To visit Lopud, one of the Elafiti islands in Croatia, you can take any of the daily boats from Dubrovnik to the island. The journey, besides being cheap, won't take more than 30 or 40 minutes and is better than any of the organized tours offered by local companies. Once in Lopud, it's advisable to cross the island on foot. With good shoes and by following the road signs, it should take about 20 minutes to get to the beautiful creek and one of Croatia's few sandy beaches. Another option is to rent a bike or motorcycle.
Šunj Beach is located on the island of Lopud, Dubrovnik along. It's a good place to come and spend the day outside the bustling city, and relax in the warm sea (25 degrees). To reach the island, first you have to take a ferry from Dubrovnik modern port, and once in port, you have to walk about 20 minutes or so in order to reach the beach. From here the path is not paved and cannot be accessed by vehicles. Then walk between the two hills which form the island of Lopud. You can by golf cart, (I do not know how much they charge), or rent a bike to go a little faster. On the beach there is a restaurant, a bar, and a bathroom to wash after swimming in the sea. Many ships come through the day as the bay is sheltered from the wind. It is a great place, but on the particular day that we went, it was a little overcrowded.
The island of Lopud had about 30 churches and 2 monasteries. One of the monasteries, the Franciscan monastery, is very well preserved but the other has been destroyed. The main church of the Holy Trinity is located in the port of Lopud bay. It is surrounded by tall palm trees and is near to the road that crosses the island and takes you to Šunj beach. The interior is nice, but it is not open very often, particularly when services are being held. You can ask in the nearby tourist office when it is open. There is also a park nearby which has been recently restored. The church itself was built in the sixteenth century and has baroque elements which were added later.
Franciscan monks arrived at Lopud in 1483 and began to build the church of Santa María de Spilica with a 40 m tall bell tower and a spacious convent. To protect against pirates, a fort was also built with the help of the Dubrovnik Republic, which at that time was very powerful thanks to the money received from maritime trade. In 1516, a wall was added to protect the harbour entrance into Lopud, which in case of war, would shelter the island's inhabitants. The church has many works of art including the 15th century main altar painting by Pietro di Giovanni, a Venetian artist. In the midst of the altar, there is a life size wooden statue of the Virgin. But, the most precious are the beautiful wood sculptures under the altar. Today, you can see the modern part of the convent, which was abandoned in 1808, in the time of Napoleon, however, the church is still used.