A picturesque European island with just 200 residents has captured the hearts of celebrities and travelers alike, despite its small population, and has featured in the popular UK newspaper The Sun.
Lopud, situated off the coast of Dubrovnik in Croatia, is a hidden gem that takes pride in its tranquil atmosphere. This charming island is only an hour's boat ride away from Dubrovnik, making it an ideal destination for a short getaway.
What sets Lopud apart is its unique car-free environment. Visitors can explore the island on foot, by bicycle, or even by renting a golf buggy. The absence of cars adds to the island's serene and pollution-free ambiance.
One of Lopud's major attractions is its stunning beach, Sunj Beach, which has earned accolades as one of the world's best beaches, including recognition from The Times. Unlike many of Croatia's pebble beaches, Sunj Beach boasts fine sand, offering visitors a comfortable place to soak up the sun. Sunloungers are available for €10, and beach bars provide snacks and drinks, creating a perfect beach-going experience.
Travelers have also praised the island's crystal-clear waters, ideal for swimming, as well as the shallow areas that are perfect for children. Cafes on the island have been commended for serving delicious food, adding to the island's allure.
Beyond its beautiful beach, Lopud features a charming village with cafes, restaurants, and a must-visit attraction: the Botanical Garden of Lopud.
Lopud's appeal extends beyond regular tourists. Celebrities like the Beckhams often choose Lopud as their holiday destination.
Accommodation options on Lopud cater to a variety of preferences. Travelers can choose from hostels, apartments, as well as 3-star and 4-star hotels. Leading tour operators such as TUI and Jet2 offer package holidays to the island. For example, a seven-night stay at RMH Lopud Lafodia Resort & Wellness typically costs around £600 per person.
For those seeking a more luxurious experience, LOPUD 1483 is one of the island's fanciest places to stay. This 5,000-square-foot resort is nestled within a 15th-century monastery. Thirteen former cells have been transformed into hotel suites, accommodating up to 10 guests across five rooms. Guests staying here can enjoy a plunge pool, butler service, and a private chef.
Photo - Facebook Lopud 1483
Baroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, who opened The Monastery in 2021, shared her admiration for the island, saying, "[It] had to be completely rebuilt, restored and redesigned, including the fortress surrounding it. But the sunsets are extraordinary – the evening light is unique and wonderfully golden."
While luxury comes at a price, rooms at LOPUD 1483 typically cost around £1,336 per night, or guests can opt to rent out the entire place for nearly £10,000.
Lopud is an enchanting island that continues to captivate travelers and celebrities alike, offering a peaceful escape and a taste of paradise just off the Croatian coast.