Elaphiti Islands: Šipan, Lopud, and Kalamota
Before returning back to Dubrovnik, you can visit some of the Elaphiti Islands, a small archipelago nearby. There you have a chance to visit nice little towns (ports) for a walk or drink, or you can stay in some nice quiet bay away from the crowds and relax. Šipan, Lopud, and Kalamota (also know as Koločep) are three main permanently inhabited islands of the archipelago.
Although it is only 16 square kilometers big, Šipan is the biggest island in the group with only two bigger villages: Šipanska Luka in the west and Suđurađ in the east side of the island. The island flourished during the Dubrovnik Republic when the most important and strongest activities were shipbuilding, shipping, olive growing, fishing, and wine growing.
Lopud is best known for its sandy beaches. One of the most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic is said to be in a cove Šunj, where you can enjoy sun and sea to the maximum. Kalamota is the closest island to Dubrovnik, located only 5 kilometers from the Dubrovnik harbor at Gruž, famous for seven medieval churches and shipbuilding tradition.