KOLOCEP ISLAND, KOLOCEP ISLAND - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Kolocep island

Kolocep island, one of the Elaphiti group of islands is 25 minute ferry journey from the port of Gruz in Dubrovnik. It is small island, just 2.5 square kilometres in area and there are two settlements on the island Gornje and Donje Celo and each has a small beach. Dornje Celo is the larger community and has a couple of cafe restaurants and a shop. No cars are allowed on the island but a network of paths crosses the island. The meandering walled pathway that links the two villages is bordered by remains of ancient buildings as in the 15th century Dubrovnik noble families built fortified summer palaces, churches and chapels on the island. Most of these fine buildings are now in ruins but in Donje Čelo the 13th century parish church, The Assumption of Mary survives as does the 11th/12th century pre-Romanesque church of St. Anthony of Padova in Gornje Čelo, On the path between the two villages is the 15th century Church of St. Anthony where you will find an altar-piece, painted by an eminent Dubrovnik artist Ivan Ugrinović.


Harbour cafe in Donje Celo
Harbour cafe in Donje Celo
Wtaerfront in Donje Celo
Wtaerfront in Donje Celo

Dubrovnik

Described as the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik will not fail to impress with great City walls rising out of the brilliant Adriatic against a backdrop of steep mountainsides. Within the walls of the old town are some fine architecture and lively streets crammed with shops, cafes and restaurants. Walk the City walls to enjoy the beautiful roofscape of the old town and the seascape beyond. Visit the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries and stroll down the cobbled streets and alleyways or relax in the cafes. During the summer months the Dubrovnik festival hosts concerts on most nights providing music of all types.


Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island
Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island
Castle wall
Castle wall
Beach near Dubrovnik
Beach near Dubrovnik
Stadun, Dubrovnik
Stadun, Dubrovnik

Gruz

Gruz is the port area of Dubrovnik where the cruise ships dock and where mega-yachts tie up at the quayside around this large and sheltered natural harbour. The gentle banks of Gruz harbour was where the Dubrovnik noblemen chose to build their fine summer palaces to escape the heat and bustle of the ancient city. Many of these stunning Renaissance buildings are still standing and some have been renovated as luxury hotels or spectacular private houses. Today Gruz is a shopping and commercial centre for Dubrovnik as well as a living museum of Renaissance architecture.


Eating Out

Dubrovnik offers everything from sophisticated restaurants in spectacular waterside locations to simple bistros in alleyways and side streets of the old town. The choice is endless. We can provide you with our recommendations.


Beaches

In Dubrovnik there are popular beaches all around the Lapad Peninsula. From the old town harbour ferries go regularly to the small island of Lokrum just a few minutes away, where Dubrovnik people traditionally like to go for a swim. A short distance down the coast there are sandy and shingle beaches at Kupari and Mlini.


Islands

The nearby islands of Lopud, Sipan and Kolocep are easily reached by ferry from Dubrovnik. Much quieter but still historically interesting. Lopud has one of the best sandy beaches in the region which can be reached by walking across the narrow neck of the island from the town of Lopud. The charming harbour front village of Suderad on Sipanhas a well preserved fortified palace from the 15th century.


Trsteno

About 10km from Dubrovnik is the famous landscaped garden and arboretum of Trsteno a Mediterranean garden with a fine array of trees and breathtaking views. The gardens were created by the nobleman Ivan Gucetic in the grounds of his summer villa built between 1494 and 1502.


Tresteno Arboretum
Tresteno Arboretum
Suderad harbour, Sipan
Suderad harbour, Sipan

Our Villas in Kolocep island


Villa Sunflower
Villa Sunflower New large and spacious contemporary luxury villa by the island shore. Car free zone. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, air-conditioning, gym, lovely garden and pool, own sea access, private mooring, pet friendly. Internet. Beach 5 metres away.
Villa Beach Holiday
Villa Beach Holiday A pretty family villa set out as two apartments, only 150 metres from a lovely beach, on the paradise car-free island of Kolocep near Dubrovnik. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, gardens, balconies, sea views. Wireless Internet, partially air-conditioned.


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