Things to do in Korcula: here’s what the locals suggest
The island of Korcula in Croatia is best known for its picturesque walled Old Town, acquiring the nickname “mini Dubrovnik”. The old quarter is no doubt architecturally & historically fascinating, but the island as a whole has so much to offer for all visitors.
Things to do in Korcula for water babies
The Adriatic Sea is so amazingly clear and the water around Korcula is so still, it’s lake-like. An abundance of water sports can be enjoyed in and on the sea, from snorkelling to scuba diving, to kayaking to wind-surfing. Hire a kayak or boat and paddle or motor across to the archipelago between Korcula and Lumbarda – the small islets here, such as Badija, Vrnik & Stupe, are beautiful and so peaceful.
Things to do in Korcula for the kids
Croatian beaches are usually pebbled, but the village of Lumbarda boasts two fantastic sandy beaches. Buckets & spades at the ready, it’s time to build sandcastles at Przina or Bilin Zal beaches, just a 15 minute bus ride from Korcula Town. And for after, it’s got to be ice-cream and yes, the island makes some delicious gelato. Practice your Croatian and ask for “pola-pola”: half ‘n’ half, two flavours for the price of one!
Building sandcastles and easting ice-cream are two of many fun things for kids to do in Croatia that we suggest.
Things to do in Korcula for the walkers
The island has many excellent walking & cycling trails and this active pursuit is best enjoyed in the spring or early autumn when the temperature is cooler. Pack up your ruck-sack and head over to the charming village of Zrnovo. Then take the moderate 40 minute walk to Kocje, a nature park with some amazing rock formations and wild-life. You will also be able to enjoy some stunning views across the channel to the Pelješac mainland.
Things to do in Korcula for sun bathers
There are numerous gorgeous hidden bays and enclosed beaches dotted all around the Korcula coastline. Hire a scooter and discover your own piece of paradise. Some of our favourite beaches are Vaja in the village of Racisce and Orlandusa in Defora on the south-west coast – the mesmerising blue sea is so inviting. Shh, don’t tell everyone though!
Things to do in Korcula for the romantics
We are originally from London, so the opportunity to see a clear sky, day or not was, well highly unusual! But here on Korcula bring your loved ones and watch a stunning sun-set with a glass of wine in hand, watching the silhouettes of the fishermen & their boats and then gaze up into the night sky for some awesome star-gazing. On certain nights you’ll be able to count numerous shooting stars – that’s a lot of wishes!
Things to do in Korcula for the foodies
Be sure to try the local speciality “Zrnovksa Makaruni”, pasta shaped in tubes with a tasty sauce. Konoba Belin in Zrnovo always has freshly made makaruni on the go & if you fancy a challenge, they also offer pasta making lessons. And if you want to be amazed at how quickly the local ladies shape that pasta, the Zrnovski Makaruni Night takes place in the village of Zrnovo every August.
Things to do in Korcula for the wine lovers
Hard to pronounce, but very delicious, the white wine “Grk” is only produced here on Korcula in the sandy soil in Lumbarda. There are several family run wineries in Lumbarda. Head to Popic or Bartul-Cebalo in Malo Postrana for great wine & spectacular views across the vineyards.
There you have it, just a few tasters of what the beautiful Island of Korcula can offer you!
Are you planning a trip to Korcula? Then you should check loads more hints and tips from the team at Korcula Explorer via their blog or website. Rachael and John live on Korcula, and can help you book some of the best accommodation available and can also book your excursions and give you the kind of knowledge only a local can. Find them also on Facebook and Twitter. Tell them the Chasing the Donkey family says hi!