Croatia Sailing and Seeing It All on Sipan
Situated to the north-west of Dubrovnik are some of the most peaceful and beautiful islands in all of Croatia: the Elafiti islands. The largest of these is Sipan, and it is a must-stop on any Croatia sailing trip. Famed for both its fabulous wine and its wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, the island of Sipan has long been a popular getaway for people from across Croatia and beyond.
There are two main villages to explore on the island – Sudurad and Sipanska Luka. The village of Sudurad, framed by a stunning 16th century castle, is laid-back in every way. Life here is centred on the traditional harbour, where home-cooked food and home-produced drink can be enjoyed whilst taking in some of the best scenery in Croatia.
Unlike some of the other Elafiti islands, cars are allowed on Sipan. But for many this is seen as a real positive, as it means both the villages, which are linked by the main road, can be explored in a relatively short space of time. In fact, this main road itself is something of a sight to see – surrounded by fragrant olive and fig trees nestled in a vast valley of greenery, it really is one of the most pleasant journeys you will ever experience. And if you want to take even more in, why not hire a bike? There are plenty of opportunities to do so at either end of Sipan.
Reaching Sipanska Luka, you will find a slightly livelier atmosphere than Sudurad. With a local lifestyle focused on the village’s fishing tradition, the cuisine on offer here cannot be missed. And with many secluded beaches to explore, Sudurad offers excitement and tranquillity in equal measure.