Sipan, Sv. Ilija
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Walk (6km, 3-5 hours), Panoramic Viewpoint
At 234 metres Sv. Ilija is the highest point on the island of Sipan. A pleasant walk takes you NE out of the village of Sipanska Luka and then along quiet tracks and lanes westward towards the peak. Finally as the track disappears you turn onto a path that lead up to the summit. As you ascend there are fine views over the island to the east and the Kolocepski Kanal to the north. Close to the summit you will pass the remains of a fortification on your left then shortly afterwards you will reach a collection of disused communications masts which provides the best viewpoint. Beyond these are a set of currently active telephone masts which provide a good view to the northwest in particular.
From the summit you can see Dubrovnik to the east along with the rest of Otok Sipan, Otok Jakljan and Otok Miljet to the west, Ston and the Stonski Kanal to the northwest and the Croatian mainland, including Slano to the north.
The walk - 6km round - takes around 1-1.5 hours to the summit for a person of average fitness and while in most circumstances this is by no means a demanding climb it is worth remembering that the temperatures (particularly in the summer) will make it hard going. The decent takes between 1 and 2 hours. Remember to take a hat, plenty of water, good walking shoes (it is rough under foot) and your mobile phone - just in case you do run into trouble.
By foot from Sipanska Luka
Otok Sipan: Leave the centre of Sipanska Luka down the side of the Bar Noname and head north through the allotments and small holdings on the north side of the town. Passing the last of the formal fields the track forks either hard left (along the back of the town - a nice but shorter walk) or right, into the trees and up hill.
After 300 metres following the track along the valley side you will come to some houses. Take the side route up some steps to your left and loop around this small farm (1). This side track comes out on the road above the farm.
Turn to the left and shortly there after bare left twice more (at forks) follow the road for 500 metres until a dirt track shoots off slightly to the right (2). There are some intersting ruins about 50 metres along this track, however to reach Sv. Ilija you should take the left turn and continue.
Ruins with Sv Ilija in the background (2)- turn left
The road turns sharply (90deg) to the right and then after 250 metres you come to a T-Junction (3) marked with a wooden sign on a telegraph pole.
T-Junciton (3) - turn right
Turn right and head on for another 150 metres until you come to a farm. The road continues on and begins to decend - ignor this and take the track to the left up the near side of the farm (4)
The fork by the farm (4) - turn left
From here the track begins to narrow and is less well maintained. Continue for a further 600 metres climbing gently until you come to path that turns to the left. A large pine sits in the centre of the junction (5). if you continue you will rapidly find that the track disappears. Take the left hand path and follow it up hill. This is a narrow rocky path that zig zags up the final climb and is crossed in a number of places by a water pipe and electrical services.
The path starts uphill (5) - turn left
You will pass the remains of a small fortification on your left and another 100 metres on reach the summit.