Day Trip to the Island of Koločep

Koločep Island
Enjoy a visit to one of the most beautiful islands in the Elafiti Archipelago. Koločep (referred to by locals as "Kalamota") is the southernmost inhabited island in Croatia. Just a little over a square mile, it's home to about 150 year-round residents, mostly living in Gornje Čelo and Donje Čelo. Two miles (3 km) of paths connect the two hamlets with additional trails and walkways spanning the island through dense vegetation. There are no cars on Koločep, adding to its relaxed atmosphere.

Though a popular day trip from Dubrovnik, the island maintains a somber feel. Visit Donje Čelo to admire its cluster of stone houses before relaxing on one of Croatia's rare sandy beaches, or take a concrete path that cuts inland to Gornje Čelo. From there, explore the many trails crisscrossing through pine and deciduous forest that open up to beautiful views of the Adriatic. 

There's also the option to take a scenic hike or even go sea kayaking around the island. The latter is highly enjoyable due to the number of beaches, coves, and hidden coastal caves to explore. As a bonus, there's a great little family-run restaurant on Koločep that's known to serve Croatia's tastiest grilled calamari!

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Itineraries with Day Trip to the Island of Koločep

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Discover the hidden gems of Croatia with this 10-day tour of the Dalmatian coast, featuring time spent in the popular and historic coastal cities of Dubrovnik and Split. You'll explore the peaceful island hamlets and idyllic wooded setting of Koločep, the raw beauty of the Pelješac peninsula, and Mljet, the greenest Adriatic island.  You'll hike, bike, swim and sail quiet islands, ancient cities, and sparkling seas.

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Explore the best of Croatia from the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik, to the country's capital, Zagreb. During this 11-day itinerary, you'll see and experience the incredible seafood and wine, drink in breathtaking views over some of the most popular islands, and experience Croatian culture. Slow down a bit and enjoy the history-rich country while keeping active with a few opportunities to cycle, paddleboard and sea kayak. 

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Explore the best of Croatia and Slovenia on this 15-day itinerary, from the walled city of Dubrovnik to Ljubljana's leafy and pedestrian-friendly streets. Spend three nights aboard a private catamaran as you tour the Adriatic coast and its islands, including Šipan, Koločep, Mljet, and the ever-popular Korčula and Hvar. You'll ride an electric bike around stunning Krka National Park, listen to the Sea Organ play its unending melody in Zadar, and go underground and meet Brilliant, an imposing stalagmite in Postojna Cave.

Scenic Southern Dalmatia: Dubrovnik, Pelješac, Korčula, & Elafiti Islands - 6 Days

This 6-day itinerary provides an in-depth look at popular Dubrovnik and its surrounding scenic attractions. Spend time wandering the Pearl of the Adriatic's medieval streets and massive fortress walls and kayak out to nearby Lokrum Island for a unique perspective of the city. You'll sail to three of the vegetation-covered Elafiti Islands, visit an oyster farm in Mali Ston, and pedal through the charming countryside of the Konavle.

Highlights of Dubrovnik and Split - 7 Days

Explore the history and culture of the Dalmatian Coast, starting in the walled fortress city of Dubrovnik, where you'll enjoy a guided walking tour, an optional kayak excursion, and sunset atop Srđ Hill. Hike across Koločep Island and discover its Blue Cave, then go oyster and wine tasting on Pelješac Peninsula. End your trip in the city of Split, where you'll explore the historic Diocletian's Palace, hike through Marjan Park, and enjoy an afternoon on the beach.