Best things to do on Korcula Island

Best Place to Stay in Korcula Korcula is one of my favorite places on the planet! It has a relaxing outdoorsy vibe, lovely people, a rich history, and excellent food and wine. I’ve visited the island three times in the last 3 years and have always been fortunate to find a room at Nina’s in […] The post Best things to do on Korcula Island appeared first on Breath Taking Travels.

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Best Place to Stay in Korcula

Korcula is one of my favorite places on the planet! It has a relaxing outdoorsy vibe, lovely people, a rich history, and excellent food and wine. I’ve visited the island three times in the last 3 years and have always been fortunate to find a room at Nina’s in Korcula Town. It’s managed by her son, Matte – a gracious host and, in season, Nina provides a full breakfast on the rooftop. Most of the breakfast, from eggs to veggies to meat, is sourced on Korcula. In May 2019, I paid $46/night for a room with bath and breakfast overlooking the sea and promenade of restaurants. Just one of the many reasons why this island keeps drawing me back.

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Rent a bike Korcula

To make the most of your time on Korcula, get out early and explore the island by bike. Bike rentals are readily available just outside the city walls. If you’re adventuresome and have a full day, I recommend riding to the beach at Racisce, then up the mountain to Pupnat which is just as adorable as its name and boasts an excellent restaurant, Konoba Mate. 

Lumbarda Korcula wineries

Then, it’s all downhill to Lumbardo for a stop at Cabalo Winery, known for their white GRK grapes. The award winning wine is as tasty as advertised and the view is priceless.

Lumbarda Korcula wineries

Lumbarda vela przina beach

Just past the winery is the beautiful Vela Przina Beach. They have a chill café with food and local wine.

Lumbarda vela przina beach

Korcula Hiking

Relax on the beach or walk up the path to the east for an incredible view before biking back to Korcula Town. I did this ~35-mile ride with my daughter in 2018, and it was a very rewarding and exhausting in a good way. Riding up the mountains was challenging, and I admit to walking my bike up most of them. Bring plenty of water as the grocery in tiny Pupnet is one of the few places to replenish before Lumbardo. If time or distance is limited, biking from Korcula Town to Lumbardo is 4 miles and an enjoyable ride. There are several restaurants in Lumbardo.

korcula hiking

Korcula Town

Late afternoon/evening is the perfect time to explore Korcula Town and soak in its charm. There are a few churches and small museums, including Marco Polo’s House. I recommend dropping into the Kapalina Gallery to view the colorful artwork of Hrvoje Kapelina, a self-taught painter who may just stop by while you are there. 

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korcula artwork

Korcula Bar Tower

Korcula sunsets are low-key, relaxing, and stunningly beautiful as the sun slowly dips into the Adriatic. After sunset, dining options abound so shop the menus and check out the smaller places. While a bit overpriced, it’s always fun to have a drink at the top of the Tower Bar if you are into ladders. You’ll only want one drink because they are pricey, and you need to climb down. But the views are spectacular. And then, just wander. I still remember my first visit walking into a tiny bar with a friend I’d met on the ferry ride from Dubrovnik. We asked for plum rakjia, and the owner poured us the last shot from the last bottle that his grandma had made that season. And that is Korcula.

Getting to Korcula Island

Getting to Korcula is part of the fun! I’ve taken the passenger ferry from Dubrovnik twice. On my most recent trip, I had a rental car and took the car ferry from Orebic. Pros: Driving the Pelijesic Peninsula to Orebic is fun if you have the time, and the ability to explore all of Korcula with a car is a win. Vela Luka has some beautiful remote beaches, and the villages that dot the island’s coast, e.g., Smokvica, are charming. Cons: You have to pay to park outside of the Korcula Town, and the car ferry is more expensive, though it does run more frequently.

Hvar or Korcula

Trying to decide between Korcula and Hvar? While they are often lumped together in guidebooks, they have very different vibes with Korcula being more chill and away from it all. Hvar is more of a party scene, with seaside clubs, as well as island hopping tours off the coast. Both are beautiful. Korcula just suits my style.

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