- Type: Beaches, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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If you didn't know, the Dubrovnik beaches are limited in space and number; those available can get very crowded. So where are you going to catch some zzz's in sun in this resort paradise? Lokrum Island is the picture-perfect answer. Less than half a mile offshore, this forested island calls to the onlookers from the Dubrovnik city walls. One IgoUgo visitor who made the short voyage recalls, "The beaches are very rocky … but they are clean and safe, unlike those on the mainland." For swimmers, the island also offers a small saltwater lack and, for exhibitionists, a nude beach.
Aside from the beaches, Lokrum has a historic attraction of its own -- the 19th-century Napoleonic Fort Royale. In 1023, a Benedictine monastery was built on the island; however, Napoleon's forces razed the complex. From the fort, you can catch stunning views of Old Town. There's also a pricey restaurant and a few shopping stalls for island guests.
For this perfect daytrip, catch a taxi boat that leave about every half hour from Dubrovnik's Old Port. A recent visitor said the ride was about 25 HRK (or about $4.75 USD) per person. And be sure to get back to the mainland before 8 p.m. when the last boat leaves Lokrum.