A wonderfully tranquil small set of thirteen islands near Dubrovnik, perfect for getting away from it all. The name comes from the Ancient Greek word for deer (elaphos), for which is believed to inhabit the islands. Each island is like a special pearl, similar to the others but still somehow different. Koločep is the smallest of the three settled Elafiti islands and is closest to Dubrovnik. Lopud is the most visited island in the archipelago, mainly for the wonderful Šunj beach. Šipan is the Golden Island, the largest of the settled Elafitis and the location of many Dubrovnik Republic aristocratic manors.