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Koločep: A Must-Visit Croatian Island

Koločep, beautiful island known as Kalamota to the locals, is the first of the three Elaphite islands near Dubrovnik. It’s just a short 20-minute boat ride from the center of Dubrovnik. This island is loved by both locals and tourists for its untouched natural beauty. It is famous for its refreshing scent of pine trees mixing with the salty sea breeze. 

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With a population of around 160 friendly inhabitants, Koločep offers an intimate oasis nestled in lush greenery along the coastline. It’s a car-free paradise, perfect for a carefree vacation. You’ll discover hidden rocky beaches, sandy coves with clear waters teeming with fish that shimmer in the sunlight. Many visitors find solace in the island’s caves overlooking the deep blue sea. The entire island is free from road traffic, creating a safe and relaxing environment for your getaway. 

As you wander the island’s paths, you’ll come across fig, grape, and olive trees, and if you’re discreet, you might even pick some fruits for yourself. Explore the caves and dusty trails, bask in the sun, or savor the latest culinary creations from our chefs. 

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Koločep is situated between the island of Lopud to the northwest, the Lapada peninsula in the southeast, and the mainland in the north, with the Adriatic Sea to the south. It’s 3.1 kilometers long, up to 1.2 kilometers wide, and reaches heights of up to 125 meters. The island is composed of limestone and dolomite and is covered in lush vegetation, including Aleppo pines. It has a rich history. There is evidence of early Croatian settlements: 

  • ancient churches dating back to the 9th to 11th centuries,
  • and defensive towers built in the 15th and 16th centuries to protect against pirates and the Ottomans. 

Discover the Charms of Koločep Island: A Seaside Escape in Dubrovnik

The beaches on Koločep come in a mix of sand and pebbles, with the larger bays being Sapluni and Porat. When it comes to lodging, you’ll find cozy apartments and seaside hotels in Donje Čelo bay. For those interested in history and culture, there are several places to explore. There is St. Anthony of Padua church, St. Nicholas church, St. Srđa church, and the remnants of old farm buildings. 

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If you’re an active soul, there are cycling and jogging paths right by the sea. You can also dive into various water sports like

Families will find a children’s playground near the villas, complete with slides, swings, and a carousel for little ones.

To learn more about the island’s traditions, you can visit island families who keep traditional skills alive:

  • like making carob brandy,
  • night fishing the old-fashioned way,
  • or milking goats for cheese and yogurt. 
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Koločep Air View

Excursions are available:

  • a cruise around the Elaphite islands on the “Karaka” ship,
  • a trip to the Blue Cave, a tour of the island’s attractions,
  • and a journey to Dubrovnik with a tour of the Old Town. 

When it’s time to savor local flavors, head to the “Škerac” and “Stari Miri” taverns. There you can try Dalmatian prosciutto, cheese, game dishes, oil cheese, green manestra, and more. 

Olives on Koločep

One interesting aspect of Koločep is its history of olive cultivation. Olive trees have been a significant part of the island’s landscape for centuries. Koločep’s favorable climate and fertile soil make it an ideal place for olive groves. The island’s olive trees have produced high-quality olive oil for generations, and this tradition is still very much alive today. 

Koločep’s olive oil is highly regarded for its quality and taste, and it’s often used in local cuisine. You might also find it as a popular souvenir to take back from your visit to the island. Exploring the olive groves and learning about the olive oil production process can be a fascinating and delicious experience for visitors interested in the island’s rich agricultural heritage. 

If You're Staying in Dubrovnik or Cavtat – Visit Koločep Too!

Just a short boat ride away from the bustling hubs of Dubrovnik and Cavtat, this island offers a serene and picturesque escape for holidaymakers. 

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Visiting Koločep means enjoying sandy and pebbly beaches, exploring old churches and farm remains, and trying various water sports. The island has no cars, making it safe for families and adventure seekers. You can also learn local traditions like goat milking and making carob brandy. Koločep offers boat tours to the Blue Cave and other attractions. 

In short, it is a perfect mix of calm and excitement. Whether you want beach relaxation, historical exploration, or a break from city life, Koločep has it all. It’s a great destination for visitors in Dubrovnik or Cavtat, showcasing the best of the Croatian coast. Plan your getaway to Koločep today and experience the beauty and serenity of this Adriatic paradise. Book your trip now and discover the hidden gem of Dubrovnik’s islands! 

Your CTC Team

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