On our first day in Dubrovnik, we decided to take a boat trip over to Lokrum Island. Lokrum Island is a tiny uninhabitied island just a 15 minute boat ride from Dubrovnik’s Old Port. I was so excited to visit after seeing Connie’s post about it last year and decided that we had to spend a couple hours there. I didn’t realise how big the island was, so a couple hours turned into a whole day, but it was so nice.
We bought our tickets at the old city port (you can’t miss the huge boat that takes you there for 120kn each) and headed over to the island just before lunchtime. I was actually suprsied how empty the island was, being so close to Dubrovnik, but it was so calm and peaceful to explore.
We took a slow walk along the rocks by the harbour, then made our way around the edge of the island, stopping at the bar by the dead-sea lake for a drink, before heading up the huge hill to visit the fort at the highest point of the island. It was a hard walk that’s for sure!
There’s also a botanical garden on the island (though in all honesty, we didn’t think much to it), and an amazing restaurant called Lacroma which we ate at. I had the most amazing grilled tuna salad and shane ordered the greek salad. It was some of the best food we ate the whole trip!
I love that the island is only inhabited by peacocks and wild rabbits! We saw them roaming literally everywhere and they definitely weren’t scared by people. Apparently, monks put a curse on the island in the early 1800’s for anyone who tried to claim it for themselves in the future, so it’s now a nature reserve. The island shuts at around 4pm, and there’s no camping or staying after that time allowed.
It’s such a perfect little place to get away from the huge crowds in Dubrovnik and just spend a little time chilling out. I’d love to have gone for a swim in the water around the rocks (there’s ladders into it literally everywhere), but it was a little too cold for that. It’d be perfect in the summer to take a little picnic, chill on the rocks and go for a swim in the crystal clear water!
DarinaNovember 10, 2016 at 7:55 pm
Such an awesome and serene place! Beautiful pictures!
AprilNovember 15, 2016 at 6:49 am
LucyNovember 11, 2016 at 11:06 pm
Ooh a monk’s curse, very creepy! Pretty cool that it’s just left to the peacocks and rabbits though! It looks like a gorgeous place to explore and I could really do with t-shirt only weather right now, oh summer come back… xxx
Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy
AprilNovember 15, 2016 at 6:50 am
Yeah, other than the visitor centre and the bar and restaurant, the peacocks and rabbits just own the island and roam free! Even while we were eating, they kept coming up to the table haha!
Gemma EvansNovember 12, 2016 at 10:02 pm
Looks like an absolutely beautiful place — I’d happily spend the day walking around it and taking photos 🙂 Your tuna salad looks epic!! I heard peacocks can be quite aggressive, don’t know if that’s true or not though.
AprilNovember 15, 2016 at 6:51 am
It was so stunning! I’ve heard that too, but the ones on the island seemed so tame, probably as there’s so many visitors. They’d just come up to our table while we were eating in search of food, and you could pretty much walk right up to both the peacocks and rabbits while walking around too!
LizNovember 15, 2016 at 5:27 am
wow what an incredible view! x
Liz | LotsofLoveLiz ♥
AprilNovember 15, 2016 at 6:53 am
HayleyNovember 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm
Gir this place looks SO beautiful, your pictures have captured it perfectly! Sounds like a magical day 🙂