Benedictine Monastery Tours

Benedictine Monastery
Founded in the early 11th century on the island of Lokrum 600 meters from the mainland and the city of Dubrovnik, the monastery came to be after monks fled the great fire that destroyed the capital in 1023, vowing to honor Saint Benedict should he protect their lives and the island that offered them shelter. They, later on, started to cultivate exotic plants and sour fruits there and continued to do so until the 19th century. Many locals like to think that the island is haunted; rumor has it that after having been forced out of their beloved monastery upon orders of the French army, the monks put a curse on anyone who would ultimately try to seek and claim it as its own. And indeed, future owners all ominously met severe misfortune and calamities, from tragic shipwrecks to bankruptcies.

The monastery was built and expanded over several centuries, which explains the presence of a variety of architectural styles. Nowadays, however, only ruins remain of the original Romanesque structure, with rubbles of the two original churches along with some frescoes and stone reliefs. The cloisters of a later-built Gothic structure still exist and give a better sense of what it must have been like to live in the monastery back in the Renaissance days. The ruins are open to visitors, and a day trip to Lokrum shouldn’t take more than a few hours as the islet is barely over a mile wide. In fact, there are no hotels on Lokrum and, therefore, it is not possible to stay overnight.

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Fun bits of trivia: the monastery was used as a filming location for popular TV series Game of Thrones.
Address: 20000, Lokrum ul., Dubrovnik, Dalmatia 20000, Croatia
Hours: Open every day until 6 PM, except during poor weather.
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Dubrovnik Sea Kayak Tour

See the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' from the water on a 2.5- to 3-hour kayak tour from Dubrovnik. Accompanied by a guide, paddle past the city's medieval walls as you head toward Lokrum Island, leaving time for some snorkeling, swimming and snacks at a secluded beach cave along Dubrovnik's coastline. For an extra perk, book the evening tour and enjoy the sunset with a chilled glass of wine.
  • Duration: 2.5 to 3 hrs
  • Duration: 2.5 to 3 hrs
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Mljet National Park Day Trip from Dubrovnik

With this guided day trip from Dubrovnik to Mljet, you're all set to have the ultimate Dalmatian island experience. The most densely wooded of the Croatian isles, this 23-mile (37-kilometer) island is a great spot to spend the day. Relax on the boat ride from Dubrovnik and take in the shimmering Adriatic Sea. Explore the diminutive island of St. Mary and its amazing Benedictine monastery and then spend time on verdant Mljet learning about its history from your guide.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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