Location

Dear guests, masters and lovers of the film art!

Welcome to the first “Ponta Lopud” Festival, held on the charming island of Lopud, a true testament to the marriage of the force of nature and connoisseurs of all life’s pleasures. We will do our best to justify our dedication to making your stay at our Festival and our island as memorable and pleasurable as possible.

ELAPHITI ISLANDS

Situated northwest of Dubrovnik, you will find a small, paradise-like archipelago known as the Elaphites or Elaphiti Islands. The name of the archipelago comes from the Ancient Greek word for deer, which, according to the Roman author and scientist Pliny the Elder, inhabited the islands in large numbers. The archipelago consists of a total of 8 islands and 5 islets.
Only three islands are permanently inhabited: Šipan (the farthest from Dubrovnik and largest of the three), Lopud (the second largest and the venue of our Festival) and Koločep – or locally known as Kalamota – the closest to Dubrovnik and the smallest of the three.

All of them are dominated by the lush pine forests and surrounded by crystal-clear blue Adriatic Sea. Despite the rocky coastline visible from afar, which has over time formed into amazing secluded bays and caves, you can easily find a few wonderful pebbly and sandy beaches as well.

Whichever island of the archipelago you visit, you will be rewarded with a celebration of awe-inspiring visual wonders combined with intoxicating fragrance of the sea air and the typical Mediterranean vegetation. Each of the three inhabited islands features its own specificities, from sacral and residential buildings and other sites of historical and cultural importance, to beaches, hotels, resorts, restaurants, taverns, beach bars, some sport facilities, souvenir shops, etc.

LOPUD ISLAND

Stretching over 4.63 km², Lopud is a relatively compact, permanently inhabited island. There are about 250 inhabitants living there, and the island advertises with more than 2,584 hours of sunshine per year, which makes it an idyllic place for the natives as well as a perfect getaway place for sun-hungry holidaymakers. In addition to typically lush and fragrant Mediterranean vegetation covering most of the island (Aleppo pines and dense macchia), there are also palms lining the promenade, many lemon, orange
and olive groves surrounding the houses and hotels, colourful flowers, parks and even a botanical garden abundant in eucalyptus, bamboo and cacti.

The island of Lopud has been a famous seaside resort since the 19th century. There are two sandy beaches – a smaller one in the centre of the village, just a few minutes away from the port, and the popular and large Šunj beach on the other side of the island (accessible on foot, with a shuttle service – golf carts, or by sea), as well as many smaller pebbly and rocky beaches, including a wonderful beach of the Lafodia Hotel.

When approaching the island port, the vista is dominated by the 16th-century Franciscan monastery. This magnificent place has been restored with utmost care and thoughtfulness by the Thyssen-Bornemisza family over the past two decades. It houses carefully curated contemporary art pieces from the family collection and offers accommodation on an exclusive basis.

In addition to the beautiful Franciscan monastery, there are remains of the Dominican monastery and as many as 24 churches and chapels. Only a few are open for worshippers and visitors today.
On the highest elevation of the island is the Spanish fortress Sutvrač dating back to 1563, which awaits restoration. It offers a magnificent view of the island, its other coast, which is steep, overgrown and inaccessible, the mainland of the Dubrovnik Primorje region, the hills of Rijeka Dubrovačka and Srđ.

Among other interesting places to visit on the island is the light-receptive installation created by Olafur Eliasson and David Adjaye called Your Black Horizon Art Pavillion. Inaugurated in June 2005 at the 51st Venice Biennale to great international acclaim, it migrated to its now permanent home on Lopud in 2007.

With a number of summer residences, various accommodation units, parks, several hotels, fortresses, churches, hiking trails, bike and kayak rentals, restaurants, taverns, an art pavilion, sandy, rocky and pebbly beaches, and other public and privately owned spaces, this car-free island caters to both young and adult visitors alike.

Restaurants and taverns offer predominantly Mediterranean cuisine on their menus, which are based on dishes prepared from freshly caught seafood (many types of Adriatic fish, mussels, octopus, etc.), fresh herbs (basil, thyme, rosemary, etc.), olive oil, fresh seasonal vegetables, meat, traditional desserts and a great selection of cheeses and famously tasty regional wines (grapes: Pošip, Grk, Malvasia Dubrovačka, Plavac mali etc.)

HOW TO GET THERE?

A regular line of the National ferry company Jadrolinija connects Dubrovnik (from Port Gruž) to all three islands (Koločep-Lopud-Šipan) several times a day. It takes 55-60 minutes to reach Lopud. Additionally, there are smaller transfer companies that can take you to any of the three islands from Dubrovnik, and regular transfers to and from the village of Brsečine offered by the Lafodia Hotel.