During the 15th and 16th century many summer residences were built on Šipan by the noble families from Dubrovnik. Šipanska Luka and Suđurađ are the two main towns of the Šipan island. In Suđurađ you can see the remains of the renaissance castle of the family Stjepović – Skočibuha, whose construction started in 1529. Also worth visiting is the beautiful Pakljena tower, which dates back to 1563.
Šipan is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands Situated just 17km northwest of the historic city of Dubrovnik, situated 17km from the historic town of Dubrovnik. Koločepski Channel separates the Elaphite islands from the mainland. Altogether, 44 mansions and 32 churches were built between the 15th and 16th centuries on this sun-kissed island. Šipan has two main villages located around an extended idyllic bay. Šipanska Luka is positioned on the west side of the island, and Suđurađ – situated in the east.
If you would like to escape urban life for a while and soak up the relaxing vibe and peaceful atmosphere, definitely visit the island of Šipan. To have a fully authentic experience, visit the scenic palatial former residence of the Skoćibuha family, located in Suđurađ. Find out how the typical Dalmatian village looks like by visiting Šipanska Luka, where locals still live by old customs traditions handed down by their ancestors. Learn about the myths and legends of Šipan on a guided tour around many of the islands’ historical, natural, and cultural attractions. The whimsical fisherman village of Suđurađ, on the island’s east coast, is worth exploring.
Adorning the idyllic rural landscape of the island of Šipan are scented pine woods and lush Mediterranean vegetation. You can discover many endemic species of palm trees growing all over the island. Olives, figs, almonds, carobs, oranges, and citrus fruit are all cultivated in the southeast region. Take a tour of the breathtaking countryside before venturing to the idyllic island’s peaceful coves. Go swimming and snorkeling in aquamarine waters or relax and sunbathe if you want to get an all-over tan, head for one of the local naturist beaches. Due to Šipan’s proximity to Dubrovnik, it’s easy to escape here on a day trip.