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Visiting Lokrum Island

Views over Dubrovnik Old town with Lokrum island in the background
Views over Dubrovnik Old town with Lokrum island in the background

Lokrum is conveniently located on a short ferry ride from Dubrovnik Old Town, so day trips to the island are very popular among locals as well as among visitors to Dubrovnik.

Additionally, spending a day or just a half-day there can be a really refreshing experience, as the island has plenty of pine, cypress, and olive trees as well as some other subtropical vegetation that offers tranquillity and shade, especially during the hot summer days.

Getting to Lokrum

It’s easy to get to Lokrum – just take one of the boats leaving half-hourly in summer (less often in the rest of the year) from Porporela – Dubrovnik’s Old Port. The trip lasts 15 minutes and cost 40 Kuna (about 5 euros). There are regular, daily sailings from Dubrovnik Old Town’s port to the island. It is serviced by a local ferry company that sails to the Island two to four times per hour depending on the season. The sailing takes just under 15 minutes. Check all ferry details here.

Alternatively, you can get to the island by sea kayak in your own arrangement or if you wish, you can also book a private kayak guided tour to the island (check here)

If you would like to book your ferry and admission ticket in advance – see here => Book Lokrum ferry and admission ticket

Things to do in Lokrum:

Once you arrive there if you wish you can take a walk along the stimulating Botanical Gardens, planted in the 19th century.

The gardens have a few hundred different kinds of trees and plants as well as some peacocks which were also brought onto the island more than a hundred years ago.

While there, check the ruins of the Benedictine Monastery that was built there in medieval times (remains of the old walls are still there, hidden among the vegetation)

If it is a summer period, you can also swim, sunbathe and snorkel along the coast of the island (please, note, some swimming spots are for naturalists – check the FKK sign) as well as play volleyball or football on small pitches on the island.

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There are also some swings for small children hidden below pine trees which are suitable to use during the summer.

Interesting to know is Lokrum’s unusual historic heritage – back in the 12th century, the island was shelter to King Richard the Lionheart while he was shipwrecked on his trip back home from the third Crusade (?!)

Warning:  When going on a day trip to Lokrum take food and drink with you as there are no shops or restaurants on the island.

A couple of sandwich bars/ restaurants on the island offer basic food and drinks as well as ice creams.

Photos of Lokrum:

Photos of Lokrum – click on the above image to browse photos

Map of Lokrum:

Map of Lokrum
Map of Lokrum – click on the image to see an extra-large map of Lokrum

Here is another, simple map that was featured on the entry ticket to the island, sometime in the 1970s:

entry ticket to the island and botanical gardens, featuring simple orientation map
Above photo: entry ticket to the island and botanical gardens, featuring simple orientation map

Location Map of Lokrum:

Lokrum GPS Coordinates:

42.627530, 18.1203244/ 42°37’39.1″N 18°07’13.2″E
see the location of Lokrum on a larger map

You can find additional info about Lokrum on the following links:

Views over the Island from the Buza Beach, just under the walls of the Old Town.

Views over the Island from Buza Beach, just under the walls of the Old Town. This was a lovely, summer’s day so we decided to have a quick swim.

Video

I took this video clip from Porporela, from where you can see the Old Town’s walls, Ploce gate, and Lokrum.