To truly appreciate just how spectacular the Adriatic is, go beyond the city of Dubrovnik. A cruise to the Elafiti Islands is a wonderful way to spend the day, and it is truly a journey that is equal to the destination. On a traditional sailboat, you’ll be surrounded by blue water and amazing scenery, and on the Elafiti Islands you’ll have the chance to step back in time and enjoy a historic, cultural and peaceful side of Croatia. The best way to explore the coast of Croatia is by boat, and this tour offers the chance to board a unique galleon, a traditional sailboat. The departure point is in Dubrovnik, and the first stop of the day is the island of Koločep. You’ll have some free time on the island, and the best way to soak it all in is on foot. The next island stop is Lopud, where olive groves dominate and the village is a warm, welcoming place. Lopud is the second largest of the Elafiti Islands and is best known for its sandy beaches. The final of the three islands is Šipan, yet another charming spot where time seems to have stood still. Compared to Dubrovnik, this sleepy island feels like it belongs in a different world. Šipan is also the right time to stop and enjoy lunch. In true Croatian style, this is a feast rather than a quick sandwich. Dine on fresh grilled seafood, fresh produce and homemade desserts, and sip strong coffee to finish. Dalmatian music in the background adds to the incredible atmosphere. Then it’s back on the sailboat, but the day is far from over. The return journey is a delight in and of itself, as the boat winds its way back along several islands, through the blue Adriatic and to the harbor of Dubrovnik.

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