Lokrum island is a right place to take a rest of Dubrovnik crowds, just for a day. This miniature island, half of nautical mile distant from Dubrovnik old town port is a real haven of tranquility and natural beauties.
The island is a nature park and protected area with exotic tropical and subtropical plants and a unique botanical garden.
There are two beaches on the island, Portoc and Bijele Stijene (White rocks). Lokrum is known also as a home of some premier nudist beaches on the easternmost point of the island.
The island is easily reachable by regular taxi boat from old Dubrovnik port. It’s only a 15 minute ride, with every 30 minutes departures from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM in period May/October.
The boat tickets can be bought before boarding. The price of 40 Kuna (5,30 €) includes entrance to the island and its Nature Reserve.
One of this island's appeal is the fact that cars are not allowed on it. You can stay on the island only from 09.00 AM to 06.00 PM. Nobody lives there and you can't spend the night there as there is no accommodation of any type.
There is no better way to enjoy the silence of the island but taking a walk around. Lokrum is crisscrossed by shady paths covered with by pines where you can enjoy exotic tropical and subtropical plants and a unique botanical garden.
One of the special attractions of the island is a lake called the 'dead sea' (Mrtvo more). If you travel with children, the lake is suitable for them and non-swimmers. The lake is 10 meters deep, and is located on the southern part of the island.
There are many legends and stories about this island. One of the legends is related just to this monastery called a 'damnation the Benedictines' . Benedictines as the first owners, damned the island as a revenge after they were expelled from there by the Dubrovnik government. Read more about island's history on Wikipedia!
Another legend says about, Richard the Lionheart who was shipwrecked in 1192 after returning home from the crusades and was cast safely ashore on Lokrum.
Benedictine monastery complex on Lokrum was first mentioned in 1023 and includes
the 12th or 13th century Romanesque-Gothic basilica and a 15th century Gothic-Renaissance monastery. I'm sure after a nice meal at the restaurant inside the monastery will drive away all curses and legends.
Extensive rocky beaches run along the eastern end of the island, and there's a nudist section (FKK) at the far eastern tip.
This island is a home of the country's premier nudist beaches and of the most beautiful secluded places to get rid of your tan-lines. If you are a naturist fan, the same boat will take you there every day.