Korčula, Croatia: Your Adventure Awaits
Korčula is a small enchanting Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea.
This little gem stretches approximately 29 miles in an east-west direction and just under 5 miles wide. The population of Korčula is estimated at 15,000. This unique island is definitely the pearl of the Mediterranean and has become an increasingly popular travel destination.
We picked Korčula as one of the islands we wanted to visit on our Croatia trip because it was known for its crystal-clear water and gorgeous beaches.
Transportation to Korčula, Croatia
We arrived from the mainland, Dubrovnik, by ferry catamaran. The Croatian ferry service, Jadrolinija, connects to most of the islands from the mainland by passenger and car ferry. You can check the current schedules here.
If it’s your first time visiting Korčula, I would recommend that you book your ferry in advance online. Also, it’s a good idea to arrive early so there are no unexpected surprises as the schedule can change depending on circumstances and weather.
We booked our tickets online before our trip just for peace of mind. Several of our ferries were canceled due to bad weather, so check the schedule again the day before you are supposed to catch your ferry.
Day One: Arrival Korčula
Our host picked us up from the ferry terminal and brought us to our accommodations. It was picture-perfect and we were not disappointed.
We were presented with breathtaking views that overlooked the quaint little bay in Brna.
The warm ocean air and gentle breezes made us feel super relaxed as we soaked us the seascape. As our host departed, we were left with a bottle of local wine to enjoy. This was a great start to our stay.
After a meal, we walked another few hundred yards and found a sign with the word WINE in large lettering and an arrow pointing to a button. After pushing the button, we were greeted by a lady but she didn’t speak any English. We grabbed a kid off the street who spoke some broken English to translate for us. The shopkeeper was showcasing her local wine, olive oil, and jam. So we ended up buying a few bottles to sample.
Day One: Arrival Korčula
The next day we rented a small car from the local restaurant so we could drive to the town of Korčula with the walled city. It was about a 30-minute drive and easy to get there.
The entire island is known as Korčula while the main part of town or Old Town is also called Korčula. It is often called “Little Dubrovnik” because of its medieval square, churches, and houses.
Unesco World Heritage Site - Korcula, Croatia
The Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage site. It is claimed that Marco Polo was born here but there is no real evidence of that but it’s fun to think that you might be walking in the tracks of a famous explorer.
Sitting down and having lunch offered us great views of the emerald green water and we watched a few sailboats as they lazily drifted by us in the gentle breezes.
You can navigate your way through the unique cobblestone streets and find something new at every turn to explore. There was no shortage of vistas to take a photo.
There was even humor that was found along the way in the form of signage.
They have a great ancient weather forecasting system in place that is pretty fool-proof.
Not to mention, if you suffer from Novinophobia, make sure you take a bottle home.
There were numerous restaurants to choose from offering a variety of choices.
We ordered the pizza because it was so different from the traditional pizza back home. The menu said it came with one olive and it literally did. We asked the waiter and he said that is what they do and if you want more olives that you needed to ask.
Make sure you try the gelato out and they usually have it everywhere – it’s to die for.
Day Three: Wineries and Exploring the Island
We had our rental car one more day so we decided to check a couple of the local wineries just up the hill from where we were staying. Nestled in the little village of Smokvica we found a small winery called Toreta. No charge for the wine to taste and the staff was very knowledgeable. The white Posip was our favorite and they even offered fresh olive oil tastings.
Once we were done in the winery we hopped back in the car and leisurely drove around the island enjoying the scenic stops along the way.
We loved Korcula and would recommend to anyone thinking of going there. Old Town Korčula was my favorite because of all the history and architecture. It’s also worth renting a car and driving the island as there is so much to see.
Have you been to Korčula?
What would you recommend seeing?