An ancient and magnificent city in Croatia, Dubrovnik is “just” the arrival point of a cruise that starts a few miles to the north where you can discover the delicious and wild Elaphite Islands. Almost all of them have been uninhabited by man since ancient times, the 13 islands of the Elaphite archipelago look like small flower gardens coming out of the sea. If the nearest safe harbour is the village of Slano (42°46′ 50N – 17°52′ 30E), the Elaphites are a small lost paradise easy to find by boat. There are four main islands and they can be visited from Jakljan (42°44′ 40N – 17°49′ 80E) which is the northernmost one: on its coast there are many coves where the water depth is about 5 metres, perfect for those who love snorkelling. Not far away is Sipan (42°43′ 80N – 17°52′ 00E), the largest of the group: at its northernmost point, facing Jakljan, there is a small, pretty bay sheltered by the islet Misnjac. It is then on its west coast that the delightful cove of Luka Sipanska opens up. From Sipan we pass through Lopud (42°41′ 50N – 17°56′ 45E), whose name means the middle island: on its southern coast, the bay of Sunj (42°40′ 81N – 17°57′ 17E), famous for its crystal clear water, is worth a stop. The southernmost of the four islands is Kolocep (42°40′ 75N – 18°00′ 30E): you cannot leave it without visiting the enchanting cove of Gornje Celo, with its emerald sea. A few miles of sailing and you will see the high walls of the mythical Dubrovnik, a city protected by UNESCO, which was the seat of the ancient maritime republic of Dubrovnik and today houses a beautiful old town in which you can admire unique monuments such as the Loggia Square, the Rectors’ Palace and the Cathedral. A short distance from which you can dock at the Old Port (42°38′ 45N – 18°06′ 75E), while for a “city” swim you can go to the beach of Gradska Plaza, a narrow and long strip of golden sand that offers a splendid view of the old town.