Lokrum – the cursed island?

There is a bit of a spooky legend related to this island which is why it is considered cursed.


Located only a 10-minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik's Old Harbour, this lush island is a beautiful, forested heaven on earth rich in cultural and historical heritage as well as mesmerising landscapes. But there is also a bit of a spooky legend related to this island which is why it is considered cursed. A long, long time ago, around 1023 a huge fire broke out in Dubrovnik. The people prayed to Saint Benedict, vowing to build a monastery in his name if he spared the city. The fire was soon extinguished, and the people build a Benedictine monastery and a church on Lokrum, which they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. So, Benedictine monks found their new home there, but unfortunately not for long. The French army general said that the monastery had to be closed and that the monks must leave because he wanted to start the construction of a fort on Lokrum due to the strategic importance of the island. The monks tried to prevent this, but they failed. After the last mass on the island, the monks donned their hooded cloaks and walked around Lokrum in a long, single-file procession. Symbolically, they turned their lighted candles upside-down towards the earth, so that the flame licked the wax, which left a melted trail. They walked around the island the entire night pronouncing the words: "Whosoever claims Lokrum for his own personal pleasure shall be damned!" continuously. 

After that, the island was bought and sold so many times by so many people, and as you assume, something rough happened to each and every one of them. As the time passed by, being the witnesses of these harsh events, people became superstitious and refused to spend the night on the island, believing that the curse will get to them. The last owner of Lokrum was the Habsburg princess Windisch Grätz. In 1919, Lokrum was sold to the Government of Yugoslavia for RSD 11 million. But the curse did not stop. A whole family just disappeared on Lokrum in the 1930s. Because of these unpleasant events, the superstition of cursed island lingers till this day.
Despite spooky stories, Lokrum is a true sight for a sore eye! Holm oaks, black ash, pines and olive trees, an incredible botanical garden, breath-taking views from Fort Royal, peacocks and rabbits that run freely around, many hidden coves and beaches. On top of all that, this was also a filming location for the City of Qarth from popular HBO series Game of Thrones. If that's not enough reasons to visit this small island, we don't know what is! Just don’t take anything and make sure you don’t miss the last boat back to Dubrovnik 😊.