Best of Šipan

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Šipan
Šipan is the largest of the Elafiti Islands and was once a favorite destination of Dubrovnik’s upper class. Though there aren’t any major attractions, Šipan makes for some rewarding exploring. It’s easy to fall for the island upon arriving in Sudarad, with its photogenic stone houses and placid harbor framed against the forested hills rising above town. 

Most travelers come on short day trips, though there are several places to stay on the island — a perfect opportunity to experience Šipan’s beauty once the ferry visitors have departed. Previous kimkim travelers have rented bikes in Sudarad and pedaled across the island to Šipan’s other seaside village, Šipanska Luka. The route passes groves of olive, citrus, and fig, as well as vineyards, with the scent of pine lingering in the air. In Šipanska Luka, you can watch fishermen haul in the day’s catch and take a stroll among the grand buildings (including a 16th-century fortified church).
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Sail along Croatia's stunning coastline
Top Sailing Experiences in Croatia

One of the most popular activities in Croatia is sailing, which should come as no surprise considering the country's long and narrow shape hugs the Adriatic Sea. With over 3,000 miles of coastline and more than 1,000 islands, the country is a prime spot for sailing excursions. So whether you're looking for day trips to the archipelagos or an entire itinerary sailing from spot to spot, you can find it in Croatia. Discover islets, caves, lagoons, and rugged coves all by boat.

Hvar's scenic harbor
Cruise the Croatian Coast: Dalmatian & Elafiti Islands - 8 Days

Explore the Dalmatian Coast in style on this 8-day small-group cruise through Croatia’s most beguiling islands. Combining gourmet experiences with plenty of relaxing downtime, you'll cruise from the ancient port of Split to the medieval walls of Dubrovnik, island hopping through the Adriatic along the way. Swim off the famous golden sands of Brač’s Zlatni Rat, tour an organic farm on Hvar, go wine tasting on Korčula, and cycle around saltwater lakes in Mljet. Each night you’ll drop anchor in a different island port, letting you sample the culture, cuisine, and glittering nightlife on offer.

Šolta Island, Croatia
Cycle and Sail the Dalmatian Islands - 7 Days

Explore Croatia's Dalmatian islands on this active tour, starting on the rural island of Šolta with its traditional way of life. Then set sail to the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula, and Mljet, cycling through the pastoral wilderness, villages, and Mediterranean shrubbery, all while discovering ruins, ancient old towns, and national parks. End your trip on the small island of Šipan and sail to the city of Dubrovnik, where you can walk its historic walls, peruse its Old Town, and climb to Srđ Hill for outstanding panoramic views of the region.

Mali Ston on Pelješac Peninsula
Scenic Southern Dalmatia: Dubrovnik, Pelješac, & Korčula - 5 Days

Spend five days exploring the cultural and historic sites around Dubrovnik and its surrounding regions. Discover stunning baroque and renaissance architecture in Dubrovnik, set sail to explore the quiet beauty of three nearby Elafiti Islands, Koločep, Šipan, and Lopud, and explore the wild terrain of the Pelješac peninsula. You'll kayak the Adriatic, visit long-forgotten villas, and sip on delicious endemic-to-Croatia wines.

Beautiful sunset from the coastline of Ston
Map of Scenic Southern Dalmatia: Dubrovnik, Pelješac, Korčula, & Mljet - 7 Days
Scenic Southern Dalmatia: Dubrovnik, Pelješac, Korčula, & Mljet - 7 Days

Discover Southern Dalmatia's wild beauty on this week-long itinerary that starts and ends in Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Board a speedboat to the lush Elafiti Islands, visit wineries on Korčula and the Pelješac peninsula, and enjoy sweeping views over the Adriatic from a parapet walkway in Ston. This tour perfectly incorporates cultural exploration of popular coastal towns with relaxation and adventure to remote island settings.

The beautiful island of Mljet off the coast of Dubrovnik
Scenic Southern Dalmatia: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Pelješac, & Mljet - 8 Days

Soak up the sunshine on this 8-day itinerary focused on Southern Dalmatia—a perfect combination of nature and culture. Beginning and ending in Dubrovnik, you'll enjoy day trips to nearby lush islands where you'll spend time taking in the sights through kayaking, snorkeling, trekking, and swimming. As well as have time experiencing Korčula's island terrain, exploring the rugged Pelješac peninsula, and discovering Ston's historic defense wall and glittering saltpans.

The Elafiti Island of Koločep, the southern most inhabited Croatian Island
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.

Beautiful Vis Island, a popular day-trip from the island of Hvar
Map of Explore Dalmatia: Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik - 13 Days
Explore Dalmatia: Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik - 13 Days

Immerse yourself into the coastal culture of the Dalmatian region with this 13-day journey through Croatia. You'll see incredible national parks, sail among beautiful islands, and explore the country's most popular city, Dubrovnik. Thanks to the international flight options to Split and Dubrovnik, it is possible to travel open-jaw too. Learn more with these diverse itineraries, below.

A cyclist looks to the Venetian-influenced city of Korčula Town
Map of Dalmatian Coast Bike Tour: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Mljet, & Šipan - 8 Days
Dalmatian Coast Bike Tour: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Mljet, & Šipan - 8 Days

This self-guided 8-day cycling tour starts in Croatia's Konavle, the rural countryside beyond Dubrovnik, before leading you through the rugged terrain of the Pelješac peninsula to your first Adriatic island, Korčula. You'll pedal amid olive groves, vineyard-covered hills, and along stunning coastal paths until it's time to venture to Mljet National Park to cover equally, if not more beautiful ground. You'll end your active holiday with two nights in the "Adriatic Pearl," enough time to explore the city as well as visit the nearby island of Šipan for one last day of riding.

Dramatic coastline on the island of Šipan off the coast of Dubrovnik
Dalmatia Adventure: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar & Split - 9 Days

From kayaking and swimming to hiking and cycling, this 9-day itinerary of Dalmatia is perfectly crafted for your next travel adventure. You'll begin in southern Dalmatia in Dubrovnik where you'll kayak to nearby Elafiti Islands to swim and snorkel and ride a bike through the Konavle, and then venture through the dramatic Pelješac peninsula. You'll explore Korčula and Hvar covering the island terrain on a hiking and biking excursion and end your stay in the modern-ancient city of Split.

Paklenica National Park
Croatia Multisport: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar, & Paklenica - 11 Days

Enjoy this 11-day adventure through Croatia, starting in Dubrovnik and ending in the capital, Zagreb. You'll fall in love with Croatia's rugged and wild beauty as you kayak, hike, swim, and bike your way over peninsulas and to islands and through lavender fields and wine country. From stunning and diverse national parks to charming coastal cities and island villages, you'll get a complete sense of Croatia on this tour.

Other popular travel destinations in Croatia
Dalmatian Coast · Dubrovnik · Split · Hvar · Korčula · Zagreb · Plitvice Lakes · Zadar · Ston · Istria · Rovinj · Hvar Island · Motovun · Vis Island · Trogir · Opatija · Mljet Island · Brač Island · Skradin · Stari Grad · Vela Luka · Šibenik · Osijek · Bale · Miljet Island