[pullquote]There are on average 2,584 sunny hours per year on the island, which equates to about 215 completely sunny days.[/pullquote]Near the world famous city of Dubrovnik, in the middle of the Elaphiti archipelago, the island of Lopud is a hidden gem for fantastic incentive travels.
Everybody certainly knows of Dubrovnik in the southern Adriatic coast, but few know anything about the astonishing beauty of the Elaphite islands. The archipelago, located just nine nautical miles from the city of Dubrovnik and a pleasant one-hour ride with the local ferry boat, offers a unique experience: not only will visitors get to enjoy sunsets from paradise, but also the perfect tranquility of nature, as no cars are allowed on the 4.63 sq km island of Lopud, the second largest and most beautiful of the three Elaphite islands. All of this makes it a natural paradise that’s unique in the world – noise and air pollution are unknown here. If you dream about kicking back from your everyday work stress, there is no better place to consider in planning your next incentive travel.
Lopud island has 11.5km of coastline, of which 1.2km are marvellous sandy beaches. The culture and architecture evoke ancient times, as the island has been inhabited for thousands of years – the Roman name of the island is Lafodia and many remains of ancient Greek, Roman and Slavic buildings and ruins have been found on it. Remnants of old Croatian culture from the 9th and 10th centuries are still present in the pre-Romanesque chapels: St. Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Peter and others, with a total of 36 churches to be found on the island. In 1457, Lopud was one of the regional centres of the Dubrovnik Republic and at that time the island was inhabited by over 1,000 people. Today, there are only about 400 inhabitants and Lopud, the only settlement, is located in a bay from which there is a path that leads to the sandy Bay of Sunj on its far side.
During an incentive group free time or time set aside for building team spirit, there is the possibility to choose from many activities, such as kayaking, sailing, hiking, Nordic walking, private sea excursions and much much more. Besides the outdoor activities and excursions, business travellers can enjoy the hospitality of the island’s biggest hotel – Lafodia Sea Resort. Owned by Italian businessman Gian Pietro Severi and his family, who fell in love with Lopud after their first visit, it was completely renovated and reopened in 2011. They also offer a private fleet of boats, so the transfer from Dubrovnik Airport is yet another part of the complete experience. Set in 12,000 sq.m of privately owned parkland on Lopud, the Hotel Lafodia offers elegantly designed rooms and suites, a multifunctional Avatar conference room suitable for 180 delegates, a variety of venues for personalised events and tailor-made team-building activities. The Avatar meeting room is illuminated by natural light and equipped with cutting edge audiovisual technology, and in the evening, if it’s not occupied, it can also be converted into a cinema. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout hotel.
To wrap up, the island of Lopud is a very attractive destination for those who want to combine their work responsibilities with the magic of a unique location surrounded by pure nature.