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Botanical Gardens and a Naked Beach

In the Adriatic Sea less than 2,000 feet off the shore of Dubrovnik lies a little island with a fascinating history. Local legend has it that in 1192, Richard the Lionhearted was shipwrecked on Lokrum on his way home from the crusades.

Benedictine monks built a monastery on Lokrum Island in the year 1023 and left around 800 years later. During their tenure on Lokrum Island, the Benedictines established a botanical garden and grew a number of exotic fruit trees-- which was no mean feat, considering the island's location in the Adriatic sea.

Today, Lokrum Island offers visitors a trip back in time. There are no cars on the island, but there is a swimsuit-optional beach. Look for the sign that says "Freikörperkultur."

Utrip Tips

*You can reach the island by taking the Dubrovnik Vaporetto, which you can catch from the Old City Harbor. The island is also quite close to the mainland, so more adventurous travelers will opt to rent kayaks or paddle boats as a form of transportation to and from the island.

*Recommended Things to Do:

*Benedictine Monastery

*The Botanical Garden

*Mrtvo More Lake (Dead Sea Lake)

*Forte Royale

*Bath in your Birthday Suit! (On the South side of the Island there are some pretty famous nude beaches labeled FKK)

*Watch for Peacocks!

*We recommend that you pack a lunch and picnic on the island.

Open in Google Maps: Lokrum Ulica, Dubrovnik

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