I recently spent a whole week on an island in Croatia called Korcula. I almost felt like this sleepy island was made for me because it was so perfect for my travel style. I am sure to some ‘there isn’t much to do’ but for me I had hours of fun taking photos, exploring by foot and overindulging in delicious food. I even met an Instagram friend, Sophie, on the island by chance which led to some awesome, spontaneous adventures.
Korcula is the place for some serious chill time
Korcula is the perfect place for serious relaxation where you will be spoiled with a delectable multi-course eye-candy degustation comprising of majestic mountains, clear blue sea and a charming little old town – the trifecta! I especially recommend Korcula for photography enthusiasts because hunting for beauty there is ridiculously easy and addictive. It is also quite a romantic place so it is probably a great destination for a couple who are keen to have a quiet break. I should, however, mention that it isn’t the easiest place to stick to a tight budget, my stay was definitely a big treat and I surpassed my budget every day. I will now share with you my favourite parts of the island and my recommendations.
For those on a budget, there are hostels on the island. I, however, was after some ultimate me time and wanted to spoil myself a little bit. I booked a private room with an ensuite via booking.com with the most incredible ocean and mountain view and it was only a short 10-minute walk to the old town.
This set me back around $46AUD per night. If you use my link when making a booking with booking.com you can receive a $20AUD discount off your next booking and so will I.
For those that are budget conscious, I highly recommend getting accommodation with some kind of kitchen – at the very least a fridge. The restaurants in and around Korcula Old Town are generally quite expensive, however, there are some less expensive options which I will share below. If you are prepared to pay the high price you can dine with a sea view but the prices are similar to the prices of dining out in Melbourne which is too much for me as a budget traveller.
- Pizzeria Leut: Pizzeria Leut is a great place to get a tasty pizza with a generous portion at a very reasonable price for Korcula.
- Fish and Go: Fish and Go is the place to go for a seafood fare at the most affordable prices. It set me back around $20AUD for a big serve of fish with fries and salad served with a wine – this was their lunch special.
- Cukarin: For some sweet traditional Croatian baked treats head to Cukarin. They also have a great range of other local products such as wines.
- Kiwi: Kiwi has a delicious range of gelato – the serving sizes are a bit sad and small for the price (I have found this to the case for most of the island).
Places to visit
Korcula Old Town
Korcula’s Old Town is a medieval fortified city featuring mostly Venetian Renaissance architecture, most of the town’s present form was constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries during Korcula’s golden period.
The confines of the walled Old Town only take up a relatively small amount of space and can be explored in a very leisurely manner.
St. Mark’s Cathedral Tower
I highly recommend climbing the tower at St. Mark’s Cathedral for one of the best views of the Old Town for a small fee. I don’t recommend it for people who are claustrophobic or have problems with narrow stairways.
Explore the pristine coastline surrounding the old town – there are some heavenly pebbly beaches with the clearest waters where you can take a dip or stroll along the shore. Watch out for the sea urchins – if you wish to be extra cautious you can buy special shoes to avoid the pain of stepping one.
Korcula town is a great base for taking day trips in and around the island and transport can be fairly inexpensive especially if you take a car ferry (without a car).
Lumbarda is on Korcula island and it is well known for its wineries and sandy beaches, it is also home to a few restaurants. You can take a bus from Korcula old-town to Lumbarda.
Orebic is across the pond from Korcula Old Town – you can even see the beautiful monastery Our Lady of Angels from the island. I visited on a day trip with my Instagram friend Sophie – we took and bus from the Old Town and a ferry to get to the island. I will share more details about this in a separate blog post and link it here when it is up.
Hvar is one of the most popular Croatian Islands to visit and you can get the ferry or Catamaran from Korcula to Hvar. Hvar also has a very pretty old town and has numerous breathtakingly beautiful beaches. Hvar is not such a sleepy island due to its popularity (can get very crowded in Summer) and its reputation for being a partying hotspot – so if you after more action than relaxation it might be a more suitable destination for you than Korcula.
Where to get there from and how
Split and Dubrovnik are great places to easily get to/from Korcula – you can take a catamaran or ferry from either city. You can book tickets online using either the Krilo or Jadrolinija websites or at the port of whichever city you are in.
Stay tuned for my next post!