John & Rachael's choice of Korcula Island's best tours, accommodation & transfers
Korcula Island is a fantastic destination for a family holiday. Whether you’re making the island your base for your full holiday or including it as part of a multiple destination trip, we can guarantee a fun time for all. To help take the stress out of planning your holiday to Korcula, we’ve done some prep work for you.
Travelling to Korcula Island
Depending on where you are travelling from, you will likely be making your way to Korcula Island by boat, bus or car. Our helpful Korcula FAQ page will give you full details about how to travel to Korcula from nearby destinations.
If using public transport we recommend that you book tickets online for boats and buses, so there is no risk of not getting tickets in time.
If you plan to take longer or more complicated journeys, hiring a car will make travelling much easier. Car rental agencies also have child and baby seats available for hire.
If you want to get somewhere quick and hassle free, but do not want to hire a car, a private transfer would be an ideal option (although this will be more expensive than public transport).
Where to stay on Korcula?
As the larger towns offer more entertainment, we would suggest you staying in one of these. Korcula Town, Vela Luka and Lumbarda would all be good choices. Lumbarda in particular is a popular destination for families to stay. There are many accommodation options, the town is compact and easy to navigate and the sandy beaches are ideal for small feet.
There are many good reasons to book an apartment rather than a hotel for your family holiday to Korcula and you’ll find a wide selection of good value apartments.
You can self cater which is convenient for feeding hungry children quickly and to keep holiday costs down.
An apartment has more space including bedrooms for everyone, typically a living area/kitchen and one or two bathrooms.
Many apartments have an outside area, a perfect place for the children to play when you aren’t at the beach.
Take a look at our favourite family friendly accommodation options on Korcula.
What to do
1. It goes without saying, making the most of the sea during your holiday is vital. The sea is amazingly clean and safe. Take the children kayaking across the channel and go snorkelling.
2. Book older children & teenagers a wind-surfing lesson.
3. Bounce around on the water inflatables located on Prvi Zal in Lumbarda & Trstenica in Orebic.
4. With several sandy beaches in Lumbarda, enjoy good old fashioned bat & ball games and sandcastle building.
5. Take a relaxing boat trip around the archipelago and jump off the boat into the sea to cool off.
6. You will find play parks in most villages and towns across the island, the perfect place for children to burn off energy. There are also trampolines in Korcula Town by Banje Beach.
7. Go for a bike ride to Lumbarda or Vrbovica Bay. You can hire bikes in various sizes as well as bike seats for smaller children from tourist agencies in Korcula.
8. Take a bus ride to Zrnovo and visit the Kocje nature park. The amazing rock structure provides a really fun place to explore and great for a treasure hunt.
9. Check out the events scheduled by the local tourist boards which are specific for families. One of our favourites is the donkey racing in Lumbarda.
10. Be in Korcula Town on 30 June and join in the Half New Year fun. Fancy dress is optional but make sure you watch the billiant costume parade and have a dance in the square.
What and where to eat
Croatian people are generally very hospitable and welcoming to children, so most restaurants will be very happy to accommodate you. Don’t expect child menus; however there’s usually some more “child friendly” dishes on the main menu. Pizza, pasta, simple grilled meats and chips are common and of course you’ll always find ice cream close by!
Two of our favourite family restaurants are Belin in Zrnovo and Torkul in Lumbarda. Belin serves traditional food and Torkul is a pizzeria. Both have high chairs (not so easy to find in restaurants) and areas where children can play. Torkul has a large garden and there’s usually a selection of toys available. Belin has a large terrace just outside of the restaurant and they also have a small swing you can ask to use. Belin also arranges a culinary experience which is a fun family activity.
Buying supplies when you get here
If you are travelling with a baby you can find powdered milk and baby food at many of the supermarkets (Konzum and Tommy are best for this) and also the health & beauty store Kozmo. You’ll also find nappies and wet wipes here.
Sun tan lotion can be purchased from the supermarkets, Kozmo and the pharmacy.
Over the counter medicines, plasters and other minor first add equipment can be purchased from the pharmacy.
The town markets sell various beach equipment, such as buckets & spades, snorkel gear and plastic balls.
Swimming shoes are really useful for non sandy beaches, protecting feet from the pebbles and also the urchins, which common in the area.
You can find lots more planning tips and helpful advice on our Family Holiday Travel board on Pinterest.