Lokrum is a beautiful island just 10 minutes from the city of Dubrovnik’s Old Harbour. Rather than beaches, this island’s main feature is the large medieval Benedictine monastery. This monastery hosts the replica of the Iron Throne from the “Game of Thrones” since the show was partly filmed on the island. Just next to the monastery are cloister and botanical gardens. The popular swimming spot of Lokrum is so called the Dead Sea, a small lake with saltwater. For the panoramic view of the old town, you should visit the Fort Royal.
More about Lokrum
Lokrum is the island in the Adriatic Sea, not even a kilometre away from the city of Dubrovnik. The island is a great getaway for those on vacation in busy Dubrovnik, due to overnight stay is not allowed since the island is a nature reserve. The title of the nature reserve is not for nothing, as Lokrum is full of diverse flora, mostly oaks, ash, pines and olive trees.
The monastery, the fort and the gardens
The Benedictine Monastery holds the title of the most visited tourist attraction. The Monastery dates back to the beginning of the 10th century. It is believed that the monks left the island in the 15th century. The still-standing parts of the Monastery have been transformed into a museum and the restaurant. The museum shows the history of the island, as well as the show “Game of Thrones”. Visiting Lokrum you will be visiting an island where the show took place for some parts, as well as, get a chance to sit on the Iron Throne replica fund in the Monastery.
The island was once ownership of the Archduke Maximilian Ferdinand of Habsburg and he had a mansion on the island. Sadly, the mansion did not survive over time, but all of the amazing plants he had brought from South America did. From giant agaves to palms, and the native plants can be found in the cloister garden and botanical garden of the monastery. Besides flora, Maximilian Ferdinand brought families of peacocks from the Canary Islands, and Lokrum is still their home.
Another historical heritage is the Fort Royal Castle, built by the French during their rule, but it was later named “Maximillian’s Tower” by the Austrians. Be sure to climb to the roof of the Fort to catch a splendid view of the old town.
Rocky beaches of the island
Lokrum’s beaches and bays are not only popular with tourists but also with locals coming from Dubrovnik, such as Portoč beach. One of the most popular beaches is Ploče (a Croatian for slab), whose slabs are nature’s doing and perfect for sunbathing and enjoying Mediterranean weather. Another of nature’s doing is the Dead Sea on the east side of the island. The lake gets water from the caves and fractures on the island, and it even got formed by the collapse of a large cave. The Dead Sea is quite popular, and it is loved by the scuba divers. There is also a number of secluded bays and other smaller beaches, with white pebbles and clear sea waiting for you. There is no doubt that you will be able to find a nice spot just for you. Near almost all beaches you can find a bar where you can take a small break from swimming with some refreshments.
- One of the many legends of Lokrum is The Legend of Richard the Lion Heart’s shipwreck in the 1192.
- Lacroma Restaurant and Konoba Rajski Vrt are the perfect choose if you want to have full coarse lunch.
- If you are in Dubrovnik, you can choose between Walking Tour on the island of Lokrum and Half day Lokrum island tour and visit the island.
- For those looking for privacy and freedom, one of the most known nudist beaches in Dubrovnik is located on the island.