So you’ve made it to Dubrovnik, congratulations! I’m sure you’re excited to see all the city has to offer and take some time to make sure you complete my list of must-have moments. But there’s one thing I want you to keep in your back pocket. You ready to hear a secret? It’s two words: Lokrum Island.
Crazy, right? Once you’ve been in Dubrovnik a day or two (or maybe mere hours, depending on how fast you need a break), you’re probably going to want to get away from the crowds of people. If you don’t need a break to recharge, good for you, please tell me how you do it. However if you’re like me and need some space every once in a while, this one is for you.
Lokrum Island is paradise, easily accessible.
Close your eyes for a moment, let me paint you a picture.
Well, OK. Don’t close your eyes yet because you won’t be able to read anything. Finish this paragraph and THEN close your eyes for a few moments. Lokrum Island is an oasis a short ferry ride from Dubrovnik, but it feels miles away. Can you feel the ocean breezes upon your face? I know you can hear the ocean and JUST the ocean. Are you ready to enjoy your lunch while lounging in the sun, bunnies and peacocks frolicking around you. You’ll have to take a little hike and find yourself a private rock to strip down to your bathing suit and jump in some crystal clear, bluer than blue water.
Mmm. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Don’t just stick to one spot; make sure you have a wander.
There are a ton of different paths that take you around the island. We spent an entire day exploring all of them, and you really can’t go wrong picking one. Chances are you’ll get lost and find yourself walking along quite a few; the best part is that you’ll eventually find yourself back at the boat when you’re ready to go home.
In my opinion some of the best views of Dubrovnik come from the northern edge of Lokrum Island. You’ll be walking along a shady path and then all of a sudden: BOOM. There’s Dubrovnik to your left, sitting pretty and just begging for a photo.
Have lunch with Lokrum’s locals.
My biggest piece of advice for you: bring a picnic to the island. Grab a bottle of wine (or two) and some snacks because you’ll want to sit and stare out at the ocean on the wide expanse of lawn near the monastery complex. Granted, we went in October, so I’m not sure how crowded this gets in the summer. But when we were here it was just us and another family. However we were soon overwhelmed by the locals.
The only inhabitants of the island are peacocks and bunnies! So. Many. Bunnies! And they don’t seem to have much fear of humans, which is cute. The family near us had brought carrots with them, which were a hit. However we didn’t have anything for the bunnies and they still sat with us and tried to make friends. The peacocks were terrifyingly beautiful.
Don’t forget your swimsuit!
Lokrum Island offers a variety of really great swimming options, if you’re into that. If not, just concentrate on the pretty pictures coming up.
There are some a couple rocky areas that are popular with swimmers, but you can also find yourself a little patch of sun somewhere off the beaten path and jump in. We took the path around the island and found ourselves a nice little rock on the eastern side of the island that was easy to climb back up.
You can also swim in a miniature dead sea. Lokrum Island is home to a little salt-filled lake that is linked to the open sea. It’s quite popular because it’s easy to swim in.
And if neither of those areas excite you, there’s also a nudist beach on the south part of the island. But if you stumble upon it by accident, you can’t say I didn’t warn you!
Get your Game of Thrones on.
Parts of Game of Thrones is filmed in Dubrovnik, did you know that? Of course you did, you smartypants. On Lokrum Island there’s a really cool exhibit that has cast interviews and interesting trivia. There’s even a replica throne to sit on, if you want to play the game.
The exhibit is in the monastery complex, which is not only really pretty, but it makes you feel like you’re actually walking around King’s Landing.
So you’re ready to head to Lokrum Island. Now what?
Getting to Lokrum Island couldn’t be easier!
Once you get to the port, find the big boats near the gate that say LOKRUM ISLAND on them. There will be a person selling round-trip tickets for 100 KUNA next to the ferries. You literally just hand him 100 kuna per person and he’ll hand you a giant ticket. You get on the ferry and in a few short minutes you’re docked at Lokrum!
Easy peasy. Just don’t wait until you’re too far sour on Dubrovnik to head to Lokrum Island. It’s a great little day trip.
So Lokrum Island was really great, and I highly recommend everyone go and visit should they find themselves in Dubrovnik. It really is a perfect place to spend an afternoon, even if you don’t feel the urge to leave the city. It doesn’t take long to get there and you can explore most of the island fairly quickly if you want.
Everyone that I’ve talked to loves Dubrovnik. But you know what? I actually didn’t like it that much. Don’t shoot! I’m sorry! True, the first few days were incredible; the sun, the city, the back streets. But for me, the charm wore off pretty quickly and I was left wishing we had booked a shorter stay. Be on the lookout next week for my post about what I wish people would have told me about Dubrovnik when I was planning this trip.
It’s important to remember that just because all of the bloggers you follow love a place doesn’t mean you will to! And that’s OK. You’re still a rockstar in my book.
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