Dubrovnik within Elafiti archipelago there is
Sipan is largest island in Elafiti
archipelago that are also called "Jelenski otoci" (deer
The name if first mentioned in 1. century after
Sipan is about 16 km2 in size (9 km long and 1,5 to 3 km
There are two little places on the island: Sipanska Luka
and Sudurad. During the Dubrovnik republic the island
was popular as a resting place of republic aristocracy.
There are many little churches and chapels on the
island, because the island was in it's long history been
populated by many sailors.
Island Sipan is only 7 km away from Dubrovnik, and
Sipanska luka about 12 km.
Whole of island is covered by Mediterranean vegetation,
in it's past when on island lived about 7000 inhabitants
there was over 350 000 olive trees. Today there are
about 450 inhabitants mostly older people and children.
Besides olives on island there are many grape vine,
oranges, tangerine, fig, dog-rose and carob. Today
because lack of local people most of the island is
covered by macchia, pine trees and brown bullhead.
Inhabitants are mostly oriented to tourism, fishing and
a little of agriculture.
In Sipanska Luka visitors can find little hotel „Sipan"
160 beds. In city bay there is a place for some 70 yacht
because the Luka Sipanska bay is about 2,5 km long.
On this island that is about 16 km in size there is 42
old villas, 34 churches, and many chapels. Unfortunately
most of them are in not very good state.
Major building on the island is castle of Vice Stjepovic Skocibuha,
ship-owner and merchant from 16 century, palace of the
Rector above Luka Šipanska, family Stjepovic castle,
Federiko Glavic, famous ship owner is also from this