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Destination inspiration: Koločep Island, Croatia

The rocky coastline of Koločep Island, Croatia

The rocky coastline of Koločep Island, Croatia

Why go?

Koločep’s natural beauty taps into all your senses. The heady saltiness of the Adriatic and the scent of pomegranate and citrus trees floats on the breeze, and the water is so clear you can see the fish as they dart about between the rocks. This is an island made for relaxation and daydreaming, for long walks and wild swims in the endless sunshine (officially, over 250 days a year).

Fresh oysters from the local daily catch

Fresh oysters from the local daily catch

With fewer than 200 permanent residents and Koločep being car-free, visitors can expect plenty of peace and privacy. Foodies will enjoy fresh fish and oysters brought back from the daily catch and fine wine from local vineyards. Nature lovers can explore the dense pine and carob forests and get lost in ancient olive groves. Made of limestone and dolomite, the island has a rocky coastline typical of the Dalmatias, except at each end, where there are two sandy beaches. There are Romanesque churches dating back to the 9th century, many of which are in a beautiful state of ruin, and mysterious caves and coves for adventure-seekers.

The island is at its most mellow in early June and September

The island is at its most mellow in early June and September

When to go?

This island is tiny, so it’s best to avoid the summertime rush in July and August, when cruise ships and holidaymakers pour into nearby Dubrovnik and start their rounds of the Dalmatian coast. You can enjoy the best of Koločep in early June and late September, when it’s at its most peaceful.

The view from Apartment Lujack, Croatia

The view from Apartment Lujack, Croatia

Where to stay?

Apartment Lujak – Koločep, Croatia

Mere minutes from the beach, these bright and spacious apartments have everything you need to feel at home. You can take your meals on the balcony, watching the sun set over the Adriatic each night. The Lujak family will share local tips, plus their freshly-baked bread.

Al fresco meals at Apartments Maria, Croatia

Al fresco meals at Apartments Maria, Croatia

Apartments Maria – Koločep, Croatia

These apartments are surrounded by flowers and fig trees, and all have a kitchen and a balcony with beautiful views. They’re also only three minutes from the beach and the shops. You can choose between a studio or an apartment with two or three bedrooms – the latter being a good pick for families.

The heavenly shaded terrace at Villa Sea Dream, Croatia

The heavenly shaded terrace at Villa Sea Dream, Croatia

Villa Sea Dream Koločep – Koločep, Croatia

Every morning at Villa Sea Dream, you can stroll out of your room and take a dip in the sea, just 70 meters away. Choose between a single, a twin, or one of the large apartments, all of which have access to a communal terrace. You host Maria will advise you on where to go during your stay.

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