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Šipan island

sipan The largest and richest with monuments in the Elaphites Archipelago, it stretches from the point Stari Brod to the point Prtuša, from NW to NE. It is located between Lopud an Jakljan island and encircled by numerous islets, reefs and steep rocks: Ruda, Jakljan, Tajan, Crkvine, Goleč, Kosmeč and Mišnjak....

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The largest and richest with monuments in the Elaphites Archipelago, it stretches from the point Stari Brod to the point Prtuša, from NW to NE. It is located between Lopud an Jakljan island and encircled by numerous islets, reefs and steep rocks: Ruda, Jakljan, Tajan, Crkvine, Goleč, Kosmeč and Mišnjak. Its composition is dolomite and upper cretaceous limestone. The highest peaks are Velji vrh (243m) and St. Ilija (223m). Trought the middle of the island runs the fertile field of Šipan. At its ends in the sheltered bays there are two larger settlements, Šipanska Luka and Suđurađ connected by a lane 5 km long, through vineyards and olive groves. Inside the island there are smaller settlements: Frajga, Sutulija, Vonjevo selo and Ođak.

The islanders were engaged (most of them still are) in agriculture, maritime affairs, trade and fishing. Their centuries-old olive trees give excellent olive oil and the wine from Šipan is also well known. The most widespread cultures are olives, grape-wine and figs which they still sell on the fresh market in Dubrovnik (port Gruž).

This island was recorded in history long ago and mentioned under various names. Here are the "Gates of Pompeius", through which Pompei's Admiral Octavian escaped Caeser's Admiral Vatinius. The name Tauris is of roman origin and means bull as the island's shape reminds of an animal head. Its Greek name is Gypanon which means The eagle's nest. In the Middle Ages it was called Giupana, Zuppano which means principal. The present Croatian name Šipan appeared in 1370.

Only the ruins of the Governor's Palace are left and also the remains of the palaces Sorkočević, Gučetić noble families and the Archbishop Beccadelli - a friend of Michelangelo, the Sicilian King Rene d'Anjou and others. At Suđurađ is the turret and fortified castle of the famous seafarer family Skočibuha from the 15th century. There are almost thirty churches on the island of which the most important are pre-Romanesque churches of St. Peter, St. John and St. Michael. The church of St.Stjepan is over a thousand years old.

Nature endowed this island with a very pleasant climate, pine groves and large picturesque coves. The most beautiful beach is on the neighbouring island of Jakljan (500 meters long). On Šipan tourist traffic is constantly increasing, especially during the summer months. There are two hotels and many inns with good food and pleasant accomodation. Apart from swimming and walks there is also fishing for the tourist.


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