Just a short ferry ride from Dubrovnik, the term ‘rat-race’ has probably never reached peace-drenched Kolocep. Basking in brilliant turquoise seas, this idyllic, pine-cushioned island contains an almost indecent share of spectacular scenery and secret beaches – it’s paradise for seclusion-seekers. One of the fourteen Elaphite isles lacing Croatia’s shores, only around a thousand people live on this car-free chunk of paradise. So there are no crowds or noise apart from the chugging of boats and the clinking of wine glasses at the harbourside eateries. Life here circulates around Kolocep’s two waterfront villages, Donje Celo and Gornje Celo. Both curling around stunning, sheltered bays, they’re picture-postcard places, each with pretty bell-towered churches. And at Donje Celo, a curve of pale sand frames the bay, creating an ideal spot for sunbathing, paddling pedalos or trying out windsurfing. Beyond the villages, a natural wonderland awaits. Follow the criss-crossing footpaths and you’ll soon be submerged in dense pinewoods, citrus trees and olive groves scented with lavender, lemon and myrrh. And all along the shores, you’ll discover rocky and sandy coves offering genuine privacy. Unroll your towel and swim in the dazzling waters and you may not see another soul all day. To re-connect with the world, hop on a boat to Dubrovnik, reveling in its fairytale palaces, rock-top bars and restaurant-filled squares. And stay on after dark to savour its lively street cafes and late-night shops. Otherwise, pull up a chair beside the water in Kolocep and linger over plump garlic prawns or grilled lamb, washed down with crisp Dalmatian wine. Then wend your way home, utterly at peace with yourself and the world in true Kolocep style.
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