The European island with no cars and one of the 'best beaches in the world' – and just 200 people live there | The Sun

A TINY island in Europe has won fans with celebs – despite barely anyone living there.

Lopud is an island off the coast of Dubrovnik in Croatia which is home to just 200 locals.

It takes just 55 minutes by boat to get to it with daily services making it ideal for a short visit.

There are no cars on the island, so you can get around by foot, bike or golf buggy.

It is also home to one of the best beaches in the world, according to The Times.

Sunj Beach is sandy – unlike many of Croatia's pebble beaches – with €10 sunloungers and beach bars serving snacks and drinks

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Tourists have praised how clean the water is, as well as how shallow it is for kids, while saying the cafes served "amazing" food.

Along with a quaint village with cafes and restaurants, tourists can also visit the Botanical Garden of Lopud.

It's not just your regular tourist raving about the island either.

The Beckhams often visit the Croatia island for a holiday, while Gerald Butler was recently spotted there with his girlfriend.

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The most popular beach on the island is Sunj BeachCredit: Getty

You can stay on the island with a choice of hostels and apartments along with3* and 4* hotels.

Tour operators such as TUI and Jet2 have package holidays to the island, with a seven-night stay at RMH Lopud Lafodia Resort & Wellness costing around £600pp.

But one of the fanciest places to stay on the island is LOPUD 1583.

The 5,000 sqft resort is built within a 15th-century monastery.

Thirteen of the former cells are now hotel suites, sleeping 10 guests across five rooms.

Not only is there a plunge pool but guests also get a butler and a private chef.

Baroness  Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza opened The Monastery in 2021, telling Tatler: "[It] had to be completely rebuilt, restored and redesigned, including the fortress surrounding it.

"But the sunsets are extraordinary – the evening light is unique and wonderfully golden."


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Make sure to start saving – rooms cost around £1,336 a night, or you can rent out the entire place for nearly £10k.

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