Lokrum Island
Lokrum Island
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Lokrum Island, home to a botanical garden, salt lake, and Benedictine monastery dating back at least to 1023, is a great escape from the bustle of Dubrovnik. Travelers and locals alike visit this island for its idyllic walking paths, natural swimming pools, and colorful peacocks. It’s also popular among Game of Thrones fans as the filming location for Qarth. A perfect day trip, boats regularly leave from Dubrovnik's Old Town port and take just 15 minutes to get to Lokrum. An additional entrance fee is required on the island. Lokrum is busiest in the summer vacation months of July and August. – Tripadvisor
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  • Carol J
    Terrigal, Australia16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Few hours to spare in Dubrovnik? Lokrum Island
    Nice side trip from Dubrovnik. Ferry from the main harbour in the old town and dont forget to take your swim suits. Not an enormous amount to do - a few lovely trails, an old monastery and a Game of Thrones exhibition. Peacocks roam free on the island. We (four adults) went for a walk around the island ( about an hour all up) then cooled off with swim in the crystal clear water to wait for the return ferry. Probably not more than half a day tops here - three hours would be enough. The ferry seemed expensive for what we received but that includes access to the island and hey, someone has to help to pay to maintain these places, right?!
    Visited June 2022
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Dean
    London, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful day trip!
    Beautiful island! Loved the beachy/rocks and also explored the naturist area which was similarly as lovely! Had to find a suitable area to enter the sea as it was a bit choppy but lots of ladders to help you in and out of the sea. Some good cafes for a coffee, easy to get across and back. Would recommend if there’s time whilst exploring Dubrovnik.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2023
  • PUPforever
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must experience x
    Fabulous views, allow 4 hours + good footwear recommended, some steep climbs but worth it. Go early to make the most of the time you have there. A few eating places and fountain to fill up your water bottle, clean toilets and of course the GoT part in the Monastery x
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2023
  • BiljanaC
    Zagreb, Croatia77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only ten minutes from Dubrovnik
    I decided on this island after hearing about the many legends associated with this small island. Since we stayed in the south of Croatia for several days, it would really be a shame not to visit this island. Lokrum is a reserve of forest vegetation under the protection of UNESCO. While you are surrounded by pine forests and peacocks carelessly walk around you, you feel as if you are in heaven on earth. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, this is the place for you because part of the movie set was located here. There is also a legend: don't take anything from this island...but we left with a bunch of memories and beautiful moments.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Brian P
    Cupar, United Kingdom431 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to See
    This island is well worth the 15 minute boat trip from Dubrovnik. The trails are well signposted with lots of interesting stopping points with great views. It is quite a slog up to the fort at the top but the views back into Dubrovnik make it well worth the effort. Tickets for the boat and access combined are bought from the clock tower at the head of the main thoroughfare not at the Old Port. You get 20% off with a 3 day Dubrovnik Pass.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2023
  • Rachel M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place
    Lokrum island was recommend to us by our tour guide and we were so glad that we listened and visited the island! The ferry cost €27 euros each for a round trip and departed on the hour. The island itself is very picturesque, we went with no expectations and were pleasantly surprised! We found a lovely pool, the Iron Throne and walked through the botanical gardens. On the way back we stopped for a quick drink in the bar/snack area. We stayed for 3 hours and would definitely recommend to anyone who is nearby!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Polina K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent
    Magnificent place to leave all your problems. Only relaxation and peaceful mind. We enjoyed in nature and beautiful animals. Rocks,sea, nature, old buildings… i reccomend you to visit this place. You will run away from crowd and leave all your worries away
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 May 2023
  • expandyourhorizons10
    Virginia66 contributions
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    Get your tickets in the clock tower building not at the pier
    50 E for 2 includes ferry RT and entrance to nature preserve. Ferry runs every 30 minutes. Hike to top of fortress ruins and get an amazing 360* view. Comparable to the top of Mt Srd cable car but cheaper and no lines. Walk monastery ruins and see many flashy peacocks. At least 3 cafes. There’s a swimming hole as well as rocky beaches. Full botanical garden, well labeled specimens. Flat shady walks available too. Could spend a day and relax or half day to see it/do it. We really enjoyed it.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 May 2023
  • Brendan M
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good day trip and great views from the fort
    Great day trip; buy the combined boat and entry ticket for 27euros. Relaxing walks and plenty to see. Lovely restaurant next to the monastery is a great place for a beer and food
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2023
  • Laurina A
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit for me Iron Throne
    A beautiful day on the island. The gardens were gorgeous and the Lake was so breathtaking (cold). We especially enjoyed the monastery as they had a steel GOT’s Iron Throne there. The grounds were so well manicured. Also loved the peacocks. .
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2023
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Saira K
Atlanta7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
An amazing experience. You can get to the island via boat from the old city in Dubrovnik and either lounge near the water, sight sea near the ruins or hike up to see the fort. Highly recommend the Lacroma restaurant there for lunch.
Written 26 February 2024
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA2,011 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Lokrum Island is just a quick boat trip from Dubrovnik. It is definitely worth a visit and spending half a day here. You can walk around and see quite a few sites and there are plenty of spots where you can go swimming and/or have a picnic. It is also quite peaceful in the nature along the walks. There are also peacocks all around the Monastery area and we saw plenty of newborn peacock chicks as well, which were very cute. The peacocks aren’t afraid of people and so you can get some pretty good pictures. The original throne from the series Game of Thrones is here as well and you can sit on it and take some pictures. All in all, Lokrum Island was interesting and pretty enough that I would return.
Written 19 January 2024
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Lokrum is a small island and nature reserve, very close to Dubrovnik – it’s easy to spot from many vantage points in the city, such as from the Old Town Walls or from Mount Srd.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Lokrum Island could not have been any easier. The Lokrum Island ferry makes multiple trips per day from the Old Port, traveling more often in the peak summer season. The Old Port is located just outside of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Travelling to the island is expensive – as most things are in Dubrovnik, but we were able to get a discount with our Dubrovnik City Pass.

We spent the afternoon wondering aimlessly in search of the best things to do. We didn’t have much planned, other than hitting all the points in the map we picked up from the tourist office. Little did we know that the island was teeming with ruins, gardens, restaurants and peacocks.

We began by visiting the Benedictine Monastery where there is a well-designed, interactive display detailing the story of Richard the Lionhearted visit to the island.
Purportedly, Lokrum Island was where King Richard was shipwrecked when returning from a crusade in 1192. The citizens of Dubrovnik welcomed the King warmly, providing him with anything he needed until he fully recovered.

To thank the citizens for their generous hospitality, he financed the construction works of a church in Dubrovnik, and not in Lokrum as he had originally promised, before returning on his way.

The Benedictine Monastery flourished and the monks warned the Croatian mainland of any potential intruders or dangers by ringing the Monastery Church bell without stopping, or when they saw a fire from the island’s highest point.

Although it was originally built during the 11th century, like any other Dubrovnik building, the Monastery was severely damaged in the earthquake of 1667.

Hence, the Monastery underwent a series of modifications and reinforcements and what we see today is a building complex dating from this period.

By the end of the 18th century the Benedictine Monastery was totally neglected since the monks were forced to leave. Things would have been worse if Archduke Maximilian Ferdinand of Habsburg had not built a summer mansion on the island in 1859 with a magnificent garden laid out, criss-crossed with pathways, full of amazing plants and botanical wonders.

He transformed the Monastery’s ruins into a beautiful summer residence and added a lovely garden with lush vegetation surrounding the Monastery.

We learned that a monastery has existed on Lokrum Island since at least 915 CE. Legend holds that after the monks were forced off the island in the 1798, on the night of the deadline to leave, the monks travelled the island three times, dripping a trail of candle wax, and placed a curse on the island and anyone who tried to seek it for their own in the future. A descriptive panel describes the event and the curse reads “curse on anyone who should take Lokrum for his own pleasure”.

This curse is cited to reinforce what happened to the family members’ of Archduke Maximilian, the younger brother of the Austrian Emperor Francis Joseph I, who purchased the island. Archduke Maximillian was assassinated in Mexico. His wife Archduchess Charlotte of Austria, who also resided on the island where they thought themselves to be the happiest married couple on Earth, went completely insane. Maximilian's nephew inherited the island. Already on the first day of his arrival, a very strong wind overturned his boat between Dubrovnik and the island. He drowned.

Rudolf (the heir to the throne of Austria and the only son of the emperor Francis Joseph I and the empress Elisabeth of Bavaria) took a liking to Lokrum and moved there. But he committed suicide and his mother Empress Elizabeth was assassinated in Geneva.

Lokrum is also famous as one of the filming locations of the epic Game of Thrones TV series, so many fans of the show head there for this reason as well and to take advantage of sitting on the Iron Throne. HBO gifted the throne to the city of Dubrovnik and they decided to place the through inside the visitor center on Lokrum Island. This is a free experience. Simply pop into the visitor center and take your photo (there wasn’t a line when we visited).

If you’re into fauna, take a stroll through the botanical garden — one of the most relaxing things to do on Lokrum Island. The garden was created in 1959 in an effort to research the adaptation of foreign plants on the island’s climate. Today, the garden boasts an estimated 800 plant species from all over the world. It’s a small area, but may be interesting for folks who love plants.

There were also numerous hiking trails that offered breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

This included a hike up to Fort Royal. We followed a trail that took us directly to the fort and the views along the route were worth the effort. There is not much to see except for the views.

Built on the highest point of the island, we were rewarded with panoramic views of Croatia and the Adriatic Sea. Just make sure you’ve got your proper walking shoes on for the uneven path on the way up!

We wrapped up our time on the island with visiting the “Dead Sea” (Mrtvo More) - not really like its far more famous namesake in the Middle East, but this was still a salt lake. Located inland on the south of the island, it was a popular spot bathing spot, especially for families with young children.

There is an information panel which described how the lake was formed. Intense tectonic activity and subsequent erosion resulted in a cavity that was slowly filled with seawater to create this picturesque swimming hole. The lake is about 30 feet deep but perfectly calm.

Very much in need of some refreshments, we parked ourselves in a picturesque corner and watched the swimmers while enjoying some cold brews.

It was a very pleasant way of spending the afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik while enjoying plenty of natural beauty and exploring the historical landmarks.
Written 16 December 2023
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Tommy599
Two Rivers, WI874 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Upon arriving at the old town, we headed for the waterfront where we obtained round trip tickets to the island of Lokrum. About ¾ of a mile from the old town waterfront.

The island is a 100% recommendation from us within the experiences we enjoyed today. Beyond all the walking paths / gardens / peacocks / the former Maximilian’s mansion (eventually turned into a Catholic Monastery / Dead Sea (a large still saltwater lake tied to the sea that many enjoyed swimming in and apparently, the nude beach at the island’s end.

Speaking of the nude beach, there is no sand, but rather large flat rocks that allow slow access down to a metal ladder into the water. FYI locals / Europeans have no issues with swimming in the nude, thus the saying goes “when in Rome you do what the romans do”, so we had no tan lines today! The waters are very clear and at about 78F, so the first shock goes away quickly as you find yourself EASILY floating with no effort in the salty waters of the Adriatic / Metatherian seas.

Great Pizza and drinks on the Island.

Game of Thorns HBO / Netflix series is a big tourist attraction. Inside the monastery we sat in one of the prop chairs (lined with swords) for the movie. Then headed back to the old town port and then onto the city bus for about a four-mile trip (it goes through the new city first) back to our ship area.
Written 27 November 2023
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SharonBDorset
Wimborne Minster, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Beautiful unspoilt island. Spent a lovely 3 hours walking the scenic paths. Steep climb to the fort at the top but worth it for the views.
No smoking on the island which even as a smoker I coped with for three hours ! Although disappointed to see cigarette butts around so not sure it’s enforced. Game of Thrones exhibition in the monastery / museum and a replica iron throne! So many peacocks too! Discounted ticket price with the Dubrovnik pass. Lovely way to spend a quiet morning or afternoon.
Written 19 November 2023
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Lucille M
Winnipeg, Canada53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Beautiful island. Lots of walking. It isn't really well signed so you can get a bit lost. Has beaches but not with sand, large outcrops of rocks. Great place for a day getaway and picnic. Botanical garden. The throne from Gamebof Thrones is in the monastery and is free to sit on and take photos. Wild peacocks are all over the island. It is a short ferry ride from Dubrovnik. 10 minutes. Be sure to find out the story of the island and why no one lives on it!
Written 3 November 2023
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Sasquatch61
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A quick boat ride from the Old Harbour at Dubrovnik to this beautiful little island. Full of peacocks and rocky beaches. Botanical gardens with little bars for snacks and drinks. Well supplied with restrooms. Would recommend visiting in low season as it might not be everyone’s cup of tea when busy!
Written 30 October 2023
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Laura
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of Old Town Dubrovnik. Very easy to get to via a short boat trip from the Old Port. Plenty of places to explore and enjoy. Perfect for a leisurely stroll or a dip in the sea.
Written 21 October 2023
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Dibs08
Ulverston, UK35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Lokrum is a beautiful and fascinating island and, in spite of the large number of visitors who arrive there, it is possible to find peaceful areas. My husband and I and our 2 friends are very pleased that we took the boat trip from Cavtat to explore the monastery and the Botanical Gardens. We enjoyed the walk to the unusual Dead Sea. We also appreciated the Game of Thrones exhibition and the opportunity to view (and sit on) the iron throne.
However, on arrival, we were surprised to learn that there is price to enter the island and we felt that 27 euros per person was excessive. This could come as a shock for a family,if they have not budgeted for an entrance fee, after paying for the boat trip.
Written 20 October 2023
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jessiesmam2016
County Durham, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A short boat journey to the lovely island of Lokrum. There is a cocktail bar, a restaurant with great pizzas, the opportunity to swim and more. Definitely worth visiting.
Written 19 October 2023
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