Lokrum is a beautiful little island which is only a ten minute boat ride from Dubrovnik's old town harbour, making it the perfect getaway for a day. The boat fare is 60 kn which includes entry onto the island.
Once on the island you are free to roam and there are maps situated all over the island so finding your way around is relatively easy.
We began with the botanical garden which has many stunning and unusual plants and trees. We then made our way up to the ruined fortress for a bit of exploring, not to mention the stunning views of Dubrovnik and surrounding areas. It is quite a climb up a very steep hill so it is necessary to have some level of fitness. On the way back down we had a look around the ruins of the monastery and marvelled at the huge number of peacocks roaming around. We brought a packed lunch and there are plenty of places to stop and eat whilst enjoying the surroundings. After lunch we spent time at the salt water lake, swimming and sunbathing. This was a rewarding experience after the strenuous walk to and from the old fort. The coastline is mainly rocky but does offer plenty of space for people wanting to sunbathe.
There is a cafe/bar serving light snacks and meals as well as cocktails. It is well secluded and doesn't spoil the tranquillity of the island.
The boats transporting tourists to and from Lokrum seem to depart approximately every half an hour until about 7pm (kicking out time) so there is never much of a wait.
Overall it is a lovely and relaxing day out away from the crowds of Dubrovnik and a place we would certainly look forward to visiting again on future trips to the area.
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