35 Unique Things to Do on Korčula Island

This enchanting island, often likened to a smaller version of Dubrovnik, offers a plethora of activities and sights that cater to every traveler’s taste.

From the medieval charm of Korčula Old Town with its unique fishbone-patterned streets to the serene pebble beaches and vibrant cultural scenes, there’s no shortage of things to do on Korčula Island.

Korčula Old Town

Korčula Old Town is a medieval gem nestled on Korčula Island. This walled city, echoing the Venetian Renaissance, captivates with its unique fishbone-patterned streets, designed ingeniously for protection against the wind and sun. 

Korčula, often referred to as ‘a small Dubrovnik’, is a car-free zone, offering an authentic medieval atmosphere. Explore historical marvels like St Mark’s Cathedral and the Town Museum, or climb the cathedral’s bell tower for breathtaking panoramic views. The town’s guided walking tours are a treasure trove of insights into its medieval urban planning and architecture.

For beach lovers, there are charming pebble beaches and swimming spots within and near the Old Town. Cultural enthusiasts will revel in the traditional sword dance Moreska and the rich tapestry of local churches and museums. Shopping here is a delight, with a plethora of shops offering unique local souvenirs, art, and jewelry.

Dining in Korčula ranges from exquisite local cuisine to international dishes, with wine bars showcasing local favorites like Grk and Posip. While some restaurants may be pricey, a little research can lead you to delightful culinary experiences. The nightlife buzzes with bars featuring live music and local entertainment.

Accommodation options include hotels, private rooms, and apartments within the Old Town, with nearby camping grounds for nature enthusiasts. Booking in advance is highly recommended, especially during peak seasons.

Best Time to Visit: April to October for swimming, year-round for sightseeing. The town is easily walkable, with water taxis available for island hopping. While Korčula can be explored in 24 hours, a longer stay allows for a deeper dive into its charm. Don’t miss the stunning sunset views from the western walls, and consider renting a kayak or bike to explore further.

St. Mark’s Cathedral in Korčula Town

Working Hours: Open 24/7, specific access times vary

Ticket Prices: 4 € (adults), 2 € (children)

Exploration Time: ~30 minutes

Accessibility: Challenging climb to bell tower

The majestic St. Mark’s Cathedral in Korčula Town is a beacon of historical and architectural splendor. This cathedral stands as a testament to the Gothic-Renaissance era, boasting a richly decorated interior that captivates visitors. Its façade, a masterpiece in itself, is complemented by the works of both local and Italian artists, including the renowned Tintoretto.

The cathedral’s bell tower is a journey into the skies of Korčula, offering panoramic views that are simply breathtaking. Be prepared for a climb, as the journey involves navigating narrow and steep stairs, but the reward at the top is unparalleled.

For those planning a visit, the ticket price is approximately 4 € for adults and 2 € for children, with an exploration time of around 30 minutes recommended. While the cathedral is open 24/7, access to specific areas like the bell tower may vary. The climb to the bell tower, though challenging, is a must for the adventurous at heart.

Keep in mind that separate tickets are required for the church and the bell tower. The church itself is a must-visit, not just for its historical significance but also for its artistic value. The bell tower climb, while demanding, is highly recommended for its stunning views, especially at sunset.

Korčula Town Museum

Ticket Price: €6 for adults, €2 for children

Exploration Time: Approximately 45 minutes

Working Hours: 9 AM – 9 PM Monday to Saturday; 3 PM – 9 PM Sunday

Facilities: Good toilet facilities in the basement

Accessibility: Spans 5 floors, with more modern history as you ascend

Korčula Town Museum is conveniently positioned at St Mark’s Square, directly facing the Cathedral Sveti Marko. This cultural haven, housed in the Gabrielis Palace, stands as a remarkable example of 15th and 16th-century residential architecture. The museum offers a captivating journey through Korčula’s rich cultural and economic history, spanning from prehistoric times to the present day.

Its diverse collections include artifacts from Ancient Greece to modern times, with the highlight being the Lumbarda Psephism, an ancient Greek stone tablet and the oldest written document found in Croatia. The museum also boasts an impressive array of Renaissance architectural carvings and coats of arms, alongside detailed shipbuilding exhibits featuring old timer ship models and tools.

Visitors can explore a typical Korčula house exhibit, complete with kitchen furniture and artefacts, and admire art exhibits showcasing sculptures, drawings, and paintings by local artists, including works by Ivo Lozica.

The museum’s layout is thoughtfully chronological, allowing visitors to embark on a seamless journey through time, with the third and fourth floors being particularly noteworthy. 

After a recent renovation, the museum now offers an enhanced visitor experience. For a deeper understanding, opt for a guided tour, with guides like Vicko highly commended for their knowledge and storytelling.

Bishop’s Treasury of Korčula

Working Hours: May to November, Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 7 pm.

Ticket Price: Approximately 4 €.

Exploration Time: Around 20 minutes.

Bishop’s Treasury Museum in Korčula is a treasure trove of art and history housed in a stunning two-story palace on St. Mark’s Square. As you wander through this elegant space, you’ll be captivated by the diverse array of exhibits. The Ante-Hall greets you with its collection of small icons and precious objects, while the Hall of Dalmatian Art reveals the splendor of Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces, alongside old manuscripts and rare books, including the 12th-century Korčula Statute.

In the intimate setting of the small Bishop’s chapel, marvel at the 18th-century reliquaries. The Hall of Italian Renaissance boasts works from the 15th and 16th centuries, including exquisite small sculptures and relief pieces. The Baroque Hall offers a glimpse into the past with the arms of Korčula’s bishops and abbots, and the Hall of Contemporary Croatian Art showcases religious works by modern Croatian artists.

Don’t miss the Hall of Liturgical Vestments, displaying centuries of fabrics and embroidery, and the Lapidary Collection in the oldest part of the palace. The Kitchen exhibit, with its rustic charm, features household utensils and Roman dishes. For just 4 €, your ticket also grants you entry to the neighboring Cathedral, making this an experience rich in cultural and religious history.

Icon Museum

Working Hours: Mon-Sat 10 AM -1 PM, Sun closed.

Ticket Price: around 3 €

Exploration Time: 20 minutes

The Icon Museum, a gem in Korčula’s old town, unveils a treasure trove of history and artistry. Tucked away off Kaporova Street, this museum, also known as the Icon Collection of the Brotherhood of All Saints, is a testament to the rich cultural tapestry of the region.

Housed in the quarters of the Brotherhood of All Saints, near the venerable All Saints’ Church, the oldest fraternity on the island, the museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Visitors are treated to a permanent display of icons in the rooms of the All Saints’ Fraternity, including the striking fifteenth-century triptych of The Passion. The collection boasts unique 13th to 15th Century Byzantine Icons and 17th and 18th Century ceremonial pieces, primarily acquired by Korčula sailors during their voyages, especially to Crete. These exquisite icons, paintings on wood or gold, reflect the rich history and artistic heritage of the region.

The Baroque style All Saints’ Church, dating back to the early 1300s, adds to the museum’s historical ambiance. Open all year, the Icon Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in the intersection of history, art, and culture.

Museum of Maksimilijan Vanka

Ticket Price: Free

Working Hours: Summer 9 AM – 12 AM, 6 PM – 9 PM daily

Exploration Time: Approximately 15 minutes

The Museum of Maksimilijan Vanka, located at Put sv. Nikole bb, 20260 Korčula is showcasing the brilliant works of Maksimilijan Vanka. Admission is free, making it an accessible cultural gem for all.

Vanka, a pivotal figure in modern Croatian painting, was born in 1889 and left an indelible mark on the art world until his passing in 1963. His educational journey took him from Zagreb to Brussels, culminating in a professorship at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts until 1936.

The museum’s collection, generously donated by Margaret Sttetin Vanka in 1964, spans Vanka’s artistic evolution from the 1920s to his last days.

Visitors can witness a diverse array of styles, from monumentalism and vangoghism to expressionism, peppered with constructivist influences. Housed in a villa arranged for presentation in 1969 and renovated in 1998, the museum offers a unique window into Vanka’s artistic journey.

Korčula Town Gate

Working Hours: Open 24/7

Ticket Price: Free

Exploration Time: 10 minutes

Korčula Town Gate, a gem in the heart of a Venetian medieval city, offers a unique glimpse into history with its minimalistic yet striking design. Free to explore, this site is a must-visit for anyone seeking a blend of history and beauty.

The best time to experience its charm is in the early morning, away from the bustling crowds. As you approach, you’ll notice the stairway and small bridge leading to the gate, nestled inside a square tower. The high relief sculpture of a lion holding an open book is not just an artistic touch; it signifies that the gate was constructed by Venice during a peaceful era.

This detail adds a layer of historical significance, making your visit more than just a visual treat. Climbing to the top rewards you with breathtaking views of old Korčula Town, accompanied by a refreshing sea breeze, especially welcome in the current warm temperatures. This beautiful old gate is more than just a passage; it’s a portal to the past, well worth a short climb.

Vapor Gallery

Working Hours: 10 AM–10 PM Mon-Sat; 1 PM – 10:30 PM Sun

Ticket Price: Free

Exploration Time: 20 minutes

Vapor Art Gallery is a captivating destination for art lovers. Located in the Sea Gate medieval Tower, this gallery is a standout with its unique setting. Inside, you’re greeted by a splendid array of Croatian contemporary and modern art, including notable works by Stipe Nobilo and Vasko Lipovac.

Set in a historical tower, the gallery’s ambiance adds a special touch to the art it houses. With representations from over 60 major Croatian artists, the diversity is remarkable. The collection spans various art forms, including ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and jewelry, catering to a wide range of tastes.

The gallery is renowned for its support of local artists and offers a broad spectrum of artworks. Visitors often commend the gallery owner’s hospitality and the valuable insights into the artists’ work. This welcoming environment, coupled with the stunning art collection, makes Vapor Gallery a top spot for both art aficionados and casual visitors.

Free admission makes it an accessible and inviting place for everyone. Whether you’re looking to add to your collection or simply appreciate art, Vapor Gallery is a must-visit.

Marco Polo’s House and Museum

Ticket Price: Approximately 8 €.

Exploration Time: Around 20 minutes.

Working Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday to Friday; closed on weekends.

Guided Tours: Highly recommended for a comprehensive understanding of Korčula and Marco Polo’s legacy.

At the heart of Korčula, Marco Polo’s House and Museum stands as a beacon of historical intrigue and cultural significance. Located at 33, Plokata Square, 20260 Korčula, this museum is a must-visit for anyone fascinated by the legendary explorer.

The museum, open daily from 9:00 AM to midnight, takes you on a journey through various scenes like ‘The Beginning of the Dream’ and ‘At Kublai Khan’s Court’. Each exhibit is a window into Marco Polo’s adventurous life, including a touching ‘Love Story of Marco Polo and Princess Cocacine’.

Korčula, believed to be Marco Polo’s birthplace, holds this house under the protection of the Korčula Town Hall. It offers breathtaking panoramic views of the town, a testament to its historical and cultural roots. The debate over Marco Polo’s true birthplace adds a layer of mystery to your visit.

The town’s celebration of its connection to Marco Polo is evident in its annual Marco Polo Festival of Song and Wine every July. Beyond the museum, Korčula enchants with its narrow streets, city walls, and a plethora of activities like hiking, cycling, and vineyard tours.

St. Anthony’s Hill

Working Hours: Open daily.

Ticket Prices: Free entry.

Exploration Time: Approximately 1-2 hours.

St. Anthony’s Hill, a serene nature reserve, awaits just a half-hour walk from Korčula’s center. This tranquil spot is a perfect blend of history and natural beauty.

A journey up the hill is an experience in itself, with 102 steps lined by a historic cypress alley, planted way back in 1708, leading you to the summit.

Here, the 14th-century St. Anthony’s Chapel stands proudly, dedicated to St. Anthony the Abbot. The chapel is not just a historical monument but a vantage point offering breathtaking views of the island and its surroundings.

The hike to St. Anthony’s Hill is peaceful, set against a dramatic backdrop of cypress-lined steps, making it an ideal family activity. It offers a much-needed respite from the bustling Korčula town.

Along the way, well-placed signs guide visitors through olive groves and past small chapels, with a few markets available for refreshments.

The atmosphere around the chapel is one of quietude, perfect for contemplation and enjoying nature. For those interested, occasional Mass services are held in the chapel.

Moreška Sword Dance

Working Hours: Weekly in low season, Mondays and Thursdays in high season.

Ticket Prices: Free for children under 4, €10 for ages 4-14, €20 for adults.

Exploration Time: Approximately 1-2 hours.

Korčula’s Moreška Sword Dance, a vibrant spectacle dating back to 1571, is a must-see. Originating in Spain and brought to Korčula via Dubrovnik, this dance vividly portrays the historical conflict between Moors and Christians, echoing the struggles against the Ottoman Empire.

In a dramatic display, two groups, the “Moreškanti,” clad in red and black, represent the armies of the White and Black Kings. The narrative centers around the White King’s fiancée, Bula, captured by the Black King Moro, leading to a thrilling sword battle and her eventual rescue.

Performed regularly during the tourist season, the dance takes place at the ‘Ljetno Kino‘ (Open-air cinema) near the Old Town, or at the Dom Kulture in case of rain. Performances are weekly in the low season and twice per week (Mondays and Thursdays) in the high season. Tickets are available online or at the Korčula office, with children up to 4 years entering free, those aged 4-14 at €10, and adults at €20.

Recognized as a protected immaterial cultural heritage, Moreška is not just a tourist attraction but a symbol of local pride. It’s said that one is not a true male of Korčula without mastering this dance. For a deeper connection, understanding the story beforehand is recommended, and choosing a seat close to the action can be exhilarating, offering a chance to witness sparks fly from clashing swords.

Despite the performance being in Croatian, the storyline is easy to follow. However, be aware that signage to the venue might be scarce, so planning your route or consulting locals is advisable.

Korkyra Baroque Festival

Working Hours: Vary by event

Ticket Prices: Subject to program

Exploration Time: Approximately 2-3 hours per event

The Korkyra Baroque Festival, a renowned early music event in Croatia, stands out for its exceptional performance standards, showcasing both Croatian and international artists. Since its inception in 2012 under Saša Britvić’s artistic vision, supported by Maša and Michael Unsworth, the festival has become a cultural beacon.

Its unique charm lies in blending sublime music with the picturesque landscapes of Korčula and the Peljesac Peninsula, utilizing diverse venues like churches, atriums, squares, and courtyards.

Following Saša Britvic’s passing in 2015, violinist Laura Vadjon assumed the role of Artistic Director, maintaining the festival’s esteemed tradition alongside the Croatian Baroque Ensemble (HRBA).

The festival’s diverse program features performers from countries such as England, Spain, Finland, Italy, Belgium, Scotland, and Croatia, offering a rich tapestry of musical experiences. Venues extend beyond Korčula to include the island of Vrnik, Vela Luka, Račišće, Pupnat, and Viganj.

This year’s festival is particularly special, highlighting a new Croatian two-manual harpsichord from Pavlinić & Depolo workshops, a testament to the festival’s commitment to cultural enrichment, commissioned by patron Michael Unsworth. The repertoire spans from Bach to flamenco, featuring instrumental virtuosos, vocal soloists, and choirs.Top of Form

Badija Island with Church and Franciscan Monastery

Ticket Price: Approximately 3 €.

Working Hours: Generally open during daylight, but check local listings.

Exploration Time: Allow at least 2-3 hours for a fulfilling visit.

In the Korčula Archipelago of Croatia, Badija Island stands out as the largest near Korčula Island, a haven of natural beauty with its pine and oak forests and a coastline of rocky and pebble beaches. The island’s crown jewel, the Franciscan Monastery, dates back to the 14th century.

This architectural masterpiece blends Gothic and Renaissance styles, with its cloister, completed in 1477, being a prime example of Dalmatian Gothic style and renowned as one of the most beautiful on the Croatian Adriatic coast.

The monastery’s history is as rich as its architecture. Constructed by Franciscan monks from Bosnia in the late 14th century, it has served various roles, including a stint as a sports center from the 1950s to the 2000s, before being returned to the Franciscan order.

The church within, dedicated to the Assumption of the Mother of God, showcases a Gothic-Renaissance style with a single nave and a tall barrel-vaulted ceiling. Its main stone altar, crafted in 1724, is a sight to behold.

Art enthusiasts will appreciate the large Gothic Crucifix from the 15th century, believed to be miraculous. The cloister’s arcades and columns are intricately decorated with leafy details, a testament to the skill of its creators.

Reaching Badija Island is a brief 15-minute water taxi ride from Korčula town, making it an ideal destination for those spending more than two days in Korčula.

Visitors can explore the monastery, enjoy a 5km loop trail perfect for walking or running, and even encounter tame deer. The island’s beach, known for its cleanliness and white gravel, offers a serene spot for relaxation.

Proizd Island

Working Hours: Boats leave at 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30, returning at 17:00 and 18:30.

Ticket Prices: 10 € for a return ticket, 13 € for adults, and 7 € for children.

Exploration Time: Approximately 6-8 hours for a fulfilling experience.

Proizd Island, a gem in the Croatian Adriatic, is celebrated for its turquoise sea and untouched nature. This island, a popular destination near Korčula, captivates with its crystal clear waters, ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

The journey to this paradise begins at the heart of Vela Luka, where a taxi boat ferries visitors across in about 35 minutes. The beaches of Veli Bili bok, Srednji Bili bok, Mali Bili bok, and Batalo stand out with their pristine waters, each offering a unique experience.

In 2007, Proizd was honored as the beach of the year and continues to receive high praise. The island’s romantic paths, surrounded by a pine forest, lead to a nudist beach, the only one in Korčula.

Adding to the allure are energy benches along the trails, part of a healing energy park, offering a rejuvenating experience.

For couples, the Veli bok beach is a must-visit, known as the perfect spot for creating memorable moments.

Vrnik island

Working Hours: First boat at 9:30 AM, last at 6 PM.

Ticket Prices: Return Ticket: 12 €.

Exploration Time: Ideal for day trips; options for overnight stays.

Vrnik Island, a serene gem in the Korčula archipelago, beckons with its tranquil environment and rich history. This car-free island, accessible via a 30-minute water taxi from Korčula, offers a unique experience where time seems to stand still. Known for its historic stone quarries, Vrnik’s limestone has graced buildings like the Hagia Sophia and the Budapest Parliament.

The island’s picturesque village scenery is a haven for those seeking peace. With no cars or roads, it’s a perfect escape from the hustle of modern life. The local water taxis, operating every 30 minutes from the east port of Korčula old town, make the island easily reachable. A daily ticket costs 13 €, with the first boat departing at 09:30 AM and the last at 18:00.

Accommodation is quaint yet limited, offering a beach house and boutique hotel apartments. For gastronomy enthusiasts, two restaurants serve local dishes from June to September.

Vrnik is not just a day-trip destination; overnight stays are also possible, allowing more time to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and exploring the stone quarrying remains. The island’s newly opened art gallery showcases local artists, adding a cultural touch to your visit.

Hiking through forested areas and relaxing on secluded beaches are among the simple pleasures here. The island’s deep cultural history, once centered around quarrying, now embraces tourism, offering a tranquil retreat, especially in the summer months.

Vela Luka Town

Exploration Time: 1-2 days recommended.

In the western side of Korčula Island, lies the charming Vela Luka Town, a haven with a population of around 3,772. This town offers a mild Mediterranean climate, making May to early October the ideal time for a visit.

Vela Luka is rich in attractions, from the 20,000-year-old Vela Spila Cave on Pinski Rat hill to the Cultural Centre with its archaeological and ethnographic treasures.

The 1848-built Church of St. Joseph invites visitors to climb its tower, while Proizd Island beckons with stunning beaches and possible dolphin encounters. For breathtaking views, Hum Mountain overlooks both Vela Luka and Korčula, and Osjak Island offers serene hiking and swimming spots.

The town’s beaches, like Posaidon Beach with its pebble and concrete mix, and Lucica Beach, perfect for snorkeling with its emerald sea, are must-visits. Picena Beach and Meduza Beach also stand out for their beautiful waters.

Activities abound, from boat trips to nearby islands, exploring caves, enjoying cultural experiences like local folk music and dance, to hiking along various scenic trails. Accommodation options range from apartments and B&Bs to holiday homes, with Boutique Rooms Kastel Ismaeli and Villa Goga II highly recommended.

For local insights, don’t miss the Kalos Health resort for treatments using local medicinal mud, and savor the olive oil and local cuisine. Klapa singing, a unique a cappella style, and chivalrous dance tournaments highlight the town’s cultural richness. The archaeological significance of Vela Spila offers a glimpse into Mesolithic and Neolithic life.

Vela Spila (Big Cave) Archeological Site Above Vela Luka Town

Ticket Price: 2 €

Exploration Time: 30 minutes

Working Time: 9 AM – 8 PM MON-SAT; Closed on SUN

Above the picturesque town of Vela Luka on Korčula Island, lies the Vela Spila (Big Cave), a prehistoric marvel dating back 20,000 years. This elliptically shaped cavern, measuring about 40 meters in length, 17 meters in height, and 40 meters in width, is not just a geological wonder but a window into ancient human civilization. With two openings in its roof, the cave offers a unique exploration experience.

Excavations, which began in the late 1940s, have unearthed continuous human presence from the late Mesolithic to the Neolithic periods. Among the significant findings are three child burials, ceramics, and various artifacts, including those from the late Upper Palaeolithic period. Notably, Vela Spila is home to the second oldest pottery in the world, dating back to 17,500 years ago.

Visitors can reach this archaeological site by car or enjoy a scenic hike along trails leading to the cave, which offers panoramic views of the Vela Luka archipelago. Artifacts from the cave are displayed at the Centre for Culture in Vela Luka.

The best time to visit is during the summer months, although off-season visits can be arranged. Parking is limited near the cave.

Lumbarda Village

Exploration Time: Estimate 2-3 days for a fulfilling experience.

Lumbarda Village, at the eastern end of Korčula Island, is a captivating destination about 4-6 km from Korčula Old Town. This picturesque village, home to approximately 1200 residents, thrives on wine-growing, fishing, and tourism.

Its sandy beaches, including Prvi Zal, Tatinja, Bilin Zal, and Vela Przina, are perfect for families, offering a serene retreat. Lumbarda’s historical roots trace back to Ancient Greece, adding a layer of intrigue to its charm.

The village is renowned for its Grk wine, a unique product of local vineyards. Wine enthusiasts often indulge in the popular wine tasting tours here. The scenic views of the local archipelago and lush vineyards are truly mesmerizing.

For the adventurous, Lumbarda offers a range of activities including windsurfing, paddleboarding, sea kayaking, and boat hire. There are also ample opportunities for cycling and hiking along coastal paths and mountain biking routes. The cultural vibrancy of Lumbarda is evident in its summer fiestas, donkey racing, fisherman evenings, and musical concerts.

For the best experience, plan your visit during summer, keeping an eye on the weather forecasts. The local cuisine, served in numerous restaurants and cafes, offers a delightful mix of local and international flavors. 

Račišće Village

Exploration Time: Half-day tour is recommended.

Račišće Village, a charming settlement 12 km west of Korčula Town, is a hidden gem established in the late 17th and early 18th centuries by refugees. This quaint village, one of the youngest on the island, offers a serene escape.

Accommodation in Račišće mainly comprises private apartments, rooms, and villas, many boasting stunning sea views. While hotel options are limited, the village’s intimate setting more than compensates.

Dining is a delight with three restaurants serving traditional Croatian cuisine and seafood. A small supermarket caters to daily needs, with larger facilities a mere 20 minutes away in Korčula Town.

The village’s attractions are diverse. Vaja and Samograd beaches are renowned for their secluded beauty. The 17th-century Church of Our Lady and 19th-century St. Nicholas Church stand as historical landmarks.

For outdoor enthusiasts, options abound from hiking and cycling to snorkeling and participating in olive picking in October. Cultural vibrancy is evident in the summer music and food festivals, and visitors can engage in the local game of “bocce/boćanje”.

Samograd Cave offers an off-the-beaten-path exploration, while a walk up the hill behind the village rewards with panoramic views. Engaging with locals during olive harvesting is a unique experience. Račišće is ideal for those seeking a tranquil retreat with active pursuits. Note the steep paths to some beaches and the local celebration of Patron Saint Day on May 24.

Brna Village

Brna Village awaits on Korčula Island’s southern shores, near Smokvica. This quaint locale, once a humble fishing base, blossomed into a 19th-century wine export port and, by the 1970s, a charming tourist haven. Brna, nestled in a large, sheltered bay, is a sailor’s paradise, offering safe anchorage and serene waters.

The village’s allure includes the Zal pebble beach, shaded by ancient pines, and the unique Istruga Bay, famed for its sandy shores and therapeutic mud.

A mere half-hour drive from Korčula Old Town, Brna is easily accessible. The village is not just about relaxation; it’s a hub for sports enthusiasts with facilities in Istruga Bay, including tennis, bocce, table tennis, and beach volleyball.

Dining in Brna is a delight, with several cafes and restaurants serving fresh food paired with local wines like Rukatac and Pošip. This picturesque village seamlessly blends its historical roots with modern amenities, making it a unique destination. For those keen to explore, the nearby areas of Prižba and Gršćica offer more of the island’s southern charm.

Best Visit Times: Summer is ideal for beach and outdoor activities. Working Hours: Vary by establishment; Ticket Prices: Free access to most attractions; Exploration Time: A day to fully experience Brna’s beauty.

Kočje Nature Park

Working Hours: Open all year, best visited during daylight.

Ticket Prices: Free entry.

Exploration Time: Approximately 2-3 hours.

This hidden gem is spanning approximately 10 acres. Since 1962, this protected area near the village of Žrnovo has captivated visitors with its unique landscape of large rock formations, a mysterious narrow canyon, and a quaint cave. The park’s dolomitic rocks and two pristine springs, notably the Fairy Spring, add to its mystical allure.

The area is a haven for nature enthusiasts, boasting rich oak and conifer trees with monumental treetops, alongside a diverse undergrowth of lichens, moss, ferns, laurel shrubs, and aromatic Mediterranean herbs. The presence of bats in the cave adds a touch of wilderness to the experience.

For those seeking adventure, the park is accessible by a 30-minute walk from Žrnovo or a 5-kilometer trek from Korčula Old Town. However, the journey requires preparation. It’s advisable to wear hiking shoes due to the rugged terrain and to bring sufficient water, especially during hot summer days. Supplies are available at Studenac supermarket in Prvo selo. Note that the road to the park is not car-friendly; it’s best to leave vehicles at the start of the gravel road.

Kočje offers a magical escape with its large rocks covered in green moss and ivy, creating an ambiance akin to a high mountain area. Despite the cooler temperatures under the rocks, around 20°C even on hot summer days, visitors should exercise caution as there are no fences or signs, and the area is to be explored at one’s own risk.

Respect for nature is paramount; foraging within Kočje is prohibited. Additionally, due to inadequate signage, visitors often require assistance from locals for navigation.

Donkey Safari

Working Hours: 9:00 AM – Return to Žrnovo

Exploration Time: Approximately 3-4 hours

This adventure isn’t just a tour; it’s a chance to connect with nature and tradition. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by our friendly donkeys and experienced guides, ensuring a smooth start to your day.

The safari covers about 4 kilometers of old forest roads, unveiling the island’s untouched beauty en route to Pavja Luka, a breathtaking sea bay, where you’re expected to arrive between 10:00-10:30 AM.

At Pavja Luka, indulge in the serenity of nature with options to swim or simply relax. A delightful lunch awaits at a local tavern by the sea, adding a taste of local cuisine to your experience. The tour circles back to Žrnovo, marking a fulfilling end to your adventure.

Essential gear includes sportswear, sturdy footwear, a hat, and a bottle of water. While the tour offers a rich cultural experience and a chance to witness the island’s natural forests and coastline, it’s important to wear appropriate clothing for hiking, not just beachwear. The tour’s terrain may be challenging, making it less suitable for young children.

Popić Winery (Lumbarda)

Working Hours: Mon – Mon 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Tue – Sat 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Price: 8 € per person

Exploration Time: 1-2 hours to enjoy the wine and the atmosphere

At Popić Winery in Lumbarda on Korčula Island, a remarkable wine tasting journey awaits. This family-run winery, steeped in a rich tradition of grape growing and winemaking, is a mere 20-25 minute walk from Lumbarda centre or a short water taxi ride from Old Town.

Here, guests are treated to a 3-wine tasting experience, featuring exquisite varieties like GRK, Plavac Mali, Rosé, and Posip, all savored on a terrace with breathtaking views.

The ambiance at Popić Winery is nothing short of enchanting. An outdoor seating area, protected from the elements, includes unique swing seats, offering panoramic vistas of vineyards, the sea, and mountains. For those who wish to pair their wine with delectable bites, there are platters filled with cheeses, meats, olives, and other treats.

Wine tasting is reasonably priced at 8€ per person, and remember, the winery is a cash-only establishment. Visitors also have the opportunity to purchase wines to take home. The service here is renowned for its warmth and expertise, often highlighted by engaging stories from the family members themselves.

Lovrić Winery (Lumbarda)

Exploration Time: 1-2 hours to enjoy the wine and the atmosphere

Working Hours: Monday – Thursday 16:00 – 19:00; Saturday 16:00 – 19:00; Friday and Sunday Closed

Prices: Grk – 4 € per glass, 20 € for a bottle

Plavac: 4 € per glass, 16 € for a bottle

Rose: 4 € per glass, 12 € for a bottle

This winery, renowned for its premium wines like the Grk and Plavac Mali, offers an intimate wine tasting experience. The winery, situated on the ground floor of a guest house, ensures personal attention to each visitor, enhancing the charm of your visit.

During your 1-2 hour exploration, you’ll delve into the world of winemaking with a tour of the family winery. Here, you’ll gain insights into traditional production processes and savor award-winning wines.

The experience is complemented by delicious smoked ham and cheese, perfect pairings for the wines. Grk Lovrić, a premium white wine, stands out for its unique pollination process, making it a rare find. Meanwhile, Plavac Lovrić is a celebrated dry red wine, both locally and internationally.

Visitors consistently laud the winery for its excellent wines and welcoming atmosphere. The tours are noted for their personal touch, offering a deep dive into Korčula’s wine heritage. It’s a family-friendly spot, welcoming even those with children.

Vitis Winery (Lumbarda)

Working Hours: Call +385919279027 prior to visit.

Exploration Time: 1-2 hours.

This gem, deeply rooted in grape growing and wine production, offers a journey through local wine-making traditions. Accessible by boat taxi and a pleasant walk, Vitis is not just a destination but a passage into the heart of Korčula’s wine culture.

Here, wine tasting sessions feature the acclaimed Grk variety, alongside a delightful array of meat and cheese platters. The winery’s charm is enhanced by its homemade products like fig jam and olive oil, perfect for bread dipping.

The setting is nothing short of picturesque, with outdoor seating that offers protection from the elements, and views that span vineyards, gardens, and the sea. The ambiance, especially at sunset, is romantically cozy, making it an ideal spot for couples and families alike.

The staff’s friendly and informative nature adds to the experience, offering insights into the family’s rich history and the intricacies of their products. They are also accommodating to families with young children and assist with taxi arrangements.

Remember, Vitis operates on a cash-only basis, with ATMs nearby. The prices, offering great value, reflect the quality of their wines and food. For a unique memory, consider purchasing wine as a souvenir.

Tasovac Winery (Žrnovo)

Working Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 AM – 2 PM and 6 PM – 10 PM.

Prices: Wines start at €20.

Exploration Time: Allocate 1-2 hours.

This family-run winery, known for its charming atmosphere and relaxing terrace, invites you to savor its award-winning white wine, hailed as the best in Dalmatia.

Your journey through taste includes a basic tasting of three wines – rose, white, and red. Enhance your experience with a snack table featuring prosciutto, octopus, anchovies, and fresh garden vegetables.

While some find the wine prices a bit high, with none below €20, the quality of the wine and snacks, especially the prosciutto and cheese, is consistently praised. Unique to Tasovac, don’t miss their homemade liquor. Remember, cash payments are preferred as cards might not be accepted.

Set amidst scenic views, the winery offers a glimpse into the regional flavors of Cara. Visitors recommend trying all four wines and the snack plate, and perhaps taking a bottle home. For a relaxed experience, consider visiting during non-peak hours.

Konoba Zvirinovik

Konoba Zvirinovik is a charming restaurant known for its proximity to the sea, offering guests a beautiful view and a relaxing, chill atmosphere. The terrace, overlooking the sea and nearby islands, adds to the rustic and cozy ambience of the place.

Recommended Dishes: The restaurant’s menu features a variety of delightful dishes. Highly recommended are the rumpsteak with caramelized onion and gorgonzola, beefsteak, pancakes, tuna steak, and homemade desserts. For vegetarians, the homemade pasta with vegetable sauce is a must-try. The quality of the seafood, especially the swordfish and squid, is also a highlight.

Practical Information:

  • Location: Konoba Zvirinovik, near the sea with scenic views.
  • Average Price Range: Reasonable, offering good value for the quality of food and service.
  • Hours of Operation: 5 PM – 11 PM daily.
  • Reservation: Typically not necessary; call ahead if you’re pressed for time just in case.
  • Accessibility: Note that wheelchair accessibility is not available due to stairs.
  • Special Features: The restaurant boasts a selection of local wine and homemade rakija. Fresh fish and homemade desserts are specialties.

Konoba Albert

Brief Description: Konoba Albert is a charming family-run restaurant known for its authentic local dishes, fresh food, and excellent wine selection.

The restaurant boasts a breathtaking location with stunning sea views, making it a perfect spot for both family and romantic dinners.

The ambiance is relaxed and friendly, enhanced by the beautiful outdoor setting that, while sometimes windy, adds to the unique dining experience. With its focus on sustainability and home-made culinary delights, Konoba Albert offers a true taste of traditional Croatian cuisine.

Recommended Dishes: The restaurant is celebrated for its fried squid, considered one of the best. Other must-try dishes include the homemade chocolate cake with figs and red wine, grilled fish (usually the catch of the day), and a variety of well-known local dishes. The menu, though concise, is packed with flavorful options that cater to a range of tastes.

Practical Information:

  • Average Price Range: Reasonable
  • Hours of Operation: May-Oct 11am-4pm; 6pm-midnight daily
  • Need for Reservation: Not specified, but recommended due to popularity
  • Vegetarian Options: Available
  • Parking: Difficult
  • Wheelchair Accessibility: Limited (a few stairs)
  • Kid-friendliness: Highchair available for kids

Konopica

Brief Description: Konopica is a family-run restaurant known for its delicious peka, including both octopus and lamb.

The atmosphere is described as a beautiful countryside/farm setting, offering a real home atmosphere with excellent service.

The owner, a farmer, serves local dishes in a traditional way, creating a unique dining experience surrounded by nature.

Recommended Dishes: The restaurant’s specialties include the best octopus Peka, lamb, mixed grilled meat plate, home-made white wine, and for dessert, the delightful Apple “Štrudla”. Each dish is prepared with a focus on freshness and local flavors.

Practical Information:

  • Location: Away from the hustle, surrounded by nature.
  • Average Price Range: Super decent prices.
  • Hours of Operation: From June until the end of September, 1 PM – 12 AM.
  • Reservation: Required, preferably one day in advance to allow for the purchase of fresh ingredients.

Dos Locos

Working Hours: 4 PM – 2 AM daily.

Prices: Higher-end, especially for drinks.

Exploration Time: Plan for a few hours to fully enjoy the experience.

In the heart of the city, Dos Locos stands as a beacon of nightlife, easily accessible and always pulsing with energy. This venue, a favorite among the younger crowd, comes alive in the evenings with a vibrant atmosphere perfect for those who love to dance and revel in music.

The club’s DJ, a master at blending remixes of 80’s and 90’s hits, ensures the music is not just heard but felt, contributing significantly to the lively ambiance.

For those who prefer the open air, Dos Locos offers comfortable outdoor seating, ideal during the balmy summer months. While the prices lean towards the higher end, the experience, complete with cocktail buckets and well-received food, justifies the cost.

The club’s setting adds to its allure, offering a breathtaking view over the bay and Korčula old town, enhancing the overall experience.

However, it’s important to note that Dos Locos is renowned for its high energy and noise levels, particularly in the evenings, making it less suitable for those seeking tranquility.

Massimo Cocktail Bar

Working Hours: 4 PM – 12 AM

Prices: Approximately twice as high as standard bars

At the Massimo Cocktail Bar, perched atop a tower in Korčula, guests are treated to a truly unique experience. The journey to the bar itself is an adventure, requiring a climb up stairs and a ladder through a ceiling hole, a note of caution for those with mobility issues. Once there, you’re rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views, making it an ideal spot for sunset admirers.

The bar’s ambiance is unmatched, offering a blend of history and modernity. While the menu features both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options, be prepared for prices about twice as high as standard bars, a small price for such an exclusive setting. For a more intimate experience, visiting right at 4 PM is recommended, as evenings tend to draw larger crowds.

Seating here is an experience in itself, with a unique pulley system delivering your drinks. To fully enjoy the views, reserving a table along the edge is wise. Be aware, though, service can be hit or miss, so don’t hesitate to flag down a server.

Comfort is key in attire, especially considering the climb. Dresses might not be the best choice for this adventure. While the bar is a popular tourist attraction, it’s more for the experience and views than the culinary offerings. Parking is available for a fee west of Korčula old town.

Kayaking with “Spirit of Korkyra”

Join the “Spirit of Korkyra” for an unforgettable kayaking adventure! Their Sunset Tour takes you through Vrnik Island’s historical quarries, the Franciscan monastery on Badija Island, and Gubavac Island for a breathtaking sunset. Savor the taste of local “GRK” wine, canapé sandwiches, and “Klašun” pastries. Departing from Lumbarda, this tour lasts 3.5 to 5 hours.

For history enthusiasts, the Half Day Kayak Tour covers similar routes, with the addition of Sutvara and Planjak islands. Enjoy a coffee or tea break with “Klašun” pastries and “GRK” wine. This journey begins at 09:00 from Tatinja Bay, Lumbarda, and spans about 5 hours.

Their Whole Day Kayak Tour extends from Lumbarda to Korčula’s old town, including Vrnik, Sutvara, and Kamenjak islands. Highlights include lunch at a hidden restaurant, swimming stops, and our signature coffee, tea, wine, and pastries. This tour starts at 09:00 and lasts approximately 8 hours.

For the daring, the Secrets of Korkyra tour is a multi-day exploration around Korčula Island, featuring overnight camps and diverse dining experiences. This is ideal for experienced kayakers who can paddle at least 6 km per hour.

Cycling

Korčula, a cycling paradise, offers a diverse array of routes suitable for various skill levels. The island’s recent boom in cycling tours ensures convenient bike rentals in main towns and villages. For approximately 15 € per day, cyclists can rent bikes equipped with locks, repair kits, and helmets, including options for e-bikes and children’s bikes.

For an optimal experience, it’s crucial to carry snacks and water, as amenities are sparse along the routes. Prioritize safety on roads shared with cars, given the limited bike lanes. In summer, plan rides in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid high temperatures, and always carry sun protection and extra water.

The Korčula Town to Lumbarda route, a 12km round trip, offers an easy to moderate challenge, showcasing farmlands, vineyards, and olive groves, with Lumbarda providing beaches and wineries.

The 24km journey to Račišće is moderately challenging, with stunning sea views and access to beautiful beaches. For the adventurous, the 14-16km trips to the Defora Beaches are more challenging, leading to secluded pebble beaches. The Posip Path, a 10km loop in Smokvica, is easier, meandering through vineyards and historical sites.

Maps and detailed information are available at local agencies or tourist offices, with routes clearly marked. Cycling in Korčula is an enriching blend of scenic beauty, cultural experiences, and wine tasting, catering to both leisurely riders and adventure seekers.

Kaleta Korčula Bike Rental

Working Hours: 9 AM – 9 PM daily.

Ticket Prices: Vary based on rental type and duration; competitive rates.

Exploration Time: Flexible, depending on individual plans and routes.

At Kaleta Korčula Bike Rental, your cycling adventure in the heart of Korčula starts with a diverse selection of bikes. Whether you’re seeking a mountain, city, road, or an e-bike, Kaleta caters to every individual and group need. Families are welcomed with child-sized bikes and child seats, ensuring a comfortable ride for all ages.

The staff, known for their professionalism and helpfulness, are experts in guiding you through the best routes. They offer invaluable advice on both inland and coastal paths, including must-see viewing points. Each rental includes standard equipment like a helmet, lock, pump, and repair kit, with some bikes featuring a front basket and bottle holder.

Customers consistently praise the well-maintained condition of the bikes and the quick, responsive service for any issues. These bikes are perfect for exploring local attractions, especially the beaches near Lumbarda.

Located at the main square in the old town, Kaleta is not just about bikes. They offer a versatile range of rental options including scooters, cars, and boats, making it a one-stop shop for all your exploration needs. This service is described as both affordable and reliable, making it an ideal choice for tourists.

Key Takeaways for Tourists:

  • Diverse Rental Options: Suitable for families, individuals, and groups.
  • Affordable Prices: Competitive rates for various rental durations.
  • Expert Local Advice: Staff insights on the best routes and attractions.
  • Reliable and Quality Service: High customer satisfaction and well-maintained bikes.
  • Convenient for Exploring Korčula: Ideal for independent exploration of the island.

Diving with “Diving Triporte”

Working Hours: Open daily from 8 AM to 6 PM.

Prices: 1 Dive – €30.00, 3 Days Diving (6 Dives) – €170.00, 5 Days Diving (10 Dives) – €270.00, Discovery Scuba Diving – €60.00, Night Dive – €35.00, Full Diving Equipment (Per Day) – €30.00.

Exploration Time: An hour or two to a full day, depending on the program.

At Diving Triporte, nestled in a picturesque Mediterranean setting, you’ll find a world-class diving experience. This registered SDI and NAUI diving center boasts modern, well-maintained equipment in various sizes, ensuring your dive is comfortable and safe. The center also provides cleaning areas and safe storage for your personal gear.

Conveniently located, Diving Triporte features a private dock with a 7-meter, 40hp boat, offering quick access to diverse dive sites. Safety is paramount here, with DAN insurance coverage and medical assistance readily available in Vela Luka, plus a Hyperbaric chamber in Split.

The diving programs cater to all levels. Beginners can enjoy the Discover Scuba Diving course, which includes a classroom introduction and a 35-minute underwater tour with an instructor, diving up to 6m deep.

The environment here is rich in diverse flora and fauna, with stunning underwater rock formations, walls adorned with red and yellow gorgonias, soft sponges, corals, and a vibrant marine life.

Divers can explore various types of dives, including wall, reef, cave, cavern, and night diving. Notable sites include the “Blue Hole” and other locations within a 25-minute radius, some just 10 minutes away by boat.

The conditions are ideal for beginners, with the warm, shallow, tranquil waters of the Adriatic Sea. Air and sea temperatures from April to October vary from 18.2°C to 34.0°C (air) and 15.0°C to 24.2°C (sea), creating a comfortable diving environment.

Hiking

On Korčula, hikers of all levels can find their perfect trail. And there are many diverse routes to choose from. Forteca, an easy and enjoyable hike, is ideal for those looking for a gentle walk. This trail, leading to the Maksimilijan Vanka Collection and through tranquil forests, is perfect for photography enthusiasts and picnic lovers. St. Anthony’s Hill, merely 2.5 km from Korčula old town, offers a moderate climb. The reward? A stunning 14th-century chapel and breathtaking views from atop its 102 steps.

Lumbarda presents a 7 km shaded walk, dotted with fig trees, leading to beaches perfect for a refreshing swim. For a more challenging experience, Žrnovo extends to the Kočje Reservation, blending hiking with cultural exploration and coastal relaxation. 

The most demanding hike, Rasohatica, spans about 10 km, passing through vineyards to the South seaside beaches, offering spectacular views of Mljet and Lastovo.

The Korčula Town to Kocje trail, approximately 9 km round-trip, ranges from easy to moderate difficulty, leading to a nature park with unique rock formations. 

The Loop between Korčula Town & Forteca is a shorter, 3 km easy trail, providing panoramic views of the Old Town and Pelješac Peninsula. For a serene experience, the Kampus to Postrana, Žrnovo loop, spanning 2.5 km, winds through picturesque farmlands and olive groves.

The Žrnovo to Pupnat hike, about 13 km round-trip, offers a moderate challenge through stony terrain, vineyards, and forests, ending in the quaint village of Pupnat. The South Hills of Lumbarda, an 8 km loop, takes you through Grk vineyards to the Raznjic lighthouse, with vistas of Mljet and vineyards.

The Posip Path in Smokvica, approximately 10 km, is an easy trail ideal for walking and cycling, concluding at Toreta Winery for a delightful wine tasting. For a short but rewarding hike, Kom in Blato is about 1.7 km round-trip, leading to the highest point on Korčula with panoramic views.

Lastly, the hike from Orebic to Sveti Ilija summit is challenging and best avoided in summer, but offers unparalleled views across Korčula Island.

General Tips: Always carry enough water and snacks, wear comfortable walking shoes, and consider starting early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid high temperatures. Check bus services for return trips where applicable.

About the author

Tomislav is the main contributor and creator of Croatia Wanderlust. With a deep appreciation for his homeland, he dedicates his time to sharing detailed stories and insights about Croatia's rich culture, scenic landscapes, and historical landmarks. His writings aim to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of what makes Croatia a unique and must-visit destination. Through his articles, Tomislav hopes to inspire travel enthusiasts and curious minds alike to explore the beauty of Croatia.

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