Whether you only have time to spend one day on Korcula Island, or looking for some tips to get the best out of your time here, use our guide to help you plan.
Base yourself on the East side
The majority of visitors to Korcula Island tend to stay in Korcula Town or Vela Luka. This guide is written from the perspective that you will be staying on the East side of the island, such as in Korcula or Lumbarda, as many of the activities recommended take place here or close by. Of course regardless of where you are staying, you can still enjoy these suggestions.
Start the day with a morning stroll to the Old Town and watch the world wake up over a coffee and sweet treat. Coffee is part of the morning ritual for most islanders and you’ll find many cafe-bars to choose from. One of our favourite places to stop is Arula. Try their delicious freshly made apple strudel.
The Old Town of Korcula is compact so you can easily explore within a couple of hours. You can take a guided tour around the town if you’re interested in the history, but it’s also easy to navigate on your own.
- Spend some time wandering up and down the alleyways and marvel at the beautiful architecture dating from the 15th and 16th centuries when the town was under Venetian rule.
- Visit one of the town museum’s such as the Icon Museum to learn more about island life and culture.
- Stop by one of the many churches – some are harder to find than others. The Cathedral of St Mark is particularly impressive.
- Afford yourself some amazing views by climbing the entrance Land Gate or Bell Tower at the Cathedral and look down upon the red roofed tiles on the Old Town houses.
- Retrace the legend of Marco Polo by visiting his “supposed” house or the museum created in his name. It’s said that he was born here – whether you believe it or not, it’s a nice story!
It’s time to rest your legs after your morning walk and stop for lunch. If you prefer something quick and easy stop at the bakers and ask for “burek”. This filo pastry pie filled with meat, cheese or potatoes is a tasty cheap bite. For a fuller meal, head to Konoba Skver. They offer a daily special which locally is called “maranda”. It’s always a traditional meal such as stuffed peppers and very reasonably priced.
After lunch either opt for a relaxing or slightly more energetic activity.
- Pack your towel and swimwear and head to one of Korcula Town’s beaches. You’ll find small pebble/rocky beaches around the Old Town and the main beach called Banje is located in front of Hotel Korsal.
- Hop on one of the water taxi boats that depart from the taxi rank throughout the day and visit the islets in the archipelago. Here you will find small beaches and clear blue sea perfect for swimming and snorkelling. On the islet of Badija you can also take a walk around the perimeter and visit the renovated monastery. On the islet of Vrnik you can visit the old stone quarry.
- Head over to the beautiful village of Lumbarda which is situated just a few kilometres from Korcula Town. Lumbarda is well known for its sandy beaches which are not common in Croatia and the production of the delicious white wine Grk, which is only grown in the village. From Korcula you can take a bus, cycle or take a water taxi. Our self guided cycling tour to Lumbarda provides some good tips of things to see and places to visit.
- Hire a scooter and venture inland. The old villages of Zrnovo and Pupnat are a contrast to coastal Korcula with old stone houses dotting the hillsides. Travel further to Cara and Smokvica where you can look down upon an alley of vineyards and visit one of the local wineries to sample the local Posip and Plavac Mali wines.
- Join a tour to learn more about the island. How about joining Mario on a relaxing boat trip around the islets or joining us on a wine tasting or food tasting tour in Lumbarda?
And be sure to make time for ice cream whatever your plans are. You can find ice cream shops in many locations serving a range of delicious flavours. One of our favourites in Korcula Town is Kiwi.
Sunsets on Korcula are truly spectacular, so be sure to catch it. If in Korcula Town, head to Massimo, a cocktail bar in a medieval tower where you can get a great view. Or walk to the end of the pier on the west side of Korcula Old Town and watch the sky turn shades of red and pink. You can find when the sun will be setting when you visit HERE.
It’s now time to indulge in some of Korcula’s gastronomical delights. Head to one of the town’s eateries to sample some traditional food. You’ll find “konobas” (more rustic style dining) which serve more traditional dishes and restaurants which typically offer local dishes with a modern twist. As an island the seafood and fish is some of the best, but fish can be a little more expensive. For a Konoba option head outside of Korcula Town to Maslina where you can try dishes such as pasticada and zrnovoski makaruni. For a more fine dining experience within the Old Town walls book a table by the sea at Filippi.
After dinner soak up the evening atmosphere .
- From June to September watch a performance of the Moreska sword dance, performed on Korcula since the 17th century. It’s performed at 21:00 every Thursday in June and September and every Monday & Thursday in July and August.
- As an island of wine, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to taste. Whether you participate at a wine festival or visit a wine bar, be sure to try one of Korcula’s local wines such as Grk, Posip or Plavac Mali. We highly recommend Wine Bar Bokar or LoLe Wine Bar in Korcula Town.
- Islanders love their wine as much as their music and you’ll want to catch a performance. Many bars have live singers during the summer, Klapa (acapella) singers usually hang out under the cove in the entrance way to the Old Town and often the cathedral hosts classical music concerts.
- Every Wednesday Korcula Town plays host to “Flavours of Korcula”, a local produce fair. This is a great way to taste home-made products or pick up a few gifts to take home. Head to the Rotunda from 18:00.
Further information about events in and close to Korcula Town can be found on the Korcula Tourist board calendar.
You can also find out about different events happening in 2019 HERE.
We hope this gives you some great ideas of how to spend your time on Korcula. How would you plan your day?
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