people and bigger part of them lives in two settlements Sipanska Luka (Porto Gippana) on the west part of the island with population of 300 and Sudurad (San Giorgio) with population of 200 inhabitants located on eastern part of Sipan.
Major ferry port on island is loacted in Sipanska Luka, beautifull village which is located at the end of a deep inlet at the Sipan’s northern end.
Sipanska Luka has many relic of former glory days from time of Ragusa (Dubrovnik Republic). One of best preserved is Magistrate’s Palace.
Main beach on Sipan can be found on just 500m away from the ferry port in Sipanska Luka, a tiny strip of sand pressed against a thread of rock that separates the western side of the bay from the sea.
More isolated beaches can be found by following the path which extends beyond the ferry jetty on the opposite side of the bay, threading its way between rocky promenade and shady olive groves before pettering in thick undergrowth, a few km away.
Sipan island – Things to do
Uppon arrival at the ferry port you will be greeted by locals who will offer you private accommodation, if not just ask around.
As alternative to private accommodation you have two four stars hotel on Sipan, Hotel Bozica and Hotel Sipan. Keep in mind that eating and drinking choices are limited on hotel restaurant and just couple bars on the island.
Departing from Sipanska Luka to the south via 8 km long road to Sudurad you will testify beautiful and picturesque inland surroundings of Sipan island.
Sipan inland part has been made of olive and fig trees, vineyards, grapes, oranges, tangerines, figs, pomegranates. But what makes this island famous is their high quality wines and recognizable palm trees which has been scattered all over the island.
After you came to Sudurd, you can see remains of the renaissance castle of the family Stjepovic – Skocibuha, whose construction was started in 1529. Also worth visiting are the beautiful Pakljena tower which dates back in 1563.
Pakljana tower is barely ever open – but the panoramic view of its crenellated sixteenth-century tower peeking above the greenery provides a convenient excuse to wander this far. Then there is the Church of Holy Spirit in Sudurd with a flat roof, largest of this shape on Adriatic.
You can also visit St. Mihovil built in 11th century, there is small church of St. Ivan in Silovo selo. On the road between Šipanska luka and Sudurad there are ruins of summer residence of the Dubrovnik’s Archbishops.
Island is surrounded by many small islets, bays, crystal-clear sea and abounds of fish what attracts tourists for daily excursions and fish picnics that are organized by many boat owners from Dubrovnik.
How to reach Sipan Island
Sipan island is well connected with Dubrovnik (Gruz port) with many ferry and boat lines.
Island is ideal place to go with the boat in the morning and spend whole day on the beach on Sipan, or go to explore the island, or you can do both and go back in Dubrovnik in the late afternoon hours.
Despite the fact that there is a road on island we recommend you that you leave your car in Dubrovnik port and decide to rent a bike or simply take a hiking tour and explore remarkable surroundings of Sipan island.
On Sipan island there is no nightlife, but if you are looking for some peace and quiet this is best vacation spot on the whole Dalmatian coast.