This group of 14 islands and islets between Dubrovnik and the Peljesac Peninsula is one of the most popular excursions from Dubrovnik. Only the largest of the "deer islands" (from the Greek elfos) -- Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan -- are populated. They have a long history and are believed to have been inhabited since prehistoric times. During the 10th century, the islands became Dubrovnik territories, liberally strewn with chapels, churches, and crumbling villas designed in a riot of pre-Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance styles. Today, the few residents of these islands are indifferent to tourists, and visitors are mostly left alone to poke around in the pine forests and ruins that cover much of the islands. If you have the time, visit the islands one at a time instead of with the popular "overview" excursion that hits all three (it is a bit of a whirlwind, and you don't get to embrace any island fully). However, if time is short, Vivado Travel Agency (tel. 020/486-471: www.dubrovnik-online.com/vivado) and many others operate ticket kiosks at the Old Harbor near the Ploce Gate. They sell daily fish picnic excursions for about 250kn ($46) per person. … Back to Article
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