Holidays in Korcula - travel tips and places of interest

Wine and olives, sensational finds from the Stone Age and a capital also known as Little Dubrovnik - a holiday on Korcula plays all the pieces and is guaranteed not to get boring, even repeatedly!

Korcula has been a popular holiday island in Croatia since the early 20th century. The mild climate of Korcula first attracted mainly health tourists who hoped to find relief from their respiratory and skin diseases from sea air and mud baths. This approach is still practised at the Kalos spa centre in Vela Luka.

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What initially developed as health tourism thanks to rich healing mud deposits soon became a destination for hiking holidays and seaside holidays in Croatia. Korcula experienced its biggest tourism boom after the Second World War with the construction of modern hotels and campsites. The sixth largest island in the Adriatic is the most densely populated of all Croatian islands and has well earned its reputation as a Mediterranean holiday island.

Perfect sailing conditions in the south, picturesque bathing beaches with comfortable hotels in the east and west, plenty of unspoilt nature for hiking and cycling tours and numerous offshore islands for discovery excursions offer everything your heart desires for a holiday in Croatia.

PICTURES: Holiday on Korcula

Photo gallery: Korcula Island

How to get to the island of Korcula?

Korcula is the southernmost island of central Dalmatia and juts into the Adriatic Sea directly in front of the Peljesac peninsula in an almost perfect east-west orientation. It is only 1270 metres from the Croatian mainland and surrounded by around 50 mini-islands. The elongated island is almost 50 kilometres long, but only 8 kilometres wide.

Split and Drvenik have a ferry port to Korcula, which can be easily reached via the motorway. Vela Luka in the west is served by Split, Korcula in the east by Drvenik. In addition, there is a short ferry connection to Domnice (south of Korcula) from Orebic on the Peljesac peninsula.

From East to West - Sights on Korcula

The impressive city wall with its massive defence towers shapes the character of the old town of Korcula, Croatia - © Ajan Alen / Shutterstock
© Ajan Alen / Shutterstock

In addition to the beautiful landscape and untouched nature, the green island of Korcula also has some highlights to offer in terms of art and culture. The traditional sword dance Kumpanija, the oldest ceramics in south-eastern Europe and the oldest written document in Croatia bear witness to the long history that Korcula has to tell.

Lumbarda - Korcula's most beautiful beach

In the spacious harbour of Lumbarda on Korcula, sleek yachts and sailing boats anchor alongside fishing boats and rowing boats, Croatia - © Phant / Shutterstock
© Phant / Shutterstock

Holidaymakers make a pilgrimage to Lumbarda mainly because of its beautiful sandy beach, another top Korcula sight that attracts visitors from all parts of the islands. However, not only bathers but also gourmets will feel at home here, as numerous konobas serve Mediterranean specialities at their best in Lumbarda.

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Korcula - main town of the island

Picturesque Korcula, in the very east of the island of the same name, offers Croatia holidaymakers a dreamy holiday atmosphere - © lukaszimilena / Shutterstock
© lukaszimilena / Shutterstock

The eponymous main town of Korcula is often referred to as Little Dubrovnik because of its impressive town walls, richly decorated houses and picturesque location on a small peninsula. Its long tradition of art and culture is still upheld today. The alleged birthplace of the Venetian merchant and explorer Marco Polo can also be visited here.

Smokvica - vineyards and winegrowers

The tranquil Smokvica in the centre of the island of Korcula is all about enjoyment and cosiness, Croatia - © Cortyn / Shutterstock
© Cortyn / Shutterstock

Also worth a day trip is the wine-growing village of Smokvica, halfway between Korcula's coastal towns of Korcula and Vela Luka. The peaceful village amidst vineyards and olive groves is all about enjoyment and cosiness and attracts Croatian holidaymakers with regional cuisine and the delicious Posip wine.

Blato - pure nature on Korcula

In a sea of red-tiled roofs, the proud Church of All Saints Svih Svetih, Korcula Island, Croatia, sits enthroned on the picturesque main square of Blato - © Berni / Shutterstock
© Berni / Shutterstock

In the interior of the island, the picturesque town of Blato, surrounded by an idyllic landscape of vineyards and olive groves, invites you to make a stopover. Its Dalmatian houses, some of which are impressive, are grouped amid green forests around a proud parish church, an ethno-museum and the pilgrimage site of Blessed Marija Petkovic. There are numerous nice pebble beaches within a radius of 10 kilometres.

Vela Luka - Classic holiday destination

With its 182 kilometres of coastline, the island of Korcula offers romantic bays with idyllic beaches, Croatia - © Photoanto / Shutterstock
© Photoanto / Shutterstock

On the western tip of Korcula lies Vela Luka, the largest town on the island and the second tourist centre of Korcula. Like the main town, it is bustling with shops and cafés and has a classic holiday atmosphere that leaves nothing to be desired. The oldest pottery finds in south-eastern Europe were also discovered in a cave nearby.

The most beautiful beaches of Korcula

The golden yellow Vela Przina can undoubtedly be called the most beautiful sandy beach of Korcula, Croatia - © Ajan Alen / Shutterstock
© Ajan Alen / Shutterstock

The 182km long coast of Korcula is known for its many hidden bays, which can often only be reached by boat or via hidden paths. The south coast is characterised by steep cliffs that rise up to 30 metres from the sea. Sheltered from the bora, but constantly battered by the south wind, the bays to the south are mainly anchored by sailing boats.

Tip: If you are looking for a sheltered place to swim on the south coast, Vela Luka on the west end of Korcula is the best place.

The most beautiful beach in Korcula is the beautiful sandy beach of Vela Przina near Lumbarda. It has already been voted one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in Europe by "The Guardian" and is also on our list of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Croatia.

But also in the north of Blato, near Korcula in the east and around the holiday settlement of Vela Luka in the west, there are dreamlike bays from which taxi boats start to the untouched islands off the coast of Korcula.

Related links:

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Info page about the island of Korcula
Ferry schedule for your journey to Korcula from Split or Drvenik
Ferry schedule for the journey to Korcula from Orebic on Peljesac

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