Elaphiti islands is a small archipelago located just outside of Dubrovnik. Almost a rock throw away, a peaceful and charming perfect getaway from the crowds. However, it is an archipelago and we depend on boats. So here are the best ways to get to Koločep Island.
Koločep is the first island off Dubrovnik, it is also the southeast inhabited island in the Adriatic Sea. There are 2 villages on the island, approximately 2 km apart, Gornje and Donje Čelo.
Thick pine forests and remote secluded beaches sound like a perfect place to relax, fade out and become one with the Mediterranean. This oasis of peace and solitude is about 30 minutes by boat from the busy streets of Dubrovnik.
So, these are the options to reach Koločep locally known as Kalamota. There are two regular boat lines running from Dubrovnik Gruž port to the island. The line ran by Jadrolinija goes to Donje Čelo, boat Europa runs to Gornje Čelo. Our lovely hotel and GChelo restaurant are in Gornje čelo.
Boat Europa goes twice a day in the offseason, three times a day in the season. Europa leaves Dubrovnik just across from the Fresh Market in Gruž and tickets can be purchased directly on the boat.
For more details about the boat departure times feel free to contact us. This boat line was established to connect Gornje čelo to Dubrovnik and help locals commute whether for work or school.
Jadrolinija Dubrovnik - Elaphiti Islands passenger ferry line connects all three islands to the mainland, normally this line is run with Postira ferry, in the off-season when Postira is serviced Premuda ferry takes over. Postira has been a lifeline for years to the islands and it has many stories to tell.
Koločep is the first stop off Dubrovnik and lasts before Dubrovnik. Please note that Postira runs to Donje Čelo from the pier in Dubrovnik Gruž port, tickets are purchased in their office right next to the pier. Ferry schedule is available on jadrolinija.hr.
Once you disembark the passenger ferry at Donje čelo and you would like to visit Kalamota Beach House hotel, you need to cross the island. This might sound like a lot however Koločep is the smallest of the three and this is a 20 min light stroll.
When you get off the boat right after the pier there is a small street going up and this is where to go. Just follow the road that winds through the village.
By the end of the village on the intersection turn right and descend, after few meters you should pass the ruins of st. Michael church and companion object. The road goes between fields of olive groves, lemon orchards, and dense Mediterranean forest.
If the season is right keep an eye out for wild blackberries, thorns are a threat but the fruits are full of flavor and in the spring keep an eye out for cherries as many trees by the roads are cherry trees.
Once you reach Gornje čelo you just need to descend to the seashore and you are right outside of our little property. This is a lovely walk however we strongly recommend that you don’t do this carrying luggage.
An alternative to these regular boat lines is taking a water taxi from Dubrovnik to get to Kolocep island. Getting to Koločep from Lopud and Šipan can be arranged through Jadrolinija lines that go to Donje Čelo, or by private boat.
Arriving from alternative places such as Orašac, Zaton or other islands can be done only by private boat transfers. Just drop us an email to organize it for you quickly and painlessly.
Clear waters, salty swims, and lots of sunshine are things we all need in our lives. So get your bikini on and plan to lounge on one of the 10 best Kolocep beaches are an awesome addition to your Croatia summer bucket list.
Are you a sand, pebble, or rock type? You can dive into pristine clear waters pretty much anywhere, however, these are the top 10 best Kolocep beaches worthy of your visit to the island.
This is a remote rocky beach. Your 30-minute walk will be rewarded with this amazing secluded place.
Placet beach tucked away on Kolocep’s southern side, is known for its dramatic cliffside vistas that make for incredible snapshots.
This small rocky beach is located at the bottom of the steps. Due to fallen trees and steep steps, it was officially declared hazardous. So, you will do this at your own risk.
Just a bit further from don Đivan beach, another pebbly Kolocep beach that offers shade, so it makes it family-friendly.
The center of the village is dominated by a long sandy beach; part of the beach is used by the local hotel the rest is open to the public.
The name in Croatian means stone slabs, and you can guess that this is a rocky beach. This beach is just off the main road connecting two villages.
This is a lovely pebble sandy beach. The turquoise sand and crystal-clear sea are very inviting. Great place for family as shade is available too.
This is a secluded lovely spot with a pothole that guarantees a lot of excitement and adrenaline. Descending a winding walkway down the cliff, pause to admire the views of the sea and verdant cliff tops before you. Please note that when coming on foot, stairs are rather steep and there is no handrailing.
The local nude beach is located outside of the Donje Čelo village, it is a rocky beach with sunbathing terraces.
This is a small sandy beach favored by local families with children. The shallow sandy part is perfect for children. The shade is also available under the dense pine trees.
It is not beach per se however it is worth mentioning. This is a spot where small boats doing island cruises will stop throughout the day so people can jump off the “parapet” the wall protecting the pier from the waves.
When you are ready to take a breather from swimming and sunbathing on Kolocep beaches and walk the nature trail through the island’s interior or paddle a kayak under the pine trees.
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