I just spend a day cruising around the Elaphiti Islands, next to Dubrovnik in Croatia.
If you visit Dubrovnik and get enough of the massive numbers of tourists there, then you might just want to spend a day cruising around the Elaphiti Islands. They are a nice and quiet and not a tourist madhouse like Dubrovnik has become in recent years.
The Elaphiti Islands are very small, but have actually been inhabited for a long time. Pliny the elder mentions them in his writings nearly 2000 years ago, but even if there has been people around for a long time, the islands have a very small population.
The Elaphiti Islands consists of 13 islands and only 3 of them are inhabited. These three islands are called Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep, but all together they still have less than 1000 inhabitants. You have a few hotels and guest houses on the islands, but it’s not many. Day-trippers come there, especially to Lopud Island, but if you are coming straight from jam packed Dubrovnik, then you will think that there are barely any tourists.
Fishing and small scale farming is still a part of the daily routine on the islands and you will see the fishing nets, little olive groves around the 3 inhabited islands.
I took one of the tourist boats from the harbour that makes a full day trip to the islands to get a taste of the islands, but after having a taste I am ready for more and I hope to come back and stay a few days on the islands in the near future, cause they really have some of the old south Dalmatian charm that has been lost a little in Dubrovnik, with the arrival of the big cruise port.