You can find varied walking & hiking routes on Korcula, suitable for all levels. Whether you would like a full-on day hike, or just to spend some time away from the beach enjoying a short stroll through a scenic area, you can find your perfect route. Some of the routes are also fun for children if you are visiting Korcula as part of your family holiday to Croatia.
Below we have listed some of our favourite walking and hiking routes on Korcula. We’ll keep this list updated as we explore and find new walks and hikes to share with you.
Walking & Hiking on Korcula – Getting Started
You’ll often be far away from amenities during your walk or hike, so be sure to take enough snacks and water with you. If you are going on a very long hike, it is always advisable to let someone else now. For example, you can just let the hotel or apartment owner where you are staying know where you are going.
If you are visiting Korcula during the summer months and are planning on enjoying some walking & hiking, think carefully about what time you head out and what you take with you. Temperatures can exceed 30 degrees in July and August. Start your walk early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Even early evening can be a lovely time for shorter walks. Make sure you take all the essential sun safety gear such as hats, sunglasses, suntan lotion and extra water.
You can pick up a map from a tourist agency or tourist office. Some of the more popular or well-known routes are marked by coloured circles or dashes on the ground or with official brown signposts. For other routes, it is more about following your senses to take you in the right direction!
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Where to walk & hike on Korcula
Korcula Town to Kocje
Approx. Distance: 9km (round-trip)
An idyllic walk is to the fascinating nature park located above and beyond the hamlet of Brdo in Zrnovo. Kocje is small but is made up of interesting rock formations that you can scramble under, over and through. You also get some incredible views of the Peljesac channel walking along the path to Kocje and the area of the rocks is very peaceful and relaxing. It is a great place to take kids.
There are a number of routes you can follow from Korcula old town. The most straightforward way is to walk along the main road in the direction of Zrnovo, first passing by the Tommy supermarket and graveyard. Continue heading up the hill until you see the brown signpost on the right to Kocje. Keep in mind it’s an uphill walk all the way to Zrnovo. Once you arrive at Brdo hamlet in Zrnovo follow the next sign and you’ll be in the nature park in around 20 to 25 minutes.
At the start of Brdo hamlet, just as you pass the signpost for Kocje you will see Konoba Belin on the left-hand side. It is open from 18:00 so you could time it right to go here for dinner and then take a taxi back to Korcula town afterwards.
Loop between Korcula Town & Forteca
Approx. Distance: 3km (loop walk)
See route on Google Maps
This is an easy walk in Korcula Town and provides some awesome view-points – great for some snaps! It takes in a visit to the fort above Korcula called Forteca, the most iconic photo spot of Korcula Old Town and views from Sveti Nikola street.
Start in the centre of town and walk along Sveti Nikola street which runs west from the Old Town. Be sure to turn round to look upon the great view of Korcula Old Town. You’ll pass Saint Nicholas’ Chuch and monastery. Continue up the hill until the road turns sharply to the left.
Novi Put road is the street which runs above the town. Along this road, you can enjoy different angles of the Old Town and views across the channel to the Peljesac Peninsula. Continue walking until you see steps up to the fort on the right-hand side.
This fort was built in 1813 by the English during their brief period of rule on the island. Unfortunately, the inside of the fort is derelict so strictly speaking, you are not allowed to enter. Occasionally the entry door is left open and during the summer months a fire warden hunkers down here to keep a watchful eye out. If you do manage to get to the top (and if you do get inside, take great care) the views overlooking the archipelago are amazing.
After visiting the fort, walk down the slope until you join the Novi Put street again. Turn left and continue back on yourself. You will soon come to the most iconic place to take a photo of Korcula Old Town. On the map, it is shown as the Panorama Korcula. Continue on until you see the steps on the right-hand side which is a short route back to the centre of town.
Kampus to Postrana, Zrnovo
Approx. Distance: 2.5km (loop walk)
The four hamlets of Zrnovo are the starting and ending points of some wonderful walking and hiking trails on Korcula.
One easy walking looped option is to start from the Atrij restaurant in Kampus hamlet. You need to take a short walk along the main road before turning off right through a small residential area heading in the direction of St Martin’s Church. The church originates from the 14th century although it has undergone more recent renovation. There are fantastic views from the church over the surrounding area.
Continue by walking down the worn steps to the left of the church (if you had your back to it). There is a short very scenic and peaceful path passing through farmlands and olive groves. At the end of this path, you’ll be in Postrana. You can then follow the main road back to Postrana.
We started and ended this walk at Atrij. This is another great traditional restaurant serving local dishes at fantastic prices. It is open in the evenings so you could time your walk to end here in time for dinner.
Zrnovo to Pupnat
Approx. Distance: 13km (round-trip)
See Zrnovo to Pupnat following the old Napoleonic road. The terrain is stony most of the way so make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes. You can start from the Studenac supermarket in Prvo Selo hamlet in Zrnovo. The route starts out flat passing by vineyards and farmlands. The trail then is a sequence of ups and downs as you trek over the forest hills.
The route ends in the centre of Pupnat. Here there is a Studenac supermarket if you want to replenish any of your supplies for the return leg. Or you could stop for a well-deserved lunch in the village restaurant, Konoba Mate, which comes recommended by the Michelin Star Guide.
South Hills of Lumbarda
Approx. Distance: 8kms (loop walk)
See route on Google Maps.
There are many walking and opportunities in the village of Lumbarda. For example for something easy, you can take a walk through the Grk vineyards and out to the lighthouse called Raznjic.
For a longer walk, you can get off the main road and take the countryside roads to the southern hills. On this side of the island, on a clear day, you can look across the sea to neighbouring Mljet. It is also upon these sun-facing slopes that a couple of the large winemakers from Lumbarda grow their vines. Here, the white wine Grk gets envied views of the sea!
The trail we include on the Google Map loops back into the farmlands of the Gornje Blato area and returns to the centre of Lumbarda. If you would like an even longer walk, this trail continues all the way to Zrnovo or you can head down to the stunning Rasohatica beach which is located just a little further past the vineyards.
Approx. Distance: 10kms (loop walk)
See route on Google Map.
There are a number of trails zigzagging between the vineyards in Smokvica, ideal for both walking and cycling. The trails spread between the bays of Zavalatica and Brna. Here winemakers have been growing the local grape sort, Posip for many years. It was indeed in these fields that the Posip wine was first found and you can visit the monument plaque commemorating this along the Posip Path.
You will see an official brown sign marking the Posip Path along the main road. If you turn off onto the Posip Path it is then possible to do a loop around which passes the commemorative plaque and the old castle of Kanavelic, who was an important and wealthy inhabitant of the island.
Of course, it goes without saying that you should end your walk by calling into one of the small wineries in Smokvica to try the delicious Posip wine. The Google Map route I’ve included is around 10kms in total and ends at Toreta Winery. However, you can make this walk longer or shorter.
You can see some more information and photos about the Posip Path here.
Approx. Distance: 1.7 km (round trip – half all uphill)
We don’t have a map available to share for this hike. The route starts from Mala Kapja restaurant in Blato. There are markers showing the route and after the first part, it is straight-forward.
Kom is the highest point you can hike to on Korcula. It is 508m high. You will walk through lush fauna and flora all the way to top. There is a clearing about half way up which is a nice spot to stop for some refreshments. From the top of Kom, the views are fantastic. You’ll get panoramic views of the surrounding area. When we hiked up it was cloudy just right at the top, but it was still amazing!
Orebic to Sveti Ilija summit
Sv Ilija (Saint Elijah) can be climbed from three well-marked paths starting in various spots along the Peljesac.
The beautiful and foreboding mountain on the Peljesac known is locally known as Snake Mountain (because of the number of snakes said to be living there). This is a challenging hike and we really would not advise doing this during the summer. One of the most popular times to visit the mountain is on May 1, which is labour day in Croatia. You’ll find lots of locals enjoying the hike on this day.
When we hike it we take one of the easiest trails up past the Monastery. Then come back the more steep but quicker path which comes out directly behind the town of Orebic. This route passes by the Franciscan monastery and church of Our Lady of Angels and you immediately are blessed with fantastic views of the Peljesac channel. As the trail climbs you get more and more stunning views across to Korcula Island.
It’s quite difficult to picture the trail when you look up at the mountain. At times you are heading across the mountain through forest areas and plains. There is a small hut at the bottom of the “summit”, which if it is open, you can get water from the well. At the very top, you can walk along the plateau for incredible views, which if it is clear, allow you to see all the way to Italy.
Have we missed any of your favourite walking and hiking routes on Korcula? Let us know in the comments below.