Arguably the most scenic of the Elafiti Islands, a journey to Lopud is best categorized somewhere between leisurely and adventurous; but then again, so are most outdoor activities around Dubrovnik. Car-free and tranquil with hospitable townsfolk (around 250 of them) and clear, shallow beaches, you could decide to spend most of your day lounging on the sun-drenched sand of Sunj Bay. But we know you better than that. Should you decide resist the temptation, pack up a bottle of water and hike to the top of 216 m Polacica, the highest point on the island. From here you'll have some incredible views of Dubrovnik in the distance, and an all-too-good reason to get back down to the waterside for some refreshing swimming/snorkeling. Due to the relative shallowness of the water, kayaks are also a favored means of aquatic transportation here, allowing paddlers to circumnavigate the beautiful 4.6 sq. km. island with ease. Overall, there's just enough adventure on Lopud to help you convince yourself that your summer's day in southern Croatia was marginally productive. That's good enough for us.
Note:If you're looking to stay, there are a small handful of hotels located on the northwestern coast in the village of Lopud. A ferry also runs four times a day from Dubrovnik to Lopud, including stops at Sipan and Kolocep. We've included the timetable in our links.