In order to get away from the crowds in Dubrovnik on your sailing holidays in Croatia, we suggest you rent a daily boat trip or a multiple day with overnight stay boat cruise to the Elafiti islands archipelago and Kolocep.
Kolocep, also known as Kalamota island is one of the Elafiti islands near Dubrovnik. It is covered in olives, citrus and pine trees, and known for its clear sea, pebble beaches and the famous “Blue Cave”.
The island has two villages, Gornje (upper) and Donje (lower) Celo, based in the fifteenth century. Each village is on its own beach and they are made of scattered traditional stone houses, wrapped in flowers and nature.
There are no cars on the island and the small population of just under two hundred people is connected by a path through the centre of the island. Kolocep is perfect for snorkelling, kayaking and fishing, and its restaurants and caffes make a great place to take a break.
Gornje Celo has a beautiful vintage church and a lighthouse at its end. Donje Celo on the other hand, is known for the restaurants, pizzerias, bars, and the market overlooking the small sandy bay. From here, it’s easy to explore the hidden pebble beaches, the untouched nature and breathtaking underwater.
The island contains many archaeological sites from the Roman times, and it tells a story of the rich history of the area. It was known as the island of fishermen and corals, and the reasons for this are visible to this day. In its time it was a home to many, even some of the sailors on Columbus Santa Maria, and Greek citizens. Now it’s a relaxing getaway for travellers and adventurers, with its hidden forest paths, cliffs, beaches, culture, blue sea and sunny days.
Kolocep is a nice, quiet getaway from the modern world, and welcoming warm place you can explore, enjoy and relax in.