In the Greek language “Elaphos” means deer. Although there aren’t any deer living there, Elaphite Islands are named after deer.
Kalamota is closest to Dubrovnik and is a favored excursion destination among locals. The island offers many opportunities for taking photographs.
Why Kalamota (Kolocep) Island is Hidden Gem?
If you’re not the biggest fan of traffic jams during your holidays, then sit back and relax. Because Kalamota Island is traffic free! You may want to stay here forever. This beautiful oasis of peace has so much to offer for real nature lovers.
As you walk around the coast, you can smell the salty wind of the Adriatic Sea and the scent of citrus trees.
Kalamota Island is a hidden gem in the Adriatic Sea. Home to stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a relaxed atmosphere. The water is so clear you can see fish darting between the rocks.
If you're planning a visit to this beautiful island keep on reading. There are plenty of attractions to keep you entertained.
For those interested in history and architecture, the old town of Koločep Island is a must-visit. Seventeen cultural monuments of great significance exist on the site. Mostly, smaller churches and chapels that date back to before the 16th century.
Moreover, the majority of the residential and fortification structures are valuable. Not only valuable but also highly appealing examples of ancient architecture. Further in this post, we'll discuss some of the top attractions on Koločep Island that you won't want to miss.
The Best Historical Places to Visit on Kalamota Island
Church of St. Nicholas
The Church of St. Nicholas is located on Koločep Island. And is one of the most well-preserved churches in the Elaphiti region. Its excellent condition is partially attributed to the restoration and conservation efforts. Undertaken in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Additionally, the church remained in use until its restoration. As it functioned as a funerary chapel for the island's only cemetery.
According to ethnographic data, it was designated as a cemetery chapel in the 19th century. When the cemetery was moved to its present location. The church's original purpose is uncertain. As there are no references to it in archival sources. And it is possible that St. Nicholas was not its original patron saint.
Nonetheless, its location in the island's agricultural zone and on the route linking two modern settlements can provide insight into the church's medieval function. The monument's architectural forms and decoration can also reveal clues about its users.
The Franciscan monastery is located near the church. And also worth exploring, with its beautiful garden and cloister.
Fortification Called Kastio
Its upper part is completely ruined, but 30m long and 3m wide basements are preserved. It is noteworthy that a small fortification called Kastio, located in the area features remarkably spacious underground chambers.
These cavernous spaces were allegedly used as hiding places by the locals during pirate raids. Which were known to occur frequently in the distant past. Above the main church is a Toreta tower, 14m high and 4m wide from each side.
Lighthouse on Island Kolocep
The Lighthouse is a captivating location where the cliffs descend steeply into the sea. Creating a charming spot for swimming below. To reach this secluded swimming spot, stairs lead down to the area. But be mindful of their slightly steep nature.
The hiking trail through the woods from Placet eventually leads to the Kolocep Lighthouse. Although the stairs down to the lighthouse are not in pristine condition. It is still relatively easy to access the location.
From the lighthouse's vantage point, visitors can take in panoramic views of Dubrovnik. Also, surrounding areas, and Daksa Island at the port entrance, offer fantastic photo opportunities. Below the lighthouse lies a natural pool. It has been carved into the rocks by the wind, waves, and time, making for an intriguing place to take a swim.
For those who love nature and the great outdoors, Koločep Island has plenty of activities to offer. What to do outdoors while on Kalamota Island? Take a hike up Mount St. Anthony, the highest peak on the island. And enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding sea.
Go diving and explore the underwater world, or take a sailing trip to explore the nearby islands.
Koločep Island is also known for its delicious cuisine, particularly its fresh seafood. The island is home to many restaurants and taverns that serve up local delicacies such as grilled fish and seafood risotto.
Don't forget to try the local wine, which is produced from grapes grown on the island.
Where to stay on Kalamota Island
In conclusion, Koločep Island offers a wide range of attractions that are sure to please visitors of all ages and interests. Whether you're looking to relax on the beach, explore the history and culture of the island, or enjoy outdoor activities. Koločep Island has something for everyone.
If you are searching for where to stay on Kalamota Island, take advantage of our special offers. There is an up to 30% discount on regular rates. Book your perfect spot at our TUI Blue Kalamota Island Hotel.