Lopud Highlights walking tour
If you are looking for something short and sweet, Lopud Highlights Walking Tour should be your top choice. No matter if you are staying on Lopud, or visiting the island for just a few hours, you’ll get to know the story behind the beautiful stone buildings and mesmerising green gardens of the island, in less than an hour.
Type: tailor-made private tour
Duration: up to 1 hours
Price: EUR 49
Group size: up to 15 people
Included: certified guide,
map of Lopud island
Optional: transfers, food and drink
1. Meeting point
2. Franciscan Monastery
3. Hotel Pracat
4. Lopud museum
5. St Jerome church
6. The Chapel of the Crucified Redeemer
7. Park Đorđić Mayneri
8. The Church of St. Nicolas
9. The Grand Hotel
Lopud Tour Highlights
Our tour will start under the Mulberry tree, the meeting point of all locals. And like all islanders, we will take a stroll down Igo (the main promenade of the island), where everything important in Lopud’s everyday life takes place on. The official name of the street is Ivo Kuljevan, based on the name of Lopud’s great patron. His story illustrates the character of Lopud’s inhabitants almost perfectly.
We will walk by numerous small churches and chapels and, among many other things, talk about another famous islander Miho Pracat. His exciting life will bring out your smile, especially if you are a cat person. Our “grand finale” will be in front of the abandoned Grand Hotel, where we will examine the lifespan of an artwork.
The itinerary is provisional. Therefore, if there is anything at all you would like to do differently, let me know and I will tailor your perfect Lopud tour. You can also check out other suggested itineraries for private Lopud walking and food tours.
1. MEETING POINT
2. FRANCISCAN MONASTERY
The Franciscan monastery hides many exciting stories which shaped the life of the islanders. It was a center of island defense against pirates, a place where friars developed elixir for long life and a secret garden’s home.
3. HOTEL PRACAT
We’ll stroll down the promenade to the old building, former Hotel Pracat, built on top of a 9th-century chapel. Many intriguing legends have been formed around the hotel. It’s a great stop to have a chat about life on Lopud during Yugoslavia.
4. LOPUD MUSEUM
The next stop is Lopud square in front of the museum, which unfortunately hasn’t been open to the public since the Homeland War. However, the story around the museum and the square on which it stands is a curious one. It will take you through time to golden Dubrovnik Republic times when Lopud was famous for shipbuilding and trading, wine and olive oil production, fishing, and crafts. You’ll also learn how to use an old sun clock, which may come handy if all the clocks on the island suddenly stop or you want to impress a special someone.
5. St Jerome chapel
As we stroll further along the promenade, you’ll hear stories of not only the past but equally exciting present life. Absorb the atmosphere and discover how locals enjoy their feel-good lifestyle and long coffee breaks on the central waterfront. It will take us to 17th century St. Hieronymus chapel, which is a prime example of how the wealthy Lopud inhabitants spent their money.
6. THE CHAPEL OF THE CRUCIFIED REDEEMER
Miho Pracat, one of the greatest islanders until this day, built this church. He lived an exciting life as an adventurer and donated his wealth to Lopud and Dubrovnik Republic. There are many stories and fascinating legends about him that we will walkthrough. The church itself still plays a role in the life of Catholics on Lopud Island.
7. PARK DORDIC MAYINERI
We’ll make a short detour from the promenade into the green beauty of the botanical garden Đorđić-Mayneri, also called a park of love. Garden itself presents eclecticism of thoughts from the 19th century, all through the 20th century.
8. THE CHURCH OF ST NICOLAS
Our next stop is the marvelous church of St Nicolas. You will discover that it is not only a piece of art but also a place where the most famous islanders read the very first book and acquired skills to navigate the sea.
9. THE GRAND HOTEL
We will unravel the astonishing story of the Grand Hotel – why it offered an impressive architectural innovation, the controversial story of WWII, and causes of today’s decaying condition. At the same time, its influence on the islander’s everyday life will come to light.