A former holiday hideaway for Dubrovnik's rich and powerful, Sipan is the largest of the Elaphite islands.Located in the Elaphiti Islands in the Adriatic, Sipan Island is another of Croatia's secluded island gems. Reachable by local ferry from Dubrovnik, the island has a well protected port, popular with sailors, is decorated with several interesting medieval monuments just waiting for you to explore them. More than that though, it is the glorious sun-soaked coastline and the sparkling sea that guarantee the steady flow of tourists keen to indulge in a Sipan villa experience. Sipan is an elongated, narrow island, covering a surface area of around 16 and a half square kilometres. Typical Mediterranean vegetation covers most of its landmass, including fragrant citrus fruit trees, sprawling vineyards and many dense olive groves. Fishing remains crucial to the local economy, meaning any foodies taying in Sipan accommodation can look forward to tucking into some of the excellent, fresh seafood. Delicious!
The wealthy citizens of the nearby mainland city of Dubrovnik in the region Southern Dalmatia have come to the island for centuries, and many of the aristocrats of the Dubrovnik Republic built summer retreats here, mainly between the 17th and 19th centuries. This decadent influence has spread to the villas and apartments Sipan, guaranteeing a luxurious holiday with a royal seal of approval! Upgrade your holiday home to include a refreshing pool surrounded in a lush, well-tended garden to get an even better taste of this divine lifestyle. If you're enjoying a stay in Sipan accommodation and have a keen interest in history, you may want to consider visiting the renaissance castle of the family Stjepovic – Skocibuha. Construction began in the 16th century – an important time in the Island of Sipan's history. This deep culture and history is also evident in the village of Sudurd, home to Church of the Holy Spirit, with its typically Adriatic flat roof. Other churches and shrines dot the island, many of them old fishermen and sailors' votive chapels, often nowadays in ruins.
The island also has many small islets surrounding it, and anyone who enjoys sailing will love a trip to stay in Sipan apartments. Exploring the waters by canoe is also fun, and there are also plenty of opportunities to learn to scuba dive. Simply spending a day in some of the secluded coves, enjoying the sand and sunshine, is a heavenly experience here. You can also be safe in the knowledge that your tranquility will not be interrupted by cars racing by – traffic is allowed on the island, but isn't recommended due to the road conditions – perhaps another nod to the history of Sipan! The nearby islands Mljet, Korcula and Lastovo are popular holiday islands as well. You might go on a day trip to one of them if you like, starting from Dubrovnik. And right across the sea you would get to wonderful Apulia in Italy. You can see: Sipan is lying in a marvellous region. Bay of Kotor, popular holiday region in Montenegro is also quite near.
As somewhere to clear the head and recover from the stresses of modern life, a stay in Sipan accommodation will leave anyone feeling peaceful and relaxed, their tension washed away by the clear blue waves of the Adriatic.