Croatia

Visiting Lokrum Island

Visiting Lokrum Island is a must. This beautiful Island is off the coast of Dubrovnik. It is an easy and fun half-day excursion.

How to get there

Lokrum Island is a quick easy trip from Dubrovnik. Boats leave every 30 mins from the Old Town Port in the summer (less often during other times of years) and the trip only lasts 15 mins!

I’m here! Now what?

Visiting Lokrum Island for a few hours is your only option. You can’t stay there. It is uninhabited. This quiet island is a great place to relax for a morning or afternoon.

Botanical Garden

Two women smiling with plants when visiting Lokrum Island.
The plants on the island seem to be from another world!

A must when visiting Lokrum Island! According to, dubrovnik-travel.net, most of the plants were planted by Archduke Maximilian Ferdinand of Hapsburg in the 19th century when he owned the island. It includes eucalyptus, palm trees and cacti. In total, 800 species of exotic plants. You will walk around feeling like you are in another world. No wonder they filmed multiple scenes of Game of Thrones here!

Swim

Rocks with vegetation in the background.
The rocks we navigated down to the water. Don’t be like us. There are way better swimming options. We picked the first one we saw and went for it.

Get in that Adriatic Sea! But remember water shoes. These are not sandy beaches. You may need to navigate a few boulders getting down to the water.

Interested in the nudist beach? According to lonelyplanet.com, when you depart the ferry, head left and follow the signs marked FKK.

In addition to the nudist beach and just picking a spot to jump in, there is a small saltwater lake known as the Dead Sea that is popular.

Grab a bite to eat

There are a couple of places to eat on the island. Including a sit down restaurant at the Benedictine Monastery, a snack bar, and a fast casual option.

Visit the medieval Benedictine Monastery

The medieval monastery houses a display¬† on the history of the island and the filming of Game of Thrones. I didn’t see any information on the curse associated with the monastery. You can learn more about it here.

Game of Thrones

Are you a game of thrones fan? Here’s info from kingslandingdubrovnik.com, Lokrum Island was used “as a stand-in for the city of Qath near the Jade Sea, which is visited by Daenerys Targaryen in season two. Some of the garden scenes were filmed in the botanical gardens on Lokrum and in the Former Benedictine monastery.”

I would love to hear about your favorite islands near Croatia or your experiences on Lokrum Island. Drop me a line here.

 

Pictures by Jennifer Smith

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